Until Black Flag, Ezio's first adventure was considered to be the best the Assassin's Creed series had to offer. It's gotten a remaster of late, although that hasn't stopped some fans from giving Assassin's Creed 2 a 2017 remake of their own.
Simply titled "Assassin's Creed 2 Overhaul", the mod is a complete graphical rework of Assassin's Creed 2. It's not fully finished yet, but the work is already pretty promising, and the final release will improve the 2009 game's draw distance, lighting, textures, interiors, environments, quality of foliage, particle effects and more.
What's especially interesting about the mod is that it was first released last year as an alpha, only to be panned. The feedback was so severe that creator hecumarine actually took the alpha version offline, only to spend a year remaking the mod from scratch. "I examined all the textures again and corrected all the flaws I could, remaking the textures from the previously released version again," they wrote.
The end result is certainly keeping with the Italian spirit of Assassin's Creed 2, so far at least:
The reworked Overhaul mod weighs in at just under 67mb and can be downloaded here. The current version includes a wider colour palette, new particles, retextured environments for Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and Venice, as well as improvements on the clothes and facial textures for key characters.