I'll join this.Recently Completed:
Assassins creed 2System:
You, once again, start of as Desmond Miles who is imprisoned in the facility of the company "Abstergo" which is owned by The Templar order who have been working in the shades after their order was dissolved. They are using a machine called the "Animus
" to scan through Desmond's genetic memory in order to find a device called "The piece of Eden
" which gives the wielder the ability to take control of others minds and create illusions. As the ending of the previous game revealed, Abstergo plans to link it up to a satellite and take over the world.
The game starts with Lucy Stillman, who it turns out belonged to "The Assassins
", breaks Desmond out of Abstergo(Also stealing the memory core of the animus that Desmond had been using) and escapes to a warehouse where two other Assassins members were waiting with an upgraded version of the animus.
Lucy plans to use the genetic memories of Desmond's assassin ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, whom you will be playing as most of the game, to train him up to become a proper assassin. Years of training would be achieved in a few days with the "Bleeding effect" of the animus.
You start out in early renaissance Italy where Ezio is living a relatively good life with his family.
His family is then victim of a Templar plot against his father, who was an assassin in the shadows, leading to both his father and brothers being executed for treason while Ezio barely escapes the clutches of the conspirators.
The truth about his father and the history of the Assassins is then slowly revealed to him as he plots revenge for his family.
It also turns out that the previous user of the abstergo Animus, known as "Subject 16", had been hiding clues in the animus system that would reveal what he called "The truth".Time Spent:
Didn't take note of the time, but even leaving out the side-missions will give quite a large amount of playing.The Good:
-Upgraded climbing techniques makes scaling buildings both faster and more fun.
-Huge amount of playable content and optional side missions.
-Non-linear gameplay and no repetitive and annoying missions like in the previous game.
-Being able to wield a wide variety of weapons and disarming opponents which provides a much more entertaining combat. Hand to hand combat is also upgraded and really awesome.
-Amazing open world.
-Improved AI, both civilian and enemy AI. AI combat system is also better. The "counterbutton=always instant kill" is removed and makes combat a bit harder. Enemy AI gives less stupid openings in their defense too and they are a lot less cocky in this game.
-Being able to taunt.
-Ability to swim.
-Being able to fight with the hidden blade + Dual hidden blades.
-Being able to dye your clothes.
-The game is big yet the graphics is awesome.
-Blending ability and stealth is improved magnificently.
-Health bar(which can be improved upon) rather than a "synchronization bar" like in the previous game. Also: Armor.
-Notoriety system gives a lot better experience when it comes to stealth and alarming of enemies.
-GUN and a flying machine. Also: Leonardo Da vinci is your best bud. Which explains the previous mentioned gun and flying machine.
-The story of the entire game is rather awesome.
-So incredibly much more time is spent in the animus in comparison to the first game. So it is bybye to the constant "get some rest" interruptions when you are done with missions.
-The ending is awesome and pretty much promises a sequel.
-The main soundtrack is simply amazing! Listen to this shit!The Bad:
-No matter how good many of the soundtracks are, many of them are simply unable to set the right MOOD
like those in the previous game could. You know what I mean?
Cool music is one thing. Awesome music which matches both the game setting and situation is another.
-Enemy AI still have the tendency to accidentally kill each other during battle. That is lame.
-Why is Ezio the ONLY character who show signs of aging in this game? That is kinda silly.
-AI's repeating the same lines over and over and OVER
again! I take my sweet time assassinating a target and they just won't shut the fuck up! No, they repeat the same set of lines again and again!
-Can only switch armors once you have bought them and not remove anything. I think Ezio looks cooler with just shoulder pads and boots. It would be a fun way to increase the difficulty and increase the feeling of realism when you swim(why doesn't he drown with all that armor?)
-Mixing Italian and English. Without turning on the subtitles I won't know what they are saying a lot of the time.Score:
10/10. A must-buy.Better Than: