Assassin's Creed is one game franchise that I really like. Apart from the awesome graphics and the intricate detail in expansive worlds, the game has a great storyline to it as well.
And now Desmond Myles is back, this time assassinating in Renaissance Italy through his ancestor, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The story goes that when Ezio's father is murdered, the hero embarks on a journey of taking revenge on the rival family that committed the crime.
But the cool thing about this game is that, since it's set in Renaissance Italy, the developers have included one of the time's most prolific people - Leonardo da Vinci! The great painter and engineer will be Ezio's accomplice, and according to reports the player will be able to fly in some of da Vinci's flying machines, enabling quick-access to assassination points.
The game will be set largely in Venice, with additional parts in Rome and Sicily, similar to the first installment where Altaïr moved between Jerusalem, Damascus and Acre to conduct his missions.
The game is expected to release on 17 November 2009 in North America and 20 November 2009 in the European Union for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Windows version will be out in early 2010. (South African gamers should expect to get the console versions around the time of the EU version's release, so that's around 20 November).
To whet your appetite for the game, here's a video preview: