This was a HUGE upgrade from AC 1. The maps are beautiful and unique. The thing I REALLY loved in this game was how you learned about Ezio's life. Unlike AC 1 with Altair, you get a background story. The combat system, although a bit stiff, is awesome with the different ways to kill your opponent (Don't mean to sound like a psychopath lol). Overall a great game with AMAZING maps and storylines!