There's really nothing like coming back from a hard day's work, engaging in a spot of parkour across various Florentine landmarks and rounding up a bunch of flags before leaping from the top of a cathedral's spire and using a pesky rooftop guard as a crash mat before assassinating a courier and pocketing his heavy wallet, escaping from the scene of the crime by hiring a few courtesans to distract any unwanted attention. Forget the confusing plot about Templars and genetic memories, this is what the Assassin's Creed series has always been about.
If you're a PS3 owner yet to meet Ezio Auditore, then there's never been a better time to do so as GAME are currently offering an exclusive version of the game - complete with a nice little figurine of Ezio himself - for just £24.99, which is a good £6.50 cheaper than the nearest competitor over at Coolshop.
The game is very similar to its predecessor, but with a few key changes. For starters, you can now upgrade your weapons, and there's a large number of different blades, knives and other stabbing objects to choose from. The combat system has been tweaked slightly to give Ezio a wider array of moves, and he'll need them as the guards come in several different shapes and sizes. Crucially, Ezio can now swim and use diving to break the line of sight of suspicious guards.
The gameplay reamins relatively unchanged, but Ubisoft have clearly started playing to the game's strengths. As well as the assassination missions there are races to be run, messages to be delivered, hidden glyphs to be found and important people to be protected, but now there are a handful of Assassin tombs littered in secret locations that essentially play out as a series of free-running assault courses as well.
The game isn't perfect, open combat is still pretty awful to be honest and the plot makes absolutely no sense at all, but this is certainly an improvement on the previous title and a great game to add to your collection.
Thanks to davver99 at HUKD