Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Developer Ubisoft Montreal / release 2010
A mere year after ACII, Brotherhood stealthily avoids substandard sequel territory. As Desmond and co hunt an Apple of Eden in the modern day, Ezio travels to Rome. Keeping the action in one city never feels restrictive as there are plenty of new toys to play with. Combat upgrades add satisfyingly gory chained counter kills, you get a helpful crew of stab-on-demand Assassins, and the series gets its first fast travel system and a tense multiplayer mode. Free areas from nefarious Borgia control and Rome is a fixer-upper, as you pay to repair shops and utilities. It all adds up to a sandbox loop as pleasurable as hunting down Cesare Borgia.