TGS 09: Why Assassin's Creed II is GTA, Hitman and Arkham Asylum in one stealthy package

The first Assassin’s Creed was an incredible sensory experience. So you’ll be glad to know the slack-jawed awe that comes with staring at massive cityscapes from a lofty tower is back with a vengeance. Better yet, from our hands-on with the upcoming Tokyo Game Show demo, it’s clear Ubisoft Montreal has really been working on the assassinations. And the murdering antics now rival Metal Gear and Hitman for thoughtful stealthy shenanigans.

The plot bit

Set in Renaissance era Italy, you control Ezio Auditore di Firenze (phew). Once a nobleman, he turns to professional people whacking in order to avenge the death of his dad. Exhausting names aside, the game still involves taking on hits from various guilds and whacking powerful figures. Combat and kills remain much the same. So you’ll still be offing people with concealed blades while looking all ‘emo’ in a brooding hood. 

Plunging axes into guards’ feet – one of the most wince-inducing new moves – greedily claims its fair chunk of awesome. But it’s the much improved stealth that could well make this one of the games of 2009.

Like Agent 47, you can kill your targets without ever being seen

Despite awarding it a perfect ten, the hits in the first game could feel clumsy. Built up as elaborate set pieces, reaching your target usually ended in a clusterf*ck of stabbing everything in sight. Thankfully, Ezio has been taking tips from Hitman’s sociopathic slap head. And, just like nailing a silent assassin rating in Agent 47’s wet work ‘em up, murders can now be planned and executed with thoughtful precision.

We see this for ourselves in the demo, when we reach a heavily guarded church where our target Emilo Barbagio is hiding. Silently skulking from the courtyard’s rafters, we follow the evil doer and his bodyguard. Once isolated, we strike with a gruesome new move that sees us plunge twin blades into both men’s jugulars simultaneously. It’s brutal, clinical and, best of all, witness-free.


  • miasma - October 19, 2009 11:25 p.m.

  • kneehighsocks - October 12, 2009 2:50 a.m.

    isnt it a game of 2009 regardless? anyway this is going to be an amazing game and im glad its coming soon cause i cant wait much longer.
  • ballagamer - October 8, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    this and splinter cell conviction are gunna be ill
  • KankerRam - October 4, 2009 7:22 a.m.

    If Assassin's Creed 2 is nothing like the first one... I'll consider buying it. Except for the combat and free running system, thats the shit.
  • GamerTagsSuck - October 3, 2009 2:44 a.m.

    Xboxrulez, Shut up. Shut the F*** up.
  • AlexMercer1337 - October 1, 2009 1:21 a.m.

    27 hours! This is going on my "High Priority" list.
  • Comma - September 30, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    I loved the first one I gotta get this 1
  • mentalityljs - September 29, 2009 12:45 a.m.

    @oryandymackie: No one got on my PC, I was clerifying for xboxrulez that a gaming rig's specs are greater than the 360's! The 360 is a great system, but come ON, have a little more knowledge about what hardaware is out there b4 making such bold statements like he does!
  • Benji - September 29, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    I Cant Fucking Wait 4 This Game... Going 2 Be The Game Of The Year. I Want It Now!!!
  • mentalityljs - September 29, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    @thedocument: Very true, i agree. However, if you're buying a cross platform game for your PC, chances are you're a PC gamer, and would more than likely have a fairly decent machine if you were serious enough about gaming. Plus, xboxrulez makes everything sound like a pile of shit compared to the 360. Which reminds me... @xboxrulez: Not sure what decade you're stuck in, but most PC's come with at LEAST a 500Gb HD, not a puny 20Gb. And that "man in the shop" lied to you! Not trying to be a dick, but you should do a little research on your 360 specs and compare it to what's out there.
  • Pyrophobia - September 28, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    @terdferguson Altair's been dead for almost 500 years. @everyone Just for general info, the standard Xbox 360 has a 60GB hard-drive, with Elites coming in at 120GB. Also, the Xbox 360 currently has the largest hard-drive for any console (excluding PCs), coming in at 250GB. And on a personal note, I prefer thumbsticks to a mouse and keyboard. Just saying...
  • terdferguson - September 28, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    how are they going to carry on the old stoyryline and is Altair the new Head of Assasins?
  • Yeager1122 - September 27, 2009 8:01 p.m.

    Just really really hope the repetivness from the first game is gone.
  • crumbdunky - September 27, 2009 5:16 p.m.

    I was really hupedfor AC originally and looked for info about it at every turn yet when it landed it took me literally an age to bother finishing. God it was dull if you played for more tan half an hour! Loads of potential and a lot of cool moments but they were interspersed by a ton of repetition in missions. Bloody eavesdropping and pickpocketing(with terrible detection system)for every assassination, having to climb EVERY damn towr you found, not to mention the interminable horse rides between cities! No, I don't(Fallout3 apart-two broken shooting mechanics and a loss of atmosphere does NOT make a sequel to the greatest series EVER, imo)think I've been more let down b a game in ages. Some games let you down but you didn't have the huge hopes I did for the first AC and afteran hour or so I found myself wanting to put the pad down-and if I didn't always finish the games I start I doubt I'd have made it to halfway in AC1. There was, though, still great parts to it and great potential for the series and I pray they've sorted it all out for this game. There certainly looks to be fewer "eavesdrops" and more variety to AC2's missions and the addition of Da Vinci and the gadgets is brilliant so, with luck, it seems I might get the kind of game I'd hoped for originall though after being stung the once I might rent first or wait for a drop in price, esp with so much out from now til next April!
  • SHAD0WNINJA - September 27, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    Cant wait for this game. It looks amazing
  • superdude0905 - September 27, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    @ xboxrulez, 20 gigs is nothing, compared to the ps3 (any of them), its half as small, like therat said, there is 40, 60, 80, and 120 gigs, im sorry, so therefore, you have no argument, pretty much anything has a bigger hard drive than the xbox 360 (and its very iritating when you cant fit more DLC), and as for the article, it was great, especially with the enhanced AI, the old one was sort of oblivious, and the more modern gadgets are gonna be awesome, cant wait to get it!!
  • ineedaweapon - September 26, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    lol @ everyone who argues with xboxrulez. Some people just don't realise when the piss is being taken. Can't wait for this game, loved the first one.
  • therat - September 26, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    @xboxrulez wtf r u talikin about?!! 20gigs is NOTHING! the smallest-memory PS3 ever made had a 20 gig HD and they stopped production of that after like month! since then there's been 40, 60, 80, and 120 gig consoles so :P
  • oryandymackie - September 26, 2009 8:04 a.m.

    It's people like mentalityljs that ruin PC gamers' reputation. Getting all wound up because someone started getting on your PC. Pathetic.
  • oryandymackie - September 26, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    Wow, GamesRadar is really anti-emo, huh? HI FIVE!

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