Assassin’s Creed is what is arguably Ubisoft’s best-known franchise. Assassin’s Creed, which has been running since 2007, has had double-digit major releases, several spin-offs and even theatrical releases thematically focused on games. Needless to say, this series will continue to release content in some form for the foreseeable future. But before that comes, let’s focus on the main series of games from the past. Here the Assassin’s Creed games are ranked from best to worst.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Odyssey is the second game of Assassin’s Creed, which features a serial shift to a more RPG style. This game takes place in ancient Greece, where you play as either Kassandra or Alexios and fight to destroy the Cult of Cosmos. Interestingly, the vast majority of this story has nothing to do with the Assassins and the Templars, only referring to them in parts of the current day. The main story takes place before one of the organizations existed.
Odyssey has one of the best protagonists of Assassin’s Creed in Kassandra, a great story and mission, beautiful scenery and a balanced RPG and action game better than any other game in the series. For us, it is undoubtedly the best in the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II was such a leap forward from the first game and set the series to become as popular as it became. It begins and ends with the protagonist of the play, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who became one of the most popular characters in the video game in 2000. The game takes place in the Italian Renaissance, where Ezio’s father and brothers were framed and executed. From then on, Ezio joined the Assassin Brotherhood and persecuted all those responsible for the deaths of his family members.
Assassin’s Creed II was revolutionary compared to the simplistic gameplay that was in the first game. The eco-friendly playground was much more fun and the game was improved to be smoother.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Immediately following Assassin’s Creed II, the Brotherhood takes Ezio to Rome, where it needs to rebuild the Brotherhood of Assassins to fight the Templars. This game is for the most part very similar to the second item, the big difference lies depending on the building of your followers and their use in battle. It helped make Brotherhood a little different from the previous post, and it was a fun incorporation.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Origins told the story of how the Brotherhood came into being, signaling a much-needed change in the developmental philosophy of Assassin’s Creed. This game was the first to take a tougher look at RPG gameplay, which was exactly what the series needed after ten years of annual releases to make Assassin’s Creed feel musty.
Origins takes place in ancient Egypt, where you play as Bayek of Siwa, who, after the death of his son, persecutes the Order of the Ancients. Ubisoft’s first attempt to create a much larger world actually kicked them out of the park. Wherever you went, there were missions that made you not feel like you were wasting time, and the Egyptian environment was a pleasant resource.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Black Flag was the first Assassin’s Creed game to have a beloved protagonist named Ezio. This game takes place in the Caribbean during the ultimate piracy. You play Edward Kenway, a pirate who kills the killer and takes his clothes to infiltrate and become one with the Brotherhood. From there, he sets out to establish a republic for sea pirates to free them from the governing bodies.
Black Flag is not the first Assassin’s Creed game to include naval combat, but it was the first to make it seem appropriate to invest. The pirate stuff in this game is great, but everything else (story, game and characters except pirates) is a bit forgettable.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Syndicate is the last game in the series to feature the “traditional” Assassin’s Creed formula. You play as twins Jacob and Evie Frye, who set out for London to help establish the brotherhood’s presence. While there, they integrate with local gangs and face a lot of Templar resistance.
The worst thing about the Syndicate was that at the time of its release it was more the same. The most significant change in the game was the new hook for quick enlargement of buildings, but in addition, the players were desperately prepared for a break from Assassin’s Creed games. Regardless, this is a quality game with a good story, likeable protagonists (and the first playable female Assassin) and fun gameplay.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
Valhalla is the third RPG title in the Assassin’s Creed series and follows Eivor, a Viking who wants to build a new settlement under his brother Jarl Sigurd. During this game, Eivor interacts with Odin to help emphasize the decisions he makes, but it takes a long time for any of them to pay off. The most significant addition to the game compared to previous games is the ability to attack other settlements for resources.
Compared to Origins and Odyssey, Valhalla has the weakest protagonist and overall story. As mentioned, this is the best-looking title yet, the first to have a port on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Assassin’s Creed: Unity takes place in Paris during the French Revolution. You play as Arno Dorian when he is inducted into the Brotherhood of Assassins after being accused of murdering his adoptive father. While Arno has an ancestral history in the Brotherhood, his adoptive family is the Templars.
Unity got a lot of hatred after its release due to countless bugs and stability problems at startup. As already mentioned, for the first release exclusively for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this game had a fun ecological playground with some necessary adjustments to the parkour system. If you missed Unity at startup due to startup problems, we recommend that you try it now.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
The revelation is the final chapter of Ezio’s story from Constantinople, where he hunts for a weapon hidden by the first protagonist of the Altair series. Ezio is still great and his playing is very well known for the other two games that play him. The most significant change is the replacement of one of the hidden Ezia blades with a hook, which allows him to zipline over the entire area and attract enemies to each other.
Revelations was a good start-off for Ezia, but he almost didn’t reach the height of his other two games. Seeing Altair and reliving his memories was a pleasant touch, but at that moment it wasn’t necessarily long since we saw him, so it didn’t feel nearly as memorable as it would have been if they had done it today.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
Released at the same time as Unity, but only for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rogue was another ship-focused game that saw you play as Assassin, who became the Templar name Shay Cormac. This game came at a time when many of these Assassin’s Creed games were aimed at showing how corrupt the Brotherhood can be, so playing as a Templar at this point is not as surprising as you might think.
Rogue didn’t really set the world on fire and is perhaps the most memorable game in the series, thanks to the same day’s release as Unity. It provides a slight look at Haytham Kenway before his trip to America in Assassin’s Creed III, if you’re interested in this character and a reference to Arn of Unity. Nevertheless, this game is not so important in the grand scheme.
Assassin’s Creed III
Next in line is Assassin’s Creed III, which introduced Haytham Kenway and his son Connor (or Ratonhnhake: a ton for his native American name). The game begins with Haytham arriving in America after the Rogue events and revealing his Templar alliance along with the relationship he comes in contact with an Indian woman. A few years later, you take control of Connor, who, after an attack by the Templars, tries to become a killer and destroy his home village. The rest of the game focuses on making Connor more entrenched in the events of the Revolutionary War with George Washington and the conflict of work with and against his Templar father.
Simply put, Connor is one of the worst protagonists of the Assassin’s Creed series and the environment in this game is not fun to walk through. Parkour sections are small to non-existent, with most of the upper part relying on you climbing and jumping between trees. There’s not much to advise anyone to come back.
The game where it all started. The first Assassin’s Creed plays Altair Ibn-La’Ahad, who tries to regain his honor after foolishly destroying an attempt to obtain an artifact by trying to kill the Templar head. Until you get to the end of the game, it’s basically the whole story. Honestly it’s not much and the game is very repetitive. There is a reason why Ubisoft has never redesigned this title compared to many others that have. There just aren’t many things that would be nice to visit again.