Assassin’s Creed II blew the first Assassin’s Creed out of the water. Not only because of the many varied quests (breaking out of the standard ‘rescue citizen’, ‘eavesdrop’, and ‘beat up’ events), the beautiful scenery set in Renaissance Italy (rather than the very dull, grayish setting of Jerusalem), and the introduction of new characters and new mini quests (Subject 16 videos!), but also because of the more animated, more interesting main character. Ezio Auditore da Firenze starts off as a spoiled rich kid, but when some catastrophic events happen to his family, he grows into the assassin. Not only does Ezio have a lovely accent, but he actually sounds authentic. In the first Assassin’s Creed, the main character Altair was one of the biggest drawbacks in the game. He wasn’t interesting to listen to, and he didn’t sound like he belonged.
But dear Ezio charms both men and women. His stoic attitude and fierce passion for revenge has men falling in formation as allies, and his attractive features and knight-like qualities has women falling in love. I find myself charmed by Ezio’s humor and dedication. Even in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, when Ezio decides a goatee is an excellent fashion statement, I still love him.
There’s nothing greater than getting behind a character you find both attractive and rousing as an Assassin. And of course, it’s great to see Ezio getting some lovin’ in the games. Thus, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, we award you with the Ass Stamp of Approval!
…because you know we approve both when he assassinates his enemies and when he flirts with the ladies.