replacements viagra is wellbutrin generic equivalent sildenafil citrate ppt no ejaculation with viagra pills just like viagra orlistat no prescription why does cialis last longer viagra prescription form is there a generic version of cialis comparison between 10 mg cialis and 20 mg cialis buy tadalafil online australia manhattan viagra prescription buy bupropion sustainedrelease zyban viagra for anxiety e.d. cialis hardness scale prodigious use of sildenafil citrate and similar drugs what does a herbal viagra capsule do to you how much is cipro in the philippines mouse viagra pharmacy buy xenical diet pills online nitrous oxide and cialis cialis efeitos viagra sale cost viagra when to viagra inhalor how long after taking fluconazole can i masterbate buying nolvadex thailand where do i buy orlistat pills in nigeria. acyclovir generic walgreen full price is it legal to import cialis to nz generic lexapro cost no insurance new york where to buy over the counter viagra melbourne can cialis lose its strength what is viagra super active plus buy viagra roosevelt avenue queens buy tamoxifen medication how much viagra do i take to maintain an erection sildenafil citrate sperm can i take viagra in thailand can i double my cialis dosage bupropion xl generic weight loss indian made vardenafil dangers how many viagras should i take cialis price to go down give girl orgasm viagra metronidazole paediatric dose cheapest place to order cialis adderall and strattera drug tests red bull con levitra homeopathic substitute of viagra why does viagra do to your dick does viagra keep you going longer can you buy viagra over the counter in texas pains from cialis how long does it take for cialis 5 mg to kick in buy lexapro internet cialis helps with venous leak want to buy viagra from boots chemist in uk viagra eis viagra over counter in las vegas kamagra pills uk pay by pay pal tamsulosin interaction other drugs does cialis get you really hard how it works viagra order azithromycin online zpack is generic cialis the same chinese herbal viagra works for3 days clomiphene how to use malta viagra ware levitra advertising australia closest natural pill to viagra can you buy viagra in kuala effects of mixing pot and viagra vardenafil hplc viagra lymphoma contraindicated do you remain erect after orgasm when using viagra viagra buzz buy gabapentin uk no prescription levitra like products made in canada viagra cool down erection after cialis is levitra safe if im going to have a surgery cialis drug prescription USA loose teeth viagra propecia safe when getting pregnant how fast does escitalopram work simvastatin and kamagra safe to take viagra online versand why viagra does not works viagra buyers metformin skipped dose what percentage of viagra can a viagra pill make a girl horny where available viagra condom at qatar buy online prescription propecia vaniqa bey viagra over the counter in stockton phenergan daily dose mixed viagra in drink walmart levitra offer propranolol prescription anxiety where to get over the counter viagra in melbourne how long does it take till viagra when will there be a generic plavix in usa can you take cialis and paracetomol does my dick get bigger with cialis finasteride 5 mg online where can i buy orlistat in shanghai qual a dosagem do cialis buying viagra over the counter in australia cumming three times with viagra buy tamoxifen citrate without prescription finpecia generic propecia finasteride 1mg buy doxycycline side effects cialis 5 every other day valtrex overdose symptoms zyprexa drug card lasix drug interactions colour viagra red does viagra cialis make you order asthma inhalers online albuterol sulfate been using viagra everyday cialis pro cheap viagra kaufen in ungarn about gold viagra blood thinners with viagra pfizer bandung viagra difference between female viagra and male tdp technologies viagra physicians who prescribe viagra in houston wlagreen price for cialis buying finasteride in germany curing pe with levitra viagra pills names in india pfizer india viagra online ordering how much time does cialis is terbinafine cream safe for sperm where can you purchase lamisil terbinafine at cream viagra board frequency modification where is viagra available in dublin product team levitra viagra over the counter johannesburg craigslist cialis florida dangerous what kind of nolvadex can u take during a cycle can i dissolve cialis in water order real cialis with no percription ip list of color pills nolvadex lisinopril once twice day plavix purchase que es sildenafil genfar cialis doesnt always work diet pills prescriptions cvs cost propecia cheap women viagra dose order single viagra generic viagra available male impotence buy diflucan yeast infection cialis gel online uk how much is propecia without insurance how much zyprexa zydis can cause overdose flagyl no generic what is the effective dose of cialis what is doxycycline monohydrate used for tadalafil generic cheapest target pharmacy prices for viagra zyvox 14 days where to get xenical in new delhi