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Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection review
by bgsmith3

Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a fantastic remaster of three installments of the Assassin's Creed series that are generally hailed as being the greatest entries of the franchise. I think they have been blown out of proportion and are overrated, but they are still solid games. The remasters are beautiful and they are essentially the original games but with updated visuals. Which I have no problems with.

 Assassin's Creed II- The Assassin's Creed franchise continues in this sequel. The duel storylines continue with the 2012 storyline picking up traction but still staying enclosed in a lot of ways. The 2012, or "modern" day, part of the Assassin's Creed narrative has always been rather weak, but this gets worse as the series continues. Desmond Miles is freed from his imprisonment at Abstergo Industries. With his newfound Assassin allies, he visits the memories of his ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze during the Renaissance. We follow Ezio's life as we discover the Assassin's brotherhood and as he unravels a conspiracy that changes his world forever and that will help his descendant in uncovering more about the Templar's plots in 2012. The story is wonderful. Assassin's Creed has a tendency to make historical figures more badass than they actually were. Visiting Renaissance Italy is fun. The gameplay has been improved from the first game. Visually the remaster spices the world up a little, this is the most dated of all of the games in this remaster. There are plenty of clunky parkour and climbing mechanics and bugs. A giant free roam world with collectibles, side missions and investments to help you along in the story definitely inspires and promotes more activity. Overall, a solid sequel that improves the major elements that were introduced in the first game.
 Rating- ⅘

 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood- Assassin's Creed Brotherhood is my favorite of the Ezio trilogy. Desmond Miles and his team work to try and avert the impending 2012 apocalypse. The answers to stopping this doom lie in Ezio Auditore. The Animus is used once again to relive Ezio's memories. Ezio and the Assassin order take their fight to Rome, the seat of Borgia power in Italy. The writing and story in this game is amazing. Ezio finally gets a worthy adversary and the continued interaction with historical figures and events help add an element of familiarity to the game. A lot of the gameplay and parkour has been improved dramatically from the previous two games. The graphics in this game and Revelations are really good and aren't as dated as Assassin's Creed 2. The game builds on a lot of things introduced in Assassin's Creed 2, as all good sequels do. Rating- 4.5/5

 Assassin's Creed: Revelations- This game is the one that still looks, sounds and feels like the best of the whole Ezio trilogy. The game is set after the devastating events that shocked the series at the end of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Desmond is now trapped inside the Animus and must find a way out. In order to do so, he must relive the final adventures of Ezio Auditore as Ezio must reconnect with his ancestor, Altair Ibn-LaAhad by stopping the Templars who are also set on pursuing an object from Altair's past. The game ties up the narrative of the Ezio trilogy and has a lot of this story come full circle. The game continues the stealth based mechanics with the usual parkour and traversal elements. Though to be fair, at this point the series has become overly familiar. The story also seemed to be a little rushed for me. But characters, scenarios and environments are written well. Some of the new features and additions to the game also didn't really add much to the overall experience. I think this game is a solid entry, but it was here that I think that Ubisoft realized that they need to change up the formula a bit. Rating- ⅘

 This remaster is really good. It is the regular games, but updated and brought back to life with proper restoration. Rating- ⅘