Hello, newspaper readers. I've exhausted all of my usual puns and introductory sentences, so I'm no longer able to fill up about 40 or 50 words in the first paragraph.

Of course, this hasn't stopped me from reviewing something that I've always wanted to review. That's right. This month, we'll be critiquing a video game!

Normally, I wouldn't be able to afford a video game console, or even a recent video game. However, thanks to the wonderful world of college and people with consoles, this month we'll be looking at "Assassin's Creed 2."

Developed by Ubisoft, "Assassin's Creed 2" picks up where its predecessor left off. Of course, to not have any spoilers, I'm not going to tell you much of the plot. What I will tell you is that the plot for this game goes way beyond the first "Assassin's Creed," in the sense that there are multiple storylines interacting with one another to make a beautiful, well-constructed plot.

One complaint about the original "Assassin's Creed" was the repetition, and how each mission felt the same. While I've never played the original, I can say that the sequel has none of that. There is too much to do for this game to become repetitious. In fact, there are so many things to do in this game besides the main storyline, it can become overwhelming. Besides assassination contracts, you can participate in timed free running challenges, explore the map with viewpoints, collect treasure, work toward building an economic self-sufficiency by collecting goods and upgrading your village, explore tombs of previous assassins, or even dig for "The Truth." Of course, if you feel like playing the game like "Grand Theft Auto," you can just go on a killing spree with the guards.

One thing that makes you want to beat the game though: unless you beat the game, you can't kill more than three civilians in a row, or you'll restart from the last save point. This is a cool feature, as it prevents people from playing too much like Grand Theft Auto and ignoring the main storyline altogether.

Graphics for this game are superb. If you play it on an HDTV, though, it'll be addicting for your eyes.

You will have a hard time looking away from the brilliant landscapes, especially once you develop a fetish for climbing tall buildings for no reason (trust me, it will happen in this game).

Controls are smooth and natural (for the PlayStation 3 at least). Each button has a decent purpose, and it's not pure button mashing, like "Smash Bros," or some other games.

The combat system is quite nice, as each style of fighting has different techniques that are ideal at various times. On top of that, there are a plethora of weapons that allow for any player's preferred style.

Something interesting to note is the inclusion of historical characters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who is a major part of the storyline, helping you with new skills and upgrades, as well as unlocking the final part of the game.

Add in several powerful figures of the time, such as Lorenzo Medici (the Pazzi conspiracy is a part in the game), Federico da Montefeltro, and even Pope Alexander VI.

This game is addicting, not only because it has good graphics, it has a fantastic plot, brilliant game play and overall awesomeness.

If you like video games of any nature, you need to get this game, as it will keep you entertained for hours on end.

This game makes you want to get every hidden thing instead of just doing a quick run through first "¦ you'll love this game. If you don't, you can come visit me and slap me with a baseball bat.

Well, that's about it for this month.

Next month, I'll be reviewing different paints and their drying capabilities on my wall. Until then, I wish you all long days and pleasant nights.

Adam Munio is a 2009 graduate of Unadilla Valley Central School and is a freshman at the State University College at Fredonia. He can be reached at pentwarrior@yahoo.com.

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