Assassins Creed 2: Preview

by Victor ‘r0gue’ Vieira

 

We all played the first Assassins Creed, it was pretty and awesome…… for an hour or so. It showed off some real ground-breaking game mechanics and more. The problem came in when after a few hours into it you found yourself doing the same thing over and over. Make no mistake though, I am not even thinking twice about pre-ordering the latest title set for November release, purely based on the impact the first one had on me in those first few hours. I could not believe its staggering beauty and the ‘wow’ sort of feeling every time I found some new acrobatic moves. So I will have to play the new one on release and see for myself wether they got it spot on this time. 

Assassins Creed 2 has you play as a new character- Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The game is set in the 15th century, Renaissance era, in Italy. Ezio’s family was betrayed and he is opposing the regime of “powerful players that rule the complex web of politics interwoven through the independent city states” during that era. With revenge as the catalyst he will evolve to a master assassin through the course of the game. Once again you can ally with thieves, courtesans and mercenaries, interact with them and trade for favors.

 

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Ezio starts with more abilities than Altair did, with new moves as well as hand-to-hand combat plus an extra knife up his sleeve. His greatest allies is none other than the genius Leonardo Da Vinci who provides him with gadgets and gizmos that help him along to make his was through the game which offers 18 different types of missions.

During the demo, we saw an example of Ezio using a Da Vinci machine to sneak into a walled and heavily guarded fortress. Leonardo’s glider is based on a real machine that Da Vinci designed, but probably never actually built. In Assassin’s Creed 2, he does build it, and with the help of some assailants who light fires around the city of Venice to create updrafts, Ezio uses the glider to fly across the rooftops and into the guarded keep.
 

 

 

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So with great game-play to start with, beautiful visuals and much more variety I predict II will be the game we all wanted the original to be. I for one have high hopes with this one and it does not sound like I will be disappointed.

 

Assasins Creed 2 will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

For more visit http://assassinscreed.uk.ubi.com/assassins-creed-2/

 

 

 

 

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