Assassins Creed II: The Battle of Forli
The Battle of Forli is the first of the DLC packs for Assassin’s Creed 2. Be aware that it contains only six memories so it is quite brief, but it was still quite decent for content that costs just 320 Microsoft points. The memories fill in sequence 12, which was omitted from the main game due to ‘timing issues’.
In the Battle of Forli, Ezio must help Caterina Sforza and Machiavelli protect the Piece of Eden from the Orsi brothers. After acquiring it in the previous sequence and discovering it’s power, Ezio brings the Piece of Eden to Forli to seal it within a citadel to make sure it stays out of Templar hands. Of course, events rarely go to plan with the Orsi brothers having ideas of their own on how to steal the ancient object away from the Assassins. The content is quite combat heavy, as opposed to following targets or solving puzzles, so be prepared to add quite a number of enemies to your kill count.
The flying machine also makes a reappearance, which can now be used at any time. It’s not related to the story at all and is more like a mini-game, but it’s nice that it’s there since I always thought it was a fun addition to sequence 8 and should have had more game time.
It’s still as awesome as ever, but the end of the story feels very much like a tease without sequence 13. It is very much like a two-parter of a single episode and it makes you want to play it more. I honestly believe both sequences should have been released together to make them feel meaningful so if you’re on the fence about the DLC for the game, wait until the end of February for the release of the Bonfire of the Vanities and get them both. Although the one cool thing about sequence 12 is that you finally find out how Ezio gets his beard.