I tend to avoid recommending sequels in this series of posts but sometimes a sequel comes along that deserves a chance to win people over, especially if its predecessors were a little unpolished. That is why, this week I’m going to recommend Assassin’s Creed 2.
The original Assassin’s Creed game was released way back 2007,a year were most successful games had guns or guitars. Its concept was refreshingly original, the idea of being able to relive an ancestor’s memories in order recover a long lost artefact and thwart an evil organisation. While the concept was interesting, the gameplay unfortunately was not, which left the first Assassin’s Creed game to be a tedious disappointment.
So, Assassin’s Creed 2 had a serious amount of work to do, to win over players who were disappointed by the previous game and also offer a way for new players to bypass the first game without being lost by the plot. AC2, managed to do both of these things and still, to this day, remains as one of the best entries in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
The quick recap at the start of the game, allows all players to catch up with the story and ensures all major details are covered. Then you’re plunged into Renaissance Italy, as you relive the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze as he becomes an assassin to avenge his family and stop the Templars. Along the way, you will cross paths with some colourful characters, including Leonardo da Vinci and Rodrigo Borgia. In the present, Desmond is also trying to become an assassin to help stop the modern day Templars. Ezio is an incredibly likeable protagonist and even Desmond gets the opportunity to grow as a character.
The setting is amazing and Renaissance Italy has been well recreated, to allow you to free run all over it. Speaking of the free running, much of the mechanics have been much improved since the first game, allowing for a much less frustrating experience. There are also plenty of side activities to ensure that the game doesn’t repeat the repetitive experience of Assassin’s Creed.
Overall, Assassin’s Creed 2, despite being nearly ten years old, still holds up today and is a solid game to play. It is a great example of a game that improves on the mistakes of its predecessor and raises the standard for the future entries into the series. The fact that AC2 has been released on so many platforms just shows how well-loved it is. If you have been looking at jumping into this franchise, then I recommend starting with Assassin’s Creed 2.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is also available as part of The Ezio Collection on Xbox One and Playstation 4.