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Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery is a handheld spinoff of the highly successful Assassin’s Creed II console game. Ezio Auditore, the hero of ACII and a high-flying assassin, returns as the hero. The game’s story takes place in the late fifteenth-century, just before the end of the console game. Ezio is recruited by his Thieves’ Guild ally Antonio to settle some scores with the megalomaniacal Rodrigo Borgia and his Templars in Spain, who are masquerading as the Inquisition and oppressing Assassin clans there. It’s up to Ezio to do what he can to put a dent in the Templars’ plans and protect his distant kin.
The game is pretty short. It won’t take you more than 8-10 hours to beat this game the first time around, but it’s also very difficult to play it for more than half an hour at a time. It’s fun in short bursts, but the novelty of the game soon fades into monotony (especially during stealth sequences) and there isn’t much to hold your interest. The story and mission objectives are pretty cut and dry most of the time, with none of the atmospheric quality that made Assassin’s Creed a smash hit three years ago. There’s a little bit of replay value to be had with the “Animus Hacks” that upgrade Ezio and make him faster and more resistant to damage. These are bought with “sync points” claimed by tearing down wanted posters and finishing missions as quickly and healthily as possible.
Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery is definitely good for a rental or a gift to a diehard fan of the console series. Jennifer and I had a quick bit of fun with the game. It was the frustrating stealth missions that clash with the game’s overall design that drove her crazy. For me, it was that the game suffered from “eggnog effect”. It’s good for a while, but it’s not immersive or innovative. After about twenty minutes of formulaic “run here, do this, come back” gameplay it got really stale, much like the taste of eggnog after it’s been sitting in your fridge for the entire holiday season.
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
Discovery is much better than the last DS game. It's now a fast paced. side scroller of sorts.
Good -Very fast paced. Reminds me of sonic games. -Has elements of AC2 for the consoles. i.e pulling guards from buildings, the style of climbing up buildings, chase sequences. -game play and combat flow nicely and enjoyable.
Bad -difficulty can get irritating, but I'm sure it gets easier with practice.
posted by ColinStein (OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) Feb 2, 2010
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gamers (86%) found this review helpful
I couldn't pay attention to the story or really think that it's part of the AC trilogy...but the gameplay was pretty cool. It's a mix between Sonic and Mirror's Edge. Mirror's Edge because they are CONSTANTLY shooting arrows at you in some parts and you can't stop. It's really hard to see what's going on in the game because of how not widescreen the DS is. IT's a really quick and short game. The graphics and quality of the game was really impressive. It felt just like you were controlling Ezio on the real games. You could assassinate the same way and fighting was basically the same as well. The environment was completely 3D and was really impressive. Good game for a rent but to buy? Not at chance.