Assassin’s Creed 2

A little behind on posting this…okay, really, over a month behind!  So in October, I started Assassin’s Creed 2 on PS3.  Overall I really enjoyed playing this game, and ran through it fairly quickly just because I kept wanting to play it!  I finished the entire game in 31 hours, 32 minutes, not counting the DLC (more on that in a sec).

The graphics were great and I loved getting to see the cities I’d actually been to in Italy, even finding buildings we took pictures of!!  I also loved getting to “see” Venice (which we missed during our trip). The level of detail is just amazeballs and I really look forward to playing future games where they actually went even further! 😲

I mean look at this!

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence in the Game

I’d post more pics, but I don’t have the ability to capture from the PS3, so I can only show what I could find existing screenshots of.  Suffice to say, my sweetie and I pulled up our pics of Florence and San Gimignano and looked for the various buildings and sites to see which were there.

The gameplay was also fun, with just enough challenge to keep it interesting without it being ridiculous. I had way too much fun running on the rooftops and quickly killing any guards who whined about it LOL As you can see from my stats below, I did a lot of run-ups and stab before they could react.  It did take me a while to figure out some techniques, in part because I didn’t realize you had to “buy” them at the training in the villa before they were available LOL

Being able to blend into any crowd is a nice change, though the movement is a bit trickier versus the one button of the first game. Stealing is easier, though it also seems to be noticed faster. I was initially undecided on the addition of money and buying things, but it grew on me as I was able to update weaponry and the villa restoration was fun.

I found the story very compelling, and Ezio was such a charming rogue that I could overlook his occasional personality flaws   Honestly, the only weakness in the story was the whole “present” with Desmond et al.  Especially at the beginning, I was yelling at the screen at Desmond and calling him a complete ending.  That said, the ending did have me WTFing along with him.

When my partner kept sharing his love of Assassin’s Creed with me and I decided to try it, thanks to his upgrading all of his to the PS4 remakes, I honestly wasn’t sure I’d like it. I was worried I’d wasted money and would have to face telling him just that, which would suck knowing how much he loved the series.  While the first game was fun enough, it wasn’t so compelling that I wanted to go back in and keep playing, much less finish all the collectibles or the like.

Fortunately, AC2 had some great improvements that really upped the fun factor for me.  Now, I’m really looking forward to playing the rest of the Ezio collection.  To give you an idea of how much I enjoyed it, for the first time ever I bought DLCs for a game!  LOL, I then played both of them, and they were awesome additions to the game and so seamlessly done it was really great.

The two DLCs together fill in that “corrupted memory” gap between when Ezio gets the apple and when he goes to Rome to kill the Pope and access the Vault.  The first was a little short, but Caterina Sforza was a hoot! (and OMG, that line about her being able to make more children is based on something she reportedly actually did LOL)  The second DLC was a stronger one for value, with much more content overall. The addition of another district in Florence was nice and we got to see the covered bridge which was missing in the main game! The lieutenants were actually challenging, especially that merchant on the boat. OMG, I failed so many times! Ezio’s ending actions and speech were also good and showed how he had matured since the game started. A nice wrap up all around.

Assassin’s Creed 2 also ended up being the second game I ever got a platinum trophy in!  Woo hoo!  (The first being Days Gone, which I also still need to post about LOL)

All in all, had a great time, and looking forward to starting Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood soon (it’s the next in my queue)

Oh, and I still laugh at the Super Mario Bros reference. 😀

Here are some of my end game stats (these were taken BEFORE I played the DLCs and got the Platinum)