The Assassin’s Creed II Remastered version from the Ezio Collection is gaining a lot of heat, for all the wrong reasons. Certain parts of the game look completely jacked. The climbing mechanics look downright ridiculous.
There’s a character that was replaced by a shifty-eyed guy in a beret who looks like he was in the middle of telling a story a second ago, but just realized that nobody was listening so now he has to try to play it off cool. Not only that, but he looks like he’s straight out of a previous generation of gaming
Fair enough, considering that’s where AC2 came from, but that’s not what you would expect from the remastered version.
Here’s the comparison that got the ball rolling, showing the original version of Assassin’s Creed 2 and the remastered version with our curiously out of place looking friend:
After seeing this comparison, many people pointed out that it could be a totally different NPC altogether, or just a minor glitch that couldn’t be reproduced. The difference isn’t just between the original and remastered versions of the game. In the PS4 version, the guy in the beret has had his head replaced by a 3rd NPC.
So as it turns out, this weirdness is exclusive to Xbox One. That’s not really the type of “exclusive content” that you can use as ammunition in the console wars, unless you own a PS4.
Here’s a look at this particular NPC on the PS4 version (left) and the Xbox One version of the game (right):
Look at the one on the right. He can’t even make eye contact because he’s ashamed!
This video highlights the differences between the Xbox 360 version of Assassin’s Creed 2 (the original) and the Xbox One version (the remaster, from The Ezio Collection).
Game devs work long hours to make magic happen from very little, on strict budgets and deadlines, and we don’t want to blame them for this because it could have been totally out of their hands, but… somebody must have noticed these things? Somebody must have said, “Hey, let’s compare this remaster to the original version and make sure it’s not noticeably worse?”