Assassin’s Creed 2 has to be one of this years most eagerly anticipated game sequels. So if (like all of us) you have been keeping a keen ear to the ground for release dates and decent pre-order deals, then get ready for good news. Argos are now taking pre-orders for Assassin's Creed 2 at what appears to be £36.99 - but don’t be deceived! After adding a copy to your basket simply enter the code GAME20 for 20% off the pre-order price which brings it down to £29.59. The next best price which you’ll manage to pre-order the game for is £36.73 – so get in there while you can!
There is no denying that the first Assassin's Creed was a great game, and from a cinematic and visual point of view, one of best in a long time. The cities of Jerusalem, Acre and Damascus not only looked incredible, but had this feeling of authenticity and life to them which were truly unparalleled. From the street sellers, the beggars, the soldiers, the various dwellings…the whole thing had such a degree of historical realism, they probably weren’t far off what these cities actually looked like during the 3rd Crusade.
However for all its achievements, Assassin’s Creed was still wracked with problems from a gameplay perspective. The most significant being the repetitious missions which utterly failed to complement the superb environments. There was just no dynamism to the tasks you were asked to undertake. However, well aware of these problems the designers have taken steps to totally revamp gameplay in the sequel.
Assassin's Creed 2 takes place later than its predecessor, during the European renaissance where the rapid growth of new ideas is bringing about fundamental changes in society. The player takes control of the assassin Ezio, who unlike Altair, provides a wide variety of gameplay possibilities. Missions now include things like stalking, protecting, or pursuing targets on foot. There is now a daylight/night time cycle and the streets are filled with danger from pickpockets.
Most significantly of all however is Ezio’s ability to use many of Leonardo de Vinci’s legendary inventions. Winged contraptions can be found scattered across rooftops and Ezio can use these to sore between the Venetian rooftops while using the heat from bonfires to keep himself airborne. So if you were slightly disappointed by the fact Assassin's Creed failed to capitalize on its potential take heart. It was merely a rough draft to which Assassin's Creed 2 has made all the necessary corrections!