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5 things you may have missed in Assassin's Creed 2

Here's the hidden depths of the Assassin's Creed universe

Here's the PSM3 free-runner's guide to Renaissance Italy. It uncovers some of the sights and secrets from Assassin's Creed 2 that you might have missed because you were too busy stabbing people in the head.


1. THE GIANT SQUIDS
Head over to the Assassin's Tomb at Santa Maria del Vistazione in Venice, and make your way through the first half of the tomb. When you come to the circular water chamber pull the lever, and head to the water's edge. Peer down into the murky depths and after a minute you'll see a giant squid swim past. Spooky. This is a sly nod to the fact that the first giant squid to be captured alive was bagged off the coast of north eastern Italy during the game's development in 2007.

2. AUDITORE FAMILY TOMB
Want to know the history of Ezio's family? This tomb, which appears in Monteriggioni after you purchase it using Uplay points (press triangle on the main menu), tells you all about how the Auditore's rose to nobility and became assassins. We won't spoil it for you here, but we can tell you Marco Polo is involved, and that the Auditores aren't all they seem to be. As well as the story, there's also a neat tomb to tackle too.

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3.THE BATTLE OF FORLI AND BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES DLC
By now, the Battle of Forli DLC will already be on PSN. We had a chance to play through this action heavy chapter (it slots into the main story at Memory Sequence 12) and can confirm it is great value at £3.19. It centres on the story of Katarina Sforza, who helps Ezio protect the 'apple' Piece of Eden from the Orsi brothers, who have been hired to collect it by AC2's nefarious villain, the Spaniard. The second bit of DLC, Bonfire of the Vanities, is due at the end of February.

4. LINEAGE
Ezio comes from a long line of Assassins, including his father. Lineage is a live action series of shorts, starring the voice actors from the game, which fills in the events leading up to the moment Desmond first syncs with Ezio. We know what you're thinking - it really isn't as bad as it sounds. You get to see the Duke of Milan's assassination (hinted at in the game) and discover the reasons the Pazzi want the Auditores out of Florence.

5. BLOODLINES WEAPONS
You there: PSP owner. Did you know that if you played the above average (sorry) Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines on PSP you can sync your save and unlock bonus weapons in your PS3 game? Beating one of the game's bosses in Bloodlines will unlock a special weapon in AC2, which appears in your villa. Finish the PSP version to nab all six weapons in the PS3 adventure. Handy that.

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