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Top Ten Best Sequels #3

As we’re nearing the top of the list, I would like to thank people who still actually read this blog.  It’s not many people but if I change anyone’s perceptions on anything or you find my ideas interesting, then my job is done.  But for now, the bronze medal for best video game sequel is….Assassins Creed 2.  If you think about it though, you really shouldn’t be surprised.  This game won XBox game of the year in 2009 for a reason.  When people talk about great games, they are usually only well known by people who consider themselves gamers.  My roomate in college lives on a farm and he plays roller coaster tycoon and Call of Duty4, and that’s it.  I’m not saying they’re bad games, but that is all he plays.  So when he saw me playing this game and said “Oh shit, this game looks really cool,” and then sat down and played it for 5 hours straight; this is the signal that you have found a great game that everyone wants to and needs to play.  But just being an awesome game doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you get on this list.  What this game did though is make me remember what a sequel should be, taking a great game and not changing everything, but listening to the critiques and trying to tailor the game to fix all these problems.

Most people remember the first Assassins Creed, because it was the Medieval GTA.  You could run around the city, kill random people, stab guards, pick pockets, but the biggest  breakthrough in gameplay was roof running.  Sure it had been done before, but not like this.  You are given an open city and you have the ability to with a continuous stream of running and not stopping to get from one end of the city to the other without ever touching the streets below.  It was so fucking great and that is what people remember about the game, and the stealth assassinations, because jumping off a roof and knifing someone in the neck….priceless.  But people also remember that the missions got stale, combat could get tedious, and enemies were the same.  Altair would also die if you so much as touched a puddle, and in my opinion, the open world outside of the towns was much too large.  It was kind of absurdly large.  Sure you only had to go there when you first wanted to go to a town, but either way, there were 150 templar flags to find in the area, and it would have taken you weeks to find them all because the area was so big.  We told Ubisoft these problems, and they listened.

Assassins Creed 2 is the hallmark of taking a great game and just improving.  The diversity of enemies, from archers and soliders to big ass mother fuckers with axes and pike men all of which you could now disarm and kill with their own weapons.  They also spiced up the combat with the inclusion of even more weapons, like the sword, knife, smoke bombs, gun, throwing knife, double assassination knives and poison knife.  So many ways to kill everybody, YAY!!! They listened about the missions allowing Ezio to do plenty of crazy new activities and having tons of side fun missions.  One of my favorite tasks was escorting the carriage all the way to Venice by steering down the mountain slope and trying to shake off soldiers, which was very difficult but a could way to mix up the game play.  There was not really a huge god forsaken fuckhole of an location hub now.  Instead it was just that certain roads let to certain towns and if you’re area didn’t lead to where you wanted to go, just fast travel to it.  They finally also gave Ezio the power to swim, cause really, what kind of Assassin can’t swim.  The story was also vastly improved throwing in a lot of fun effects and twists.  I mean, shit, the final boss fight is a fist fight with the Pope, and you know what, yeah I did throw the Pope to the ground and stomp him in the nuts, cause that’s how I roll.  But in all seriousness, if you haven’t played this game, pick it up.  You will not be disappointed, I can guarantee it.  Besides, Assassins Creed Brotherhood will be coming out soon.  Best pick it up Son.

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June 18, 2010 Posted by | Video Games | Leave a comment