Assassins' Creed: The Ezio Collection: PS4 Review
Released by UBISOFT
Assassin's Creed is so hot right now.
What with the upcoming New Year's Day release for the Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, and the fact the main series is taking a year off, it's down to nostalgia to stoke those fires.
And it does so with the release of Ezio Auditore's adventures in the Assassin's Creed - Ezio Collection, collecting together Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and pulling in the Templars' fight.
If you're not versed with these games already, they remain some of the franchise's best, pitting action, suspense and downright treachery together in one great concoction that proves engaging and entertaining at the time.
It's a nice move to collect this trio of games together, as they form one large narrative thread that loops through and gives a sense of completion to the story. But at times, it appears the game's very much lost some of its edge by vaulting onto the next generation machines. Especially when it comes to graphics and load times.
Occasionally, there's an interminable wait as the game boots up and it proves a little frustrating. Combat's quite archaic too, as you have to continue to strike while people continue to attack - it's a throwback in many ways, but given these games are port-overs, it'd be hard to expect anything radically being done in the back-end.
If anything, the three games for the price of one makes this collection a definite own - and while graphically the game's slightly aged and lost some of its shine, the core gameplay and story-telling continue to shine through.
Here's to next year's Assassin's Creed - and seeing what's next for the saga.