The Story So Far - Assassin's Creed II

The Story So Far continues as we travel forward in time to join Ezio Auditore da Firenze and bring you the full story cinematics and gameplay highlights from Assassin's Creed II.

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Ezio's list of names takes him beyond Florence and Desmond starts feeling side effects.

Jump to Part 3

Ezio makes new friends and stabs Venetian Templars.

Jump to Part 4

Ezio tracks down the prophet and gets officially brought into the ranks of the Assassins.

Jump to Part 5

Ezio travels to the Vatican to assassinate the pope and learn the secrets of the apple.

Catch up on more Assassin's Creed: Story So Far episodes.

Discussion

57 comments
BigGame1974
BigGame1974

Hello, Im interested in getting into Assassins Creed.  Ive never played before and was wondering where I should start as a noob.  Need I play all of them?  Do the graphics from the original hold up?

JamesThePrince
JamesThePrince

Assassin Creed II will forever be the best :) but since III is coming out idk :D <3 

EL1CHEF
EL1CHEF

i think that this is cool of them to do this, cause unless u have money to buy all the game in the series this is ur best option to get up to date on the series. have said that i personally  think  is a better experience to play all of the game

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

#2 was the best one. Brotherhood was crap and Revelations was alright. Now #3 looks to be the best game ever.

Zeke_Meister
Zeke_Meister

I LOVE that you're doing this, I've played through the games multiple times each but I still love these video's. My only request/recommendation is that maybe you end the Desmond parts on the 29th so that way we don't start playing the game before we see all of the Desmond stuff

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

Thanks GS for doing this! I have watched all ten episodes and looking forward to the next 14. AC is a wonderful series, even more so then I remembered. Hopefully AC3 will fix some of the gameplay problems that has held the series back a little (like the combat for example), so GS can finally hand out the 10 this franchise deseves :)!

face_ripper
face_ripper

their showing almost every single cutscene.. i want a 10-20 mins video not somthing thats gonna be over 3 hours

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

You really needed multiple parts to recap this story? I'll give you the TL;DR version...

 

****Spoilers****

AC1: Interesting sci-fi concepts, interesting anti-hero, amazing thought provoking ending.

AC2: Desmond learned some skills. Solar flare, blah blah.

Brotherhood: Nothing happened, then Lucy got stabbed.

Revelations: Nothing happened.

 

****Prediction****

AC3: Connor stabs some Brits. Desmond sits in a chair.

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

By the way, I just remembered the CG trailer for Revellations, watched it again now, and boy had I forgotten how epic it was. Even though Revellations didn't reveal much and was probably the weakest of the entries in the series, I still think it had the best CG trailer of the all. I mean everything about it was perfect, especially the music (I'm ready for the fight... and faith... **arrow to the knee**... err... shoulder). Just brilliant.

 

I think Gamespot should also make a compilation of the Trailers  :P  mmm... or maybe not... maybe I just got psyched by Revellation's trailer  ;)

 

SteelPenguin90
SteelPenguin90

Thank you so much GameSpot lol rainy day, not got work for hours and this feeds my AC appetite tremendously. I think you should do a video on how it relates to real myths and religions! Unless you already have in which case I feel ashamed.

gotrekfabian
gotrekfabian

Just finished this again last week and I still think that the story is the best of all AC's so far. AC3 has alot to live up to. Pleeeease don't fail me Ubisoft! 

nerdyasiangamer
nerdyasiangamer

I think it is great that they post this videos everyday. I kinda am watching it while I am at work so do not tell me to get a life. It is like a TV episode that I need to get to have my daily fix on.

 

I really didnt have the time to play the 1st Assassins Creed and by watching the cut scenes it gave me a better understanding when I started AC2.

 

Thanks for posting this videos. I surely will come back for the next episode. Cant wait for AC 3 though!!

 

"Nothing is True" "Eveything is Permitted", so to all the Templars out there, please shut the hell up!! :)

bladezatron
bladezatron

why should  i watch this when i can play the games?