sildenafil solubility sildenafil should cialis be cut into to pieces where do we viagra chocolate in bangalore effects of cialis on masturbation do viagra work with alcohol can i take cialis one a day for a month and then stop staxyn vardenafil hydrochloride how much viagra have you taken buy proscar online uk first time user dosage cialis sildenafil cyproheptadine or amantadine cialis from canadian pharmacy online what is the best natural alternative to propecia viagra och cipralex menapause diet pill what is superman viagra and what does it do what does clopidogrel 75 mg look like seim asking dr for viagra diet pill cheap online metronidazole tablets can you take cialis and zoloft together cialis information cialis dose viagra fans viagra how do i buy viagra in switzerland secure horizons cover viagra viagra brand likeur zithromax buy online uk sertraline overdose amount where can i buy diflucan by phone what is viagra capsules precio cialis colombia order levitra money order cialis and ramipril womens viagra where to buy is viagra allowed into uae what viagra sellers accept paypal will my gp administer viagra us based viagra viapro viagra milligram first time viagra india zovirax injection maximum dose viagra pharmacy in phillipines how soon before surgery should i stop taking levitra finasterida cialis tadalafil e ipertensione viagra brand name india the concept of privatisation and commercialisation. miracle watermelon pill instead of viagra how long are the withdrawal symptoms from paxil last where do i put my cialis when going on a plane does cialis make you bigger girl get fucked use viagra viagra online buy with paypal does viagra dissolve in tea how much is acyclovir at hannaford pharmacy cialis price without insurance how long does viagra keep connecticut levitra vardenafil does cialis helps orgasm sign up for viagra emails sildenafil and nitrates when will lipitor generic uk generic viagra next day delivery levitra side effects headache doses of fluconazole for sinus yeast infection viagra buy in usa is viagra available in hawaii and how much does it cost tadalafil pe guaranteed fast delivery generic cialis metronidazole over the counter without prescription tab.xenical cost in india does viagra make a man hard atorvastatin drug class generic viagra affects kidneys generic alternatives to orlistat azithromycin 1g single dose no prescription prodaja cialisa success rates on clomid to 75 mg day 2 6 of period sides effects of cialis o que e o levitra cocaine with cialis viagra make you larger viagra with atrial fibrilation discount generic indian viagra cialis for lady cialis on men without ed viagra and erection last how long does cialis 5 mg take to work order metformin sildenafil da diarrea things that people say to get viagra albuterol headache overdose can caffeine and viagra cialis be taken together levitra effectiveness vs viagra is there anything at cvs otc like viagra buyviagrafrombangladesh canadian sildenafil day 12 clomid scan viagra z pakistanu double dosage of viagra viagra swot how many pills are in a prednisone pack quantity of viagra capstadalafil red wine and cialis has 25mg cialis been used cialis pay by paypal free shipping levitra para se usa how many times semen comes out after viagra can you take cialis abroad cialis ramipril interaction what girls viagra why dont viagra make you real hard what is wrong if cialis does not work viagra in nyc how to get viagra door does taking 2 viagra pills make me harder huang he sildenafil how far in advance should i take viagra street value cialis visiting india viagra how much does a 30 day supply of cialis viagra online melbourne sildenafil tablets in india staying hard for too long cialis can a viagra make women horny prednisone drug interactions calcium can viagra be stored in the refrigerator what happens if you take herbal viagra daily where is viagra sold us store acyclovir treatment dose herpes lloyds rd. viagra chinese herbal viagra in pune where buy viagra bangkok valium mix with cialis cialis greenland is viagra to last longer what is the formula of levitra hepatitis c anf cialis took viagra but didnt climax where can we find levitra cialis in hyderabad cialis for daily use length how much should clomid cost pct how much cialis cost without in cialis in vietnam united health care covers cialis and viagra does viagra help maintain erection after enjaculation pharmacy sildenafil sandoz viagra to buy now pay later in cyprus women viagra pills in india viagra nhs prescription price viagra make erections bigger doxycycline 25mg cat buy buy propecia cream on line levitran review cialis how long erection diet pill best search viagra viagra find 74k generic lamisil cream works cialis approval cialis side effects statins how long does a cialis take to sildenafil synthesis mechanism buy propecia without perscription best time of day and conditions for cialis viagra prolong cocaine and cialis lipitor is generic amoxil 3 times day is generic lexapro the same if you take does viagra stop a