Best Assassin’s Creed Games

The Assassin’s Creed series is arguably one of the most popular game series of all time. So now that it’s about to take a new direction, it’s worth discussing what Assassins was and what became of it. Specifically, we’ll look back at all the main games (sorry Rogue) and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each title. Whether or not you’re a fan of these games, read on for our take on the Assassin’s Creed games.

10. Assassin’s Creed III

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Although it had a very interesting premise and a historical context not so much explored by the media, Asassin’s Creed III didn’t deliver what it needed to. Mainly, this post-Unity title (coming soon) had the most significant bugs in the series. Falling through trees, silly desyncs, side objectives that glitch, and so on.

Furthermore, Connor is by far the weakest assassin in the series, this one being a combination of a protagonist with no substance and one with the most monotonous and boring voice ever heard. However, the game isn’t bad, with particularly interesting historical characters and a well-constructed story. Shame about the gameplay and protagonist.

9. Asassin’s Creed Unity

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Asassin’s Creed Unity had a lot of potential, being the first title in the series on the new generation of consoles at the time. However, the game shipped in a poor state, full of bugs and with quite big technical issues. However, Unity managed to captivate with its boldness. The French Revolution, Paris built to 1:1 scale, the first time in the series that the target assassination methods were completely within the player’s grasp. Arno, too, was a very good assassin and perhaps one of the most tragic characters in the entire series.

But even so, this title managed to expose the wrong direction Asassin’s Creed was heading in. Too many locations with too many collectibles that don’t make sense. Of course, this can be said of many other titles in the series and from Ubisoft, but Unity was the penultimate straw that broke the camel’s back. The last being, of course, Syndicate.

8. Asassin’s Creed Syndicate

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The last “conventional” Asassin’s Creed title, Syndicate delivered a monotonous game that would dictate the next titles in the series. This was the last straw that made fans wonder if the classic Assassin’s Creed formula should be changed. However, the game world and the quality of the game was very good, but what else was there to say with this title that hasn’t been said in the past.

Also, the Frye brothers were a start for the series in dictating the choice of main character, with the player no longer forced to play with a specific character. However, they were terribly forgettable, lacking something special that made other assassins in the series stick in history. Syndicate was a good game, but it fell flat and remained a very forgettable game.

7. Asassin’s Creed Revelations

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Enter the most notorious of assassins: Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Or rather, he exits, Revelations being the third game in which Ezio is the protagonist and the last. Revelations showed us an older but equally skilled Ezio, and he’s moved away from the shores of Italy. Asassin’s Creed Revelations was an excellent game, showing us Constantinople and opening wide the possibilities the series would take.

The conclusion of the Ezio trilogy was excellent. But from now on, the only differentiation between the titles is not necessarily the quality, but the impact the games had on the players.

6. Asassin’s Creed Origins

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The appearance of Origins marked the most controversial, but probably the best decision made on the series. Asassin’s Creed was to take a completely opposite direction to the classic formula, opting for an open-world RPG style. Opinions are divided on this decision, but one thing is certain: it had to be made.

Assassins’s Creed Origins made the leap from the industrial revolution in Syndicate to ancient times in Egypt. The new RPG system meant a freedom previously unheard of in the series and would be further enhanced in Odyssey and Valhalla. Overall, Origins was a very good game, with an interesting “assassin” named Bayek, but the departure from the series’ origins was obvious.

5. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

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The second title in the Ezio trilogy, Brotherhood took the Assassin’s Creed formula to new heights at the time. In addition to the classic action, the player was given the option to manage an entire order of assassins. Recruiting people into the order, the various missions they could do, were particularly interesting mechanics at the time and carried over into many of the future titles.

On top of this, the story in Brotherhood portrayed Ezio at the peak of his abilities as an assassin and mentor, showing the bitter struggle between him and the Borgia family. Brotherhood was a landmark for the series at the time, and Rome as the city in which the action takes place remains just as gorgeous now, more than 10 years later.

4. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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The most recent title in the series and the most advanced in every way, Valhalla is an extremely good game. Enhancing all the elements present in Origins and Odyssey, Valhalla is a complete package for lovers of the ancient trilogy. England and Norway are particularly spectacular and full of diverse activities. However, Valhalla falls into the same net as Unity and Syndicate. Specifically, the world has grown accustomed to the giant worlds made by Ubisoft and are no longer so impressed with their approaches.

But even so, Eivor is a particularly interesting protagonist, and the story of Valhalla involves much more of the assassin order than the previous two titles. Still, this one (either female or male) is pretty forgettable. Valhalla remains the most advanced game in the series, and it shows, but Ubisoft continues its strategy of quantity over quality. This is slightly detrimental to the series, but it remains to be seen what the future will bring.

3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Odyssey is arguably the best game in the “new trilogy” Assassin’s Creed. An interesting story, full of comedy and tragedy, Kassandra and Alexios are particularly good protagonists. Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian Wars is gorgeous, and the various islands in the archipelago each have their own essence and a very good storyline.

Odyssey’s RPG system was also very good, with advanced skill customization. On top of these and the particularly beautiful world, Odyssey impressed with the high level of quality of the game. Of course, many have complained that the game somewhat “pushes” players into exploring the world, not letting them just follow the main story. For RPG lovers, this is not a problem at all, and I myself stand by my opinion that Odyssey is the closest game to Witcher III yet.

2. Assassin’s Creed II

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I’ve left the first game in the series out of this top not because it’s not a good game, but because the other games in the series have definitely improved on the formula that it started. However, the second game is the title that completely popularized the Assassin’s Creed series. The introduction of Ezio from his birth, the tragedy he endured, and the years of training are Assassin’s Creed II’s strengths.

Aside from the great story and the beauty of Renaissance Italy, the game was extraordinarily good. A game that even now, 12 years later, remains a title that could compete with the heaviest hitters in the industry. Sure, the limitations of the time in graphics and gameplay are obvious, but the game has a spirit that is hard to match today. Assassin’s Creed II is a phenomenal game, but not enough to be called the best in the series. That award goes to another game.

1. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

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Black Flag revived the series after the bitter taste Connor and his band left behind. And what a revival it was. While Assassin’s Creed III introduced ship mechanics to the series, Black Flag took it to a whole new level. The Caribbean and all of its islands represented something unheard of at the time and remains a benchmark in the series even now. Also, Edward Kenway is by far the second best assassin in the series, after Ezio of course. His story from pirate to convicted assassin of the order is extraordinary, and the characters in the game remain some of the most well-rounded in the series.

Black Flag is simply Assassin’s Creed. Everything this one accomplished are the things the series has stood for in video game history and possibly will never be touched by another title. Although the series took a new direction after this one, with two weak titles and an entirely different trilogy, Black Flag is arguably the pinnacle of the series.

It wasn’t easy to make such a top, but the plethora of Assassin’s Creed games somehow forced its creation. Some games were excluded because they were not main titles in the game. These include Rogue, Freedom Cry, Liberation and Chronicles. We also decided to omit the first title in the series because time was not as kind to it as it was to the other games.

However, the top is our personal opinion and is not a definitive top. Everyone probably has a different opinion, and that goes without saying with this great series.

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