After completing Assassin’s Creed, I also played through Assassin’s Creed II a few months ago. This game represents a huge step up from AC1 in terms of playability, game mechanics, storyline, and complexity of the plot. Since the game starts with the birth of the protagonist, Ezio Auditore, the player feels immersed in the game and develops an instant emotional connection with Ezio, a suave, brash, street-smart young man whose family is brutally murdered in front of his eyes. Ezio’s search for justice and the truth behind the killings forms the plot of Assassin’s Creed II and the sequels, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Assassin’s Creed II is historically based in Renaissance Italy, and during the course of Ezio’s adventures he encounters notable figures of the time including Lorenzo di Medici, Caterina Sforza, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Pope Rodrigo Borgia.
Fortunately I was able to retrieve these screenshots since I had saved them to a cloud file-sharing service (in this case Jumpshare) in order to share them with a friend. My desktop computer (which I had played these on) is getting old, and even though I had installed a new SSD, it got mysteriously corrupted sometime in July/August. I have other stuff on the hard drive which I need to recover when I get back home to the US; I know what it’s like to lose precious data, and the feeling sucks.