Assassin’s Creed is one of the most important franchises in the history of video games. From Altaïr to Ezio to Connor, this is series has delivered some of the most iconic heroes. Fans of the franchise have been clamoring for a remastered collection of some of the brand’s most famous iterations. Now gamers finally have that in the form of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection.
Ubisoft’s collection is made up of three of Assassin’s Creed most hallowed iterations. Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations make up The Ezio Collection. All three games star, arguably, the series’ most adored hero, Ezio Auditore.
The collection is made up of the three single-player games Ezio starred in. Additionally, all of the single-player DLC that was previously released for each game has made its way into the collection. Together, there is dozens and dozens of hours to be found, and it’s such a thrill to step back into these magnificent worlds.
What you most likely are looking to find out is just how much these games been improved. Considering Assassin’s Creed II was an early Xbox 360/PS3 generation release, the game looks far better. Everything from the big details to even character models have been improved.
To get specific regarding Assassin’s Creed II, 1080p resolution makes the world of Florence glow like it never has before. Running through the streets during the daytime is a visual joy. The game looks absolutely stunning. Even while you’re parkouring around, the games improved details are quite noticeable. The same can be said for Brotherhood and Revelations.
Frame rate is much better for all three Assassin’s Creed games. Moving the camera as you’re sprinting through each world doesn’t blur like it did in the original releases. Action sequences are far more stable, and so are instances when dozens of enemies appear on screen in combat.
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection‘s frame rate improvements are also noticeable in the most iconic feature of each game. Synchronizing viewpoints are the feature I’m referring to. These instances see the camera give a full 360 degree of the area around Ezio.
In the original versions of these games, these types of moments would usually have been met with a blur or wrinkled visual. However, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection showcases the series most iconic moments in a much smoother fashion. The camera doesn’t blur nearly as much and draw distance looks absolutely magnificent.
Taking a look at the game’s textures and small details, all three Assassin’s Creed games have been greatly improved. Everything, from the cracks on walls to the bricks of buildings, looks much better than the original releases. Shingles of roofs are also details that standout when sprinting through each game.
Perhaps the best example of how visuals have been pushed forward is the water. You can see just what I mean in the screenshot from Assassin’s Creed II below. Water simply did not looks as excellent as it does in The Ezio Collection. All three games have their own examples of this and they’re obvious when you see them.
The screenshot below also demonstrates the improved textures of the wooden plank Ezio is squatting on top of. Additionally, the red and orange shingles that Florence is famous for have seen greater detail added to them. Cracks and rust are visible like they simply never were in the original releases.
Getting back to visuals for a moment, I think a lot of people have forgotten that Assassin’s Creed II made its debut in 2009. Since then, there is a whole lot of technology that has evolved in gaming. Considering how the game looks in Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, Assassin’s Creed II‘s improvements are quite good.
It is easy to see how a game like Assassin’s Creed Revelations looks the most modern of all three games. The game made its debut at the end of 2011 and visuals then certainly stepped forward compared to where they were in 2009. This said, Revelations is the most modern looking of the three games, but that is what you would expect.
Fans who have not had the chance to experience Assassin’s Creed Embers or Assassin’s Creed Lineage can now do so when they pick-up The Ezio Collection. These short films provide interesting background on Ezio and they give gamers an entertaining epilogue of the trilogy.
Assassin’s Creed‘s combat system has come a long way since 2009. Today, there is more technical skill and nuance involved in it, but man, was it fun to step back into Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations and chain together a kill streak of nine or ten foes in a row.
While gaming evolves and needs to progress, that is still one of my favorite countering systems to date. Why, you ask? It’s gets to the heart of what it means to be an assassin: being an unstoppable badass.
For all of you Assassin’s Creed fans out there, Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is definitely a worthwhile pick-up. Getting the chance to experience the incredible worlds of Florence, Rome and Constantinople all over again is a complete thrill. The tight-knitted alleys, close proximity rooftops, massive kill streaks and immersive narratives all serve as reminders of just how amazing this series has been over the years.
You can pick-up Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection now on PS4 and Xbox One. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Assassin’s Creed. Ubisoft provided We Write Things with PS4 and Xbox One review codes for the purposes of this review.
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