OXCGN’S Assassin’s Creed 2 Review

Includes 360 and PS3 version comparison

by AXIS of Reality

© 2009 Alex Baldwin

Assassin’s Creed II has been out for over two weeks now. From speaking to numerous gamers, many people are still sitting on the fence unsure of whether Ubisoft Montreal’s sequel is really worth buying after the original was initially flooded with positive reviews until a slightly sour aftertaste sunk in.

This article is for anyone in that position. You can take the lateness of this review as a good thing for several reasons, and find out why Ezio’s adventure is a perfect example of how a sequel should be done. A brief comparison of the 360 and PS3 versions is also provided at the end of the article to help multiplatform owners get the best version.

To get a better idea of the context surrounding Assassin’s Creed II, let’s jump back to Christmas 2007. Assassin’s Creed was released in a flurry of hype and excitement that was born from the incredible graphics displayed in trailers and the promise of an open world to freely run and leap about.

• Assassin’s Creed 2 Walkthrough

Come play with Ezio & kill the traitors . . . >

Assassin’s Creed 3: (Part 2) When & Where To Next?

Part 2 adds more possibilities to the mix….

UPDATE – Assassin’s Creed 3 announced – details, screens and scans here

Assassin’s Creed III Limited Editions Detailed and Priced HERE

by dkpatriarch

© 2009 David Hilton

When and where will Assassin’s Creed 3 take place?  In Part 1 I outlined four possible options and now with Part 2 we will look at several more.

With so many clues revealed through codex, ‘subject 16’ revelations, symbols on walls, Pieced of Eden locations, and 6 statues in the Tuscan villa, Ubisoft could be directing us to the next instalment, or just throwing around a lot of food for conjecture.

UPDATE 7/3/12: Below is my suggestion in 2009 of the Seven Years War (French-Indian War) which actually is when Assassin’s Creed III begins.  I explain there why it is a good starting point for the American Revolution.

Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 3: (Part 2) When & Where To Next?

Assassin’s Creed 3: When & Where To Next? Part 1

We take our first look in Part 1

UPDATE – Assassin’s Creed 3 announced – details, screens and scans here

Assassin’s Creed III Limited Editions Detailed and Priced HERE

by dkpatriarch

© 2009 David Hilton
When to next for the Assassin?

With Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2 achieving great first-week sales of 1.6 million units worldwide, a 32 percent increase on the original medieval action stealth title, which sold around 1.1 million copies the first week in 2007, I’ve decided to jump the gun a bit and explore where and when the inevitable third Assassin’s Creed game could take place.

Ubisoft have chosen very well for their first two titles and so they must think very carefully (if they have not already decided) [Ed: which they already have, but just haven’t let on about] about the setting of the next installment, especially now that they’ve got the game’s mix of free-running action and mission diversity right this time.

Here is Part 1 of my list of possible time periods and settings that I’ve come up with after pondering the possibilities through the filter of my past education in history.  Part 2 is now available HERE. I’d really like to know which one you, as fellow gamers, think would fit the Assassin’s Creed style.

UPDATE 7/3/12: In Part 2 (# 9) HERE is my suggestion in 2009 of the Seven Years War (French-Indian War) which actually is when Assassin’s Creed III begins.  I explain there why it is a good starting point for the American Revolution.

Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 3: When & Where To Next? Part 1

OXCGN’s Assassin’s Creed: Lineage Review and Full Film

Assassin's Creed movie oxcgn #7

Assassin’s Creed: Lineage Review and Full Film

david-twiter-avatar1by dkpatriarch

© 2009 David Hilton

With Assassin’s Creed 2 being released this week worldwide, Ubisoft has released Parts 2 and 3 of their lead-up film Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, which chronicles events prior to the game.

Detailing a vast conspiracy in Renaissance Italy and featuring Giovanni, the father of the game’s protagonist Ezio, as the Assassin, the first of the films (fully reviewed by OXCGN here) achieved more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube in 24 hours.

With the rest of the film now released and fully viewable here on OXCGN, what are we to make of the elaborate promotional prequel?

