Remastered games have always been a touchy subject. Many see them as a simple attempt by developers for a money grab while others see it as a chance to relive old favorites on a new platform, and some take the plunge in playing a game they once had no interest in previously. The Assassin’s Creed series is now the latest to have a remake with Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection. For the purpose of this review I’m not going to look at each individual game in the collection, but the package as a whole… This will be quick.
The collection consists of three games: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations. Along with the titles there are also two cinematic shorts and all the DLC for each game. I have been a big fan of the series since Assassin’s Creed II released in 2009, so I can say with utmost confidence that nothing has changed between the original release and the remastered re-release. There were subtle troubles with graphics during the scripted scenes and many gameplay movement issues. It has been quite some time since I’ve played this trilogy, so I dusted off my old games to get a bit of a comparison between then and now. I gotta say the biggest difference is in the free-running, the re-mastered versions are much more clumsy and difficult to control over the original releases. This movement issue is more so present in Assassin’s Creed II over the others in the collection. Brotherhood and Revelations show a vast improvement in the area.
The multiplayer has been completely scrapped for this re-release. It was rather dull and really didn’t offer much in the way of advancement, customization, weapons, or game modes. No love lost there it lets the focus be on the single player campaign, like it should be.
The age of the titles doesn’t show as much as you would think. At the core, Assassin’s Creed has always kept to the same free-roaming, combat, and exploration formulas throughout the franchise. So playing these old games will still feel like any other Assassin’s Creed. Therefore if you have played the recent games, buying this collection would be worthwhile. Or if you haven’t played the newer games, this collection would be a good place to start.
Assassin's Creed 2 (Reviewed on PlayStation 4)
This game is good, with a few negatives.
At the cost of a full retail release you will receive three of the strongest Assassin’s Creed titles + DLC + bonus content. Fan of the franchise or not Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection is certainly worthy of a spot in any gamer’s library.