It seems that Ubisoft have really taken the criticism onboard regarding the first edition of Assassins Creed, which took a lot of flak regarding the repetitiveness of its gameplay and the overall lack of variety. Whilst Assassins Creed 2 looks set to be just as good as its predecessor in terms of visuals, with the same superbly detailed environments, the gameplay should be much more dynamic thanks to a host of new features.
So if you were a fan of the original Assassins Creed and are looking for a good pre-order deal on AC2 – so you can get your hands on it as soon as it’s out on November 17th – the cheapest is currently going on The Hut where pre-order deals are priced £33.73. Although the price initially shows up as £36.73, you need to enter the voucher code HWalk in order to knock £3 off the original amount.
Like in the first game, the player assumes the role of Desmond – a 21st century bartender – who, as a result of being plugged into a machine which reads his DNA, is able to virtually relive the memories of his ancestor assassins. This time around Desmond is following the exploits of the assassin Ezio who once stalked the towns and cities of Renaissance Italy. Ezio’s background story and the reason behind his chosen profession are apparently more ‘compelling’ than Altair’s in AC1 but, thanks to the whole matrix style narrative layering, the plot of AC2 is just as confusing as ever.
However in terms of gameplay there are many additions. Firstly, there are 16 different types of missions which, compared to the pathetic, repetitive handful of boring tasks we got first time around, add some much needed variety. Ezo’s ability to climb buildings etc is also much better than Altair’s which builds on that great feeling of fluidity we got with the first AC.
Combat is also much improved. You can get help from various factions throughout the cities – depending on which you decide to align yourself with – and even disarm guards and use their own weapons against them (apparently AC2 even has firearms). Ezio will also get help from Italian inventor Leonardo Di Vinci whose weird flying contraptions will allow him to soar between the Venetian rooftops. Ubisoft stated that AC2 is the game ‘the original should have been’ and it does appear as though they have made all the necessary corrections.
Thanks to Supergaz from Hotukdeals.