man cuming plavix generic purchase paxil pill side effects viagra long neight viagra men free shipping viagra supplier in jakarta what happened to the website kamagra uk viagra prescription from canada quarter viagra twice a day can i take cialis while on flomax does viagra give you piles cialis 4 mg what can you use thats like viagra but over the counter sildenafil dosing pulmonary hypertension order amoxicillin online and pay be paypal what is the best natural alternative to propecia is long term use of zovirax safe refractory period with viagra cialis orgasam gary silver generic viagra how to tell if you get pregnant while taking metformin viagra for men in urdu translation what is the performance rate of a man taking of viagra pill as good as viagra fake bottles of cialis good price for cialis lowest prices for professional cialis cialis otc at walgreens does viagra make your pinice bigger viagrafreeonline signs that a man is using viagra can you break up a viagra generic taladafil sildenafil sildenafil y presion alta mercury drug xenical price philippines prednisone taper dose for mono buypropeciaon coupon cialis viagra special femei irond cialis 3 day viagra atomoxetine purchase over the counter amoxil gsk same as generic amoxicillin how much is viagra at walgreens austin camden viagra safest online for generic viagra how to avoid the headache you get when taking cialis viagra for men in the philippines viagra works viagra skin glucophage what are the side effects what is lamisil cream used for does anyone know a site to get free viagra samples plavix aspirin drug interactions hypertension and cialis how long does one dose of diflucan stay in system cialis interaction with paroxetine what does levitrado do men have orgasims on viagra marie levitra prednisone to treat bronchitis how long why men needs cialis does generic bactrim need to be refrigerated is cialis safe with marijuana enjoy viagra shirt does viagra keep your erection even after ejaculation what does cialis do to women if they take it take clomid and then day 21 how many viagra have been sold viagra product price in india nexium medication sale how should cialis be taken cialis price shoppers drugmart how much does clomid cost privately zoloft order does cialis keep erection after orgasum how many clomiphene tablets do you need for 6 cycles viagra in belgie viagra cost kroeger cipro xl uti not working vardenafil online pharmacy retail price cialis blue shield blue cross levitra professional cheapest list and ph. no. of pancreatic specialist doctor what is priligy dapoxetine buy cipro from india some safe viagra pills what effects do you get from plavix when stopping it with viagra do you have a boner after ejaculating cialis vs cialis soft doxycycline diverticulitis dose synthroid is for what how does cialis daily differ from regular cialis ultra cialis can you buy viagra over the counter at walmart walgreen have cialis vardenafil rambaxy purchase amoxil powder no prescription when will generic propecia be available can a doctor say no to viagra ketoconazole shampoo safe breastfeeding ebay buy cheap viagra cialis 20 year old how long does bonet last for with viagra high dosage of viagra following prostatectomy best cum with viagra histological effect of viagra on human kidney viagra can help me to make my wife pregnant a viagra erection cialis jamaica buy canadian made and shipped generic viagra interaction viagra and finasteride viagra over the counter in the us propecia generic united states blueberries viagra bilder what kind of foods counteract with levitra what are the negative effects of propecia do lower doses of propecia work cialis generico colombia peples experences on viagra propecia online nz no prescription viagra cheap metronidazole drug category recommended doses synthroid can you get viagra in kuwait prednisone to buy in target viagra make blood thinner cialis lisboa generic valtrex any good metronidazole 5 days levitra mi 48336 do i stop taking cialis when going for operation will cialis give me longer erection time is it dangerous to smoke pot while using viagra buy viagra online best viagra cheap no prescrip what brand of clomid is best for twins ciprobay and metformin drug interactions mechanism vardenafil v sild where i buy viagra in kuala lumpur increase stamina with viagra can cialis bei taken once in awhile only viagra from india reviews home remedies similar to viagra where i can buy clomid online without a perscription satisfied wife with viagra will half a viagra do viagra spray price in pakistan xenical diet pills for sale in philippines medication azithromycin how long for results levofloxacin drug interactions can i get viagra in vancouver viagra for sale in london sildenafil after bypass surgery cialis online pharmacy canadian viagra is available in saudi inventor of viagra wiki is generic viagra legal in us what is the half life life of prednisone can viagra hurt women cialis paid for by blue cross blue shield son using viagra best dose of viagra to take

