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Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities Out Today

| 18 Feb 2010 17:23

Bonfire of the Vanities, the second DLC for Ubisoft's excellent Assassin's Creed II, is out today on PSN and XBL, and it comes in two flavors: Face-stabbing, and extra face-stabbing.

Earlier this week, we learned that Bonfire of the Vanities would be hitting XBL and PSN Thursday. Well, since it's Thursday, guess what's out?

Ezio must work with Machiavelli to free Florence from the grip of the "mad monk" Savonarola, and to do so players will have to take advantage of his new move, the spring jump. No, seriously, the spring jump - I guess Ezio is going all Sonic the Hedgehog on us. No word on whatever happens to this spring jump after the sequence is over (seeing as how it does take place before the end of the game), so ... maybe he just gets amnesia.

Bonfire of the Vanities also features three new locations in Renaissance Italy: The Palazzo Medici, the famed church Santa Maria dei Frari, and the Arsenal Shipyard, which seems to just be Ubisoft running out of badass Italian names for places. Interestingly enough, the DLC will come in two flavors: The regular, vanilla version will retail for 320 Microsoft Points ($4), with a special version for 520 ($6.50) that includes three extra Templar Secret Locations.

If by Templar Secret Locations they mean the Assassin Tombs that you went to to unlock Altair's armor, then that's pretty cool in my book. Those pure-platforming segments were some of the best in the entire damn game.

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