This time around you get to skip across the rooftops of Florence, whilst cutting your way through a whole new bunch of nobles who are loyal to the Templars.
Zavvi are selling copies of the game on the Xbox for £17.99, which is almost £2 cheaper than the next best offer of £19.95 coming in from The Game Collection.
Desmond's story carries on directly after the events of the original as he escapes from the facility he's being held in and moves to a safe house set up by the assassins order. Once there he's plugged back into an improved animus machine and you'll spend the majority of the game trawling through the memories of Ezio, another one of Desmond's ancestors who lived in Florence during the renaissance.
The gameplay's almost identical to the original with a few new weapons and side missions. The inclusion of two hidden blades makes some assassinations a little bit easier and in a few cases allows you to dispatch multiple guards quickly and quietly in order to enter secure areas. Instead of dying from the mere touch of water, you can now take refuge in it to escape from difficult situations or mask your approach to a target.
Unfortunately Assassins Creed 2 shares the same predominant problem that plagued the original, it's far too repetitive! The sections of the game which take place outside of the animus are so slow in comparison to the rest of the game that they quickly become boring. Also, the end of the game introduces another new story thread that's even more irritating because this time around it's horribly predictable.
If you were a fan of the original and you've got a bit of money to spare then you'll enjoy the experience, but don't expect a massive improvement on the original.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD