I recently finished Assassin’s Creed 2. Yes, I know, it released over a year ago, but I went through a bit of a dry spell with new releases in 2010. I’ve still got about 7 AAA titles I have to work through, oh my, the horror…
Anyway, With Assassin’s Creed 1, I lest than impressed with the repetition of fetch quests, eavesdrop and other bad game design choices. Those were thankfully removed or improved in its direct sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2. A better era to screw around in (Renaissance Italy), more weapons, better designed cities that looked lovely and awesome scenes, in-game and in-cutscene. And the story is amazing. Really, I could see this in a movie house not too long from now. Really.
The story of AC 1 was mildly interesting, at least up until the closing chapters, when it got REALLY interesting, with lots of loose-ends, conspiracies and unexpected twists. If you haven’t yet played Assassin’s Creed 1, do so. If you just refuse to, then read here, the wiki plot synopsis. But if you plan on playing AC II: Brotherhood, it is very nearly required to play AC II first, as Brotherhood is a direct continuation of Ezio’s story.
If, however, you have completed AC II (and only if you have completed the story, as well as The Truth), and feel a little lost in regards to what the Assassin’s Creed/Codex is and what it entails, or how far the conspiracy goes, or anywhere in between, then I have just the resource for you.
I was browsing for some information on the The One’s That Came Before, and after a lot of googling, I found this guide detailing everything in regards to the back story of the AC universe. It isn’t an official article, but since there is no official article, this serves nicely. It’s long, it has great insight, the author has done MASSIVE research, and it really is a great piece of work. Any questions on Assassin’s Creed back story can be addressed via here, it really is that good.
Note: It does not deal with any new entries from Brotherhood, but does include the info found the spin-off Assassin’s Creed games.
Thank you, Irvine Tomoe, it really helped me understand the deeper events, and really enjoy the conspiracy theories at play. Ubisoft really worked at the story here, and I look forward to their future projects.