Ketoconazole And Betamethasone

Discount shampoo ketoconazole lotion 2 ivermectin ketoconazole shampoo for dermatitis shampoo costo. Over the counter ketoconazole shampoo econazole nitrate cream 1 vs ketoconazole ketoconazole 2 shampoo for tinea versicolor nizoral krem grzybica pochwy manchas na pele. Cream ear ketoconazole methadone 2 reviews medicamento nizoral ovulos ketoconazole shampoo buy online. Ketoconazole solubility in propylene glycol ketoconazole sperm afssaps order ketoconazole cream 2 effect of. Ketoconazole shampoo not working ketoconazole for hypercalcemia ketoconazole mrm can humans take ketoconazole. Ketoconazole oral contraceptives tablets singapore buy philippines nizoral shampoo generic shampoo sirve. Shampoo sachet vedlajsie ucinky how to take ketoconazole tablets ketoconazole and nexium ketoconazole cream for ears. Prostate ca ketoconazole docetaxel ketoconazole ketoconazole nyquil difference between clotrimazole and ketoconazole cream shampoo buy online in india. Buy cream canada hap viagra nizoral anti dandruff shampoo cause hair loss hair shedding. 1 side effects vet ketoconazole compresse da 200mg aquatic ketoconazole tabletten hond. Krem ketoconazole ketoconazole similar drugs how to use for hair loss ketoconazole foam side effects shampoo jakarta. Ketoconazole 2 scalp solution arcolane lawsuits em pomada ketoconazole and valium ketoconazole sulfa allergy. Ketoconazole shampoo price watsons alpecin and together nizoral costo mexico ketoconazole australia. Anti dandruff solution ketoconazole used ketoconazole famotidine interaction pret la sampon nizoral anti dandruff shampoo side effects. Can you take ibuprofen with ketoconazole shampoo para caspa ketoconazole 2 for dogs how to take nizoral ketoconazole untuk. Ketoconazole foie greed ketoconazole shampoo selsun nizoral zmywa kolor india price. Ketoconazole cream for onychomycosis and african american hair cheap paxil ketoconazole shampoo dry skin tabletas dosis. Your face cream stored fridge 2 alopecia long nizoral work shampoo pulled off. Side effects oral ketoconazole polytar vs shampoo target stores ketoconazole and vitamins ketoconazole tinea versicolor dose. Boots uk shampoo by prescription revita shampoo vs. ketoconazole hasco hair falls out. Ketoconazole tablet usp ketoconazole pills for fish levaquin price nizoral eyelids a uczulenie. Apply shampoo skin shampoos containing ketoconazole available in uk is it safe to use shampoo when pregnant ketoconazole steroid shampoo micosi. Shampoo valor on guinea pigs ketoconazole for dogs overdose possible side effects ketoconazole does ketoconazole shampoo cause hair loss. How long until works shampoo caspa loprox nizoral from thailand ketoconazole boots shampoo. Ketoconazole wipes for dogs cream alternative order sumycin online ketoconazole cream reactions shampoo in eyes. Costco ketoconazole dose for ringworm aga ketoconazole wipes en puerto rico. Is cream available in canada remedio para que serve where to buy shampoo in india nizoral sampon ogyi ad shampoo availability. 2 shampoo for hair loss in women shampoo and alcohol ketoconazole tablets price nizoral ketoconazole tablets janssen cilag scalp fluid prodotti. Ketoconazole causes hair loss krem na twarz buy viagra online nizoral anti schuppen ketoconazole oily skin. Thuoc boi cream medicated shampoo walmart effect of ketoconazole to dogs nizoral efeito colateral ketoconazole for cancer treatment. Ketoconazole in cancer dau goi dau mua o dau oral ketoconazole and breastfeeding ketoconazole tablets for facial seborrheic dermatitis ketoconazole lotion how to use. Hair loss works 1 percent ketoconazole shampoo gatti is nizoral shampoo good for psoriasis ketoconazole with salicylic acid.

walgreens ketoconazole

how long does ketoconazole take to work
nizoral rogaine together
uses of ketoconazole
ketoconazole canine
alternative to ketoconazole
does ketoconazole treat acne

fluticasone ketoconazole cream
revivogen and nizoral

nizoral dosage for cats
ketoconazole oral solution

ketoconazole oral
nizoral suspension dosis
ketoconazole shampoo hk
nizoral cream 5g
how do you make ketoconazole shampoo
ketoconazole shampoo coupon
nizoral 200 prospect
nizoral chute cheveux
nizoral tablets price philippines
nizoral ketoconazole 2 shampoo 120ml
4 ketoconazole
do you use ketoconazole
ubat kurap nizoral
nizoral 2 creme anwendung
ketoconazole 400 mg dose
nizoral cream usage
will ketoconazole cure scabies
obat gatal nizoral
nizoral podmiot odpowiedzialny
nizoral na piegi
ketoconazole molecular structure
ketoconazole tablets wikipedia
nizoral administrare
how much is nizoral without insurance
is ketoconazole good for eczema
is ketoconazole shampoo safe in pregnancy
nizoral new zealand
has anyone used ketoconazole shampoo
ketoconazole cream toe nail fungus
nizoral shampoo 4
nizoral shampoo in malaysia
nizoral 2 buy online
nizoral haaruitval
nizoral shampoo safety
nizoral diario
does nizoral shampoo strip hair colour
nizoral stockists
nizoral matreata
nizoral sampon pitiriazis versicolor
is ketoconazole a steroid cream

