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Assassin’s Creed II DLC [Prices Updated]

This Thursday you can extend your ACII play time by taking part in The Battle of Forli, only $3.99 (£3.19 – confirmed price).

The History lesson;

The battle of Forli is an actual battle where the Orsi brothers attacked the city of Forli which was ruled at the time by Caterina Sforza. Ezio and Machiavelli – leader of the Florence mercenaries – make their way to the citadel of Forli with the apple of Eden to request protection from Caterina Sforza. As they approach, something goes wrong: Forli is under attack! Borgia guards are laying siege to the city. The attack seems to be lead by the two dreaded Orsi brothers. Players will have to protect the city alongside Sforza and the great Machiavelli who they have met towards the end of sequence 11. The flying machine will also be accessible in the city/region of Forli to players.

The flying machine makes a welcome return, with only a single appearance in ACII it was criminally under used, so I look forward to taking to the skies again. I hope the DLC is more than just one mission but its nice to see that it’s coming and is priced well. Bonfire of the Vanities, the second piece of ACII DLC is scheduled for late February, priced $4.99 (£4.19 – unconfirmed price).

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Assassin’s Creed II Review

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Assassin’s Creed was not well received when released back in november 2007, gamers complained about the Sci-Fi plot, repetitive gameplay and clunky controls among other things. That’s not to say the first AC was a bad game, it just wasn’t a classic. So 2 years later on, can Ubisoft correct their errors and deliver a true classic?

The start of AC II is confusing at best, having not played the first title myself you are not offered any backstory to help you understand what will follow. I was completely lost when I found myself breaking out of the Abstergo facility because I was being used for my memories to only be strapped into another similar machine by another set of people. Either way the basic plot is you are Nathan Drake Desmond Miles who is caught in an ongoing struggle between the Templar Knights and the Assassins. They are fighting for powerful objects from the past called the Pieces of Eden. My main gripes with the story is that it is overly complicated (definitely not helped by the ending) and the main character is voiced by Nolan North in exactly the same way as Nathan drake. fortunately you don’t spend much time in the present day (well 2012) and most of the game is spent in 15th century Italy as Ezio Auditore. This is a fantastic setting for a game, one that I have not visited before and enjoyed observing the Rialto Bridge still only made of wood, the Towers of Tuscany and operating Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions.

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Black Friday Game Deals

Here’s a good line up of some of the deals that can be found during Black Friday weekend. Highlights include Dragon Age $35, GTA4 $20, Brutal Legend $35, NfS:Shift $35 and a $10 gift card with CoD:MW2 or Assassin’s Creed 2. Also Game Fly members get a $10 coupon on Used or Keep games. Via Yahoo

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This Week’s Home Update

It seems like PlayStation Home is really catching its stride, and offering up new content every week. This week, there’s a bunch of free videos available, including clips from games and episodes of before-they-hit-cable TV series, and even full-length episodes from other programs.

Between November 12th and 19th, courtesy of FUNimation, the first full episode of Full Metal Alchemist Season 2 will be available to watch in the theater. You can also download shows from the PlayStation Store if the show interests you. Also airing this Friday is a never before seen video of Final Fantasy XIII, also in the theater.

Sony and A&E Entertainment also teamed up to bring an advanced screening of their new series Steven Seagal: Lawman, which will also be shown in the theater. And just for watching, you also unlock the free virtual item, “Lawman Vest”. The show doesn’t hit TV until December 2nd, so this is a pretty advanced screening :P.

Also coming to the Mall tomorrow is a whole collection of Assassin’s Creed-related clothing, including hats, shirts, hoodies and wristbands to coincide with the launch of their next two titles, Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines and Assassin’s Creed II. There will be even more virtual goods next week as well.

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