It was a problem in Assassin’s Creed I: You were walking along and the guards start harassing you at every turn. You trip over a beggar trying to escape, and nobody’s happy. Next to Ezio’s health meter there’s now a red ring that indicates his notoriety. As you break the law, this meter will fill up and guards will become more suspicious. The guards have visible awareness meters as well, so you’ll always know when you is being hunted. You can lower notoriety by tearing down wanted posters, or bribing and assassinating corrupt officials.
5. You Can Swim
One of the most contested issues in Assassin’s Creed I was Altair’s inability to keep his head above water. Jumping into a lake resulted in instant death. Now not only can Ezio go for a swim, the ability to interact with water leads to complete new avenues. You can duck under water to hide from pursuing enemies, tapping the jump button twice over water results in a dive, that is just as cool looking as a leap of faith. Ezio can also stealthily assassinate his victim from the edge of a ledge, making the canals in Venice the perfect place to hide.
4. Faster Travel
In Assassin’s Creed I riding through the land on the back of a horse seemed like an OK idea, until you realized that every trip between cities required an long trot. You can still ride a horse through the mountains if you’d like, but there are also travel stations located in the city that will take you to the far corners of Italy. You can not only quickly jump between towns, but you can also pick the side of a city where you’d like to go.
Assassin’s Creed II has a ton of different weapons, each with their own unique qualities and animations. You not only can save up enough gold to purchase devastating weapons, but you can also disarm heavily armoured guards and turn their giant battle-axes against them.
2. Your Own Villa
In the first game, you would drop by your master’s palace every so often. Here you could participate in some combat training and what not. This time though Ezio owns an entire villa, complete with a blacksmith, brothel, art dealer, and church. He works with an architect to rebuild the town. Your investing in the town changes not only the buildings, but the citizens also become more wealthy and the sun shines a little brighter on the newly constructed architecture. You can also receive a discount at merchants you invested in. This is also where you can buy new moves, like the ability to wield a two-handed axe, and store your treasures.
If you know anything about this game, then you know how much time and work went into the graphics alone. If you didn’t know already they took 30,000 photos of Venice, Italy, to re-create the city you will be playing with. Yes you read that right: 30,000 pictures. What that translates to is phenomenal graphics and gameplay.