We've played games before where the character actually ages during the story, but Ubisoft may be taking that concept to a whole new level in Assassin's Creed II .
In the original, aging wasn't part of the game but all that is changing in the highly anticipated sequel that launches next week. According to IncGamers , it seems we'll witness the birth and very early years of the main character, Ezio, and then we'll actually play through the years between 17 and 40. Game director Benoit Lambert said, "I love the fact that we have this guy going from 17 years old to 40 years old or more." Throughout these eventful years, our protagonist will meet the likes of Leonardo da Vinci (Ezio will actually take advantage of his inventions) and the Pope; remember, we're talking about 14th-century Venice. We highly doubt that Ezio's skills will degrade slightly over time as he gets older (we haven't reached that level of authenticity in this industry just yet), but we'd like to think we'll see the visible changes, and besides, it adds a great deal of depth to the game. The storyline ought to be most intriguing, certainly.
Forgive me for being more interested in Assassin's Creed II than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 right now. I know, it's some sort of sacrilege but…well, whatever.