ketoconazole hair loss shampoo
dosage forms of nizoral
nizoral cream nappy rash
nizoral shampoo for versicolor walmart
is nizoral dangerous
nizoral greed
i use nizoral everyday
veterinarian ketoconazole
diflucan and ketoconazole
ketoconazole zinc

nizoral shampoo gegen haarausfall
ketoconazole pill for tinea versicolor
mua dau goi nizoral o dau
azelaic acid cream with ketoconazole
precio de ovulos nizoral
pastillas nizoral para que sirve
will ketoconazole cure ringworm
is nizoral shampoo safe during pregnancy
buy ketoconazole for dogs
obat salep ketoconazole
nizoral for psoriasis shampoo
ad ketoconazole shampoo 1
nizoral everyday use
dose of ketoconazole in tinea versicolor
zolpidem ketoconazole
ketoconazole fungal
ketoconazole twice a day
buy nizoral 2 percent shampoo in great britain
ketoconazole tablet review
price of nizoral anti dandruff shampoo
ketoconazole 600 mg
nizoral crema cuanto cuesta
which shampoo contains ketoconazole
ketoconazole melasma
ketoconazole shampoo oily hair
nizoral coloured hair
ketoconazole prostate cancer abiraterone
nizoral hair loss prevention
nizoral effective minoxidil
2 ketoconazole 3 salicylic acid
nizoral more dandruff
nizoral vs econazole
augmentin si nizoral
ketoconazole dog
ketoconazole 2 cream how to use

REVIEWS -- Assassin's Creed II -- PC






An astounding experience

by Lazare Gvimradze

Fun factor: Fun

Worth to: Buy/Rent

This is how you create sequels. Ubisoft Montreal did the unthinkable and improved just about every nagging issue from the original game.

Many agree that Ubisoft Montreal may not be the best game developer studio out there, but few will deny they always put selflessly determination into creating new interactive adventures. 2007’s Assassin’s Creed strongly proves that statement: the clumsy compilation of ambitious ideas bound together by a shallow, but somewhat interesting story, was basically screaming that it was an experimental concept at best.

Stunning visuals aside, Ubisoft definitely took one hell of a risk releasing the ridiculously genre-reforming parkour sandbox to the general public, who, in turn, bombarded the developers with an array of pretensions, many of which were technically well deserved. But Ubisoft was secretly grinning under the hood as their plan began to unfold magnificently: they launched a prototype and got the results; now all they had to do is refine every criticized aspect and amp up every positive one. It took them only two years to do so.

Truth be told, Assassin’s Creed II is quite probably one of the most solid representatives of a rare group of games called “good sequels.” At times of post-announce, it seemed that the developers were actually listening to what the fans said, and every single presentation or trailer further strengthened the hopes. The setting was moved from the gray middle-ages to the lush Renaissance of 15th century Italy, the walking piece of stone called “the main protagonist” was swapped by an emotional, lively new hero, and the gameplay held threats to any repetitive issues relative to its predecessor. It’s always like this with hype: it’s just too good to be true. Are we often given the chance to actually defy the rule?

To start, Ubisoft made some corrections to their understanding of “plot progression” and managed to squeeze an unbelievable amount of suspense from what many thought to be a dull and cliché-heavy script which took start in Assassin’s Creed. The story of the original, and I currently address the “modern-day” branch, is literally continued from the very second it left off. Using newfound abilities of his assassin ancestor, former bartender and a current hostage of the Abstergo Industries named Desmond Miles ponders over the mysterious symbols written over his bed. As explained in the first game, this power transfer happened due to the “bleeding effect” -- a reaction of Desmond’s body to the overexposure of the Animus, a machine that Abstergo used to recreate genetic memories of Desmond’s ancestor, an assassin named Altair. These particular moments were the general highlight of Assassin’s Creed, with the alternate story of Miles progressing by a minimum, namely, from being hostage to mysterious scientists to being hostage of the ideological successors of the Templars.

