Assassin's Creed 2 is currently free on PC as part of Ubisoft's month-long schedule of offers, trials, and discounts, collated to "help everyone who is following health authorities' guidance by staying at home" during the coronavirus outbreak.
Assassin's Creed 2, history fans, initially released in 2009 and was the game that really shoved the series into the limelight, significantly expanding and refining the promising parkour-based open-world formula established by its rather underwhelming predecessor.
Unfolding during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and early 16th century (and occasionally interrupted for a brief modern day sojourn), Assassin's Creed 2 follows fan-favourite protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze across Florence, Venice, Tuscany and Forlì, on the trail of some increasingly inexplicable nonsense about the Templars and, probably, magic baubles.
It is good! And there's a diverse (and often dizzying) array of distractions to keep you amused across its lavish open-world rendition of Italy - although, obviously, being 11 years old now, it's rather less refined than the series' more recent entries. At the time though, Tom Bramwell called Assassin's Creed 2 "one of the best open-world games of the year" and the Assassin's Creed game "we'd hoped for in the first place" in his 9/10 review. It also has the series' best joke.
Assassin's Creed 2 is available to download for free right now via Uplay and will remain so until 2pm, Friday 17th April in the UK. Those wishing to know what else is happening as part of Ubisoft's Free Event schedule should keep an eye on the publisher's website.
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