Ubisoft: Only 40% Completed Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II was one of the stand out games of 2009 and featured heavily in our 2009 game of the year voting. It’s disappointing to see that less that half of those that played the game actually made it to the end.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood mission director, Gaelec Simard, told Joystiq that only 40% had finished the game, which he believed was “huge”. The figure is 5% higher than the original Assassin’s Creed figure which was based on Xbox Achievements. The Assassin’s Creed II numbers are based of information obtained via Ubisoft’s Uplay service which provides figures on all platforms. Like Achievements users need to be connected to the internet in order for Ubisoft to record the statistics.

40% may seem a low figure but statistics obtained Gamasutra last year suggested less than 30% completed GTA IV. Assassins Creed II still fell a fair way short of the likes of Gears of War 1 & 2, Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 which all saw more than 60% complete their campaigns.

Simard added “In the industry, the number of games that are finished is more like five to ten percent. We all think people finish games, but when you start asking around, you’ll find that a lot of people don’t get to the end. We want the player to experience the whole package, so that’s something we’re trying to push.” What that means for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood isn’t quite clear yet.

Source: Joystiq, Gamasutra


  1. if its an interesting and decent campaign then I will finish it but GTA I didn’t even bother with, it was too long and I just wanted to muck around in the end.

    • I’m the same. I just got fed up with GTA IV but I also gave up on Assassin’s Creed 1. The one big benefit of trophies has been I have finished more games this generation than ever before. Renting has also helped as I know I need to finish a game in order to get the next one.

      I only finished about 3 on my PS1 (Crash 1-3), 0 on my PS2 and about 10 on my PSP. I think I’m up to 40 on my PS3. Length was certainly a factor when I as younger as well a difficulty.

      I spent months playing Rainbow Islands because you had to go back to the start everytime. It meant I never finished it.

      • @ jimmy-google – I definitely agree with you with regards to renting games, as for me it certainly focuses my mind on finishing them quickly. ;)

    • here’s my solution: make better games with better storylines. then i’ll finish your games.

  2. I only played the first Assassin’s Creed. Got bored at about 25% of the game, never finished it.
    (Finished about every other game I own, except Resonance of Fate)

    • The second one greatly improves on the first. A fair amount of what caused issues with the first was addressed for the second.

    • Yeah, I heard the same thing from other. But they messed up so greatly with the first one that I won’t even think about touching the others. I suppose that’ll be my own miss though.

      • I finished the first. It’s really boring to do the same stuff from city to city (not to mention hearing the very same speech from everyone you saved). The second adresses this and many other flaws, so if someday you find it cheap or in a friend’s house, might be worth a try.

  3. I would be insanely interested to see what percentage finished Uncharted 2.

    • im sure it was a high amount, as it was an amazing game…..

      • i finished it, but i dont have many trophy’s from it, as i completed it on the bug day when all earned trophys didnt count (clock error or something), i lost over half the trophys i earned

      • I have one trophy from modern warfare 2 like that. It says I have completed the game and every level apart from the soap on a rope. I have left it like that because it makes me chuckle.

    • i doubt there were many people who could put it down but i’d like to see who finished heavy rain

      • heavy rain…that was enjoyable :) not many games i can play all the way thorough but U2 AC2 and Heavy Rain I played all day everyday

      • i’m a bit like that on red dead a the mo!

      • I played it non-stop for a week and completed it. Brilliant game.

    • Still haven’t finished it… :(

    • I haven’t got past the 3rd level, didn’t find it interesting enough.

  4. I loved AC2, got my 100% and Platinum trophy couldnt put it down, and its rare that i dont get bored of a game… though i think it being xmas did help with the free time :)

    • I also got the Platinum trophy for AC2 cant wait for the next one

  5. wow some people are lazy. hardly anyone’s seen the truly amazing ending to gta and the ending to AC2 is possible one of my favourit moments in gaming

    • Agreed, though GTA4 did become a bit of a grind – it does boast a superb finale, or rather two.

    • I totally agree with you on the lazy part.

  6. I haven’t even started the game yet :-/ but when I do I expect to play until I get the platinum trophy :-P

    • Me and my Partner spent ages on the Glyphs on AC2 I refuse to use the internet to help with things in games… we spent like 40mins on one of them…crazyness

      • I usually play it through once for the story and then a second round for the trophies, and I do use the internet for help for some annoying trophies.

      • You won’t even need a second playthrough for the trophies, they can all be picked up during the first playthrough or after the story thread has completed.

    • ‘Twas one of the easiest platinums in my collection.

  7. If only they return to damascus, I think that the first one was more interesting

  8. “Only 40% Completed Assassin’s Creed II” yeah because half the smegin thing was dlc :p
    yeah i had to push myself to complete AC2 as it got abit grindy towards the last 3rd. ending was quite good though (it made me want to complete AC didn’t though)

  9. For me the story is rarely compelling enough to bother finishing open world games, that or the acting & accents are just too unbearable….

    Titting around is far too much fun compared to yet another: go to that map-marker kill someone and then come all the way back which makes sandbox campaigns the most repetitive of all genres

    • not for me they offer so much more than most other games.

  10. I can understand it, ACII is a very long game.

    • Indeed, and the ones with higher figures are much shorter.

      • plus it’s not exactly a super linear game always driving you forward

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