While Assassin’s Creed didn’t see a release this year, a collection of some of the best games in the series has been released. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection centers around the lovable protagonist Ezio as he goes on a story filled with laughs, tears, and more glitches than you can throw a hidden dagger at. This year has been filled with a myriad of excellent HD re-releases, that’s why it’s disappointing to see the state in which this iconic collection has been launched.
The games included in this bundle are Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelation. The games have the same action that fans loved the first time around and for the most part it looks better. Everything has obviously been upped in resolution, but this only serves to show how bad it looked the first time around. Not to beat a dead horse, but when great remasters like Skyrim and Modern Warfare are being released it is disappointing to not see these games completely reworked.
To be more specific most glitches seen are character models not appearing correctly, clipping issues, and unresponsive characters. What makes these mistakes even more astonishing is the fact that they were all present in the original release and were at some point patched. None of these glitches break the game and but they are very noticeable and may affect newcomers immersion into the story.
The collection is not all bad though, the games remain some of the strongest in the Assassin’s Creed line-up and contain all the same content they originally had. While nothing new is added Ubisoft relies solely on each of these games strong single player experiences. Multiplayer is not in any of the games which is upsetting considering this addition was such an important part of what made these games great. It would have also helped give veteran players a reason to return to this collection of games.
Unfortunately there isn’t much in this collection for veteran players. In fact our recommendation is that if you’ve already played these games, spend your money on the immense amount of other Triple A titles that have been released this holiday season. It’s also hard to recommend this game to newcomers. This is due to the lack of multiplayer and the glitches that were no longer present in their previous iterations. In fact if those that missed out on these gems would like to experience them in their full glory, it would be better to dust off those last gen systems and play them for next to nothing instead of the steep $60 price point they’re at on current gen.
There is a serious issue plaguing the gaming world and it shows no sign of slowing. Developers are delivering a lot of product, that’s for sure, but some of these games are being released before they’re really ready to hit circulation. We recently saw one of these broken games release this past Tuesday with Watch Dogs 2.
Granted, the game is not unplayable, but Multiplayer is completely offline and not available. Watch Dogs 2 has multiplayer integrated into the single player experience, (when it’s working, that is) players can enter your game and vise versa. However, Ubisoft completely pulled the feature after claiming it caused lag issues and periodic hard-crashes. Ultimately it was a good move on their part because if the game was lagging in single player and crashing all the time, gamers would be up in arms. Yet they may have benefited from holding off on the release for a couple weeks in order to resolve the issue. I’m not sure a delay would impact our decision on whether to buy the game or not, but now they’re just continuing the trend of developers releasing unfinished games.
Watch Dogs 2 isn’t the only AAA game that came out in the recent past which had issues straight out of the gate. Batman Arkham Knight by Rocksteady Studios made headlines when it was released on June 23rd, 2015 for game breaking issues on PC. It would rain inside, crash without reason or be simply unplayable. There were unprecedented refunds given by Steam. Although the game did well it ultimately didn’t make the money they needed.
The list goes on. Far Cry 4 was another game with unfortunate issues right off the bat. Just another addition to Ubisoft’s long list of games decimated with bugs and errors on launch. This isn’t just a trend isolated to one developer, it seems to be a growing phenomena. A few years ago, it was almost unheard of for a game to be released with so many problems the consumers couldn’t even play it. But now game developers only seemed concerned with releasing game after game and if one doesn’t function at first, they’ll just patch it later and move on. A bit of a slap in the face to the committed gamer, if you ask us.
An Unfortunate Trend
We here at Gigamax understand that these developers need to keep up with the competition, releasing new games at an incredible pace. When looking at the sales reports, it doesn’t even look as if these game breaking issues are having a major impact on their bottom line. Sure, the community has a lot to say when a developer releases a broken game but a big name like Ubisoft can brush bad PR off and move on. Hopefully developers will move on past this unfortunate pattern. For now, we’ll keep buying the games and reporting to the gamers so you don’t have to waste your own money.
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