In every respect a more rewarding quest for a new hero, although this time-travelling tale is still not without its headaches.
If Assassin's Creed II didn't take itself so seriously it would be a much more focused rival to Batman Arkham Asylum and possibly Grand Theft Auto IV. A clumsy and rambling interactive prologue featuring a very wooden child birth is followed by an over-indulgent character establishing mission for new hero Ezio. These require an hour or so of patience from the player before the game is allowed to get underway. If this stuff were a movie it would be level with Tommy Wiseau's "The Room" – only Wiseau claims his work is intentionally funny. Let's call this first hurdle ambitious.