If you thought Assassin’s Creed was fun its sequel will keep you playing religiously (no pun intended) until the end. This game retains every enjoyable aspect of the first game while making it so much better at the same time. I was hooked from the start.
Once again the game takes place in the frame story of Desmond Miles, a modern-day bartender. His story is much more significant to the overall conflict between Assassins and Templars then it was in the first Assassin’s Creed.
Desmond’s ancestor is Ezio, a young man from Renaissance Italy. After the death of his father and brother he is thrown into the struggle between Assassins and Templars. Swearing to avenge the death of his family, and with the help of his good friend Leonardo da Vinci, he begins his own journey as an assassin.
Other than the fact that the combat remains unchanged and is still awkward, Assassin’s Creed 2 is superior in almost every way. The story is more cinematic and therefore easier to follow. The free running aspect has been improved making it more fluid. The graphics are beautiful, breathtaking, and believable. There are more options and the repetitive nature of the first game is significantly reduced.
The game also adds shops and an economy to Assassin’s Creed 2. You can earn money and spend it by buying upgrades, items, or even investing it in the city. All of these additions and subtle changes make this one of the best games of 2009 and certainly an improvement from the first game in the franchise.