13. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
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
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.
Came out on: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
11. Assassin’s Creed 3
This Assassin’s Creed game takes place during the American Revolution. The main character is a native American named Connor, who goes from crossing paths with revolutionary general Charles Lee to directing the battle of Bunker Hill (no matter how unlikely that is, though).
This is probably the Assassin’s Creed game that feels more like a history lesson, and the story never picks up. It doesn’t help that Connor is the sort of guy who would score zero points in the charisma department – he’s certainly no Ezio Auditore.
But still, its opening chapter, which features Connor’s father (an English Templar known as Haytham) is quite engaging, and the naval combat is exciting and became a core component of that Assassin’s Creed game with pirates (you know, part IV).
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.
10. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag – Freedom Cry
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.