Assassin's Creed II

Common Sense Media says

Violence, sex, and revenge make epic game not for kids.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Needless to say, a game that has you play as an assassin doesn't necessarily send out the best message. Ezio, the main character, however, does see himself as a good person who places family and honor as a high priority, and believes he's rooting out evil and avenging those who have wronged him. 

Positive role models

Ezio isn't a good role model because his profession requires him to kill other human beings.

Ease of play

A bit of a learning curve, but players who have played other action-adventure hybrids should be able to pick up on the mechanics and control pretty easily.

Violence

The main player becomes a skilled assassin in the game, and performs a number of kills on targets. Some are quite graphic, such as stabbing and slicing with twin blades, after sneaking up on unsuspecting victims. Blood gushes out of wounds, and wet slicing sounds add to the realism. Some cut scenes show particularly intense and disturbing deaths, such as one in which a blade penetrates a man's neck and pins him to the ground.

Sex

While there is no nudity in the game, there is some suggestive imagery. Players can undress a woman as a part of a seduction mini-game that shows her bare back side and clothes falling to the floor if you "succeed." Some animated sequences also show women -- sometimes in brothels -- engaged in dialogue that refers to the act of sex. As well, character backstories refer to such things as adultery, sodomy, prostitution, rape, and "page-boy fantasies."

 

Language

The game contains swear words in both English and Italian. This includes "f--k" and "s--t", as well as hell and damn. These words aren't spoken often (as they are in a game like Grand Theft Auto IV) but they're in Assassin's Creed II. Italian profanity includes: "c-zzo" and "m-rda."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are scenes with families drinking wine, but nothing excessive.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed II is very violent and definitely not for children. Players assume the role of a deadly assassin who uses weapons such as knives, swords, and daggers to kill human targets. Deaths -- both those resulting from the player character's actions and those in vivid cut scenes -- are shown in graphic detail. Blood spills from wounds and the action is sometimes slowed down for dramatic effect. While somewhat gratuitious, there is no gore, such as hacking off limbs and such. Parents should also be aware of some sexual imagery and references in dialogue (but no nudity) and some strong language can be heard during dialogue sequences, too.

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What's it about?

If you ever needed proof video game sequels are often better than their predecessor (er, unlike Hollywood), consider ASSASSIN'S CREED II, Ubisoft Montreal's ambitious sequel that had more than 250 developers working on the title for three years. Unlike 2007's Assassin's Creed, where you relive the role of a skilled assassin in the Middle East during the time of the Third Crusade, this new adventure drops you in Italy during the Renaissance. You play as young noble Ezio, whose sense of adventure turns to a thirst for vengeance. Along the way you'll also meet a young Leonardo Da Vinci, a family friend, and test out his wild contraptions including a flying machine that helps Ezio take to the skies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Yes, indeed, but as the name of the game suggests, parents need to be aware of the strong violence in Assassin's Creed II, as well as its sexual references and profanity (please read our breakout descriptions above). This epic story is played out over more than 100 missions, many of which are non-linear, and let you take advantage of the open-world -- and meticulously detailed -- environment, such as historically accurate buildings, city streets, and landmarks. With role-playing game-like skill upgrades, tens of thousands of lines of dialogue, and varied objectives to keep things fresh, Assassin's Creed II is well worth the price of admission.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether violence in a game like Assassin's Creed II -- against humans -- is worse than games that have you kill zombies (such as the Resident Evil or Left 4 Dead series) or aliens (as in Halo or Gears of War). That is, does it matter who the victims are? Why or why not? 

  • Families can also discuss whether a game that takes place in an historical setting such as the Italian Renaissance helps remove the player from reality (as opposed to games that take place during a contemporary time and familiar place, like Grand Theft Auto IV).

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 17, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byRobert J July 16, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Perfect for a Mature Child.

Assassins Creed 2 is a great game for children 13 and up. But that is only if they are mature enough to handle it.

Violence: first of all, you can turn off the blood, so the only blood you can see is in one cut scene when a man is killed. Though there are some violent acts that play out durring the course of the Game, there are however much more violent and "disturbing" games. Games such as Dead Space and Fallout 3 both have gore (e.g. limbs being shot or blown off, or decapitation). Assassins Creed 2 has no gore at all. in Assassins Creed 2, when somebody is stabbed there is a small spurt of blood that comes out of where the charactor was stabbed and they fall to the ground. There are many more violent games out there so this isnt all too bad as far as violence goes.

Language: The language in Assassins creed 2 isnt very light.
swears such as F*ck ans S*it can be heard in the dialogue but not too often. There are also some swears that are spoken in Italian. But is language is a problem, you can turn down the voice volume in the options and turn off sub title so you can hear the swears. (unless you can lip read lol)

Plot: The plot isnt the easiest to explain. You are a man in present day who is put into a machine that can let you re-live the lives of your ancestors. you are a decendant of a long line of assassins and when you go into the machince, thats when the game starts. you then take on the role of Enzio, a man who becomes an assassin so he can kill those who have wronged him and his family.

Sexual content: This is a big deal with parents. when they see "sexual content" on the back of the box. Well lets get this out of the way, there is NO nudity. The Most graphic scene of sex is when at the very begining of the game when you start to play as Enzio. Enzio and his girlfriend are kissing and they get on their bed and then Enzio puts out the candle in the room and the screen goes black. Infering that they had sex. There is no Nudity at all aside from some cleavage you can see from women walking on the streets.

All in all I think this is a GREAT game for you child, and it is one of the best games of the year in my opinion.

The violence can be bad but can be toned down.

The language is somewhat crude, but you can mute the dialogue and turn off sub titles.

The sexual content isnt at all bad.

So if you have a Mature child (probably best suited for Mature 12 and 13 year olds.) that can handle some mature content. I think this is a great game that they should experience.

Adult Written byBrooklyn33392 November 22, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Not Very Good So Far....

So far, Haven't been impressed, due to the sexual content. Ubisoft DID NOT have to put that crap in this game. The first Assassin's Creed was an epic game, and it had NO sexual content. Big let down for me.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 9 year old Written bymrmom June 12, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Perfect for kids 13 and up

The raters are right, this game is not for kids... under the age of 10. I got this game for my 13 year old son and he loves it. Im not one of those parents who let their kids get whatever they want. Violence- in the game people will die, but on the good side blood is not that bad. it doesnt "gush" out (not like just cause 2) like they say up there. I let my kid get just cause 2 as his first M game because its not that bad, but its worse than this game. Of course you stab people but its not bad at all. Blood is not an issue if you have seen any action movie. (die hard is a good example)Sex- it is not an issue!!!!!! if you watch comedy central for 30 minuets, its worse than this, there are prostitutes you can hire to distract guards, but the only part of of them that are showing is there legs. everything and i mean EVERYTHING is covered besides that. Language-they say the F-word 5 times 3 in the biging one at the end, and one in the middle in italian! the s-word is not used more than 10 times but d*mn, godd*mnit, and h*ll are used frequently, those are the only words, (and crap).
Drinking-wine is only showed.
Overall- this game is appropriate for thirteen yearolds if they have seen at least 1 action movie, (or played just cause 2 which my son loves)

What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great role models

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