One Paragraph Review: Assassin’s Creed 2

by Mitchell Dyer

Vaulting across rooftops, climbing churches and stabbing chumps is a thrilling way to experience a gorgeous rendition of Renaissance-era Italy, especially when those acts intertwine. Sure, the first Assassin’s Creed nailed that too, but myriad shortcomings crippled it. The sequel, however, fully realizes its potential, acing its stylish action, open-world exploration and shockingly engaging revenge story. Assassin’s Creed 2 even manages to make its core sci-fi story interesting, something I didn’t consider possible. The combination of puzzle-solving, acrobatic platforming and mystery-unraveling contribute to the adventure game’s excitement as well.  The highlight, however, is expanding your villa and maintaining a strong economy. The coin you pull in buys you glamorous armor upgrades and increasingly awesome weapons — I dig the scary-lookin’ swords and big-ass hammers, personally. The end goal is already inspiring, but this serves as a tangible reason to hunt and prowl your way toward the Pope and his evil acquaintances.