You missed the Ezio trilogy during the last generation, or just want rigiocarla on current console? Ubisoft offers then Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection , remaster of three episodes of the series narrating the Florentine assassin feats. Let’s find out with what results.
Among fans of the series Assassin’s Creed, many agree that the episodes that have seen protagonist Ezio Auditore are still the best of the series, and it’s hard to blame him: with his make bold Ezio is probably one of the most charismatic actors in the series , in terms of gameplay the game has seen excellent elements like stealth missions of Leonardo da Vinci or the areas of the enormous management Rome, while the plots “to this day” were no longer interesting as those who saw the protagonist Desmond Miles, although with the problems that these had. All this without considering the beautiful Italian and the Middle Eastern environments that served as the theater action. It is therefore no surprise that Ubisoft wanted to propose anew with Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection remaster the entire trilogy in a collection that contains the single player component of all three games. In fact, the collection includes Assassin’s Creed II , Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations , each full of DLC released after the launch but no multiplayer component that accompanied Brotherhood and Revelations. There are also two films, Lineage AC and AC Embers, the first filmed live and the second animated, that complement the story of the trilogy placing one at the beginning and the other at the end of the events narrated.
For those who have never played these titles, a general mention of storyline and environments is a must. Assassin’s Creed II comes after the disappointment of the first game of the series, which should have been much more complex from a gameplay point of view and instead turned out, though being innovative in many respects, quite limited. With AC2 Ubisoft would then redeem himself by introducing gameplay mechanics what had been promised but were not present in the first title in the series, such as the ability to use the citizens to hide or escape enemies, improving others that were problematic – such as climbing and running acrobatics – and giving the whole a more complex plot and far-reaching, the most fascinating locations such as Florence and Venice and ultimately making the whole thing much more varied. Even the protagonist underwent a true reset: Altair ran to Ezio Auditore, which was, however, bound by blood line leading directly to Desmond Miles, the second protagonist of the series, using the Animus, he relived the story of his ancestors . The game does not, however, concluded the story of Ezio, which then continued in Brotherhood, who saw the star act in a vast Renaissance Rome fighting against the Templars and clerical powers, and then moved to Constantinople in Revelations. The basic gameplay of the two sequel is always remained similar to that of AC2, however, each time adding new elements, also managerial, or finishing some aspects.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection remaster itself as “pure” of the three titles, not add new features, fix any problems or pre-existing bug (of course any improvement in post-launch received from securities through patch is also present here); for further details on the three titles so I refer you to our previous reviews that still apply: Assassin’s Creed II , Brotherhood , Revelations . As mentioned, however, is not present here the multiplayer component of the last two of the group titles.
What this version adds, however, it is the graphics at 1080p and a general improvement in the definition of textures and visual distance on the city when we raised points; the engine and the rendering model have remained the same, but generally there is a palette of colors richer and more saturated. The title that benefits most from this treatment is definitely Revelations, which already had originally enjoyed improvements in graphics engine and character models, and that in this new version is definitely her figure, while betraying its origins Alte January Assassin’s Creed II is the title that comes out more dented, with characters whose faces sharp and woody animations. Obviously all three games are completely in Italian, as in origin.
One of the greatest merits of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is to show how the series of Assassin’s Creed has evolved three years nelll’arco distancing AC2 from Revelations. Title in the title are very evident and the progress achieved by the series on the opposite chart, which ones made on the front of the game structure and mechanics of gameplay, with new features and important finishing aggiuntesi to each chapter. Switch from woody characters “puppet” of AC2 to the excellent faces and animations Revelations, where the engine is also better able to create striking effects of light, makes clear how the series has evolved over a period of two years.
Despite the steady decline in popularity suffered from the AC series, which forced Ubisoft to put at rest waiting for a real revival in style, specially the latest episodes as Unity Syndicate, and I’m not sorry; but replaying the saga of Ezio I got clear again what those games were for the upper story, characterization of characters, settings, and in some cases even for mechanics. Without speaking of the plot to the present day, the greatest victim in AC3 series onwards. In these games there was a spell, a “vision” in carrying out a certain type of game that seems to have been lost then. And it is nice to be able to feel it again.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is unfortunately being a work remaster a bit ‘lazy: if the increase resolution and detail in textures makes it possible to renew the three games by making them more presentable on the new console, it is also true that in addition to this it was not done anything and then we find intact the problems that the games presented originally. We already mentioned characters in a low polygon amount of AC2, then end up the problematic combat system, the system of climbing and free running problems they see us jump into the void when you do not want to do it or start to climb when you just wanted to get away from the crowd, and even a few bugs here and there. If we work to remaster on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 is a simple porting no improvements even graphics and 5 it is a complete job of rewriting of Engine and bug fixes to give new life to the game, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection probably deserves a 2.5. Without infamy and without praise, but a saga of this kind deserved more.
As already mentioned, the collection also includes two short films Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Embers, but also in this case their inclusion is made in a too superficial. Lineage has a very high compression level, which ruins a lot of the details of the image and also creates annoying sound changes at high frequencies; better from this point of view Embers, which is more defined, but both are victims of a bad video player that, in addition to falter during the long tracking snapping the video, does not have even the basic functions of pause or rewind. If by mistake while watching you had to press a pad button, you exit to the main menu and you will have to start the whole vision from the beginning (fortunately both films last less than one hour). In short, the inclusion of the two films is being done in a very hasty and superficial, just to add an extra item on the back cover.
Game title: Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection