It’s hard to believe we first stepped into the Animus back in 2007, and that we’ve been climbing monuments and backstabbing Templars in the Assassin’s Creed games for almost a decade now. Because it’s clear Assassin’s Creed has been a huge success to date, even if game makers Ubisoft stumbled out of the gate with Assassin’s Creed: Unity in 2014. The game which followed (Syndicate) wasn’t half-bad, and neither was the Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender.
But still, those who follow the Creed are no doubt looking forward to Assassin’s Creed: Origins, a new entry in the long-running saga which is coming this year. So it certainly is time to take a look at the 19 Assassin’s Creed games we’ve had the pleasure to play to date, ranking them from best to worst.
1. Assassin’s Creed 2 (2009)
This game was considered revolutionary back in 2009, thanks to its large open-world and cool new protagonist. And ladies’ man Ezio Auditore surely was a way more charismatic hero than the noble but deadly serious Altair of the first Assassin’s Creed. There were other great historical characters in the game too, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Ezio’s uncle Mario Auditore, who early in the game would introduce himself with the hilarious line “It’s-a-me Mario!”.
Historical inaccuracies aside, this is still a fun romp through Renaissance Italy, whether exploring the cool Prince of Persia-style tombs, fighting guards on the Venetian rooftops or climbing Florence’s tallest tower and performing the famous leap of faith. And despite the boring tailing missions and the fact this doesn’t look as pretty as when it came out back in 2009, this is still a great experience and surely the best Assassin’s Creed game made to date.