Sunday, May 23, 2010 Assasins Creed 2 For those who may not know me, I am a bit of a history buff, and the hit franchise Assassins Creed was the perfect blend of rich storytelling, great historical facts, and fun gameplay that I have come to know and love from the series. Assassins Creed 2 was no disappointment, and the rich diversity of characters in both past and present added to the already exciting mythology and history of the plot. The creators of this game, (Ubisoft, who is also responsible for the Prince of Persia franchise), put forth a great deal of time and effort in this game, and that hard work is quite evident in every aspect of the game. The game follows Desmond, a descendant of a long line of Assassins, who is still the prisoner of Abstergo industries, who is a front for a long line of the Assassins longtime enemies, the Templar’s. The Templar’s are using Desmond by putting him in the Animus, a machine that allows him to relive the events of his ancestors, so that they can find legendary “pieces of Eden”, valuable artifacts that hold information to the planets history and future. Another assassin, Lucy, helps Desmond escape, and with the help of two other Assassins, they set to work trying to train Desmond and find other pieces of Eden so that they can prevent Abstergo from destroying the world. From there, Desmond enters the mind of his ancestor, Ezio, a Renaissance assassin who is searching to destroy those responsible for the death of his father and brothers, who were the victims of a political plot. This game features famous settings in Italian Renaissance, such as the Vatican and Italy itself, and even features the legendary Leonardo DaVinci, who serves as a key inventor for the Assassins. The scenery and visual effects of this game are so realistic that one would think they are really in Renaissance Italy, and the third-person angle gives gamers a wonderful view of the damage they inflict on their enemies. The game utilizes amazing weaponry, such as classic swords, daggers, throwing knives, and other great weapons. Overall, I give this game a 10 out of 10, for the fusion of an original story with historical events is quite extraordinary, and the game challenges the mind of the gamer so that it gives gamers hour upon hours of fun filled action.