I know, I know Assassins Creed 2 came out in November of 2009, but that really is not that long ago. In the past I have resisted most things made by Ubisoft due to their DRM BS. But I found myself this last Christmas with a gift card to Game Stop and broke down and bought Assassins Creed 2 for $15. And let me say this, I am damn glad I did.
Assassins Creed 2 offers anywhere between around 15-40 hours of gameplay. If you only head for the main memory sequences of the campaign you would be selling yourself short. There is so much more that this game offers. From the 100+ view points where you can perform a leap of faith and do a flip off a massive structure, to the many assassination contracts, races and beat up contracts, Assassins Creed 2 has lots to offer.
You are Desmond Miles, and once entering the Animus you take on role of Ezio. As Ezio you complete your memories of ancient times as Desmond’s ancestor reliving his memories from the renaissance of Italy. Renaissance meaning “rebirth” or the “rebirth” of humanism/literature/science/art.
Along your travels you happen to become good friends with Leonardo Da Vinci who is kind enough to offer you weapon upgrades, decipher Codex pages and lend his “flying machine” to you during your quest. There are many other notable character, possibly the other most notable character become your final target, who at the time is Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
Let me just say, the ending left me more enthralled, curious and pleased than most games can even come close to. The storytelling in Assassins Creed 2 is amazing, and the characters are believable and compelling.
I played Assassins Creed 2 on my Xbox 360. The main criticism I have for Ubisoft and their Assassins Creed series has to do with the PC version. PC gamers have to have a constant connection to the internet while playing the game, even the single player component. I am not a fan of this type of Digital Rights Management, I believe it really hurts gamers in the end.
But to give Ubisoft credit for implementing this type of DRM there is not a torrent site I can find out there that has a good copy of Creed 2 or Brotherhood. So for now it looks like their annoying stunts have worked. I guess I will just keep to the Xbox version of Ubisoft products in the future, rather than competley ignoring them for being DRM dictators.
So as you may have guessed by now Assassins Creed 2 grabbed my for a wild ride and left me satisfyed at the end. Needles to say, get Assassins Creed 2 and experience 15th Centurery Italy through Altair’s eyes, you won’t be disappointed.