"I think Assassin's Creed 2 is more meaningful if you've actually walked around Venice and Florence."
There's so many things wrong with that statement above, yet so many things right.
First off, it's true to some extent - looking at the skyline from the Duomo's roof, and seeing Michelangelo's Chapel when the facade was still there - it's pretty sweet. Also, you're an assassin and stab people in the face.
Which is also cool.
If you haven't been to Venice or Florence, then it's just another fictional video game landscape. Just a pretty obstacle course to run around in.
I marvelled at it. AC2 has been out for a while now, I just picked it up for $30 because I was slightly buzzed and forgot I wasn't buying it because of the DRM. You've won this round, alcohol.
And it is marvelous.
I yelled for my wife to come into the room when I had gotten to St Mark's Place in Venice, and climbed up one of the buildings opposite the Doge's palace, turned around and looked over the plaza.
Andrea: "Wow, it really is Venice."
Me: "Yeah, it's really amazing."
"You should run around the corner to where you bought the cane when we were there in real life," she says, laughing as she walks away.
I love her and hate her all at once.