Assassin’s Creed 2, as stated in the previous article, offers many puzzles and mysteries that once unraveled take you one step closer to understanding the entire storyline of the game. Some puzzles are quite easy to solve, but to others I looked initially like a penguin in the fog until I realized what and how must be done in order to solve the respective puzzles. And even if they don’t affect in any way the story ends, finding the truth will put many things in context making you understand the real connections between many things. That thing happens especially when you reach the end of the story and in addition you are given the feeling of ” The Da Vinci Code ” especially when disclosing a full picture of a secret ancient conspiracy.
In addition to the fact that all the buildings have been given great detail attention as well as historical reality ( for example, the famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel that unravels when you get to visit it in one of your missions ), each city has a very well – defined visual identities that contribute to game – play immersion. The dreary color, the dusty streets and ” skyscrapers ” of San Gimignano to the opulence and the Renaissance architectural wonders you'll find in Venice or Florence, all form a great astonishing picture that is sure to make you remember the game long after finishing it. In fact, the Carnival of Venice is one of my favorite sequences, by the way it was made and the festive atmosphere it offers.
Jesper Kyd's music is sublime again, and exactly as the City of Jerusalem will always be synonymous for me with the first Assassin's Creed game, “ Ezio's Family “ is the symbolic song that fits the entire game like a glove. The song “ Venice Rooftops “ is also excellent for free – running or when you are chased by soldiers; I am almost tempted to punch a sentinel helmet only to hear the song again and get part in some accelerated action. But not only the action sequences benefit from such treatment, since even a simple stroll through Florence or meeting Leonardo in his workshop have their own flavor due to the background soundtrack. I must add that the soundtrack of the game is available for download and I recommend you download it as soon as you get the game running. You’ll have many things to admire.
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