11. Assassin’s Creed Rogue – Worst
While Assassin’s Creed Rogue isn’t exactly a bad game, being the last Assassin’s Creed for the generation of PS3 and Xbox 360, and the 7th installment in the series, it lacks creativity. The map and collectibles were lazily thrown into the game, copying the map of Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed 3, while completely copying the gameplay mechanics of Black Flag. The story could have been amazing, with the only game featuring the main protagonist being a Templar, the usual enemy of all the games, but instead, we’re given a rushed story that could easily be beaten within a day. Rogue had good ideas, but executed them poorly as an excuse to usher in the next generation, placing it in last place on the list.
10. Assassin’s Creed
Now, for a game made in 2008, being the first installment in the series, Assassin’s Creed is very good for it’s time. It fully fledged the series into what we know it today. Ubisoft had no intention of the game getting as popular as it did, but with the exciting exploration mechanics, especially the ability to easily scale buildings, Assassin’s Creed blew up into what it is today. The first game by now is outdated, with poor mechanics and graphics, and a bit of a slow story. But, for being the father of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed doesn’t deserve last.
9. Assassin’s Creed 3
Assassin’s Creed 3 was the fifth game in the franchise (blame the Ezio trilogy for the confusion), and although it ranks low on the list, this is where the games start getting pretty good. Assassin’s Creed 3 was based around the American Revolution, and added many new mechanics to the franchise. The story was exciting, although the side activities were tedious and boring. The main protagonist, Connor, isn’t very strong of a character, being a bit shallow at times. Overall, the game for just it’s story and gameplay is pretty solid.
8. Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Assassin’s Creed Revelations is the fourth game, and the final chapter in Ezio’s story. The gameplay introduces faster ways to explore, with the zipline and faster methods of traversing the landscape. It’s a very good conclusion to the best character in the series. The only complaints I have is that it introduces a lot of useless mechanics, such as the bombs, that you probably won’t use outside of trying to get full synchronization in the game.
7. Assassin’s Creed Unity
Assassin’s Creed Unity is the 8th installment of the franchise, and the first to be put on the current generation of PS4 and Xbox One. Unity took a big leap, with some mechanics that worked, and others that didn’t. This is probably the first game where more than three enemies can start to feel overwhelming, with challenging combat, as well as the first to introduce a sort of leveling system. There were improvements on how you scaled buildings, and there was even a large multiplayer system, which ultimately failed. Despite the difficulty of combat, and the buggy gameplay at times, the graphics take a huge leap, and the story is absolutely amazing. This game was more of an experimental piece by Ubisoft, but a very fun and rewarding experience.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the third installment of the franchise, and the second game in the Ezio trilogy. In a sense, this game is more of a reskin of Assassin’s Creed 2, but offers a new feature of mentoring new Assassins. The setting is based in Rome, which is very fun to explore. The side missions are also very exciting, and it’s fairly easy to earn money for better weapons. This game is just purely a fun sequel of Assassin’s Creed 2.
5. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Here we go, the top 5. This is where the Assassin’s Creed games are really at their best. While Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gets some bad rep, I personally enjoyed the direction that Ubisoft went with humorous gameplay and story. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is so far the first and only Assassin’s Creed game where you play as two characters, Jacob and Evie Frye. It’s also the first game to introduce a female protagonist. Each character has different abilities, with Jacob being more combat-oriented, while Evie remains quiet and strikes from the shadows. The setting is the most modern in all of the games, in Industrial Britain, and you get to help the Frye twins partake in retaking London from a street gang that wants control of the world. Syndicate was the last of the franchise so far to sort of follow the old formula of the games until it was switched out in Origins.
4. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Some may be upset that Black Flag isn’t at the top spot, but I personally feel that there are just better games. Black Flag introduced us to an amazing boat mechanic with a huge map that wasn’t just limited to one area. You could explore the entire Pacific. With one of the largest, and arguably best maps in the series, Black Flag looked and felt amazing to play. Edward is an exciting character, starting as just a dishonorable pirate, but eventually working his way up to something that is greater than himself. While Black Flag is great, near the end the story becomes rushed, which is disappointing. The map is scattered with collectibles on random islands as time fillers. A lot of people consider Black Flag to be the best game in the franchise, but in my opinion, it places number four.
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the latest installment of the series, delving deeper into the RPG mechanics introduced by Origins. Odyssey introduces a more complicated combat and loot system than Origins, which can be daunting, especially if you’re a beginning player of the Assassin’s Creed games. Odyssey is the first game so far where you’re given choices that affect the game. You can choose between playing a female or a male protagonist. (I’d recommend playing the female, Kassandra, as her voice actor is much better than the male’s) It also reintroduces the boat mechanic, which gives it a fresh feel. You’re thrown into the earliest part of history in an Assassin’s Creed game so far, before the Assassins or the Hidden Blade even existed. One downside is that with the newer games, we’re seeing less and less of the present day, which is disappointing. I’m excited to see where Ubisoft continues to take the series after this.
2. Assassin’s Creed Origins
As the title may suggest, Assassin’s Creed Origins is about how the Assassins were created. This is the first game where Ubisoft made their huge leap into the elements of RPG. Set in Ancient Egypt, the setting is my personal favorite out of all the games. You play as one of the last surviving Medjay of Egypt (protectors of the people, and servants to royalty), Bayek of Siwa. The voice actor is my favorite in the whole series, and the story development is phenomenal. The graphics are beautiful. And, with Ubisoft’s switch-up to the series, the gameplay felt fresh and fun, with a hint of difficulty. I love Origins, and if it weren’t for Ezio Auditore, this game would place first on the list.
1. Assassin’s Creed 2 – Best
Here it is. The best game in the entire series. One of the oldest games in the series, it manages to beat out the huge future installments. So, what makes Assassin’s Creed 2 so great? The charm. It’s where we first meet Ezio, the best character in the whole series. Assassin’s Creed 2 is what brought the game to life and really shoved it into the limelight. The game is fun, the mechanics are solid, and the graphics are surprisingly good. When people think of the staple Assassin’s Creed, they think of 2. It’s that good. Ezio was such a beloved character, he got an entire trilogy. In all of the Assassin’s Creed games, we’ve never gotten a sequel to a character, not since Ezio. The story is amazing, and isn’t rushed. It introduces enjoyable side quests and collectibles that aren’t tedious. This is the pinnacle of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.