Assassin's Creed II

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Assassin's Creed II
Assassin's Creed II cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
macOS (OS X) Ubisoft Ukraine
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Anvil
Release dates
Windows March 9, 2010
macOS (OS X) October 1, 2010
Reception
Metacritic 86
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Themes Europe, Historical, Renaissance
Series Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed II on HowLongToBeat
Assassin's Creed II on IGDB
Assassin's Creed II guide on StrategyWiki
Assassin's Creed II on MobyGames
Assassin's Creed II on Wikipedia
Assassin's Creed 2008
Assassin's Creed II 2010
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 2011
Assassin's Creed: Revelations 2011
Assassin's Creed III 2012
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 2013
Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD 2014
Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry 2014
Assassin's Creed: Pirates 2014
Assassin's Creed Unity 2014
Assassin's Creed Rogue 2015
Assassin's Creed Chronicles (series)
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 2015
Assassin's Creed Origins 2017
Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt 2018
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2018
Assassin's Creed III Remastered 2019
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered 2019
Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece by Ubisoft 2019
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 2020

Key points

Game does not launch unless it is installed in the same drive as UPlay. Not applicable to Steam version.[Now Working in 2020]
Very poor mouse input due to aggressive acceleration. A controller is highly recommended, though Xbox controllers may require a fix. See Controller support.
Poorly implemented out of sync frame cap. See Issues fixed.

General information

Official manual
Official forums
Assassin's Creed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.co.uk
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Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition.
Mac OS X
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+. Standard edition only.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Ubisoft Connect DRM.
A constant internet connection is no longer required. The game is playable offline.[1]

Version differences

The Deluxe Edition is a complete edition containing the base game and all DLC.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Battle of Forlì Included in the Deluxe Edition. No longer available for individual purchase.
Windows
Bonfire of the Vanities Included in the Deluxe Edition. No longer available for individual purchase.
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

Version 1.01 patch can be downloaded here.
Among other fixes, it adds ATI Eyefinity support and provides some performance enhancements for multi-core processors.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Delete or rename UBI_LOGO.bik.
  3. Further delete or rename any folder present here (e.g. en, it or whatever else installed languages might be).

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Assassin's Creed 2\Assassin2.ini
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33230/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <Ubisoft-Connect-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\4\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33230/pfx/[Note 1]
Save games before the new patch are in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegame_storage
The save folder was relocated in a November 23, 2012 patch.
If you change the XML config file to allow offline play, or if you select the Uplay launcher to stay offline in the options, then your progress and games will NOT be saved!
You CAN turn cloud-sync OFF in the options, but you must allow Uplay to go online to allow Assassin's Creed II to save games to this location on your local hard drive.

Save game cloud syncing

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9; other aspect ratios are letterboxed.[citation needed]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes and some menus are pillarboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
It is possible to force the Anisotropic Filter externally from the graphics card control, but this will cause great delay in the game menu, as well as a considerable loss in the performance of the game.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Force triple buffering in graphics card control settings for a more consistent frame pacing.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game has a poorly implemented 59 FPS cap which can jump between 57 to 63 FPS; however, it allows a high refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Anisotropic filtering can be forced in the control panel of the graphics card at the cost of a noticeable loss of performance. The LOD quality improve substantially, but it is still very poor.

Input

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game button map settings.
In-game button map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Aggressive mouse acceleration. Can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
X and Y inversion can be set independently for first-person, third-person, or both.
Controller
Controller support
A fix is needed for wireless Xbox 360 Controllers and Xbox One Controllers; see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller support must be enabled in the options menu on first launch, which requires mouse.
Controller remapping
For non-XInput devices only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X and Y inversion can be set independently for first-person, third-person, or both.
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support

Xbox 360 Controllers and Xbox One Controllers are not detected correctly resulting in incorrect button mappings due to a driver bug. Windows 10 users can find a fix at the bottom of this section.

Controller support doesn't work correctly

Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II have problems with button mapping and recognition.
If a DualShock 4 is being used with a program like DS4Windows in exclusive mode, this fix is not necessary and will be mapped properly.
Use pre-made x360ce fix (Current, recommended)[2]
A pre-made fix is available which includes support for vibration.
  1. Download and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
Use x360ce (Deprecated)[3]
A pre-made fix is available
Does not include support for vibration and is incompatible with current versions of x360ce.
A more up-to-date version is available above.
  1. Download and extract the files to <path-to-game>.
Use x360ce (Manual)[citation needed]
  1. Download the 32-bit (x86) version of x360ce and extract it to <path-to-game>.
  2. Run x360ce.exe and either configure your controller manually or allow the program to select a configuration. Select Save to save your changes.
  3. Close x360ce.exe and open the newly generated x360ce.ini file in <path-to-game>.
  4. Between [Options] and [Mappings] add, or replace, the following:
    [InputHook]
    HookCOM=1
    HOOKDI=1
    HOOKPIDVID=1
    HookName=1
  5. Save and close the file.
  6. The controller should now function correctly, but additional steps are required to enable vibration.
  7. Open x360ce.exe and select the active controller (Controller 1 by default) if necessary.
  8. Select the Advanced tab and enable Force Feedback Pass Through.
  9. Select the Force Feedback tab and enable Enable Force Feedback.
  10. Click Save and close the application.

