Flashback Feature: Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009)

Love it or hate it, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series is one of the biggest and possibly best in the world. The ratio of “bad” games to “good” games leans significantly towards the latter. It has had a few failures in its time (Notably AC3 and Unity) but overall the series has been very high quality. Today we’re going to take a look at what made arguably the best entry in the series so damn good.

Building on the huge success of 2007’s Assassin’s Creed, the 2009 sequel continues to follow the story of Desmond Miles as he uses a device called The Animus to look back into his ancestors lives. For this instalment he becomes the enigmatic Itallian assassin Ezio Auditore Da Firenze and goes on a quest both for vengeance and to discover secrets that will help him defeat the villainous Abstergo.

 

The graphics still hold up some 7 years on.

It vastly improved upon the already very enjoyable free running mechanics from the first game and streamlined them without making it feel too easy. This combined with the larger open world to give players a much greater feeling of freedom and control over how they played the game. The story was padded out with side quests that whilst sometimes repetitive they gave players a way to further explore the environments of the game.

The story in itself still stands as one of the best in the series’ history, it was rich with amazing voice acting and stunning writing. You start to immerse yourself in the world of Ezio as you venture further through the cinematic storyline to discover every hidden detail and subplot, by the end you feel like you have played through an entire movie. This is enhanced by the truly astonishing voice performances that feel authentic right down to a random passer by on a busy Venitian street.

 

Combat was also greatly improved in AC2

The game also included a great variety of new character customisation options with more weapons and outfits than the previous instalment, this allowed you to put your own spin on how you played the game as the combat could change to how you played. This allowed players to use anything ranging from a full on heavy attack to a silent calculated takedown to defeat enemies, plus the hidden blade has become more of a combat weapon allowing for a very unique kind of fighting.

This is by far one of the best Assassin’s Creed games and whilst Black Flag and Syndicate came close to taking the top spot, AC2 is still the champion of Ubisoft’s blockbuster franchise. This game is well worth a replay even if you 100% cleared it, the story is still worth revisiting especially since there isn’t going to be a new game this year. Thanks for reading and comment down below with games you want us to replay for flashback reviews. Check back here next week for a new Flashback Friday and until then keep it G33k!

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