Assassins Creed 2 Discovery: Review by KingreX32

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Assassins Creed 2 hit store shelves in 2009; when released it received rave reviews and great scores across the board from numerous websites. Unbeknownst to most fans of the series, like the first game (Assassins Creed) there was a DS version released alongside the main game.

Assassins Creed 2 Discovery was Developed by Griptonite games and Published by Ubisoft. It was released on November 17th 2009.

Like most DS version of well-known Triple A titles Discovery takes place 14 years before the main game. It follows Ezio Auditore on his travels to Spain to free his fellow assassins from imprisonment. Along the way you meet up with Christopher Columbus as he finds out that the Templars are planning to set sail west to discover the New World (North America)


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Discovery is a 2.5D side scrolling action game like its predecessor (Altair’s Chronicles). The gamecard is an “enhanced game card” meaning that it can work on both the DS and DSi. When played on the DSi players have the option of taking pictures of their faces, these pictures are then used as wanted posters in the game. This is the only DSi specific feature in this game. Because the game isn’t very big he missions are basically getting from point A to B all while fighting, avoiding or running away from enemies. There are three mission types Normal (get to the objective) Stealth (get to your objective without being seen, if you’re seen four times the mission ends with a failure) and Chase (Complete your objective as fast as possible, sometimes there missions are timed)

While Ezio is armed with a sword and his father’s hidden blade like any Assassins Creed game most times its smarter to run away than fight. Being an Assassin Ezio is able to scale walls to escape his pursuers. If they catch us to him they can knock him off the wall forcing you to fight them off. The games combat system is a mix of attacking and blocking, enemies do the same. It’s all about timing, if you choose to attack at the wrong time you end up losing health. At the end of a mission the player’s time to completion, and enemies killed, you gain sync points depending on your score. Sync points are used mainly for Animus Hacks; Animus hacks include specials unlockables like new disguises, harder modes or new abilities.

Graphically Discovery is an improvement over Altairs Chronicles, the sprites move alot smoother, and look alot better, thought they are still not perfect and at times can look blocky. Gameplay wise, as I said before Discovery's gameplay basically getting from point A to B, for most of the game you will be running. In controls the game is pretty simple, you will be using B to jump, A to attack and the directional pad to move.


While Discovery is improved when compared to Altairs Chronicles it is still not the greatest game, there is a limited amount of things to do, and aside from unlocking the Animus Hacks there is zero replay value. The game is fun for about the first hour you have it, but it gets boring very quickly.

If you're a hardcore fan of the Assassins Creed series then by all mean get this game, it does offer more of a back-story for Ezio and leads up to Assassins Creed 2.


Assassins Creed 2 Discovery gets 6.3 out of 10.


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