Every Assassin’s Creed game ranked from worst to best

9. Assassin’s Creed

Altair could land on a pile of hay without breaking his neck in Assassin’s Creed.

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Assassin’s Creed got many people excited in 2007. And the truth is that this was a truly revolutionary game. This had beautiful cities like Jerusalem, every detail shining through. You could climb to the top of buildings, Prince of Persia-style, and admire the view from the top. Of course, protagonist Altair could perform the iconic leap of faith, landing on a pile of hay below. Altair is a good character too – a bit too serious perhaps – Ezio Auditore of Assassin’s Creed II is leagues ahead.

Also, the assassination missions are repetitive. Eavesdropping on conversations, pickpocketing and trailing characters, had to be done over and over again before killing a target. The Middle-Eastern villains sure were ruthless though. One angry slave trader tells his henchmen to break someone’s legs at some point, making all the chores you had to go through to kill these guys worthwhile. Overall though, this Assassin’s Creed was more of a stepping stone for greater things to come – but still classic.

Came out on: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

8. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Syndicate is a solid but unspectacular entry in the series.

Victorian London is the setting of this Assassin’s Creed game. You can imagine everything from Big Ben to Whitechapel was finely detailed here – and it is. The game feels slightly soulless, though, even if there’s tons to do in 19th century London. From chasing characters through London’s streets to collecting trinkets, completing quests for historical figures like Charles Darwin, Ubisoft had all bases covered here.

There are also the carriages you can take control GTA-style on London’s streets, and the rope launcher. The second is a Batman-style grapple hook which doesn’t really add much to the game. Of course, the big change in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is that it offers a playable female character.

You see, Ubisoft got roasted for not including playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity – so Evie Frye was made available here for players to command (you can take control of her brother Jacob too). Both are good – if not great – characters in the ever-expanding Assassin’s Creed universe. Meanwhile, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate itself can only be described as a solid game in the series, and nothing more.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One and PC.

7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Cesare Borgia is one mean adversary in this Assassin’s Creed game.

After the smash hit that Assassin’s Creed II was, Ubisoft quickly followed with a sequel titled Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. And although this led to some screaming “cash in” (which Brotherhood arguably is) the opening moments here are so good you can forgive Ubisoft for delivering more of the same.

Actually, it’s only moments after protagonist Ezio and Catherina Sforza have finished having fun between the sheets that Monteriggioni (Ezio’s base in Assassin’s Creed II) is blown to bits by Cesare Borgia in one stunning battle. And Cesare truly is a great villain. He’s one of the best in gaming so far, even if he’s involved in an awkward scene or two here (such as one ridiculous moment in which he kisses his sister with a little too much enthusiasm…).

Back in the present day, Rebecca, Shaun, Lucy and, of course, Desmond carry on with their business. Finding the Apple of Eden, that is. You know, the mysterious trinket the Templars also want for themselves, and which grants eternal power (or something like that). Like its predecessor Assassin’s Creed II, this also has a mind-blowing ending, which means all the effort of running through 16th century Rome stabbing Templars and rallying the Brotherhood against the Borgias pays off in the end.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One (as part of The Ezio Collection), PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

6. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Ezio Auditore fights for love (and the Brotherhood) in Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Players waved goodbye to Ezio Auditore in this game. You see, this 2011 gem was your last chance to control Ezio in an Assassin’s Creed game. And it definitely was a good one. Set in Constantinople, this was a far cry from the Italian setting of the earlier games. An even an older Ezio did not lose his touch with women – a librarian named Sofia is his love interest here. When it came to fighting, there were new tools here too. The new poison blade made enemies turn against each other, leading to some hilarious situations in combat.

Revelations also let you play as two other characters aside from Ezio. The flashbacks involving Altair (Assassin’s Creed I’s protagonist) are interesting, and shed light on the mysterious Middle-Eastern Assassin. And learning more about Desmond’s life thanks to some colourful puzzle sequences in the modern day was also a boon. Playing a tower defence game in Constantinople felt slightly out of place here though, and none of the villains in the game’s story cause much of an impression either. Nonetheless, this still puts an end to Ezio’s trilogy with flying colours.

Came out on: PS4, Xbox One (as part of The Ezio Collection), PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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