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Here are my first couple impressions posts from GG Weekly:

It's a very welcome overhaul of the first game without altering the essence of its wonderful platforming mechanics. In a sense, the revamp of the mission structure makes it feel more like GTA: Florence, but that's not a bad thing in my book. Without the obligatory information gathering missions, the flow and pace at which the story unfolds is much more dynamic, and more enjoyable. The city is wonderfully detailed, and the music is beautiful.

Another useful new feature is that the game keeps a record of important places, people and documents you encounter or find throughout the game, so you can always go back and check out a specific building, letter or biography in case you forgot something.

So the game keeps throwing different things at you. Ubi Montreal finally acknowledged the potential that the original game had in regards to platforming elements. I was minding my own business in Firenze, looking for some hidden treasure chests, when one fucker bumps into me "accidentally" and steals money from my bag. "Oooh, boy, you just picked the wrong mexican to fuck with" I say, and I chase him like Leo over young male ass. The chase evolves into a rooftop race, and eventually I catch up with him, knocking him down like an eagle over his prey. I was about to kill him, but he whimpers that he only tried to feed his family, so I soften up and spare his life...after beating the shit out of him, and taking my money back. And his.

Once you get to the family villa, you can invest money to improve it, open businesses and buildings in order to attract tourism. There's a lot of things to do, almost like an RPG-esque approach. Pretty neat.

Last night I had to eavesdrop on a conversation, and to reach the place I had to do a platforming segment that  reminded me of a Prince of Persia game. Lots of variety.

Game keeps delivering. New weapons keep showing up, and combat techniques are constantly being unveiled. The overall aspect of your villa improves as you keep investing money in it, and businesses offer stuff at reduced prices. The assassination contracts are available now, but so far they have been somewhat underwhelming. Pretty simple affairs of hunting and killing someone. Hopefully they will become more varied as time goes by.

Tombs of the assassins are amazing. Great platforming segments.

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Having spent three days in Florence this week and having fallen in love with the feeling of the place, I just can't wait to play this game (though i was not a fan of the first one).  Having visited all the landmarks like the Medici chapels, the churches and museums, the ponte vecchio and all the other famous buildings which are all recreated in the game makes me think this will be amazing to experience

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Having spent three days in Florence this week and having fallen in love with the feeling of the place, I just can't wait to play this game (though i was not a fan of the first one).  Having visited all the landmarks like the Medici chapels, the churches and museums, the ponte vecchio and all the other famous buildings which are all recreated in the game makes me think this will be amazing to experience

You should have played if before your holiday. And then you would walk around these locations with the urge to kill.

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Blog entry from 12/29/09:

When I was very, very young, I was absolutely obsessed with the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. I would stare at his sketches of inventions and the human physique, and of course his paintings, for hours upon end.

My dad didn't appreciate it very much at all, actually back-handing me to the back of the head when he saw me showing particular interest in this one:



I would actually walk myself to the Library and check out arm-fulls of his art books at one time. I always felt like I was a kindred spirit to him, having dozens and dozens of different interests but not really exploring one to it's fullest. I was thrilled when my teachers used to call me a Renaissance Man and a "little Leonardo."

Dad put an end to that obsession pretty quickly, but it never left me even to this day.

I played Assassin's Creed 2 up to the part where they asked you to bring your blade to Leonardo. I was thrilled, but some little voice in the back of my head made me stop playing the game entirely after that.

I just picked it up again today.

I had NO idea Leonardo was supposedly (according to the game at least) gay... maybe I did... I dunno... The game mentioning him and his supposed lover kinda made everything make a whole bunch of sense to me though.

Guess I just deciphered one of my own Glyphs from the past, eh?
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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 13:36:25
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From Weekly News post from 1/1/10:


I am having so much fun playing Ass Creed right now, I almost feel guilty!

I'm looking for treasure around the towers of Tuscany at the moment.

My favorite-est thing in the world to do right now is: climb a tower to just below the top ledge, stalk an archer as he makes his patrol, grab him and pull him over the ledge, then watch his little tumbling body hit other rooftops and bounce off buildings as he plummets to the ground --THEN-- observe as the little, ant-sized people gather in a crowd around the body, pointing and gasping in horror as the guards come running...!

*tee-hee!*
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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 13:40:29
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Leo I saw the "Vitruvian Man" original page in Venice less than a week ago ... you want to touch me?

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Ooooohhhhh... I want to do more than touch you right now...!
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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 13:52:20
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they also have the design on every italian 1 euro coin!