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate sliders for SFX, Character Voices and Music.
Surround sound
5.0
Subtitles
Some in-game dialogue is spoken in Italian. Translations are displayed in the subtitles (Confirmed for English version of the game).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Available only at local distributors.
Danish
Dutch
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Available only at local digital distributors.
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation.
Russian
Retail version, download.
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Fan translation.
Indonesian
Fan translation.

VR support

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Assassin's Creed 2 for better support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

You can find various fixes in this Ubisoft Support FAQ
Ubisoft Community Technical Support

Excessive Stuttering/Tearing with Vsync On or Off

Ingame FPS Cap workaround and CPU load fix
This is caused by 2 issues - a uneven 59fps fps cap and excessive cpu load when using Vsync
  1. To fix the uneven cap. Set the refresh rate to 50hz in game instead and use the Vsync as below.
  2. Use Nvidia's Adaptive Vsync in the Nvidia Control Panel. This minimises Vsync drops to 25fps
  3. In newer AMD cards, you can turn on Radeon Chill as a FPS limiter set to 50/50 (min/max)and also turn on the "Enhanced sync" feature.
  4. When using VSync, excessive single core use is also evident (typically 99%) with any Quad Core CPU and above. Removing the first core of your cpu availability manually using the Task Manager affinity or alternatively using utility Process Lasso to automatically remove CPU 0 access from the AC2 executable resolves this.

The affinity fix also fixes the same issue with ACB, ACR and AC3 when using VSync.


Making affinity changes permanent (setting affinity in task manager only lasts until you exit the game):
  1. Edit your preferred shortcut for launching the game (desktop and/or start menu)
  2. In the target field, set the following (just put the default contents in double quotes and prepend cmd.exe /C ...):
  • For a 4/4 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity e "<path-to-game>\AssassinsCreedIIGame.exe"
  • For a 4/8 and 8/8 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity fe "<path-to-game>\AssassinsCreedIIGame.exe"
  • For a 6/6 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 3e "<path-to-game>\AssassinsCreedIIGame.exee"
  • For a 6/12 (core/thread) CPU cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity 7fe "<path-to-game>\AssassinsCreedIIGame.exee"
  • For a 8/16 (core/thread) CPU and higher cmd.exe /C start "" /affinity fffe "<path-to-game>\AssassinsCreedIIGame.exe"
Verify correct affinity by launching the game and checking affinity in task manager (see beginning)

Lights shine through walls and other objects

Nvidia Control Panel Fix[citation needed]
This issue is cause by the Nvidia Control Panel forcing graphical settings on.
  1. Enter Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Select "Adjust image settings with preview".
  3. Select "Let the 3D application decide".

Game freeze when given hidden blade

Press "2" to select the weapon to continue the cut-scene[citation needed]
Default mapped keys do not work as they should.

Error "A Ubisoft service is unavailable at the moment"

Download and install the UPlay client[citation needed]

Program hangs and screen flashes repeatedly on launch

Set monitor resolution to 1280x720 on launch and change resolution in-game[citation needed]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 OS X only.
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9n

Mods

Assassin's Creed 2 Overhaul

Updates most of the textures and particle effects in-game with a mix of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood textures and custom textures.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1950
ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series
Nvidia GeForce 7/8/9/100/200 series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible
Other
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Does not support Lion X (OS 10.7). Should work on any versions 10.8 and above.

Music

The soundtrack is composed by Jesper Kyd.

# Title
01 Earth
02 Venice Rooftops
03 Ezio's Family
04 Florence Tarantella
05 Home In Florence
06 Approaching Target 1
07 Approaching Target 2
08 Venice Fight
09 Florence Escape
10 Tour of Venice
11 Flight Over Venice 1
12 Back In Venice
13 Dreams of Venice
14 Home of the Brotherhood
15 Leonardo's Inventions, Pt. 1
16 Venice Combat Low
17 Venice Escape
18 Darkness Falls In Florence
19 Sanctuary
20 The Madam
21 Approaching Target 3
22 Flight Over Venice 2
23 Ezio In Florence
24 Venice Industry
25 Stealth
26 Venice Combat
27 Notorious
28 Night Mission In Venice
29 Chariot Chase
30 The Plague
31 Wetlands Combat
32 Wetlands Escape
33 Leonardo's Inventions, Pt. 2
34 Hideout
35 The Animus 2.0


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/33230/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33230) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References