Kicking off the first of two planned downloadable content packs for Assassin’s Creed 2 last week was their Battle of Forli episode, hitting the Marketplace for 320 Microsoft points. Originally planned as part of the retail version, but a casualty of tight time constraints, the Battle of Forli DLC picks up where sequence 12 should have been towards the end of the original title.
The Battle of Forli sees the reintroduction of Caterina Sforza and the main man, the Machiavelli himself, who call on the assistance of the young assassin, Ezio, to protect the city of Forli against the money-lusting Orsi brothers. As the name would suggest, the Battle of Forli takes place amidst a sea of a metallic madness on the streets of Forli, as almost immediately you’ll be asked to remember the nuances of the controls in amongst some manic combat.
Unlike the main game the downloadable content does not boast some amazing set-pieces and all the missions are standard stock stuff that ranges from, go here and stop him, to go there and stop them. Oh, and escort these people so they don’t die. It's nothing to write home about and those who weren't fans of Assassin's Creed 2's combat in general, be warned, this one is combat heavy. The Battle of Forli DLC does however welcome back the flying machine, although it’s not part of the story and almost seems like a pointless addition... I mean who wants to fly round in circles with no objective?
As far as the achievements go... wait, what now? There’s no achievements? Well... I’m almost speechless. Still, don’t let that put you off... too much.
Yes, more Assassin’s Creed 2 is welcomed with open arms, but the relative short length and lack of any sort of closure from a plot sense are its main drawbacks. For about an hour’s worth of content, the Battle of Forli is a cheap way to persuade you to pop Assassin’s Creed 2 back in the disc drive, but by the time you get used to the controls again, the episode will be over.
The story no doubt is going to continue in the second episode, the Bonfire of the Vanities, so whilst you can’t grumble at an hour’s worth of content for $4, you might be better off waiting for the sequence 13 this month and playing them back-to-back... you know, so you can actually feel like you’ve accomplished something.
In short, more Assassin’s Creed 2 is good. Just getting going before the sequence ends is bad. Worth a punt though.
The Battle of Forli DLC is out now for Assassin's Creed 2 for 320 Microsoft points.