Compared to the first AC, the sequel delivers on story, character, and historical content. The sets are brighter, more elaborate, and the weapons more varied. The core of the game, however, which is the combat, is much unchanged. The combat is slow, repetitive, and lacking the fluidity of a game like Batman AA. Initially exciting but soon stale and uninvolved animations follow predictable counter-attacks. The collapsible blade is obviously sick, but it is used over and over again. For nearly every **** assassination. Artistically the graphics excel but technically not so much. Visual smudging, especially on facial animations, is noticeable. While the controls are intuitive, they are often imprecise, and accidentally leaping off tall structures becomes a pisser offer. The street jesters constantly get is your face with the sole purpose of annoying you into making mistakes, e.g. stabbing them in the chest cavity.