It’s only fitting that 10 years from the initial creation and release of the first Assassin’s Creed game that I review The Ezio Collection, which collects together Assasin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations on one disk. The collection also includes the short films Lineage and Embers. There has never been a better time to replay or dive into the Assassin’s Creed series than now.
Visually enhanced to take advantage of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, each game has been given an extra graphical boost. Although the games have not been remade from the bottom up, the extra crispness in the graphics and fluidity in the gameplay makes this collection of strong last-generation games more exceptional. The game feels richer with colour in this collection, rather than washed out and dark and cutscenes which include facial close-ups seem to include detailed textures.
The game plays like I’ve always remembered but with added polish – except the general movement of Ezio as this still feels clunky at times in comparison with newer titles such as Unity with its parkour-style movement.
Unfortunately, I found Brotherhood to be dotted with glitches, which I’ve not come across in the original releases before. I’ve come across horses and their riders walking across the water to Ezio reaching parts of the environment he shouldn’t and freefalling in mid-air. These glitches aren’t game-ruining by any means but can become compromising to gameplay when they occur during missions. I will admit though, escaping on horseback across a river has to be one of the highlights throughout my time of playing games.
The best part of The Ezio Collection is that all three games come with the extra single-player content which was originally released and the multiplayer aspects have been completely removed. Ubisoft has included the likes of The Da Vinci Disappearance and The Lost Archive. The addition of the uPlay rewards encourages extra content completion for in-game rewards via their own points system. Free rewards can also be downloaded from the get-go.
Achievement and trophy hunters will also be thrilled to learn that Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations all have a new list to earn. No multiplayer makes the 100G and Platinums easy to obtain and the lists generally are fun to work your way through – a challenge but nothing overly difficult or grind filled.
If you want to experience Assassin’s Creed on a newer generation of consoles then you should consider this collection of games, likewise if you have yet to set foot in the world of the Assassin’s. However, for anyone who is looking for something completely different from the originally released titles, this isn’t for you.