LOCHTE30000
LOCHTE30000

great job love all the videos... o yes and i have a job and a life(girlfriend included) @killdot1335 

killdot1335
killdot1335

If you have the time to watch all these videos, get a job please. 

orbit991
orbit991

Never seen a game get this much coverage on here, with a video "ad" almost every day, so how much are they paying you guys, seriously how much?

Jan_Meja_Heir
Jan_Meja_Heir moderator

 @sgt_F79 An interesting addition to that, while Hasan ibn As-Sabah had started the group to "protect" the Shia'a Muslims (Seljuks were pretty much killing them off at that point), by the time the first Assassin's Creed took place they were already more of a political group rather than religious. Their leader around then was known as "the old man of the mountain", and he was actually trying to form an alliance with the crusaders saying that his people would convert to Christianity. To show the faith of his followers, he ordered two of them to leap from the top of a tower... something that was clearly used as a key element in the Assassin's Creed series.

 

The other thing I find amusing is that they were started as a group to oppose the Seljuks. But by the time we get to Revelations, we have Seljuk assassins.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Interestingly you haven't even bother to understand the story if you say nothing happen in Revelations. ;)

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

@sgt_F79 Ubisoft never claimed it was historicallt accurate. The disclaimer clearly says "this work of fiction."

AlexPR_13
AlexPR_13

Are you gonna argue realism when right of the bat you have Templars/ Abstergo playing the part of world domination and new world order implementation common in conspiracy lore. No one can argue that the Templars werent real, but not in the way shown in these games. The developers in this case take two well known organizations in historical times and tries to build a story leading up to present time. I think the accuaracy they are trying to agrue is the treatment of the times the games are based on; clothes worn, common customs, historical landmarks and figures, etc as well as an objective point of view. Still, no film, book, or video game for that matter can really argue true realism in accordance to the times its trying to portray, but they try to show an impression of what it MAY have looked like. Iam not trying to argue though, just wanted to post a thoughtful response.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Assassins were indeed a muslim creed. BUT after thier enemy and thier true intentions were revealed they understood that if thier enemy have thier fingers on every country in shadows, so should Assassins. So instead of staying as just small group (with everyone knowing where they live) they spread across the world to send the message of coming evil and became a large secret organization so in the name of freedome, they can take the battle to Templars.

 

(*Insert epic music*)

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

 @ShadowOfKratos

 One of the best trailer of all time! It's either that or the directors cut Deus EX: HR trailer.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @SergioMX Me too. He's a wonderful character that provided a charming center to a great series of games. 

Altazen
Altazen

 @bladezatron if you can play them then why are you here since nobody is forcing to watch them.

Gater29
Gater29

 @killdot1335 Each set of videos is about 2 and a half hours. Are you really trying to tell me you have never, once in your life, watched a movie that is 2.5 hours long? Never seen LotR? Star Wars? Titanic? C'mon man this is just ignorant. Besides, I'm watching these WHILE I'M AT WORK!!!

Jan_Meja_Heir
Jan_Meja_Heir moderator

 @killdot1335 If you have the time to watch any television series, get a job please. If you already have a job and still have time to watch any series, get another job.

 

Two jobs and can still watch television? Donate your body to science.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 @killdot1335 funny how you to take the time to criticize anyone watching these videos, yert you're a member of a video game web site yourself.   

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @orbit991 Perhaps you also didn't notice that we did the same thing with Darksiders; we'll also be doing it with other games. This seemed like a great way to provide refreshers for upcoming sequels. Trust me--it's time consuming. We do it because we like providing interesting content--and also, because it's what we do. I am not sure why you think video game coverage is such a surprising thing at a video game website. If a piece of content isn't interesting to you, then hopefully there is other content that better meets your needs. Have conspiracies truly grown to the level that you think a normal piece of content is part of an insidious plot? It isn't tinfoil hats anymore--it's tinfoil skyscrapers!

