The Assassin’s Creed series has been through multiple types of games over the years, but what are the best Assassin’s Creed games? Here are all Assassin’s Creed Games Ranked From Best To Worst.
For these rankings, we will use the scores the games have been given on Metacritic on the highest-scoring version releases to give the best listing possible.
Assassin’s Creed II (91 – PS3)
Released in 2009, Assassin’s Creed II elevated the series to new heights with its captivating narrative and enhanced gameplay mechanics. Set in Renaissance Italy, players assume the role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze as he embarks on a journey of revenge and self-discovery. The game’s rich historical setting, intricate plot, and refined parkour and combat mechanics make it a standout entry in the series. Assassin’s Creed II’s compelling characters, breathtaking visuals, and seamless integration of history and fiction set a benchmark for future installments.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (90 – PS3)
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, released in 2010, continued Ezio Auditore’s saga as he established the Assassin Brotherhood in Rome. The game introduced the Brotherhood system, allowing players to recruit and train Assassins to aid in missions and combat. Brotherhood’s refined combat mechanics, expansive cityscape, and innovative multiplayer component marked a significant evolution in the series. The continuation of Ezio’s story and the introduction of the Brotherhood system solidified Brotherhood as a must-play entry in the Assassin’s Creed saga, especially if you wanna see more of Ezio.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (88 – PS3)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, released in 2013, took players on a swashbuckling adventure across the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. As Edward Kenway, players navigated the open seas, engaged in naval battles, and explored a vibrant world of islands and ports. The game’s naval gameplay mechanics, engaging storyline, and exploration-focused design breathed new life into the series. The seamless blend of Assassin’s Creed’s core elements with the freedom of the high seas earned Black Flag a special place in fans’ hearts.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (87 – Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, released in 2018, ventured further back in time to ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War. Players could choose to play as either Alexios or Kassandra, siblings with their own stories and destinies. The introduction of dialogue choices, branching narratives, and a vast open world set the stage for a more player-driven experience. Odyssey’s massive scale, naval battles, and mythology-infused storyline expanded the series’ horizons while offering players a chance to shape their own odyssey.
Assassin’s Creed III (85 – PS3)
Assassin’s Creed III, released in 2012, transported players to the American Revolutionary War era. Players assumed the role of Connor Kenway, a half-Mohawk, half-British Assassin who becomes embroiled in the conflict between Assassins and Templars on both sides of the war. The game introduced new gameplay mechanics, including hunting, naval battles, and a revamped combat system. Assassin’s Creed III’s historical setting and Connor’s journey of identity and vengeance added a fresh perspective to the series, though its pacing and departure from the previous protagonists’ stories led to mixed reception among fans.
Assassin’s Creed Origins (85 – Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed Origins, released in 2017, brought players to ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period. As Bayek, players embarked on a journey of revenge and discovery, exploring historical locations and participating in pivotal events. The game’s emphasis on exploration, RPG elements, and revamped combat system introduced a fresh direction for the series. The detailed recreation of ancient Egypt and the introduction of the Origins of the Assassins Brotherhood added depth and significance to the series’ overarching narrative.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (84 – PS5)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, released in 2020, takes players to the era of the Viking Age as they assume the role of Eivor, a Norse warrior who leads a clan of Vikings to settle in England. The game introduces a new emphasis on exploration, settlement building, and epic raids, reflecting the harsh yet majestic landscapes of medieval England. Valhalla intertwines Norse mythology and history while offering players a chance to forge alliances, engage in intense combat, and shape the future of their Viking settlement. With its expansive open world, robust RPG mechanics, and deep exploration of Viking culture, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings a new level of depth to the series, showcasing Ubisoft’s commitment to evolving the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed (81 – PS3)
The original Assassin’s Creed, released in 2007, introduced players to the ancient conflict between Assassins and Templars. Set during the Third Crusade, players assumed the role of Altair Ibn-La’Ahad as he carried out assassinations across cities in the Holy Land. The game established the core mechanics of the series, including parkour, stealth, and the Animus device. While subsequent entries expanded on the formula, the original Assassin’s Creed laid the foundation for the series’ unique blend of historical and futuristic elements.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (80 -PS3)
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, released in 2011, serves as the concluding chapter of Ezio Auditore’s trilogy. Set in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), the game follows an older Ezio as he seeks to uncover the secrets left behind by Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, the protagonist of the original Assassin’s Creed. With its emphasis on closure and reflection, Revelations delves into Ezio’s past while addressing the enigmatic lore of the series. The game introduced new gameplay mechanics, including the hook blade for enhanced traversal and the innovative den defense minigame. While it may not have garnered the same acclaim as its predecessors, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations offers a poignant send-off to Ezio’s journey and provides vital insights into the broader Assassin-Templar conflict.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (78 – Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, released in 2015, transported players to Victorian London during the Industrial Revolution. With twin protagonists Jacob and Evie Frye, players navigated the bustling city as they sought to liberate it from Templar control. Syndicate introduced new gameplay mechanics, such as the rope launcher and gang warfare system. The game’s attention to historical detail and the dynamic between Jacob and Evie added depth to the narrative and gameplay experience.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (74 – PC)
Assassin’s Creed Rogue, released in 2014, offers players a unique perspective by allowing them to step into the shoes of a former Assassin turned Templar. Set during the Seven Years’ War, players assume the role of Shay Patrick Cormac as he hunts down his former brethren. The game explores the morally complex conflict from the Templar viewpoint, challenging players’ preconceptions of the Assassin-Templar struggle. Rogue introduced naval gameplay mechanics similar to those in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, allowing players to navigate the icy waters of the North Atlantic. While it may not have received the same attention as other entries, Assassin’s Creed Rogue’s exploration of the gray areas of morality and allegiance adds a thought-provoking dimension to the series.
Assassin’s Creed Unity (72 – Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed Unity, released in 2014, transported players to Revolutionary Paris during the French Revolution. The game introduced Arno Dorian as the protagonist and featured an expansive recreation of the city. Unity introduced co-op multiplayer gameplay, allowing players to team up with friends for missions and activities. Despite its initial technical issues on launch, Unity’s attention to detail in its portrayal of Paris and its attempt to bring players together in a shared experience are noteworthy.
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (70 – PlayStation Vita)
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, released in 2012 for the PlayStation Vita and later for other platforms, offers players a unique experience by featuring the first female protagonist in the series. Set in the backdrop of 18th-century Louisiana during the French and Indian War, players assume the role of Aveline de Grandpré, a skilled Assassin of African and French descent. The game delves into themes of identity, freedom, and social inequality, as Aveline navigates a world divided by race and class. Liberation introduced gameplay mechanics tailored to its handheld platform, showcasing the versatility of the Assassin’s Creed series. While not as widely known as other entries, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation’s focus on underrepresented narratives and portable gameplay make it a noteworthy addition to the series.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles (70 – PlayStation Vita)
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles is a subseries of games that takes a departure from the mainline titles by offering a 2.5D platforming experience. Comprising three installments set in different historical periods and locations—China, India, and Russia—Assassin’s Creed Chronicles provides players with a unique perspective on the Assassin-Templar conflict. Each game introduces a new protagonist and storytelling style while maintaining the core stealth mechanics of the series. The Chronicles subseries offers a more focused and intimate exploration of historical settings, immersing players in lesser-known stories from around the world. While not as expansive as the mainline entries, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles presents a different take on the series’ gameplay and narrative, offering players a chance to experience the struggle between Assassins and Templars from a fresh angle.
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