When I finally got around to playing Assassin's Creed, I was ready to hate it, and when it came to the first game, I honestly didn't enjoy myself. The controls and game-play are awkward and definitely take some getting used to, and the free-world offering and objectives were repetitive and unsatisfying. The same can't be said about Assassin's Creed 2, however.
Assassin's Creed 2 brings all the genuine enjoyment I had with Prince of Persia series from a platforming perspective, while introducing an intriguing storyline with a likable protagonist. The controls oftentimes retain their eccentricities, but there was definitely a lot of polish. My favorite part of the video-game was going through and finding all the secret tombs and collectibles. I know many are fans of open-world experiences, but I definitely prefer a linear environment and I was happy that Assassin's Creed 2 embraced that as often as it did.
The story didn't magically become interesting, but rather, the concept was always interesting, and it took the sprucing up and fine-tuning of the sequel to really bring out all the franchises' merits and high points. I found myself invested in the character and enjoyed wandering around and exploring their world.
Assassin's Creed 2 is a very solid game. The series itself can become repetitive and lose its novelty, but counting the ones I've played (1-2, Brotherhood and Revelations), this is the only one that I rarely found myself bored with.
Rating: Very Good