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Have you ever heard of the phrase “Oldies but Goodies”? Assassin’s Creed II comes to my mind, especially coming back from Italy just a few weeks ago. I was able to recognize the layout of Florence and Venice without ever once visiting it. Why? I have actually been there before many times, studying the map and locating their viewpoints. I’ve even climbed on top of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and jumped off Giotto’s Campanile. I am, of course, talking about the game.
The game continues from the first Assassin’s Creed, but you don’t really need to play it to appreciate the second one. Essentially, it’s a story inside a story. You go inside the main character head the first time and end up in the Crusades. The second time? 15th Century Italy. You are Ezio Auditore di Firenze, and you are about to encounter conspiracies, murder, and vengeance. Oh, and you are also descended from assassins, and you're friends with Leonardo da Vinci. Aren’t you glad you don’t have this much drama in real life? (If you do, I doubt you would be reading a game blog right now.)
AC2 is visually stunning. With every famous site you encounter, the game actually gives you a bit of history. Firenze, Monteriggioni , San Gimignano, Forlì, and Venezia, these are just some of the locations you get to visit (and loot, pillage, trade, kill, etc.). But what makes the AC series unique is that your assassin is a parkour. He can run, jump, and climb exceptionally.
To find out more about the story of the game, just watch the YouTube video. If you have nothing else to do, watch this! --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKrtbUinWOU (It's a literal song of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood trailer. I cracked up, maybe you would too.)