Ubisoft Montreal was clearly dedicated to packing in as many interesting gameplay mechanics and exhilarating moments as they could, all of which are perfectly interwoven with a story that teeters between the sublime and ridiculous. Returning hero Desmond has escaped the Templar Knight facility that held him during the first game, and is soon escorted to a secret Assassin base by an old friend. Once in a new and improved Animus, Desmond recalls his memories of 15th century Florence as he takes the mantle of his ancestor, Ezio Auditore. Over time, Ezio’s skills begin to grow as he gets deeper embroiled in the long-standing feud between the Assassins and the Templars, both of which are searching for an ancient power.
Unfortunately, not everything in Assassin’s Creed 2 is as masterfully assembled as its presentation. The combat is shallow, as button-mashing and a few simplistic combos will get you through almost anything. The marionette control scheme isn’t that intuitive, sometimes requiring awkward finger placement to select the right weapon. The camera can occasionally be a source of confusion, as it requires some finegaling when fighting multiple opponents in tight spaces. Thankfully, none of these problems are detrimental enough to pull the player out of the experience.
|Our Rating for Assassin’s Creed 2
Vibrant and engaging, Assassin’s Creed 2 is one game that I’d happily take home to meet my parents