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Three new[*] assassination styles demonstrated from Galata Tower. All involve prolongued free fall and, in that sense, are loosely related to the Eagle Strike. Please watch the video first and then join me below the fold for the descriptions.

Hole in One Assassination

Combines the Hole in One advanced technique with an assassination from the well. Find a well near a tower and figure out how to jump into it from an extreme height. It's not as easy as landing in a haystack! Next, find/place your target next to the well. Repeat your jump and finish with an assassination.

[*] A variation of this assassination appeared in Aurel's AC2 video Kill Bernardo Baroncelli where he stands and other stunts where he jumped into a well and performed a high profile assassination as Bernardo began to flee. The assassination in the video above is truly a Hole in One because the fall would not be survivable without the well.

Sky Dive Assassination

This is a good alternative to an Eagle Strike when there isn't a ledge to grab near the target or if he's too far away from the tower. Do a jump toward the target and free fall for as long as possible. Open your parachute at the last second. Mash Armed hand to immediately assassinate from the parachute.

Note that deploying the parachute throws you forward about 20 meters. If your initial jump is off target you may be able to correct your course with Analog stick as the parachute opens.

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The idea here is for you and your target to both fall off of a tower alive. You have a parachute. He doesn't. Try to pull the rip cord just before impact. If done correctly you end up standing next to the corpse.

The hard part is getting Ezio to fall with the victim. He tends to hookblade the edge instead of going over. I used a Sprint+Tackle in the video but there are other possibilities.

The Setup

For the Hole in One and Sky Dive I used Aurel's exploits on The Avenger as described in Eagle Strike from Galata Tower. He used poison darts so I demonstrated the other option from his description: lure the bodyguards away. I hung from the edge of the roof to get their attention more quickly. Make sure the target doesn't have a clear line of site to you when you enter open conflict.

Throw a smoke bomb and grab the target. He escapes just one time, usually while going up the first steps. Disengage your target lock before throwing another smoke bomb! Otherwise the bomb hits him in the chest and he will flee later. It's about 100 meters to Galata Tower from here. I usually go through the cemetery so I can ask the victim "Is this the guy?" Wink

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After watching this exploitation...

...I do believe that Ezio can fly.

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Ha ha. That song was originally written and performed by R. Kelly. It became a hit on the soundtrack for Space Jam (1996), presumably as a reference to Michael Jordan's legendary hang time.

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I finally saw a James Bond movie with a similar parachute scene! The scene is near the beginning of Moonraker. Here is exactly what happens.

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Bond is in a plane with some baddies (it's never explained why they are all there or how they got there). One of them shoots out the controls and they plan to jump off the plane, leaving Bond to die. Bond fights one of them and throws him off. Then someone (Jaws) pushes Bond off the plane. Bond dives after the first guy and takes his parachute. The baddie is never seen again, so we can safely assume he plunged to his death. After that, Jaws, who pushed Bond off the plane, dives after him. He is about to bite him when Bond activates the parachute. Jaws tries to activate his own parachute, but is unable to. He lands on a circus tent and lives.

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The scene is near the beginning of Moonraker.

That very well could be where I got the idea. I'm not a James Bond fan but I did see Moonraker at a theater in Paris (it was in English with French subtitles) following a whirlwind tour of Europe. It was a good choice because stunts in the movie trashed several of the sights we had just seen. For example, I recall speedboats racing along canals in Venice and a fight in the glass museum. That was hilarious!

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About ACB, I remember exactly that it doesn't work. In the speedrun of the DLC (memory 6), I escape the castle with a parachute, and I know you can't use it when you begin to fall straight down.

And about climbing skill, I hope you will enjoy my ACR run, especially climbing the Galata tower (3 times during the whole run). But you'll have to wait a few months from now.

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So I just tried this in ACR a couple days ago and found that it still works on my copy. I guess I was just assuming it was the same as ACB. Sigh...

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Have you confirmed that it doesn't work in Brotherhood?

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Not yet, but if I remember correctly, I tried deploying it later when I was on the highest building in ACB (and ended up dying). I guess I'll try it later.

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Stab, your video is loading really weirdly, first going all white, then slowly initiating YouTube player. Could be the embedding, I saw you used the flash tools rather than the YouTube-tags.

Awesome video, by the way. Hole in one looked really awesome.

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Huh, I don't know what's going on there. It happens for me too but I don't recall it doing that on day one.

This video was uploaded at 1080x720p. If you watch it on YouTube you can select "large player" and crank the quality up to 720p. It's not truly Hi-Def because the source material was only 720x480. I feared that the higher bit rate would cause it to load slowly or stutter for some viewers. Is anyone having problems like these? If so I can choose a less ambitious resolution for future videos. This is a new toolstream for me and I'm still working out the settings for the best quality.

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Awesome video, by the way.

Thanks! I hope my hookblade climbing was up to your standards. You should write a tutorial on how to work the controls for maximum double and triple bounding.

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stabguy wrote:
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Awesome video, by the way.

