The Peak of The Assassin’s Creed Series
Now one of the most lasting franchises in gaming industry, Assassin’s Creed, began back in 2007. Throughout the years it was developed and published by Ubisoft. So far there have been 9 main games and a few of side ones.
Here I going to present you my ‘worst to best’ list of those 9 games. Do note that this is just MY opinion:
Let’s get right into it:
9) Assassin’s Creed Rogue
This is the only game in main series that hasn’t been released for PC. For many it’s considered the absolute worst game in franchise and rightfully so. Story wise it’s related to previous AC game, Black Flag but it never lived up to its predecessor.
8) Assassin’s Creed Unity
AC Unity is nowadays a standard for all benchmarks. When it was released the game was literally unplayable and it took months for Ubisoft to patch things up. Even after all that time the game still runs like a potato on all non high end builds. The only thing that separates AC Unity for Rogue is that the story and idea behind it weren’t so bad. However, this is the game that put a black mark on the whole series and Ubisoft as a publishing company.
7) Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed III is by no means a bad game. It is not even close of being as good as the next games but it was and still is playable and it runs well. The off putting part about the game lies at its design. The first 5 hours of the game are just one big, bad tutorial. Story in itself isn’t remotely good as it was in previous games. The only thing I enjoyed about that game was the historical aspect and I’m not even a fan of history.
6) Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Now we’re at the ‘nitty-gritty’ part of the list. All the games from now on are really close to each other. It’s just the subjective feel we can talk about.
AC IV is the big turn around in the series. The main aspect of the AC gameplay till that point was almost 100% based on foot combat and sneaking around. However, this game brought us much needed change. Back then most of us felt bored with the same kind of gameplay that’s been there since the original AC. That’s were the Black Flag stepped in. Instead of constant running around and exploring by foot it gave us naval combat. This took everyone by surprise and most of us were trilled about this change. The disappointing part about this game was the lack of gripping story that first couple of games had. It seems like Ubisoft was paying attention just on the basic gameplay thus overlooking the story elements.
5) Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Syndicate is the latest AC game in the series. It’s set in 19th century London and it did that in full Assassin’s Creed style. The game features brother and sister who’re trying to free the whole Britain from the industrial takeover by Templars.
Syndicate follows the exact same formula brought to us by original game. For everyone that wanted more of the same this is a good thing. But the lack of courage to bring something new and and unique to the series set this game so far from the first place.
4) Assassin’s Creed
This might surprise all of the fans of the series. But this is the only place in this list that I could’ve given it to the original game and not feel guilt about that. There isn’t much to say about this masterpiece. It set the firm foundation to all of the game that followed it and I’m really grateful for that. However, the gameplay wise, even though it’s the most unique game in franchise, it lack some things that games after don’t. Assassin’s Creed is the granddaddy of all AC games but some after are significant upgrades in all segments.
3) Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
We are now in top 3 games so the differences between following games are almost none.
AC: Brotherhood is one of the my most enjoyable games in this series. It has the phenomenal story, great combat, gripping characters like Leonardo da Vinci and great progression system.
2) Assassin’s Creed: Revelation
Revelation is considered to be the better version of Brotherhood. Story elements were on point, combat was fast and fluid and everything that made the Brotherhood as good as it it was in Revelations but in a little bit more polished form. That little bit set this game to be a better sequel in my eyes.
1) Assassin’s Creed II
And finally we’re joined by the kind himself. The 2nd part in this franchise is probably the reason for the whole series being my most favorite one. The biggest thing that this game introduced was the double hidden blade that became the trademark of the series. As a gamer I’m really grateful for being able to play this crème de la crème the whole gaming history!
As I already mentioned this is just my opinion and it may and probably will be different from yours, and that is okay!