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4. Assassin's Creed 2
Shifting the location to Renaissance Italy was a really, really good idea, as the story of Ezio played out through Venice, Florence, and Rome, as well as several splendid locations in the Italian countryside. We find out a whole lot, and allude to a whole lot more, some of which is genuinely mindblowing. We couldn't wait for a sequel.
Update: Having read my calendar wrong, and having been corrected by our readers, yes, Assassin’s Creed 2 did, in fact, come out in 2009. Limbo was honestly the next game on my list, and deserves to make this list.
- Michael D'Alonzo