Assassin’s Creed II, on consoles, is a sequel that changed the focus of the assassin’s dreamland from a medieval Middle East to Renaissance Italy, putting you in the role of Ezio, running throughout soaring cities like Rome and Florence. The iPhone already saw a platformer version last month, and now Ubisoft has released a multiplayer game with a suspenseful concept. However, it lacks anything close to the stunning graphics of the console version.
Assassin’s Creed II Multiplayer is an online game that pits four assassins against each other. It requires a Wi-fi connection, so it can’t be played over the cell network, but when we did use Wi-fi, we were able to connect and play without too much trouble. It has no connection to any of the iPhone social networks like Plus+ or OpenFeint that we’ve come to love, so you must create a profile before playing, in which you provide your profile name for your targets and assassins to see.
Bob had it coming.
The game has a clever, and simple, concept. Using a bird’s-eye camera view, four player assassins with different disguises enter an Italian city. Your job as a player is to pick up a contract, which targets one of the other assassins, and then follow the arrow it provides until you get close to your target, at which point the arrow disappears and you have to find your target in the crowd. This is only possible through guesswork or keen observation, to determine which of the characters moving around are controlled by AI and which aren’t.
Hitting civilians only stuns them, and hitting other player assassins who aren’t your target stuns them as well. Your assassin apparently only uses the sharp knives when hitting his target, because the target ends up in a pool of cartoony blood, and you are left to vacate the scene and collect another contract. The game is based on a point system and a timer, and the winner gains notoriety points, which places them on the leaderboard.
Masked balls: An assassin’s favorite kind of party.
The unfortunate letdowns in Assassin’s Creed II Multiplayer are the unimpressive graphics and lack of locations. There are only three locations: Rome Cathedral, Slums of Venice, and Venice Carnival, which don’t differ enormously from each other. The graphics are cartoony and the view from above lends an early Grand Theft Auto feeling to the landscape, which simply does not do the actual cities or the console game proper justice.
Assassin’s Creed 2 Multiplayer primarily made us want to go and play the real game on consoles. At the same time, it is a solid game that has Ubisoft’s stylistic touch as well as a clever concept. It’s pretty good, and if you have a reliable wireless connection and a love for all things Assassin’s Creed, it could be worth downloading.