9. Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Unity was the first Assassin’s Creed game not to be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles, as it was a “next-gen” title only. So many gamers had great expectations for the game, hoping it would show off the graphical prowess of the PS4 and Xbox One. But sadly the game’s launch was something of a disaster, as it suffered from poor frame rates and crashes, and there were all sorts of funny glitches in the game, such as faces disappearing and characters walking through walls. At least those glitches were good for comedy value in a game that takes its story set in revolutionary Paris so seriously.
The game shined in the graphics department, though, as its recreation of 18th century Paris was a sight to behold. It also had a decent story of betrayal and love, which focused more on protagonist Arno’s personal viewpoint and less on the major events of the French Revolution. In the end though, Assassin’s Creed: Unity was probably a victim of its own ambition, and this is a game that left many gamers disappointed, as it could have been so much more.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One and PC.
8. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
This Assassin’s Creed game took place during the Seven Years War, before the American Revolution and the events of Assassin’s Creed III. But if one thing is clear is that protagonist Shay Cormac was a more interesting lead than the insipid Connor of Assassin’s Creed III. And Cormac is actually the first Assassin’s Creed protagonist to switch sides and join the Templars, featuring a more nuanced and original plot than that of other Assassin’s Creed games.
It is also arguably a better game than Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which was released in the same year. While Unity was hyped to death and focused on delivering cutting-edge graphics, the team behind Rogue just focused on the gameplay. The game is obviously based on the great Black Flag, and has the same emphasis on sailing. But you also get to experience some cool action in other settings such as the city of New York, in which Irish protagonist Cormac is hunted by Assassins and has to take out his former colleagues. Overall though, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is a good game that lets you see things from the perspective of a Templar, and is a worthy entry in the series.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
7. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
If one thing is clear, is that Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s big innovation is that it featured the series’ first playable female character in Assassin Evie Frye. Players could switch freely between Evie and her brother Jacob in the game’s Victorian London. And 19th century London is certainly the most detailed and massive setting for and Assassin’s Creed game to date, so it’s a good thing that the game features the new grappling hook and those horse-drawn carriages, letting players traverse London at a quick pace.
The grappling hook in particular made getting to the top of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral easier, but also made climbing less of a joy in the game, and the carriages travelling through London’s cobbled streets that could be hijacked GTA-style were not as much fun as players expected. Also the game’s story was standard Assassins vs Templars fare with few surprises, although getting to interact with historical characters like Queen Victoria and Alexander Graham Bell sure was appealing. All in all, Syndicate is a solid entry in the Assassin’s Creed series, and although not as revolutionary as many were expecting, it still is as much fun as the series has ever been.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One and PC.
6. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Although well reviewed, Brotherhood was actually a let-down when compared to the seminal Assassin’s Creed II. This is sad because the game begins spectacularly with a big battle at Monteriggioni (you know, Ezio’s home town in part 2), after which the action moves to Rome.
The city of Rome is of course a grand setting for a historically-themed series such as Assassin’s Creed. But certain buildings in this game (such as the Pantheon) just felt too damn big. Maybe they were trying to compensate for the fact that there is only one city in this game vs three in Assassin’s Creed II, but the size of the buildings made climbing tedious instead of joyful.
Also, the story lacked the personal touch. While in the previous game Ezio was hunting for the murderers of his father and brothers, in this one it’s just Ezio’s assassins vs the Borgias. But at least the story features that love scene between Catherina and Ezio.
In the end though, Brotherhood is a decent sequel and the Monteriggioni battle is one of the best bits of the entire series, it just fails to reach the heights of its illustrious predecessor.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One (as part of The Ezio Collection), PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.