3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Edward Kenway, Black Flag’s protagonist, sure is no hero. Leaving his girlfriend behind, he sails for riches, and stumbles into a member of the Templar order on a remote Caribbean island. He kills the guy and dons his robes, later meeting a Templar grandmaster in Havana. He tells him of the Observatory – another mythical object the Templars and Assassins are fighting for.
This all fades to the background quickly – almost as quickly as Kenway switches sides and joins the Assassins. You’re then left to sail the Caribbean at your leisure, sinking Spanish galleons for treasure, raiding forts and Mayan ruins from Edwards’ ship, the Jackdaw.
There’s plenty of stuff to do on land too. Fighting in taverns and collecting trinkets in cities like Havana and Kingstown sure is fun. It’s the high seas that offer the most reward here though. And while this is more pirate simulator than Assassin’s Creed, it’s still one of the best entries in the series to date.