The most beloved assassin of the entire Assassin’s Creed saga returns to the protagonist with the collection in which he is the protagonist, which has already arrived four years ago on consoles and PCs.
Ubisoft’s confusing porting plan that first saw Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered and Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection arrive on Nintendo consoles, now concludes with the three chapters of Ezio Auditore.
This collection, as you know by now, contains Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations with all the additional DLCs and bonuses, fully optimized for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite.
It is fair to remind you that even in this case, as on Playstation 4, Xbox One and the related next-gen versions, multiplayer is not integrated but it is really a marginal lack. The experience that Ubisoft wanted to bring in complete form on Nintendo consoles is that of being able to experience the whole epic of the Assassins in a portable version or comfortably on your sofa by connecting the console to the TV, thus completing the collection of all the main chapters to the inside the Nintendo Shop.
Bringing these titles to Nintendo Switch has allowed the French developer to integrate some interesting features that manage to improve the enjoyment of the game, such as the possibility of using the touch screen to navigate and zoom on the game map; all this, however, coming to terms with some compromise too many.
The saga starring Ezio Auditore is probably one of the most memorable and to which fans are most fond of, and just naming the titles of the glorious chapters evokes memories that are still vivid, although their release date dates back to more than ten years ago. In this porting the charm of Florence, Rome and Monteriggioni is in no way scratched but the graphic and technical rendering is affected by the inexorable weight of the years.
On Switch consoles these limits are more than noticeable, especially on the Lite version, bringing with it the problems we have already seen on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Among the three to suffer the most is inevitably the most dated, or Assassin’s Creed 2, to which are also added some cumbersome controls and movements that are not at all fluid. Returning to Florence with the thirst for revenge towards the killers of Ezio’s family is certainly a unique experience for what represents the historicity of this saga but every parkour or fight reminds us how inclement weather has been with this title.
The experience improves with the other two chapters, more recent, which can boast a younger appearance and enjoy an illumination that tries to cover the signs of the years. This stratagem, however, makes the game very heavy and creates strong pop-up phenomena that are rather striking, as well as showing environmental textures in very low quality.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is, among the three chapters present in the Collection, the one that shows the greatest problems, a fault attributable to Rome and its vast scenarios. The capital is still full of charm thanks to the remastering work and some glimpses somehow manage to weigh the limitations that unfortunately the game suffers from.
Finally, we leave Italy to arrive in Istanbul with Assassin’s Creed Revelation, the youngest of the triptych. Obviously, being the most recent, the artistic and technical superiority over the other two titles is obvious at a glance, an advantage that guarantees fewer problems.
The remastering process is less obvious and required less effort on the part of the developers, thanks to the better starting point of the original code. However, being the least dated does not provide immunity to problems even to Revelation, which shows the same flaw found in Brotherhood in the larger portions of the game.
The graphic resolution of this return in the role of Ezio is limited to 720p on the move and reaches 1080p only when connected to the dock. Being a pure port, the quality is in line with what one could expect, a version that does not differ much from that console and that does its best on Nintendo devices by taking full advantage of them.
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection arrives with a guilty delay on the consoles of the Japanese brand but finally completes a path started a few years ago with Assassin’s Creed 3 and the Rebel Collection to make the whole saga available to Switch owners.
This operation can certainly bring younger people and those who have not experienced the beginning of the story of this unforgettable character in 2009, or even more simply meet the interest of fans of the saga who want to live the experience on the move.
Anyone interested in the Ubisoft series will once again be fascinated by Ezio and his intricate and enthralling existence; a feeling that the technical limits have not been able to cancel but, unfortunately, only to scratch.
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