Simple stuff, so I'll let you follow the game on your own to start. That is some hell of a memory on this guy.
*NOTE: You can turn subtitles on, and increase the brightness in the pause menu. Brightness on 7 was good for my screen.*
When in full control, just follow your friend, and you can run, but it's not required. Follow her through the lab area, and then use a button to take the elevator. In the parking lot, just push buttons, no need to try to do this in some "right" way.
In the friendly confines, talk to the guy, your friend, new gal, and then get in the Animus 2.0 when ready - only Lucy has two chats.
In the fight, you learn how to lock on, and this first fight is easy. The second phase has you grabbing guys, and just do that and tossing them until they retreat.
Finally, feel up as many bodies on the ground as you can, should be able to sneak in an extra one, before you must move on.
You Should See the Other Guy
Use free run to follow Federico to the doctor guy, the guy in black wearing the crow mask. You can then database him and the nearby hookers, I mean courtesans.
*NOTE: The database actually registers all this stuff automatically; you pressing the button is just to view the info, so you don't have to, but reading is fun!*
To win this race, you really just need to follow him if you want, then out-run him on the rooftops. Follow him up to the view point.
Step on the little plank here and use your eagle vision to sync up with this point. Then do the Leap of Faith, to jump into the hay below. Jump out and head north, and feel free to database the glowing spot in the alley before you step on it.
Climb climb! And then follow the buttons to get busy.
When in control, just run. If you played GTA IV, same thing can happen here, just outrun the guards' circle on the radar, stay out of trouble, and you'll lose them. Or you can find the blue dots on the radar to hide. Either way, just get to a roof, and usually just running into a wall during free run will get that done, somehow.
Then head to the next marker on the radar (you have a map, but kinda hard to pull it up easily). You can database the house and Giovanni, then talk to him.
You can read the letter, then loot the chest in the corner. Don't worry about the shops and vendors, not important now.
*NOTE: You can drop down from ledges and grasp them as you fall. For that matter, you button display in the corner of the screen is very helpful.*
Just avoid the red dots on the map and follow the rooftops to the dude's house. Return to your dad through the door.
Beat a Cheat
Speak with Claudia on the bench.
Now go northeast and beat up the dude, and that's it. Return home.
Friend of the Family
Talk to mom inside the courtyard by the wall.
Just stroll with her up the street, stealing cash from passing strangers, and you'll be at the destination. Pick up the box, and return home to drop off all these useless paintings by some nobody.
Petruccio is just outside your estate.
This little bastard wants a few feathers from the rooftops. First one is just above, then the next is further west, and then further south for the last one. Then just take them inside your home.
Go inside your home to get this mission from your father.
Again, you can attempt to read both letters, but they are sealed, so no go.
Head south first, and you'll find a chest here too. Now the eastern guy, and then the pigeon coop. At the coop, use the contextual camera after you get the letter. And after that, go north a few roofs over for a chest.
Let's take this time to hit all six surrounding view points before we return home. In order from your house:
East - On the Palazzo Della Signoria, a building with a tower on top. The little triangles on the sides of it seem like dead-ends from below, but they can be climbed, so feel free to take this point from the back or front, just watch for the archers.
Southeast - Very simple tower, no problems here.
Southwest - Another point with no issues.
West - Ditto.
North - Same.
Northeast - This is on top of the tower of the Giotto's Campanile, the big structure you beat up the guy near. The tower is separate of the main church, so climb the corner of the church and jump onto the tower wall. Cilmb up the east side, because only on this wall can you keep going. There is a brief detour through the window for two chests, then climb the corner of any wall but the east and you can go all the way to the top.
Copied and pasted from the Feathers section of this guide. They are ordered by map and district. I do not require you get these, but now is a good time to if you want them by game's end.
- On the west face of Leonardo's workshop.
- On a floating platform supsender just west of your home.
- Rough description with four in this area, but in the SW corner of the district, this is on a suspender too. Not in the very corner, but as you approach you should see it.
- From #3, go directly south, and you should see this in the corner of a roof, in a window, under a VP tower, and overlooking the canal. It's not on the top roof is what I'm saying.
- Open your map, look at the highlighted church to the south, and between that church and the bridge to the south is the feather on a roof.
- That bridge to the south is the bridge the fight at the start of the game took place. Go to its east side, hop down a bit, and you'll see the feather on a wire.
- You can from #6 follow the edge of the city east and find this on the side of a nearby building, the outside wall of the line of buildings in the SE corner of the district.
- On the side of the big building on the east of the district.
- Basically you climb to the first roof of the Santa Maria, the big church in the NE corner of the district, and then climb up the WEST face and you'll get to the top. The boxes with holes in them, you need to be hanging to move sideways on them.
Head home and start the next mission.
This was the "east" viewpoint we just covered, so you should know the tower. To make this easier, just take the back way up, through the roofs. There are three guards, and you can sneak up behind them. If you do, you can lock on and punch for melee takedowns, and if you engage them feel free to grab and toss them over the walls. Or you can just avoid them, just don't let them see you.
Climb the south side of the tower to reach Giovanni's window.
Hold the button to turn on eagle vision, then open the door on the wall. Open the chest to put on the assassin outfit, and then learn how to equip your sword. Outside you'll engage two enemies.
The best thing to do is hold the deflect button to not take on both of their attacks, no need to lock on, and just press counter as soon as they attack to kill them.
Loot them and head southwest (building just southwest of your home with two chests in it), and head for Uberto's home. Two more guards outside it, so do the same, hold deflect, counter after they attack, and that's it - easy. Go in for a scene.
Feel free to visit the nearby doctor if needed for medicine to use and buy for later.
Last Man Standing
Head east for this mission.
Once you pick it up, just walk east for the scene. Once in control, just run wherever you want, to a roof, into a hiding spot, or just outrun the guards; no fighting at all.