Kotaku - If I have one guilty pleasure series, it's Assassin's Creed. Normally, I'm not one to get excited about yearly releases, let alone broken games. But I've played and mostly enjoyed every game in the series. Recently, I returned to Assassin's Creed II, and, much to my surprise, I realized just how much I've lowered my standards since that game's 2009 release.
The first hour of Assassin's Creed II is a superb reminder of how great this series can be, providing a blueprint for future entries in the series.