5. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Revelations took the Assassin’s Creed series to the Middle East. It was set in Constantinople, a refreshing change from the Italian settings of its predecessors.
Revelations also wrapped up Ezio’s story, who is over 50 in this game. It certainly was fun to see a more mature Ezio romancing the Italian librarian Sofia. And searching for the truth of the Assassin order, in the end he discovers there is more to it than “Nothing is true. Everything is permitted”.
And as usual, Desmond’s story continues. This time he is trapped in the Animus with the enigmatic Subject 16. We got to learn more about his life in a series of weird puzzle-like sequences. These sections were not particularly fun, and neither was the tower defence mini-game you had to take part in to defend captured Templar dens in Constantinople. But nonetheless, Revelations is still an excellent entry and provides a satisfying conclusion to Ezio’s story.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One (as part of The Ezio Collection), PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
4. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
This game is set in ancient Greece, so you can imagine that amongst other things you can climb the Parthenon here. You know, that cool temple in Athens which is beautifully recreated in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey amongst the other great buildings of the era.
Even more important is the fact that this is the first Assassin’s Creed to offer dialogue choices. This means you could finally get to choose what to say in conversation, even if this didn’t have as much impact on the course of events as you might have liked. Also, you can play the entirety of this as a female character – the first mainline Assassin’s Creed to allow this. And Kassandra surely is a match for Alexios – the muscle-bound mercenary who’s your other character choice in this game.
Add to this a sweeping story that takes place across the Greek islands and which features more quests and places to see than all the other games in the series combined, and surely this is one Assassin’s Creed adventure you don’t want to miss.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One and PC.
3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Assassin’s Creed fans were worried the series had lost its footing after Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s buggy launch in 2014. Meanwhile, 2015’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate was a solid but unspectacular game. Thankfully, Assassin’s Creed: Origins was a welcome return to form for Ubisoft’s franchise after the earlier disappointments.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins not only brought some welcome improvements to combat, its biggest highlight was its ancient Egyptian setting. And the temples, statues and hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt sure looked great here… Actually, this is arguably the best-looking Assassin’s Creed game to date.
Aside from riding camels through the desert and navigating the Nile, this also had an interesting story to follow, and finding out about the origin of the Brotherhood of Assassins sure was a joy here. Also, getting to meet historical characters like Cleopatra and Julius Caesar sure was icing on the cake in what no doubt is one of the best Assassin’s Creed games to date.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One and PC.
2. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
This game would be best described as Assassin’s Creed meets Pirates of the Caribbean. In this instalment, the ages-long conflict between the Templars and Assassins fades to the background, and Assassin’s Creed IV instead lets you live the life of a pirate. The protagonist of Black Flag, Edward Kenway, gets to engage in all sorts of pirate stuff: assaulting and boarding Spanish galleons, exploring coastal cities such as Nassau, hunting whales with a harpoon and raiding ancient Mayan ruins in search of fabulous treasures. All this is great of course, if you ever dreamed of playing a Jack Sparrow-like character.
And while in this game you spent more time sailing the oceans aboard the Jackdaw (Edward’s ship) than climbing majestic buildings such as Havana’s cathedral, you still got to meet memorable characters such as Blackbeard and were treated to a surprisingly heart-warming ending. So this Assassin’s Creed game is only second to the masterpiece that is Assassin’s Creed II.
Came out on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.