Please take me back to Florence in the late 15th Century. If I have any chance of performing the gravity defying acrobatics of Ezio, I would like to be the first to sign my name up to the Animus. Assassin’s Creed 2 has managed to surpass my every average expectation, emerging as a well crafted piece of historical storytelling. Whether it’s piercing guards with dual hidden blades or performing ‘leaps of faith’ from atop chapel steeples – this game never bores.
It’s rare for a sequel to improve upon every single flaw of its predecessor. The first iteration is often notoriously brilliant in concept and design, but falters in execution and game play. Ubisoft’s original Assassin’s Creed is a perfect example, attracting some of the most diverse criticism from video game journalists.
Tremendous media hype lead to gamers proclaiming either euphoria or harsh disappointment, often dependent on personal immersion and patience. The setting was gorgeous to explore, but lacked any kind of heart. Thankfully, Assassin’s Creed 2 leaps forward from this groundwork in every possible way. (More)
If like me, you’re not an avid online multiplayer fan – this is a lengthy title that will last you through the dreary winter months. It’s certainly worth a rental, regardless of your experience with the original.