Ranking the best Assassin’s Creed games

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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 worst to best.

19. Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles

This side-scrolling, Prince of Persia-style adventure is a fun but uninspired game.

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This Assassin’s Creed game was the first to hit the Nintendo DS, and is a prequel to the original Assassin’s Creed. But unlike the original 2007 console game this is not a grand open-world adventure, so don’t expect to see beautifully-rendered 3D cities here. Rather, this is a linear side-scrolling game with a healthy dose of combat, and a bit of puzzle solving thrown in for good measure.

And combat was just reduced to mindless button mashing here, while the touch screen mini-games (like pickpocketing) were hardly inspired. The story was a real downside too, as it’s just a boring Crusade-era hunt for a mysterious artefact, with none of the cool sci-fi stuff of the main console games. Nonetheless, this game was the start of great things to come for Assassin’s Creed…

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