Thanks! I hope my hookblade climbing was up to your standards. You should write a tutorial on how to work the controls for maximum double and triple bounding.

Here you go:
Step one: Get on a wall
Step two: Hold High profile trigger and point up with your directional stick
Step three: mash the everloving shit out of Legs button

Worst part is, I'm not even joking.

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Step three: mash the everloving shit out of Legs button

That's not what you told Aurel. Puzzled

My technique is a little different. I press and hold Legs button for as long as Ezio continues to bound upward with the hookblade. When he runs out of steam I release and repeat.

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That's not what you told Aurel. Puzzled

Ha! I was going to mention that. And speaking of 007, yesterday I went to the local library and there were several James Bond movies there, so I picked up a few (I'll let you guys know if one of them has a scene similar to the last second parachute technique).

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stabguy wrote:
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Step three: mash the everloving shit out of Legs button

That's not what you told Aurel. Puzzled

My technique is a little different. I press and hold Legs button for as long as Ezio continues to bound upward with the hookblade. When he runs out of steam I release and repeat.

Dude, it's been at least 5 months since I played Revelations. Tongue

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I tap it with each hookblade connection (every time you hear the "clank" of the hook against ledges). You can still mash it as well. Doesn't really matter.

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JoeyFogey wrote:
I tap it with each hookblade connection (every time you hear the "clank" of the hook against ledges). You can still mash it as well. Doesn't really matter.

Is it faster than hold the button (to climb 2 times), then repeat?

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stabguy wrote:
161803398874989 wrote:
Awesome video, by the way.

Thanks! I hope my hookblade climbing was up to your standards. You should write a tutorial on how to work the controls for maximum double and triple bounding.

Here you go:
Step one: Get on a wall
Step two: Hold High profile trigger and point up with your directional stick
Step three: mash the everloving shit out of Legs button

Worst part is, I'm not even joking.

So THAT's what I've been doing wrong all this time. I keep forgetting step one! Tongue

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That skydive assassination took me by surprise. Exclamation Mark I see the target far away from where Ezio will land, then Ezio shoots forward. Those are some pretty nice assassination ideas (now there will be a whole family of eagle strike variations).

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The idea here is for you and your target to both fall off of a tower alive. You have a parachute. He doesn't.

"He" doesn't? No wonder Ezio knew that wasn't Sophia. Shock

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Those are some pretty nice assassination ideas (now there will be a whole family of eagle strike variations).

Thanks for your kind words and for designing The Avenger setup, Aurel.

I confirmed that hitting the target with a smoke bomb will cause him to flee later. Not confirmed is the requirement to throw a second smoke bomb when he breaks Ezio's grip (I assumed you knew what you were talking about). The only other time he broke loose was when we were forcing our way through three Beggars. Good thing Ezio carries a third smoke bomb! Another thing I discovered is to not leave the target standing on a Janissary patrol route. They will kill him on sight. Shock

No wonder Ezio knew that wasn't Sophia.

From 3:25 to 3:30 she looks like the Elephant Man with red Elvis sideburns.

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Not confirmed is the requirement to throw a second smoke bomb when he breaks Ezio's grip (I assumed you knew what you were talking about).

After escaping your grip he still seems to be reacting to the smoke bomb (for just a short while), but I remember him still running away.

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The only other time he broke loose was when we were forcing our way through three Beggars.

Reminds me of the setup for the Jacopo eagle strike. Shortly after entering Tuscany we were accompanied by three lute players who sometimes bumped Jacopo out of Ezio's grip. I was not happy.

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Another thing I discovered is to not leave the target standing on a Janissary patrol route. They will kill him on sight. Shock

One time he fled directly into a patrol. One of them finished him off with a kick. Laughing out loud

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In fact, I discovered this also, last friday (remember I'm on PC). It's very helpful for the speedrun ^^

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Free fall + parachute. It's faster than taking the stairs. Wink

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But doesn't the parachute have a time limit to use? I remember that as soon as you begin to fall straight down, you can't use it. Is it an exploit or is your game disc just speshal?

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JoeyFogey wrote:
But doesn't the parachute have a time limit to use? I remember that as soon as you begin to fall straight down, you can't use it.

I think this may have been the case in Brotherhood. I always had trouble with the parachute in that game anyway. I haven't had any "free fall to parachute" problems in Revelations though.

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I think this may have been the case in Brotherhood.

That's probably it. I haven't tried these free fall assassinations in Brotherhood. The Hole in One Assassination should work in AC2 and beyond, though.

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JoeyFogey wrote:
I remember that as soon as you begin to fall straight down, you can't use it.

What? No, I never heard about a limitation like that. In Aurel's Eagle Strike from Galata Tower he accidentally deployed a parachute before catching the ledge (mashing Armed hand a bit too soon). You can even drop from one parachute and open another.

I tried to include a Sky Dive assassination of Tarik Barleti in this video but the parachute wasn't working. Then I realized that Ezio can't carry his crossbow and parachutes while disguised as a Janissary. Puzzled

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Maybe I'm the one with the speshal disc...

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