Assassins Creed 2

Platforms: iPhone, PC, PlayStation Portable, PS3,


The franchise’s second console outing is an impressive piece of work. Developer Ubisoft Montreal has addressed almost all of Assassin’s Creed’s flaws by filling its follow-up with fresh and enjoyable mission types and layering on new and mostly excellent features, while still retaining the joy of movement and atmospheric wonder that characterized the original.

Like in the first game, Assassin’s Creed II occurs across two timelines: a modern-day chronology starring bartender Desmond Miles, and another featuring one of Desmond’s ancestors. When you start the game, you’ll catch up with Desmond right where the original left him, though as fans of the original can guess, the Abstergo labs are no longer a safe haven.Assassin’s Creed II takes place in an open world with nonlinear gameplay, allowing the player to roam freely within several regions throughout late 15th century Italy such as Venice, Florence, and the Tuscan countryside. The Animus 2.0, a new version of the machine of the same name present in Assassin’s Creed, provides in-game context for changes and additions to several game elements.

The missions in the game now have an expanded variety, with different structuring. For example, a mission may have the objective to escort someone, but may change to a chase and assassination.

Assassin’s Creed II is what you’d want an action sequel to be: bigger, better, and more beautiful. Watch the official trailer: