Assasin’s Creed II
Developer Ubisoft Montreal / release 2009
With the now iconic Jesper Kyd soundtrack, this Italian masterpiece is where it all went so right for the series. 15th century hooded lothario Ezio is a charmer, but the sprawling sun-kissed cities of Florence, Tuscany and Venice are the true stars. The streets and rooftops are packed with potential. Sidequests! Chests! Codex pages! Leonardo da Vinci… A juicy revenge quest catapults the narrative forward, but it's the individual moments that matter most. The juicy addition of the second hidden blade, the atmospheric hidden tombs. Add in the small matter of a town, Monteriggioni, to upgrade, and AC 2 says requiscat en pace to the slight repetition of the original.