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Assassin’s Creed II PC Game Analysis

In games on June 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

Assassin’s Creed was one of those titles that, despite questionable gameplay choices, has created around himself a great number of admirers, also thanks to that style a bit ‘cool that has characterized the entire production and, above all, charisma of his character, Altair. After the announcement of sequels, many gamers have begun to show an almost maniacal level of expectation and unconditional. About two years since the release of the first chapter and four months of the second console, we are here to do Spaziogames of PC users know if all this waiting is worth it.

The Italian murderess
The story of Assassin’s Creed II to resume where they were interrupted in the first chapter, then, assuming again the role of Desmond good. This time, however, his alter ego is higher, but a new all-Italian ancestor: Ezio Auditor. The character in question is presented first as a boy all a bit ‘arrogant, in whose veins runs the blood of the noble Florentine family Auditore. A carefree and happy life to its lush Ezio Renaissance Florence, but his peace is soon interrupted by a plot concocted against De Medici ruling family, which also involves the family Auditore. After some events, we will not reveal, the protagonist sees his dying father and two brothers. Ezio, moved by anger and revenge, wants to take the law into its own and, wearing the clothes of the assassin discovered in an old trunk of his father John, who was actually a murderess, moves in search of all the conspirators to make literally square clean. A strong plot, which includes an orderly and never boring plot twists, intrigue deep and rich characters, also thanks to important meetings such as those with Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de Medici, the gaming experience that transmits historical aftertaste makes it even more fascinating adventure Ezio.

Murderess 2.0
The game mechanics so much criticism of the first chapter have been revised in its entirety and can carry the player in a flurry of actions always different and very fluid, which avoids the unpleasant sensation of “doing the same thing.” Starting from the fighting immediately notice a greater variety of movements, new moves, counter moves and the ability to disarm the enemy or dodge. According to the guards that Ezio encounters along its path, you can decide what strategy to attack, thus changing the approach of attack from time to time. The enemy, as in the first chapter, an attack at a time, but this is considered, rather than a defect, just a stylistic choice not to create too much chaos adopted during the fighting and thus enhance the evolution of Ezio and the stealth feature of game, thus avoiding too much experience to simulate that action would be beneficial to the spirit of the title. The weaponry available is very varied and, in addition to weapons murderess Leonardo provides Ezio during the course of the adventure, such as blades hidden, there are many other instruments of death and armor that increase the maximum level of living. These plates will then be repaired from time to time, otherwise, the gain made by them will be less vital. In order to obtain these weapons is, of course, need money you can get robbed or completing the various missions. There is also an alternative way to further increase revenues: it is an economic system based on income housing Ezio, Villa Moteriggioni, which will produce fixed income investing in the village through the restructuring that will raise the rent. This villa can offer other interesting features, as well as to act as a catalyst for money, for example, you can decorate with different works of art like paintings purchased in some shops. During the raids Ezio is possible, since we are still talking about a murderess, evade the guards mingling among the crowd, passing on the roofs or using the aid of mercenaries courtesans or distract the guards, leaving the way free. Although this feature than previously, has been more thoroughly giving the possibility to choose different strategies depending on the situation of the game and making himself very multifaceted and fun. It’s really admirable the efforts made by Ubisoft to make the gameplay more varied and the secret recipe that led to this result is mainly composed of two components: free roaming RPG. Some small element borrowed from these two genres, perhaps conceptually different from what was originally the nature of Assassin’s Creed, it was really helpful in mitigating the obvious limitations inherent in the gameplay of this brand.

Assassin’s Style
The graphic style is one of the hallmarks of this brand, and in this second chapter is further highlighted by, above all, a colossal amount of graphic detail and higher than the first iteration, and a painstaking and faithful representation of our favorite Italian cities , a symbol of cultural and artistic wealth in this game shines through in a striking and plausible. There are, however, a few drops of style, such as polygonal models approximate the marginal characters, and other small technical uncertainties that could have been better treated since the blazon of the title. Regarding the fluidity, the game runs very well without any problems even on non-performing too, reaching a good compromise between performance and graphics quality. A comparison with the console versions, we can confirm that this version has a cleaner and more defined graphical detail, and the problem of the effect pop-up was slightly content, as was to be expected. Even the audio industry stands at a high level, with a dubbed Italian un’effettistica well played and very well sampled.

The shadow of Starforce
The PC version of Assassin’s Creed II brings (along with the title naval Silent Hunter 5) a new system for anti piracy. It is a DRM that requires the player must access the server Ubi.com, and stay connected to the network to play, much like Steam. Ubisoft has done even more: the progress is not saved on your hard drive, but there are in the database server at Ubisoft. The problem arises when, if for any reason, the servers were to jump (as has already happened among others): this will make it practically impossible to play the game in question. Not questioning the good faith of Ubisoft that, indeed, is to be admired for his strength of will to put a spanner in piracy, it is inevitable to admit that this DRM is invasive. Now gamers honest, after waiting so long to get our hands on Assassin’s Creed II, found themselves having to deal with a protection that puts into question even the first right of every video game play.

Hardware
Minimum Requirements:
– OS: Windows XP (32-64 bits), Windows Vista (32-64 bits) Windows 7 (32-64 bits)
– Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.4GHZ RAM: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista – Windows 7
– Video card: 256 MB, DirectX 9.0 compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
– Sound Card: DirectX 9.0-compliant sound card DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0
– HDD Space: 8GB
– Supported Devices: keyboard, mouse, controller

Recommended System Requirements:
– CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 + or higher
– Video card: GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 4700 or higher
– Audio: 5.1
– Peripherals: keyboard, mouse, controller (Xbox 360 controller recommended)
– Video card: ATI Radeon X1950, HD series or NVIDIA GeForce 2000/3000/4000/5000 Series 7/8/9/100/200

The bitter murderess of the first chapter is now a dim memory and now the brand of Assassin’s Creed has reached its full maturation gaming. This is achieved through a well diversified gameplay, which borrowed elements and free-roaming RPG, amalgamating with the right amount in a beautiful blend. Also, do not forget a deep texture with well defined characters and settings that launch the player in the splendid Renaissance Italy, among other well-preserved. Certainly a title that can not miss in any game room PC gamer. But we decided to lower the rating a few points compared to the console version because of problems related to the protection system (forcing the player to a permanent internet connection), and for almost four months late that have brought no real news except the presence of two DLC but that seem more a sop.

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