Ranking the Assassin’s Creed Games from Worst to Best

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Now that the Assassin’s Creed series is taking a break before returning with a new entry in 2017, it is certainly time to look back at the entire Assassin’s Creed series of games. Since the original Assassin’s Creed was released in 2007, nine other core games have been released since then.

But which of these games is the best and which the worst? This is a matter of passionate debate for sure, as the series has been played and loved by millions. And while each of these games has its merits, in the end, only one can be the best. So here follows a list of the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked from worst to best.

9. Assassin’s Creed

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Eavesdropping on conversations got old quickly in Assassin’s Creed.

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This is the game that started a revolution. It introduced us to a world of Templars and Assassins, the nifty time-travelling machine known as the Animus and to the characters of Altair the assassin and the bartender Desmond. You know, the guy whose DNA can lead the Templars (or Assassins) to a secret involving lost civilizations and a certain very powerful object known as the Apple.

But no matter how beautifully this game recreated history (the time of the Crusades, no less), it still suffered from repetitive gameplay. Remember having to sit on a bench to eavesdrop on conversations about your assassination targets?

Assassin’s Creed I also pales in comparison to its glorious sequel, which is a far superior game, making the original look like a tech demo at times. But still, this game deserves its place in video game history.

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  • BATMAN

    Ezio auditore is BEST requiescat in pace

  • TomcatJoe

    I think Unity gets a bad rap based on release bugs. I played it recently (not a year ago) and the bugs appear to be mostly patched and Ubisoft pretty much gave away the DLC. Overall I would put it in the middle of the pack. Better than AC1 and III for sure, and arguably better than Revelations and Rogue.

    • JDIncinerator

      Unity certainly isn’t a bad game, but it’s not very exciting either. The fact Ubisoft released it in a buggy state tells us they were confident it was going to be massively popular upon release no matter the state it was in. The free dlc thing is appreciative but it could just be a consolation prize for not fully fixing Unity’s litany of unforgivable technical problems. Rogue was alright and Revelations was a moderate success- but Bloodlines is possibly the worst of all AC games.

  • TomcatJoe

    Finished ACU and Syndicate recently. I did not play the games in order at all, and started with AC4 during the summer of 15, then went to AC Brotherhood, then AC2, then AC Revelations, then Rogue, then AC1 and finally Unity and Syndicate. This gives me a little different perspective. I rate AC games on three things, not in order 1- Story and characters, 2 – gameplay mechanics, 3 – Scenery. IMO, AC Brotherhood and AC2 are close to a tie at the top. ACB has better gameply mechanics, and the story is a continuation of AC2. I put those as 1/2. Next is AC4 BF, then AC Syndicate, then (gasp) Unity, then Revelation, Rogue, AC3, AC1 (I think I got them all). So if I go from the bottom up to justify, I found I was playing AC1 just to get the check in the box. I’m sure it was awesome when it came out, but I really didn’t enjoy it that much. I really got sick of riding the horse. Same with AC3. Climbing trees is not the same as climbing Cathedrals and Roman ruins. Just getting a check in the box. Rogue felt like an expansion to AC4. Nothing really new, boring architecture and forgettable characters. Having Assassin’s lying in wait added an interesting element however. Revelations was a good conclusion to the Ezio trilogy but I found Istanbul boring and the mini-games tedious. Unity wasn’t that bad. The sheer number of NPCs was impressive as was the detail in Paris. Gameplay mechanics were pretty good, and I encountered few bugs. The story was so-so. I liked Syndicate overall. The characters were entertaining, London was well done. The grappling hook make climbing easy, but the city was so big you needed it. The only thing I really didn’t like was the fight system which was a little too much street fight and not enough Assassin. Yea, I know that was per design. AC4 was the first I played and I probably need to replay it to give a fair assessment. The ship combat was a fun angle and gave you something else to do. At the top AC2 B followed by AC2. Toss up really. AC2 had the better story and character development, but ACB has a little better gameplay.

  • skjellyfetti

    Constantinople is not the Middle East no matter what Wikipedia says

  • Trellehulla

    The first game had its quirks but it’s definitely not the worst AC game. would have it on 5th/6th place personally.

    The Ezio trilogy was certainly the height of the game series but my favorite is revelations. Really liked the whole Ezio following in the footseps of Altair story. Also alot of heartwarming moments while AC2 was more dark.

  • CodeREd

    1) AC: Brotherhood
    2) AC II
    3) AC Rogue
    4) AC IV
    5) AC: Syndicate
    6) AC: Revelations
    7) AC: Unity
    8) AC III