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Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:16:17

Yeah this is a really fantastic game. I loved the first game, well except for the lametastic ending, and they manage to have improved so much in this game. It's quite stunning visually and the platforming mechanics feel even better then the first game's. There's a ton of things to do in the game from finding treasure, collecting feathers, discovering tombs, and building up your villa in a bunch of different ways. The RPG-like elements for both your villa and Ezio himself add another great layer to an already excellent game. The only thing left for me to hope for is a satisfying ending to this game even though it'll be leading up to a third game.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 04:11:52
Stats as of 1/03/09:

Overall:

Synchronization: 44.0%
Time Played: 17:26:12
Distance Covered: 117995

Fight:

Deaths: 6
Favorite Weapon: Hidden Blade
Enemies Killed in Fight: 251
Enemies Assassinated with Hidden Blade: 80
Air Assassinations: 5
Double Air Assassinations: 4
Disarms: 4

Navigation:

Height Climbed (m): 6932
Distance Covered on Ground: 71829
Distance Swam: 743
Distance Covered on Horseback: 15050
Distance Covered on Gondolas: 338
Distance Flown: 0

Villa:

Monteriggioni Restored: 79%
Monteriggioni Value (Florins): 118542
Monteriggioni's Population: 2765
Renovations Completed: 100%
Shops Completed: 100%
Collections Completed: 42%
Equipment Collected: 71%

Social:

Money Earned (Florins): 338650
Money Spent (Florins): 310478
Time Spent Blended: 00:06:45
Times Notorious: 11
Borgia Couriers Killed: 0
Courtesans Hired: 8
Mercenaries Hired: 8
Thieves HIred: 3

Summary From Book:

All Shops are Open
All Shops are Level 3
All Renovations Have Been Completed

22/30 Codex Pages
33/100 Feathers
1/2 Models
4/6 Seals
11/30 Paintings
4/? Portraits of Ezio's Targets

18/22 Weapons
4/4 Leather Armor
4/4 Helmschmied Armor
4/4 Metal Armor
0/4 Missaglias Armor
0/4 Armor of Altair

13/20 Glyphs Deciphered

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 14:47:07

I'm defintely buying this one, they seem to have improved everything over the original and I like the setting. Will wait on a price drop though.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:04:33

gamingeek said:

I'm defintely buying this one, they seem to have improved everything over the original and I like the setting. Will wait on a price drop though.

me too.  as far as i'm concerned this and uncharted 2 are being released when the platinum version comes out at the very nice price of £15 (like i did for infamous) or when they drop to about £18 (like i did for arkham asylum)

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:16:07

You're not going to buy Uncharted 2 at full price? GASP

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:24:34

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You're not going to buy Uncharted 2 at full price? GASP

i'm going to buy it at full price when it's in the platinum range.  15 quid is about right.  it's doing well without me.  i don't feel bad about waiting to get it on the cheap.  i deserve it Nyaa

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:30:09
GASP

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:13:34

gamingeek said:
8========D GASP

Open wide, GG.

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:15:38

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gamingeek said:
8========D GASP

Open wide, GG.

Is it Nathan Drakes?

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:17:30

Stats as of 1/04/09:

Overall:

Synchronization: 54.4%
Time Played: 22:25:30
Distance Covered: 150761

Fight:

Deaths: 19
Favorite Weapon: Hidden Blade
Enemies Killed in Fight: 644
Enemies Assassinated with Hidden Blade: 325
Air Assassinations: 9
Double Air Assassinations: 6
Disarms: 3

Navigation:

Height Climbed (m): 8858
Distance Covered on Ground: 106260
Distance Swam: 1912
Distance Covered on Horseback: 3608
Distance Covered on Gondolas: 615
Distance Flown: 733

Villa:

Monteriggioni Restored: 92%
Monteriggioni Value (Florins): 138160
Monteriggioni's Population: 3223
Renovations Completed: 100%
Shops Completed: 100%
Collections Completed: 50%
Equipment Collected: 95%

Social:

Money Earned (Florins): 749938
Money Spent (Florins): 504428
Time Spent Blended: 00:06:26
Times Notorious: 14
Borgia Couriers Killed: 1
Courtesans Hired: 38
Mercenaries Hired: 9
Thieves HIred: 12

Summary From Book:

All Shops are Open
All Shops are Level 3
All Renovations Have Been Completed

25/30 Codex Pages
20/100 Feathers
2/2 Models
6/6 Seals
30/30 Paintings
6/? Portraits of Ezio's Targets

21/22 Weapons
4/4 Leather Armor
4/4 Helmschmied Armor
4/4 Metal Armor
3/4 Missaglias Armor
4/4 Armor of Altair

3/20 Glyphs Deciphered

Own the Medici Cape


52/66 Viewpoints
241/330 Treasures
Edited: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:19:50

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Mon, 04 Jan 2010 17:25:13

gamingeek said:

SteelAttack said:

gamingeek said:
8========D GASP

Open wide, GG.

Is it Nathan Drakes?

No. Mine. Nathan's is smaller.

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