The first chapter of the Assassin's Creed trilogy was quite the polarizing experience of the "love it or hate it" type. Many rightly complained about the total lack of variety in the missions, gameplay and in Altaïr's arsenal. Fortunately for everyone, developer Ubisoft Montreal heard their detractors loud and clear (water ? death!). With much more diversity in all aspects and improved AI and combat, Assassin's Creed II surpasses its predecessor in all aspects providing a more engrossing and much smoother action-adventure experience.