It’s been seven years since the launch of Assassin’s Creed II. Ubisoft took a big risk by changing protagonists and shifting locations from the Middle-East to Renaissance Italy, but that risk paid out ten fold. What Ubisoft did with Assassin’s Creed 2 was phenomenal, creating a thrilling, visceral game that left players pining for more.
Assassin’s Creed 2 for me was the redeeming game for the franchise. I didn’t particularly like the first Assassin’s Creed until much later, returning to the game with a new perspective of what to expect and what was happening. Ezio Auditore is the saving grace and that’s why we got three games spanning the life of one of the most revered Assassins in the world.
The first thing I need to mention is that this is the same exact games you played before, for better or for worse. You know what to expect and you know where it is. Having said that, this collection is still worth having a look into because Ezio’s journey is an epic thing and here we are a new generation of consoles, and gamers, who get to explore the life through the eyes of the Renaissance man.
Watching the video above you can see how brown and muddy the palette of the original release was. The remaster allows the colours of the Italian countryside shine, bringing sharpness and better draw distance and a steady 30fps.
With Assassin’s Creed II you play as young, inexperienced boy who must right the wrongs were done to his family. Along the way, things are not what they seem and soon, Ezio is thrust into the fray between the Templars and Assassins.
With Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Ezio is now old, wiser and a Master Assassin. He moves to Rome to combat the benevolent Cesare Borgia and his army. Rome was at that time, the biggest city Ubisoft had created. To this day, I still get goosebumps as I make way through the city.
To close out the trilogy, Ezio, now a man in his 50’s has lost his purpose and travels to Masyaf, the home of the Levantine Assassin order, in hopes of finding answers. It is here where we get the sorely missed hook blade and the beautiful city of Constantinople.
The Ezio Collection includes all three Ezio games, both Assassin’s Creed films, Lineage and Embers, and all the single player DLC for each system. The films help set up Assassin’s Creed II and then finishes off the story of Ezio Auditore.
The entirety of the Ezio collection is some of the best work Ubisoft has released. Through Ezio, we learn of so many human emotions, and with him, we grow to be better people. While there isn’t anything new here, the memories of my time with Ezio and his journey is more than enough to make me want to step back into the Animus. This is for those who want a nostalgic trip, but, it also is a perfect place to get newcomers into the series.