Assassins Creed 2 was one of the many new games that Ubisoft will be releasing this year. The story, a direct sequel to Assassins Creed, continues to follow the story of Desmond Myles, a bartender in the future, who’s ancestors are mysterious assassins, Desmond is captured by a group of businessmen who are secretly Templars (a religious cult), and using their Animus machine, they manage to re-live Desmond’s ancestors lives, so they can find out where mystic artefacts are hidden, in Assassins Creed the “piece of Eden”, which grants control over a mans mind among other things.
In Assassins Creed 2, the game follows the life of Ezio Auditore di Firenze, a man who though born into a noble family, soon sets out for revenge once his family has been killed. Unlike Assassins Creed one (set in the Holy Wars period), this game is set in the Renaissance, meaning that more imaginitive weaponry has been developed. This weaponry includes projectile hidden blades, dual hidden blades, smoke boms and greatly improved hand to hand combat, Ezio can also take advantage of his enemies weaponry and use it against them to his own advantage.
As an interesting twist to the game, Ezio has Leonardo di Vinci as one if his friends and mentors, which grants access to interesting new weaponry such as the glider.
Other than this, key aspects of the game seem to be improved graphics, especially with the animus loading screen (sounds un-important, but looks very eye catching), and the ability to swim.
Overall, I think the game should definitely be impressive, as it seems the same great storyline is being continued, and all previous issues appear to have been handled, as well as some imaginative new ideas that seem to be well thought out, making the game appear to be well worth playing.
The release of the game is set for the “Holiday of 2009”, assumedly for the Christmas period, however for more information, check out the official Assassin’s Creed website.