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @orbit991 You seem shocked that a video game publication would publish video game content. Shocking, I tell you!

Jan_Meja_Heir
Jan_Meja_Heir moderator

 @orbit991 Seriously? Nothing. Not seriously? Our weight in gold every time that someone even considers clicking on a video.

 

Back to seriously, we are a video game site, we produce content about games. This is a feature that seemed like something people would be interested in and could be helpful when getting into the next game as a refresher. Between all the games in the series, it's been a while and even if you played them you might not remember everything that happened. There were also a lot of people who didn't like some of them, namely the first (my favourite!) , and so they might have skipped them but still want to see what happened. These are also very long videos, so breaking it up and posting it daily makes it like a web series for people to check out a new episode each day.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Just like I didn't "understand" Lost's ending, apparently. Or Twilight. *cough*

gotrekfabian
gotrekfabian

 @ChiefFreeman  @killdot1335 Well said that man. Let's face it, in the eyes of non-gamers we are all geeks and I am not ashamed to admit it to anyone, in fact I openly admit to my status of being a geek. :)

orbit991
orbit991

 @Jan_Meja_Heir It's not just these remember what happened videos, it's the sheer volume of AC promo like coverage videos, new guns, new buildings, new shoes,  that make me roll my eyes a bit, one title even had the word masterpiece in it, that's quite the foresight for something not even released. Hey I like Gamespot overall, but after a while certain things make you want to say, ok , give me a break.

Jan_Meja_Heir
Jan_Meja_Heir moderator

 @sgt_F79 I'm talking about the actual Assassins group. While the amount of focus on keeping Muslims on the Shia'a path would always be dependent on the leader at that particular time, they did stray very far from that focus and, as I was saying, were at times willing to give up their faith entirely to insure their survival in a more political fashion.

 

Another aspect of the actual group that I thought was interesting in how it influenced the first game was, like you mention, them doing everything with the clear intention that the end result is their death. Assassinations were generally done in public with small weapons so as to insure that the assassin would also be killed after they hit their target. Obviously it would have made for a much different game if your character got killed after the first assassination, but the idea was there of it being done in public right in the middle of things.

 

The first game also made mention of Salah ad-Din, who is interesting relative to the assassins because they made several attempts on his life. If memory serves, I believe he actually marched on Masyaf and they eventually ended in a truce. The crusades would have ended quite a bit different had they ever succeeded, as he was the leader that managed to drive the crusaders back until all they claimed was Acre. Not that that lasted long after his death though, but it was the last time the crusaders ever had a strong grasp on the holy land.

AlexPR_13
AlexPR_13

Wait I am confused. This reply is for who exactly, me or sgt_F79??

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

I am serious.....well most of the times. :P Anyway if you're talking reality wise there's no such thing as Assassin-Templar war. Ubisoft just make a fictional story based on the history for people to enjoy. Nothing more. If you're saying story-wise, since Assassins spread across the world, the 'official' history say the creed ended. But it didn't. They are hiding among us and fighting their secret war against the people who don't understand that freedome is right of all sentient biengs.

Steba93
Steba93

 @b10nutz  @Fowsed  @Kevin-V  @SergioMX I miss Ezio more too, It just feels like I never got to know Altair, I barely remember anything about him from AC1. In Revelations they give him a bit more character and I really started to like him, but Ezio just takes the cake. His story was more interesting, relatable in the start and it took nice twists. You actually saw him grow up to an assassin and his connection to his family and friends, Altair didn't really have that.

b10nutz
b10nutz

 @Fowsed  @Kevin-V  @SergioMX  I miss more Ezio because the nature of his story, it was more personal and more easily to love Ezio from the start of the game, but Altair starts by killing an old man and showing no remorse it's story is more cold, more business then personal, it's harder to attach to him then Ezio. In the end both are great characters and well written no doubt of that.