Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection
By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Three deep, mature stealth-action games get mild upgrade.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The player uses violence to achieve his goals, even if those goals are sometimes noble.
Positive Role Models
While players do help people, they also kill and steal from people, including some who are innocent.
Ezio's story takes place throughout Italy, Spain, and Constantinople during the era of the Renaissance. A lot of care went into making sure the characters are representative of the people of that time period in terms of diversity, beliefs, and personalities. Still, due to the restrictions of history, there's not a huge range of racial/ethnic diversity present.
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Ease of Play
Newcomers will face a steep learning curve; otherwise, the controls are easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Players use knives, swords, and explosives to kill people. Gameplay is often bloody and shown in slow motion to emphasize kills.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though no nudity's shown, there's lots of suggestive behavior. There are prostitutes and ribald conversations about sexual prowess; women display ample cleavage. A clothed love scene is shown in one game; in another, you have to undress a woman.
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Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "damn," "ass" in dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest chapter in the long-running Assassins Creed franchise, which has covered numerous games, influenced toys, comics, and movies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are shown drinking wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is a collection of three previously released action games: Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed Revelations, and is an additional chapter in the Assassin's Creed franchise. The collection is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Players will frequently use knives, swords, and other weapons to kill people, often in slow motion. While there's no nudity, there's a lot of suggestive behavior, including a love scene, a mini-game where you have to undress a woman, lots of ribald conversations, interactions with sex workers, and copious amounts of cleavage. Dialogue is also peppered with lots of profanity, such as "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters are also shown drinking wine in scenes.
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What’s It About?
ASSASSIN'S CREED: THE EZIO COLLECTION presents three visually upgraded games from this long-running series: 2009's Assassin's Creed II, 2010's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and 2011's Assassin's Creed Revelations. In all of them, you play a modern-day man who uses a device to enter the mind of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a member of a secret society of assassins back in the 15th and 16th centuries. As Ezio, you have to kill important people while exploring the local area, which, in turn, shows your modern self and your friends what happened back then.
Is It Any Good?
Though this compilation doesn't offer anything radically new if you've beaten the included games, this collection presents three solid stealth-action games for newcomers. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection brings the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 games Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed Revelations to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, along with the relevant short films Assassin's Creed Lineage and Assassin's Creed Embers. On the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this adds some slight graphical enhancements over the original releases, extended gameplay in the form previously released solo downloadable content (DLC), and some movies you may not have seen. The Nintendo Switch version adds portability to the equation, giving you the chance to take Ezio's adventures on the road, and adds minor touchscreen support. This comes at a price though, with a small dip in visual fidelity and a massive download size that guarantees the need for a decent sized microSD card for storage. No matter which version you get, this might not be worth getting if you've already played these games. If you haven't, though, this compilation presents what's arguably the strongest three games in this series. Cast as the titular Ezio Auditore da Firenze, you get to see what it was like to be a member of a secret society of assassins back in the 15th and 16th centuries -- which is why you do a lot of running, jumping, and climbing as you track and ultimately kill your target, all of which actions are driven by an intriguing sci-fi story that connects to modern times in a curious way.
Players have to use a variety of sneaky skills to locate and then get close to their targets, skills that come in handy as you try to then get away before anyone can get revenge on you. It's also just fun to sneakily pick people's pockets or climb to the top of the tallest structure in town so you can enjoy the view. That said, these games can get redundant, especially if you play them back to back, and there are times when your enemies act like idiots. Still, if you enjoy being sneaky and would like to do it back before indoor plumbing, the three games in the Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection form an intriguing trilogy that melds history and sci-fi with some challenging action.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection affected by the fact that the characters you kill are all human? What about the fact that they're actually already dead, and you're only seeing how it happened?
What does this game teach us about what the world was like in the 15th and 16th centuries? Would you like to read a book about it?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: February 17, 2022
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, History
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language
- Last updated: February 22, 2022
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