Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection

Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection
 
 

Whenever Assassin's Creed is mentioned, I can only think of one name that embodies the nature of series over the near-dozen characters that have featured: Ezio Auditore da Firenze. His charm, tale of revenge, and the parallel storyline of Desmond in present day stand head and shoulders above the rest.

With Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection, the Italian Assassin’s story is remastered for the current generation of consoles. The three fully-fledged games in one release, all updated with new visuals, is a must-play for those who haven't experienced Ezio’s journeys throughout Europe. If you are well versed in these games on the previous console generation however, the update makes the character models glaringly dated (albeit an improved landscape) and doesn't add anything to the original trilogy.

 
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Ezio’s journey starts in Florence, Italy, in Assassin's Creed II. His involvement in the Assassins vs. Templars conflict begins when his family is betrayed by sympathisers of the latter group. Hunting down the conspirators one by one, Ezio learns of the all-powerful artifact known as the Apple of Eden, which his descendant Desmond is also trying to find in present day.

The storyline in Assassin's Creed II is, to me, the apex of the franchise: Both Ezio and Desmond’s journey are compelling; the Renaissance Assassins oozes charm as the protagonist, and the game ends on a cliffhanger, urging players to check out the sequels.

Sadly, the graphics upgrade is a mixed bag. While the draw distance has increased – adding a deeper level of grandeur to each city – and the buildings look more detailed, the remaster of Assassin's Creed II’s biggest blunder is the character models, which today look dated. I can't help but focus on their weird eyes during every cut-scene.

Thankfully, this was remedied in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Both games look reasonably better, but not to a point where the difference is night and day.

For Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the setting remains solely in Rome, Italy. Although a deviation from the various cities in the previous entry, the city is large enough to get lost in. Additional mechanics such as liberating templar-controlled districts and tower defense aspects changes things up.

With the recent Assassin's Creed games improving movement to allow characters to be more fluid, it felt weird going back to the old control scheme. Actions like jumping across rooftops require more input from the player, and combat is tedious. That being said, The Ezio Collection still plays well; the controls are easy enough to master, and the mechanics intuitive enough to comprehend.

The tombs remain a highlight of each game. A series of puzzles to traverse across in order to reach the treasure room, with 100% completion awarded by racing through each one within a set period of time, or without losing health. Puzzles have always been my favourite parts of games, and in The Ezio Collection Ubisoft delivers. Although I would have liked more challenging puzzles as the game progressed, there were enough of them in varied abundance that they never wore out their welcome.

Additionally, Ubisoft have included the two animated features that round out the story of Ezio’s life: Assassin's Creed Lineage and Embers. They also removed the multiplayer features from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations, which isn't a major loss as the recent releases have also veered away from the online component.

Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a worthy placeholder for the lack of a new entry in the franchise this year. While the graphical upgrade benefited the landscape and building detail, the shoddy looking character models makes you wonder if there was a remaster in the first place. The removal of multiplayer is inconsequential, yet the addition of the two animated features is a nice touch to round out Ezio’s story.

If you haven't experienced Ezio’s story before, Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a must-buy, as Ezio’s story is the most compelling in the franchise. Three games, ranging from good to great, for the price of one is also worth consideration. If you’ve already played the trilogy however, and are looking for an upgrade of your collection from the previous generation, The Ezio Collection’s lackluster, sometimes laughable graphics may put you off.


Tony received a digital copy of Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection from Ubisoft for review.


Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection
"Three games for the price of one is a great buy, but be prepared for shoddy looking characters."
- Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection
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Comments Comments (16)

 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 11:33 AM
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Pretty sure we all saw THAT face to sell the dodgy graphics in AC2, haha.

Definitely gonna grab this. Brotherhood is Ubisoft's magnum opus, happy to spend a few dozen hours there again.
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 12:04 PM
2
Will definitely get this. Platinumed 2 and Revelations on PS3 so will try to do it again.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 12:37 PM
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So assassin creed beats skyrim? Crazy lol
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 12:38 PM
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24 November 2016, 12:37 PM Reply to AdamC
So assassin creed beats skyrim? Crazy lol
Just referring to overall score.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 3:26 PM
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24 November 2016, 12:38 PM Reply to AdamC
Just referring to overall score.
It may be because it's 3 games, I dunno
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 7:27 PM
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24 November 2016, 03:26 PM Reply to Paorio
It may be because it's 3 games, I dunno
Yea but ya would need atleast 3 to have similar content.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 7:27 PM
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Could have at least gone for a 60FPS overhaul to make it more appealing. I'll pass thanks.
 
 
 
Posted by trun39
On Thursday 24 Nov 2016 7:41 PM
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24 November 2016, 11:33 AM Reply to Xaphriel
Pretty sure we all saw THAT face to sell the dodgy graphics in AC2, haha.

Definitely gonna grab this. Brotherhood is Ubisoft's magnum opus, happy to spend a few dozen hours there again.
I could not stop laughing when I saw that face. It's one of the funniest things I've seen for awhile.
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 8:42 AM
2
I hope everyone realises that you have so, SO much to lose by clicking that link :P
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 10:14 AM
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24 November 2016, 12:38 PM Reply to AdamC
Just referring to overall score.
Different reviews of different games by different reviewers...
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Friday 25 Nov 2016 3:08 PM
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25 November 2016, 10:14 AM Reply to Coddfish
Different reviews of different games by different reviewers...
I guess....
 
 
 
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On Friday 25 Nov 2016 3:30 PM
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I have fond memories of this one but with he better directional free running, gameplay and shear size and variety of 4 and Syndicate I fear going back to these would disappoint. Will continue to wear the rose tinted spectacles and await the next new (hopefully Egyptian) AC.
 
 
 
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