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Taking Out the Trash: Uberto Alberti

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Blitz assassination of Uberto Alberti in 28.87 seconds [*].

Opening cutscene

Ezio is visible twice during the cutscene where Lorenzo walks with Uberto, once at the very beginning (not shown) and later over Lorenzo's shoulder as they enter the Santa Croce. Both times you may pivot Ezio with Analog stick. If you release the controls Ezio automatically turns to face the square. It's amusing that you can control Ezio from such a great distance from the camera.

Blitz

This blitz reminds me of Talal - a 30 second free run full of technical challenges.

0:28 - 0:31: I experimented with several ways to cross the first gap and measured this one to be the fastest. There's one moment where Ezio struggles back to his feet on top of the chimney. This animation can be avoided by decreasing the distance of the jump (move to your left on the L-shaped structure before jumping). I found this to be no faster and error prone but your mileage may vary.

0:34: Release Legs button to step off the last rafter. Otherwise Ezio will jump all the way across to the next gable and again struggle back to his feet. It's slightly faster to put two feet on the flat part of the roof.

0:50 - 0:52: Both of these steps down are with Legs button released.

0:53: Release Analog stick here. Otherwise Ezio will roll forward and be out of position for the jump assassination.

0:54: Aim for Uberto and force a jump by tapping Legs button. Ideally Ezio will land next to Uberto. Too far away and he must walk to his target (running is disabled).

[*] Blitz was from a reload so the time is measured from the first frame of Ezio's movement to the first frame of the assassination cutscene. Time excludes adjusting the camera angle at the beginning.

Taking Out the Trash

This part was edited in from a different take. You can't do a blitz assassination and casually escape with the body! As I documented elsewhere, the game spawns two additional guards to cover the exits (and two more if you kill the first two). So pre-assassinating all the guards doesn't actually provide an anonymous escape.

To set up the second half of this video I pre-assassinated seven guards: the two Brutes at the door, the three guards on the other side of the doctor, and the two around the corner by the Courtesans. After assassinating Uberto I climbed up to the first roof (as in Reacher's video) and moved to the right, away from the archers. When the action died down I returned to Uberto's body and matched the default camera angle.

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I just did a ~19s blitz using the front side of the church. Smile

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Here's an outtake from Taking Out the Trash. One of my blitz attempts ended with a double assassination of Uberto Alberti. This reminds me of the air tackle exploit previously shown by Aurel and Hit except this isn't an air tackle. It's a jump assassination that didn't register for some reason. I'll leave it to you to speculate why this happened.

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Oh my God I finally watched and can't believe it was that song. I forget the show it's from. It's on the tip of my tongue but I can't think of it. Angry

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Oh my God I finally watched and can't believe it was that song. I forget the show it's from. It's on the tip of my tongue but I can't think of it. Angry

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Do you younger folks recognize the music and understand its relevance to this video? (Put your hand down, Lisa. I know you've got this one.)

Theme song to Sanford and Son.

Watched that show constantly in college on TV Land (only 26 here).

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Theme song to Sanford and Son.

Correct! And what is the connection to this video?

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Double McStab with Cheese wrote:
Theme song to Sanford and Son.

Correct! And what is the connection to this video?

I could go with the fact that the first episode of the first season was called "Crossed Swords."
I could go with the fact that the actor who plays the son is named "Demond," which is really close to "Desmond."
I could go with the fact that they own a salvage yard full of a bunch of crap.

I'll go with #3. Bunch of crap.

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I'll go with #3. Bunch of crap.

Correct! That's what I was going for: trash, junkyard, etc.

There's another connection to me, personally. One comment on YouTube was like "R.I.P. Redd Foxx". I replied, "Fred is dead. Long live Lamont!" Wink

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I'll go with #3. Bunch of crap.

Correct! That's what I was going for: trash, junkyard, etc.

I'll actually go with #4 - they are both classics, and hilarious. Wink

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Holy crap, that made me laugh hard. The music was an absolute killer. I had also forgotten how sloppy an untrained Ezio is.

Slowly, but surely, the job gets done.

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Do you younger folks recognize the music and understand its relevance to this video? (Put your hand down, Lisa. I know you've got this one.)

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This is the kind of videos THB needs. Good work.

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I know I hate it when people comment "you missed a way" on my 12 Ways to Wield the Hidden Blade video. You must feel the same way about comments that there's a faster way to do something. You're not going to reply, "You're right. Let me reshoot my speedrun!"

So I apologize for my comments on your Sequence 2 speedrun. It started out as a mea culpa for not properly documenting an Uberto blitz on THB. You researched your blitz assassinations here and I felt that we had let you down. I'm glad that you appreciate this video even though it's a year too late.

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I don't have any regret. You know, if you make the sum of all mistakes in my AC2 run, it could be improved by at least 100 seconds. Also, I think this memory is the only that was "badly" planned, after all. That's why I don't mind about ~10 seconds. But I really appreciate your consideration.

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You make ACII look like it's good.

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You make ACII look like it's good.

I like this comment way more than I should. And the only reason I like it is because people at school tell me Assassin's Creed (1) was bad. Please guys. I don't wanna sound like a jackass and say "Go play Call of Duty." but.. Go play Call of Duty. (Not 2, 4 and Black Ops cus those were the good ones.)

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LOL - It's always refreshing to come back to THB after visiting GameFAQs where it's taken as gospel that AC2 is better than AC1.

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The only thing that can be taken as gospel about the AC series is that nothing can be taken as gospel... the whole nothing is true thing and all that...

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Oh, didn't you know, al-Assas? That music was the actual soundtrack of AC2! Yeah, Stab was just playing the way the game is supposed to be played.

All the assassinations are like that. I know I distinctly heard "Rock Lobster" when I was chasing Francesco de' Pazzi around. Didn't you?

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LisaMurphy wrote:
I distinctly heard "Rock Lobster" when I was chasing Francesco de' Pazzi around.

At least now I have an idea for my next video.

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