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Assassin’s Creed II (2009) Review


Ah, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. It’s nice to see you again after almost 10 years. You haven’t changed. You’re still the assassin, and the first game in your trilogy, Assassin’s Creed II, is still as I remember. The assassin and the game that hooked me, brought me into the fold, and gave me a gaming series to call my own. I’m not saying Assassin’s Creed II is a top-rated, top-shelf game, but there’s a worthy spot for it on the respected shelf beneath the coveted top shelf.

The annoyances of the first installment have vanished for the most part. Sure, there’s hack-and-slash, but the element of surprise is key as several missions require you to not get detected. There aren’t a million different hidden items to find as unimportant side missions. There’s one. Of course, Desmond Miles is with us again. However, there aren’t lengthy cut scenes of him talking that we can’t skip. He’s barely there. The focus and story telling is during the gameplay. There’s a few difficult puzzles, and they may take a time, or few to complete. You can complete them though, and you can actually finish Assassin’s Creed II. Beat it. Whatever term you want to use. I did, and enjoyed the ending, both in the game with Ezio and the aftermath with Desmond.

I wrote trilogy earlier. It is. Assassin’s Creed II is part of a collection after all. First part of the Ezio Auditore da Firenze saga complete. Up next is Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. I’ll be starting it soon. Next game. Like a film series, you don’t watch the first installment then go on to something else if you can help it. Do you? I don’t, and normally the second installment’s the best. Looking at you original Star Wars trilogy and Mad Max. I Wonder if the same holds true for The Ezio Collection?

 Copyright © Drew Martin 2020

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