Every Assassin’s Creed game ranked from worst to best

13. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a decent but uninspired Assassin’s Creed spin-off.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is the highlight of the Chronicles spin-offs, featuring female protagonist Shao Jun (a woman trained by Ezio Auditore, no less) who’s searching for a mysterious trinket in 16th China.

It’s clear the game makers at Ubisoft were inspired by classy side-scroller Mark of the Ninja when making the Chronicles games, but this is never as entertaining or interesting when it comes to plot as the 2012 classic. But still, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China offers a taste of that old Prince of Persia gameplay many of us used to enjoy back in the day.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC and PS Vita.

12. Assassin’s Creed III

Connor, one of the most boring characters in gaming thus far.

The Assassin’s Creed series landed on the American Revolution with this game. Sadly, this managed to make the conflict between the Colonials and Redcoats boring. Also, it takes too long for protagonist Connor to put on the Assassin robe and begin stabbing people. The fact that colonel Haytham (a character you play in the game’s overlong intro) is more interesting than Connor himself is worrying too.

In between boring trailing missions and fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill, you are transported back to the modern day every now and then. Here, you get to watch Desmond get punched in the face by his dad, amongst other things. You know Desmond – the guy who for some unexplained reason can relive the memories of his ancestors in that nifty machine known as the Animus. He’s at his most boring here. Assassin’s Creed III’s one saving grace is actually quite good, though. The naval combat is exciting, paving the way for everyone to live out their pirate fantasies in the latter, and greater, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.

11. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

Shay Cormac betrays the Assassins in this game.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue features some of the most uplifting title music I’ve heard in a video game to date. Pity the game itself isn’t up to par. It attempts to bring together the best bits of Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag, but nothing really is exciting in this Assassin’s Creed game.

And being a game made for last-gen consoles, its graphics are nowhere near the quality of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s – the other big Assassin’s Creed game released in 2014. Protagonist Shay Cormac leaves a lot to be desired too, even if he’s the only Assassin protagonist so far to betray the Assassins and work for the Templars instead.

Funnily enough, his time with the Assassins is more interesting than anything he does with the Templars (proving maybe this game wasn’t such a great idea after all). Hunting Assassins on New York’s streets by listening to whispers in Eagle Vision mode is an interesting diversion too, but feels out of place here. Not the best Assassin’s Creed then, but one you might still want to pick up, if only so that you can stick it to the Assassins for a change.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

10. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – Freedom Cry

Port-au-Prince is the setting of this Black Flag spin-off.

This standalone expansion for the seminal Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag focused on Adewale, who was first mate of protagonist Captain Kenway in the 2013 game. Freedom Cry let you return to the Caribbean setting of Black Flag, this time to the town of Port-au-Prince in order to incite a slave revolt. But ironically while you took the role of liberator in this game, freeing the Caribbean slaves would only get you gear upgrades here…

Exploring the Caribbean and sailing were not the highlights here either, but the lovely musical score and great 18th century Caribbean atmosphere means this is an Assassin’s Creed game worth sinking your teeth into nonetheless.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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