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Brotherhood is better but there is no Brotherhood without the giant leap that was 2. It was the introduction of Ezio, that crazy ending, the crazy reveal from that dude that was also going through his past lives and the fucking variety in the gameplay. Brotherhood just built on that now great foundation.
These are the only two AC games that I played and I didn't like either of them. I guess I liked AC2 more. In Brotherhood they managed to make Rome feel like a small, unimportant, slum of a town while Florence and Venice seemed like booming economic centres of great importance.
II wowed me way more when I first played it compared to brotherhood (I actually even disliked the slow start into brotherhood where they took away basic abilities like double blade kills for no good reason). But brotherhood is still the overall better game, seeing how it built upon the great foundation of II and added the guild stuff, made the economy matter etc.
Brotherhood is probably the better game, but playing AC2 for the first time was a pretty special experience for me. I think I'll have to go with 2.
Could not have said it better myself. I remember watching Ryans video review of AC2 and being blown away at just how, ALIVE, the game looked. Ordered it and got it the next day. Brotherhood is better in every way, except for the way it shows us Ezios origin and that takes it.
I think Assasin's Creed 2 is what revived the series from the very disappointing first game. Brotherhood is a more refined game and better overall, but the leap from 1 to 2 was much more important to the series as a whole when compared to the leap from 2 to Brotherhood.
I think we can all agree that the story in every Assasin's Creed game is abysmal and can't be used to score one game higher than another.
I like 2, Brotherhood and Revelations almost equally, 2 was the most fun and I think it had the better story of the three. I'd probably even put Revelations ahead of Brotherhood, it capped off 1 and 2 perfectly and had some of the best action moments in the entire series.
Commanding other assassins to stab a guy for your is super fucking awesome, but ACII is a classic. Going through Ezio's life and seeing him slowly get older makes it feel epic and it fixed so much shit that was wrong with the og creed. One of my favorite games of all time. Maybe not in the top ten, but it's somewhere close.
That ending in II. Can't beat that stuff.
"HOLY SHIT SHE'S TALKING TO ME"
2nd best ending to any game this gen behind Red Dead Redemption. The glyphs were also incredible.
AC II also over Brotherhood because it was the first. Brotherhood was just a refinement, which knocks it down a couple pegs. It's like saying Call of Duty 4 isn't the best CoD this gen because you'd probably rather play the later ones with all the refinements and additions. But CoD 4 was definitely the best because it started this gangster shit. If you are ranking the games this way that definitely counts for a lot.
I've always felt like 2 was the better experience, even if Brotherhood was the better game. I enjoyed seeing Ezio's story from the beginning, and the Desmond part of the story was, IMO, at its peak in AC2. The Subject 16 stuff gave me chills, and Brotherhood's follow-up on those didn't do it for me. And that ending? Fantastic.
Brotherhood was a fun time, the added stuff made the gameplay more streamlined, but ultimately Brotherhood is just iterating on its predecessor. I vote for Assassin's Creed 2.
While I enjoyed AC1 for its setting and gameplay, it generally sucked at everything else. AC2 on the other hand was incredible and was one of the best games that year. It fixed pretty much all the issues of the first game and then some. Ezio is a defining character of this generation and rightfully so. He's full of charisma and a joy to play as. Brotherhood continued to take what AC2 started and was even better still with the addition of the guild. When it comes down to it though, while Brotherhood may be the better game in a lot of ways, AC2 gets my vote. It had a much larger impact for me plus I enjoyed the location and story just a bit more.
For what it's worth I actually think Brotherhood is the lesser game of the two so I went with ACII. While I loved the Assassins button and the nice tweaks to the mechanics, I thought a lot of the mission stuff in AC:B were a bit tedious, at least enough that I remember them as such. That and I found myself getting a bit bogged down in the economy of the game when I probably shouldn't have. Although by far the best missions in the game in my experience was technically DLC I "bought" with Uplay points, which was the Da Vinci Disappearance. By comparison I have such fond memories of ACII and in retrospect find it genius they saved Venice for last given the pace of the game.
Brotherhood has a better set up for a villain that you want to see fall. It's tighter and all of the surprises feel well desirved and more exciting to play.
At some point I want to replay AC2 with the Revelation's graphics engine. Like that first time, stabbing someone and seeing the blood pool up back of their clothing, that's just amazing texture work.
Damn, I love this series.
I think AC2 and Brotherhood are the best; Revelations is close to those, the original AC was good, with some great and even superb aspects to it, but not great overall to me, and then three was mediocre. Hm, as for AC2 or Brotherhood, I think overall, Brotherhood is slightly better because it takes what two did, and goes a bit further and better in a few aspects. I really like the Ezio trilogy in general though. There were some weird transitions in the story cutscenes at a few points in Brotherhood, but that's all I can really think of when it comes to docking it anything compared to two.
- Ezio stops being a flippant playboy.
- You get your own assassin posy.
- Brotherhood introduced a truly new and interesting MP mode. That in a generation of big budget releases doing the same rote shit was amazingly refreshing. And it's still the best MP in the series.