Filled with parkour, pointy things and pretension, Assassin's Creed II brings a welcome return for Ubisoft's Templar-baiting series. This time around you're plonked down in Renaissance Italy with more weapons, missions and a more convoluted and nonsensical plot than ever before.
ShopTo are currently selling both console versions of Assassin's Creed II for 328.85 apiece. Now that the GAME deal I posted the other day is out of stock ,this is currently the cheapest option for both, saving you £2 if you're a PS3 owner and £4 if you have an Xbox.
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The increased number of weapons come hand-in-hand with a wider variety of attacking moves, although combat in Assassin's Creed II is still a fairly clunky, flat and uninspiring affair. You do, however, get double wrist-blades, smoke bombs and some positively evil-looking daggers with which to dispatch and evade your opponents.
The fluid free-running that made the first game so much fun is pretty much untouched, with Ubisoft having created a number of hidden adventure playgrounds for Ezio to leap, swing and skip around whilst looking for secret Assassin tombs. The cityscapes are all incredibly distinctive now, and house a good number of side-quests and assassination missions to keep you occupied.
Perfect for a quick bit of freeplay as well as longer stints, Assassin's Creed II is certainly an improvement on its older sibling, even if the cutscenes and genetic memory stuff are stuffed with absolute gibberish. Well worth a look.