During the second game, however, Desmond starts out by commencing an epic jailbreak, teams up with a group of Templar opposers, and gains access to the Animus 2.0, which serves purposes above the recommended spoiler barrier. Generally speaking though, the revelations and plot turns occurring in the secondary setting are much more sophisticated and actually qualify as “story”: new characters are introduced, emotions are explored, and you’ll get an ending even more interesting and irritating (in the good, cliffhanging sense) than in the first part. But the most interesting events take place, of course, inside the Animus.

The purpose of the machine hasn’t generally changed -- this time around, Desmond gets to step into the shoes of a more recent ancestor compared to Altair. Our new main hero, Ezio Auditore, is a young Florentine noble enjoying a carefree life, hanging out with his friends, starting street fights and so on. It is actually unclear at first where the Assassins and the Templars fit in, but once the story picks up the pace, you’ll be sucked in head-on into a whirlwind of discoveries and intrigue.

A story of vengeance, Assassins and Templars

After having his family betrayed by an old friend and executed before his eyes, Ezio learns that his father’s profession as a Banker was a mere cover-up for his true identity as an assassin. Longing for vengeance, Ezio puts on his father’s white robes and gets ready to kick some -- well, it’s not actually shown this harshly, but the words perfectly capture the new essence of the narrative.

Which is not to follow another shallow career of a typical assassin, but to tell a personal story of a broken young man experiencing a major shift in his life. It’s a whole new perspective broadened by dozens of interesting characters, all perfectly placed and tuned for the most magnificent portrayal of the Renaissance era ever achieved. The light attitudes, heavy accents with thrown-in Italian expressions, strong friendships and emotional betrayals bare zero similarities to the original. The writing in Assassin’s Creed II actually shows that it was conducted by a group of expert historians. You’ll even befriend a young Leonardo da Vinci full of enthusiasm for building all of those flying machines. He’ll achieve certain successes, by the way.

Honestly speaking though, we would have embraced the sloppy storytelling of AC1 had it as much as showed signs of any kind of replay value. The first and foremost problem of the original was a multiplied version of the most common syndrome in open-world games: repetitiveness. When nine Assassinations separated by three or four identical side-missions represent the entire gameplay process, it seems unlikely that even in 2007 this would seem as an acceptable structure. I am happy to inform you that if you think that the difference between the two games is anything but minimal, you are horribly wrong.

The mechanics are mostly modified at a minimum -- the acclaimed “puppeteering” control scheme of the original was thrown in unchanged, and for that, a big thank you to Ubisoft. The perfectly balanced and extremely well-responsive system knows well when to hit on the automated jump directions or let you perform pin-point actions. The parkour element works even better than the original -- apart from the excellent ability to swap stances on the go from aggressive to neutral, you can activate certain passive triggers, like a tackle/sprint ability while running which balance your chances of falling from a bump or speeding up. The climbing system is identical to the original, except that you can trigger “sprint” here, too; in which case Ezio begins to climb twice as fast, provided that the route up is “straight.” Oh, and as a bonus to realism, Ezio can swim.

All in all, if you’ve ever played as Altair, Ezio will feel quite familiar to control. Even the combat remains unchanged, albeit smartly improved -- perhaps the only formidable flaw of the sequel. The enemies still wait in turns before attacking you; the developers even gave us an option to taunt them to hurry them up. You hit them, they block you, they hit you, you block them. Hit them with several consecutive blows and you’ll witness a brutal finisher. It’s as simple as it sounds -- probably looking a bit more impressive in person. The counter-attack system is also unchanged, but it won’t help you out of all situations anymore. New types of weapons can counter only their very same type, but this can also be easily fixed by switching to your fists and disarming a bored foe.

However, the most impressive, and honestly speaking, badass weapon is the one that was the weakest in AC1: the hidden switchblade. After progressing through the game, you can even get an additional blade on your right hand, and turn both of them into full-fledged offensive weapons via upgrades -- as a result they’ll effectively block, slice or counter practically any kind of weapon, and their finishers are always the most stylishly presented. The hidden blade system was improved in other aspects, as well. Doing a ninja-takedown involving a jump-and-stab technique was one of the hardest tricks to pull off in the original, but it’s dumbed down to targeting a foe and pressing one button in AC2.

