Today we reviewed NECA's Player Select Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Unhooded Ezio (Legendary Assassin) exclusive. Here, enjoy the Zero Punctuation review of the game:
And since this is an addendum, allow me to take this opportunity to say something important that couldn't be worked into the review: yes, I opened by making fun of NECA's shipping schedule, getting the toys from Game A to market when Game B was released, and the toys from Game B in time to accompany Game C; but make no mistake, that's actually a very clever way to do things.
The characters change very little between installments - especially since AC2 AC Brotherhood and AC Revelations all star the same guy, just at different periods in his life. NECA has no guarantee that a particular license is going to be a success (cough cough), so by waiting, they can better gauge the demand.
Assassin's Creed II is a hit, popular enough to warrant a sequel. Therefore you can predict two things: that a lot of people would like to see toys based on ACII, and that interest in the characters will be stirred up again when Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is released; random fans going into the toy aisle aren't going to care that the figure on the shelf isn't based on the newest of new versions - they're just going to want a toy of the character they like. Hell, I wasn't even cognizant of the "one game behind" lag time until I was prepping to write this review and realized the toy didn't represent an old man. I just knew a new Assassin's Creed game was out and a new Assassin's Creed toy was out. So the review may have poked fun, but it's a smart idea.
Though I still wish they'd release some of Ezio's sidekicks, too...