Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection - Xbox One

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Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection (Xbox One)
Also for: PS4
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Adventure: Free Roaming
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Virtuos Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 18 Nov 2016 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
No Accessories: No accessories


Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection packs the entire tale of Ezio Auditore da Firenze into one box on current generation consoles.

Assassin's Creed II
All is not what it seems in the pristine and fabulous time of Renaissance Italy. Noblemen and families command a great deal of respect, which allows for a world of corruption, greed and murder to take place underneath the social surface.

When Italian nobleman Ezio Auditore ad Firenze's family gets betrayed he aims to seek vengeance against the corrupt class that once suited him. With nowhere to turn to satiate his anger, Ezio turns to the ways of the assassin to teach his foes a lesson.

It is through new hero Ezio you experience Assassin's Creed II, with improved gameplay features over the original 2007 hit that aims to surprise and challenge your skill. Missions can now be accessed whenever you like and you can approach them in whichever way you please, with an open world that promotes free-running and human acrobatics to evade capture.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ezio is back, and he's brought some of his mates! Well, he'll be finding some mates as you make your way through Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, anyway. Many assassins are better than one, right?

Ubisoft took a slightly different tack with Brotherhood than it did with Assassin's Creed 2. Rather than jumping forward another few hundred years, the company is continuing the story of the last game's protagonist. Things pick up exactly where the last game left off, though it's an older, more experienced Ezio than we saw in the last game.

Many of the core stealth and free running mechanics that marked AC2 remain in place – a fact that won't be upsetting many series fans – but a couple of crucial new elements have been brought in. Firstly, as suggested, you can recruit new assassins. This brings a new element of strategy to the game, as well as a new layer of characterisation. As you recruit new allies, you'll be able to send them off on missions around the city to further your cause against the Templars and line your pockets, as well as get them to offer support on your own missions by providing distractions or even fending off attackers!

Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations allows the Renaissance hero to find the last pieces of the Apple of Eden jigsaw puzzle and solve the mystery that has haunted him for years. He does so by traveling back to where the struggle between Templars and Assassins began - Constantinople, during the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

As well as the usual weapons at Ezio’s disposal, you get to play with a new toy called the Hookblade. It can be used to grab and chuck enemies around and line them up for some spectacular assassinations - but it goes far beyond combat. Rooftops are now littered with zip lines that can allow Ezio to sling himself down at high speed (with the added bonus of assassination from above).

You can now create your own bombs in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations too, with black markets in the city selling ingredients for you to mix in various bomb shops to build the explosive for whatever situation you want.

While the last Assassin’s Creed game introduced the Brotherhood (which makes a return in Revelations), the big new concept here is the Dens. Dens are hotly-contested areas in which you have the option (or in some missions, requirement) to attack to gain some ground against the war with the Templars and Byzantines. As well as attacking and taking dens, you'll be charged with defending them. These missions see your own areas get challenged by enemy forces. This is probably the biggest change to the Assassin’s Creed formula - tower defence gameplay from the third-person viewpoint of Ezio, the Den commander!