The Will, the Way: Assassin’s Creed II

After making a personal challenge to knock out several old titles from my backlog, I’m pleased to say that I made it through a big one: Assassin’s Creed II. After my not-so-nice experience with the first game in the series, and a dull start with the series’ third game, I really wasn’t sure that I was cut out to be a modern assassin in times past. In this post for United We Game, I recall my revamped efforts in Renaissance Italy and a new-found adoration for one Ezio Auditore.


Image by Flickr user Dakota Thrice (CC)Image by Flickr user Dakota Thrice (CC)

If you happened to have caught my post last month concerning rage-quitting and Assassin’s Creed, you might think that I’d never want to see hair nor hide of the series ever again.  In theory, the Assassin’s Creed games and I should have gotten along much better. They had rich stories, semi-open worlds to explore, decently fleshed-out characters, and mission-based gameplay to keep things on track. On paper, the life of an assassin should be been all that and more for me. After writing that post, was it too late, I wondered?

In fact, it wasn’t.  That post propelled me to take action, because if I was to ever get over that incident with the original Assassin’s Creed, I would have to man up and re-enter the series. Except…well, I wasn’t too keen on revisiting the life of the assassin…

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My incomplete journey into the 12th century

We are a Gamefly household.  While we don’t play a tremendous number of games each year, this has been a great investment, especially since has allowed us to try out games before buying them outright.  So what package of happiness came in the mail this week?  Assassin’s Creed Revelations.  My fiancé called dibs, so I won’t be playing it anytime soon. But that’s okay, as I’m still enjoying the crap out of Arkham City.  It’s also okay because I’m still holding a teensy weensy grudge against the original Assassin’s Creed.

Assassin’s Creed cover art © UbiSoft, probably Microsoft too (source)

Before moving on, I want to go on record saying that Assassin’s Creed is one of the most fantastic game series produced in recent times.  I highly recommend the games even though I’ve only played (most of) the first one.  Based on what I’ve read about other people’s experiences with the game, my results are not typical and are probably due to the fact that my gameplay abilities are usually akin to a bull in a china shop.  Unless that bull was actually there for registry purposes, in which case my analogy makes no sense.

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