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Assassin’s Creed II

PUBLISHED: 10:09 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

It s a hard life being the son of a rich banker in 15th century Florence: chasing girls, parties and a fight with rival gangs, but there s something of a surprise in store for the soon to be droves of Assassin s Creed II fans.

Those devotees of the first

It's a hard life being the son of a rich banker in 15th century Florence: chasing girls, parties and a fight with rival gangs, but there's something of a surprise in store for the soon to be droves of Assassin's Creed II fans.

Those devotees of the first outing of the game will be thrilled by this new rendition, that is as immersive, in terms of depth of plot and thoroughness of research, as any game that has gone before it.

With near lifelike graphics reflecting the architecture of Renaissance Italy, Creed II is without doubt one of the best games of the year that is almost certain to have a broader appeal than the first release and its depiction of the life and loves of an assassin.

The story arc continues its narrative from the first game but, such is the nature of its postmodern plot, gamers new to the franchise will be as readily drawn in as any long standing stalwart.

From the initial boot up, players are invited to witness the birth of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a privileged young noble revelling in the beautiful but brutal backdrop of Renaissance Italy.

Players learn that 15th century Italy was less a country and more a collection of city-states where families with political and economic strength began to take over the leadership of cities like Florence and Venice.

Ezio's journey through some of the most beautiful cities in the world takes place in a time in history where culture and art were born alongside some of the most corrosive stories of corruption, greed and murder.

And as the plot thickens to the consistency of blood, our would be assassin is betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy.

Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance thrusts gamers into a compelling and epic story of lasting appeal as the main character sets out to protect his dynasty from the power hungry, bloodthirsty Knights Templar.

The game features sophisticated combat systems and a host of new mission types to challenge both fans of the first instalment and new players alike.

With nonlinear gameplay, gamers will be able to perform missions at any point in the game.

The open-world adventure brings back free running across city rooftops and adds elements such as swimming and flying to the game.

Clearly the developers have listened to the criticisms of the first game over repetitive quests

Rating: 94%

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