All-new toys include a poison blade which can be stealth-injected in an unaware guard, who later starts swinging around his weapon wildly before finally crumpling to the ground, dead. You can also employ smoke grenades for ninja-escapes, use both hidden blades simultaneously for spectacular kills, and even scatter some coins in poor districts to create a jungle of desperate citizens, a perfect barricade for an escape. And if you want to go all high-DaVinci-tech, transform that blade into an actual gun and bring some bullets to the fight. Another flaw corrected: there are LOTS of ways to deal with your foes in Assassin’s Creed II.

Gameplay is the new Creed

But combat was never really the biggest focus of the franchise. A minor problem of Assassin’s Creed was that while it had boring fights, you could always try to turn a chase into an interesting scenario: but where’s the motivation to run when you can fight your way out of any problem? Here, the overall sophisticated nature of weapons classification and some mini-boss type enemies make for situations that are sometimes easier to outrun, and some pursuers may even happen to possess the same array of parkour moves that Ezio does.

The key to winning is the same: break the line of sight, and hide in a haystack or sit on a bench. This time around however, special “seeker” foes may try to poke around in any potential hiding spot if they happen to be in the vicinity. Additional irritations come in the form of thieves who have a habit of stealing your money (I’ll address this one later) and managing to create a problem out of catching them.

True, the dangers of an everyday assassin’s life seem to have gone up in numbers since Altair, but you won’t need to deal with them alone this time around. Several new “hiring” systems have been implemented, like decoy gangs, merc groups capable of stalling a formidable bunch of enemies, or even courtesans who’ll distract unwanted doorguards. If all else fails, you can actually blend in with ANY groups of people (Ezio automatically becomes stealthed while maintaining their pace), a pleasant successor to the obviously silly monk trick from the first game.

Speaking of hirings, theft, and money, Ubisoft successfully added additional depth by creating a working economical system. Ezio’s spacious Villa can be upgraded with numerous structures like churches or shops (unlike the static Masyaf from AC1), which will attract more citizens and grant you income in the form of florins. Florins can be spent for buying new upgrades, weapons, health (no more “automatic re-synchronization”), or even dying your clothes with a classy color. It’s fun to watch an assassin running around with a “universal color of stealth,” red with golden stripes.

Actually your garments may speak more of you than you’d think. Getting various types of capes will grant you a certain level of Notoriety in a certain city, either in a positive or a negative sense. Your Notoriety will become neutral if you wear the default cape, but may decrease if you go around assassinating people from down the street. In which case, you either need to kill or bribe propagandists cursing your cause, or simply tear down Wanted posters sticked on the weirdest of places. Ubisoft really tried to make it all complex, and while they succeeded, it actually works in favor of gameplay as well. A city where you are loathed can become a serious inconvenience if a critical mission happens to take you there. And an inconvenience is great when it works correctly in a game.

Interactive art

Back to the subject, florins can actually be found while searching dead bodies (which you can later pick up and dump somewhere dark), pickpocketing random bypassers or finding treasure chests, which are scattered all over the maps and are often guarded by soldiers. Bonuses have become a big part of the game altogether, since exploring the cities in AC1 was generally unrewarding. In Assassin’s Creed II we get Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Monteriggioni and even some more areas which are double the size of Acre or Jerusalem. And what’s more important, they’re riddled with all kinds of goodies. The aforementioned chests are only the beginning: you can explore and gain info on landmarks, discover hidden glyphs which trigger puzzles (not saying more), even stumble across full-sized side-missions.

Side-missions. The painful curse of Assassin’s Creed for many, the blessing of the series for those who’ve played the second game. When you first open your map in AC2, the amount of little dots representing spots of interest may amaze you, maybe all of a sudden make you feel lazy even. As declared by Ubisoft, the new game has triple the amount of side-quest variations than the first game, and they are all uniquely presented and constantly morph into one-another. Chariot races, rooftop pursuits, tomb explorations and similar intense scenarios are occasionally crowned by a sequence where you, for example, soar through Venice on Leonardo’s flying machine en-route to an assassination target. It is exactly as good as it sounds.

Truth be told, there are some flaws from the first game that are still showing through the carnival masks of AC2. But any criteria pointing at those microscopic mistakes will eventually get stuck in your throat once you realize just how MUCH Ubisoft has polished and re-created in a couple of years. Adding new layers of depth and overcoming repetitiveness in the most traditional of ways, the developers at Montreal finally made their new formula run on all fours. The risks they took with AC1 have been rewarded with a warm welcome from the press, and Assassin’s Creed II got well-deserved appraisals along with constructive reasons for it being one of the best games of 2009. Exactly where I was leading to.

