Assassins Creed : The Ezio Collection Review
I’m left deeply saddened by Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection. I’m upset not because of the single player experience that it delivers. In fact, the single player experience (on top of Black Flag) is the best that the trilogy has to offer. I’m disappointed because along with The Ezio Collection, I had hoped for a return of multiplayer that games like Brotherhood had offered. Whilst the multiplayer experience was clearly not as popular as the single player campaign, I personally felt that the Assassin’s Creed multiplayer component would sit in my top 5 of the last generation. I loved Manhunt in particular, but the multiplayer experience was so unique and specific to the world of AC, that I genuinely believed that it had potential to become a really popular eSports candidate. Unfortunately, The Ezio Collection doesn’t even allow us to replay the multiplayer that used to exist in the original games.
Nonetheless, this remastered edition of Assassins Creed allows you to experience the campaign and story of the most beloved and relatable character, Ezio Auditore. It took three whole games to complete his journey, and what a fantastic journey it was! If anything, one thing that you’ll take away from this trilogy is how the games had quickly evolved over time. What started off as a campaign where Ezio would very much run the show alone, turned into a story where you’d be recruiting fellow assassins and controlling a small army of them to help you in battle. There is no doubt that the current generation remasters of the original trilogy show off the processing power of the later consoles, especially when it comes to frame rates and load times. However, graphically, I wouldn’t say that AC: The Ezio Collection is much better. In fact in some cases, I felt that the visuals were less sharp and believable.
The entire campaign runs in 1080p and runs smoothly in 30 frames per second. This is ideally a perfect gift for anyone who came late to the Asssassin’s Creed franchise, since you really do have to play through AC2, Brotherhood and Revelations in order for every piece of the puzzle to fit. Even then, the story mode is full of so many plot holes and ambiguity, that the more you dive into the universe, the more you end up questioning what is happening. That is part of the charm of the story however. You start the first game with Ezio as a young teenager, and end Revelations with his death. The trilogy will take you through various parts of Italy, including the ability to climb and stand in the middle of the incredibly remastered coliseum.
The game also comes bundled with Assassin’s Creed Lineage and Embers, which are short stories that help complete the rest of the gaps left in Ezio’s life as an assassin. This game is really a celebration of the best story that Assassin’s Creed has to offer, although many would argue that Syndicate isn’t far from being the best either. I would say that The Ezio Collection is the best that the franchise has to offer, but that reward goes to Black Flag, which features a brand new assassin.
Unfortunately, without going into too much detail about the individual games (for which you can just read the reviews separately), there isn’t much more to say about Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection. It feels as if this is a game that is designed to remind people that the franchise is not dead. However, my problem is that the remastered editions actually have less content than the original games, due to the lack of a multiplayer component. There is absolutely no doubt that the team behind the AC franchise is one of the best. However I think it’s now time to take the franchise in a new direction that is more focused around a social experience – this should include co-op campaigns and a heavy focus on multiplayer. I even think that with some thought, an Assassin’s Creed MMO would work. The single player maps are certainly large enough!
With all of this in mind, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is really appropriate for someone who joined the franchise too late and would like the opportunity to visit its origins on current generation consoles. Without any additional bonus content that is playable and no multiplayer, this would be an ideal gift for someone who is into action and adventure games, and as long as you have a limited budget due to which you cannot necessarily afford the price of a recently released AAA title.