The Full Assassin’s Creed: Lineage Film:

Assassin’s Creed film impressions. . . >

Assassin’s Creed 2 The Movie Official Trailer Out

Assassin’s Creed The Movie Finally Arrives

Assassin's Creed movie oxcgn #7

Grant's twitterby XboxOZ360:

©2009 Grant Smythe – OXCGN

And even more Assassin’s Creed:

  • OXCGN’s review of the full Lineage film HERE.
  • UPDATE 6 May 2011: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations has just been announced for consoles and PC: Read Here.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 1. – Read more.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 – Where and When to Next Part 2 – Read more.
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: (Almost) Modern Warfare – do you agree with new direction? Look Here.
  • Assassin’s Creed novels HERE
  • Assassin’s Creed Ascendance Animated Film teaser HERE
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Beta Kill Video and Verdict here.
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Review (Single Player)
  • Check out the  Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance Book Review

Update: 14th Nov: Here it is, 36 mins of pure uninterrupted Assassin’s Creed 2: Lineage Movie lovin’

[Pheeww, that was a big one, over 700 mgs of upload, at an extremely sloooowww pace, but we got there – finally.

So please sit back and enjoy the 36mins of Assassin’s Creed2 : Lineage Extended Movie. It is well worth the 36 mins it takes to sit through it I can tell you! And you can download it or embed it into your site if you like, but be warned, it’s a very large file.]

Assassin's Creed movie oxcgn #4
Giovanni at his cutting best

Update #1: Review of Part 1 of the Assassin’s Creed Movie HERE.

I had the pleasure of getting a sneak-peak of the trailer the other week at the Official Launch of Ubisoft’s 2 main games, Assassin’s Creed 2 and James Cameron’s Avatar The Game in Sydney recently. They also had Splinter Cell: Conviction on show, but strictly hands-off.

The trailer however looked absolutely brilliant, and you’d be mistaken to think it was the game, or the game was the movie, as the characters are so much alike it’s scary. Just some of these stills give you a quick glimpse of how well this is done.

Remember that Ubisoft purchased the company behind 300 and Sin City, which is now aptly called Hybride Technologies

• Official Assassin’s Creed 2 Movie Trailer:

OXCGN’s Assassin’s Creed 2 Review here.

Continue reading Assassin’s Creed 2 The Movie Official Trailer Out

The Merchants of Venice: Assassin’s Creed 2 and Venetica

David's twitterby dkpatriarch

© 2009 David Hilton

venice oxcgn 1Ah Venice…There’s just something so magical and surreal about the place.  Featured in films from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to James Bond: Casino Royale and games like Timesplitters: Future Perfect and The Club, it presents a perfect exotic local in which to set escapist entertainment.

Forgive me for the following nostalgia trip, but I arrived in Venice by boat a young 17 year old way back in 1989, the morning after a live Pink Floyd concert (these days you can watch it on Youtube).

Let’s look at the Two Tales of One City shall we

OXCGN’s Top 10 Best Graphics This Generation: Part 1

Alex's twitterby AXIS of Reality

©2009 Alex Baldwin

best graph this gen oxcgn #1In the never-ending battle for technical graphical supremacy, there aren’t any winners.

While we can compare spec sheets, polygons, parallax mapping resolution and pixel counts, in the end it doesn’t mean a thing.

What’s important is how it artistically appeals to you as you are immersed in the carefully crafted virtual world.

So with that in mind, it’s time for an artistic look at the Top 10 Best Graphics This Generation.

And on to the first 5 . . . >

OXCGN: Focus On Assassin’s Creed 2

Oxcgn E3 assassins creed 11

OXCGN Loves Assassin’s Creed 2’s Huge Leap Forward…

by Team OXCGN

©2009 Oxcgn.com

assassins creed 2 oxcgn e3#2Assassin’s Creed 2 will be one of the games of 2009.

I know that’s a big call considering all the competition this holiday season, but it could hardly not be when it is taking all that was great about the original Assassin’s Creed, a game that sold over 8 million copies, and then fixing all that was wrong with it.

What was great?  The seamless free-running, the alive world, and the incredible attention to game environmental detail.

What was wrong?  The repetitive missions, the rather pointless ‘kingdom’ area, and the limited ‘future’ sections.

• Assassin’s Creed 2 E3 Demo

What’s new? Click Here. . . .>