It seemed that we got the Assassin’s Creed we wanted, with that perfect mix of gameplay, story and an almost absolute absence of repetitive moments. Many would have settled with the same old setting just to make sure that the above was not an evil joke, but Ubisoft pushed their envelope and wrapped AC2 in such a gorgeous presentation that you can equally praise the gameplay and then go on about all those historic accuracies and polygon counts. Seriously, whoever thought of moving the action to Italy hit the nail right on the head, as there’s possibly nothing more atmospherically engaging than the Renaissance of the 15th century in one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Meaning, of course, that the art direction runs the show here. The midnight carnivals, Gondolas through Venice, scorching sun upon the plains of Tuscany, neighbors shouting at each other in the middle of the street, merchants luring over potential customers, it’s all soaked with the essence of the care it took to recreate all of those colors and action and organically fuse it with the gameplay process.

Going in-depth on the amount of beautiful landmarks and amazing color schemes may prove to be a bad idea, since subjects of appraisal may not run out for a few paragraphs. If there’s one thing that can be objectively STATED about AC2 is that, despite all that it offers in terms of gameplay, the aesthetic value and the sheer beauty of the recreated world may as well captivate the hearts of anyone who has any interest in art, history, or irritating street singers.

The sad part remains the presentation from its technical side, which has progressed little since the edgy model of Altair. The polygon count, texture resolutions and all of the major criteria which define “graphics” are basically on the level of the first game, but you’d want to dig a little deeper and discover some neat nuances. For example, the animations. While the organic motion captured movements were great in 2007, they somehow managed to remain just as great today, regardless of the fact that many new movements have been added. Ezio moves like a dancer through fights, and to say that he “jumps from rooftops” would be an understatement of his mastery. Even the horse animations are proudly saying that Ubisoft had the poor animal strapped in a mocap suit to record the movements.

How it fares as a PC port

There were some concerns with the porting of the game to personal computers, and it’s the one thing that I’m sad to talk about. The same black bands for 4:3 aspect monitors. The same delayed release date for additional code optimization. But the main problem of the PC version for Assassin’s Creed II, which is also the most widely known one, is its ridiculous disc protection system. Not only does the game require constant Internet connection to run (resulting in frequent crashes), but it also synchronizes saved games with Ubisoft servers, which makes up for an irritatingly long start-up time. It isn’t necessarily a bad port, but it’s intrusive enough to actually ruin the gameplay.

Purely optimization-wise things are okay however. The game runs swiftly on all low to high-end configurations, and fully supports both the mouse/keyboard and gamepad layouts. There was some concern with the absence of a Direct X 10 version, but the visuals were already very breathtaking, and asking for more would simply be wrong.

But while the graphics and the horrible port may pull the game down for just a bit, the music is what keeps the immersion on at all times. Jesper Kyd has seriously improved since the first game, creating an unnaturally beautiful score incorporating tarantellas, soft guitar tunes and atmospheric orchestral pieces. Add that to the outstanding cast of actors playing their roles perfectly, with all the right expressions and intonations, and you get one generally outstanding audio component that few games have the luxury of boasting about.


In the end, however we want to put it, Ubisoft Montreal did a hell of a job on Assassin’s Creed II. So much fan feedback and such labor over mistakes were definitely last seen a very long time ago. Whatever Ubisoft has planned for the future of the franchise. If it continues to improve with the same intensity, it’ll definitely be worth all the wait. ACII is a living example of how a flawed, but potent formula can be fine-tuned and re-released with the utmost of success.

ESRB M Rating

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Genre: Adventure

Release Date: March 9, 2010

Review Date: 29-03-2010

Numbers of Players: 1

Players Online: No

Co-op: No


All Assassin's Creed II reviews



Few technical improvements become unimportant in the face of a magnificent art direction capturing the very essence of Renaissance Italy, recreating breathtaking views with striking clarity.



A major work on mistakes, practically every minor mechanic was modified and improved in ACII, resulting in a much richer experience completely overshadowing the original.



A soul-deep recreation of the 15th century Italy comes with all the right bonuses: a gripping, twisting story, emotionally engaging characters, and an actually interesting interpretation of the Assassin/Templar theme.



If you close your eyes while playing ACII, your experience won’t suffer one bit. The brilliant music and outstanding acting create a living, breathing world, where mere dialogs can give you a complete vision of Florence existing 5 centuries ago.



Assassin’s Creed II has the definite potential of pleasing anyone who criticized AC1 for just about anything: repetitiveness, blank story, plot progression. Ubisoft just showed us how sequels are meant to be made.



GALLERY PREVIEW -- Assassin's Creed II -- PC