The 10 Best Assassin’s Creed Games, Ranked According To IMDb
Assassin’s Creed is one of today’s oldest and most enduring game franchises. Gameplay is mostly stealth-based, similar to Solid metal gear each entry taking place in a different period of world history. The player either tracks a specific character or tracks themselves using a machine called the Animus that unlocks memories of their ancestors using their genetic profile.
Assassin’s Creed is a thriving series as evidenced by high fan ratings on IMDb for its sequels, downloadable content, and a film adaptation. The series seems to be inspired by grave robber and Unexplored which feature climbing as the primary means of exploring an environment and solving puzzles to advance the narrative in addition to combat.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015) – 7.9
Twin brothers Jacob and Evie are among the last Assassins to fight the scourge of Templar exploitation of the poor in mid-19th century London at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
In an early franchise, a player could choose their preferred gender at the start of the main campaign. Union concluded a trilogy where the player was the story instigator instead of Desmond Miles, who finished the initial main storyline of Creed with Assassin’s Creed III.
Assassin’s Creed (2007) – 8.0
Following a failed mission to Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, Altair, an overzealous assassin is placed on probation by his master, Al Mualim. His only chance for redemption is to eliminate a series of targets believed to know the location of the legendary Apple of Eden.
The franchise’s original effort featured a defense-focused combat system with a heavy emphasis on stealth mechanics. Players can fast travel between three main cities and the Assassin’s Guild. In a unique twist, the game incorporated a fake villain much like Bioshock.
Assassin’s Creed III (2012) – 8.0
Connor Kenway is a Native American seeking revenge when the Order of the Templars massacres his tribe. His exploits take him across New England and the Atlantic coast where he witnesses and participates in the most important historical events of the American Revolution.
The fifth entry in the series was the last in the original Desmond Miles line of Assassin’s Creed games focused on the battle between Miles and Abstergo Industries, the developer of the animus technology. It was the first game to introduce naval combat as a secondary diversion.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020) – 8.2
The player becomes Eivor (male or female), a fierce Viking warrior, who leads his clan to the shores of Great Britain after the outbreak of civil war in Scandinavia. While searching for alliances and territory to claim, Eivor discovers that conflict is brewing within his clan and will make decisions with lasting repercussions.
Valhalla is the newest release in the franchise with Assassin’s Creed Infinity unofficially released later this year. According to Ubisoft, this is a change from previous editions using a live service platform incorporating multiplayer and possibly multiple time periods.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations (2011) – 8.3
Feeling that he has little time left, Ezio Auditore undertakes one last mission to Constantinople to discover the clues left by his ancestor, Altaïr of Assassin’s Creedto unlock an archive in the former Assassins’ fortress in Masyaf that contains the coveted Apple of Eden.
The conclusion to the Ezio trilogy features the first instance of dual playable characters in a Assassin’s Creed chapter. John de Lancie (Q of Star Trek: The Next Generation) voices Desmond Miles’ father, William, an antagonistic scientist seeking to unravel the final mysteries surrounding The Apple.
Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017) – 8.5
True to its title, the Origins of the Assassin’s Order are explored as the player controls the first grief-stricken assassin after the death of his son. Bayek and his wife Aya are caught in a power struggle between invading Roman armies and an Egyptian counter-revolution.
After a two-year hiatus, Ubisoft has revamped the series with tougher enemies and bigger maps to explore. The problem was mastering a new leveling system that locked certain territories and missions until the player character was properly leveled.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018) – 8.6
Control one of the two characters as Unionthe player’s goal is to make contact with his missing family, investigate a mysterious cult, and become a legend of the Spartans in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War between the powerful city-states Sparta and Athens 500 years before the birth of Christ.
For the first time, the game’s narrative relied heavily on player decisions that shape the story, historical events, and the environment around them, making it a true RPG. Odyssey used the focused leveling system making side quests essential to advancing the main mission.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (2010) – 8.8
Ezio Auditore continues his campaign against the Order of the Templars who have infiltrated the Vatican with Pope Rodrigo Borgia as grand master. He plans to achieve this by rebuilding the destitute city of Rome and re-establishing the brotherhood of assassins.
Pick up where Assassin’s Creed II left out, Ezio is now able to recruit new members into the guild and use them as a team in the main mission or clandestinely elsewhere. The main side quest involves collecting several keys to unlock Romulus’ lair containing prized armor and Brutus’ dagger.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) – 8.8
The player incarnates on a terminal of the headquarters of Abstergo as Edward Kenway, a pirate trained in the art of assassination. He commands a mighty ship, the Jackdaw, crossing the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico in search of treasures, some of which are supernatural.
The game mixes naval combat with the franchise’s signature land exploration where dozens of locations can be explored, legendary ships and outposts can be raided for experience points and upgrades, in addition to direct looting of random ships at sea. Edward is the father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III make it a prequel.
Assassin’s Creed II (2009) – 9.1
Ezio Auditore is the son of a father executed for having secretly belonged to the order of Assassins. Thereafter, he begins a personal vendetta by traveling to various locations in Renaissance Italy in search of the killers. He traces their allegiance to the Vatican and to the pontiff himself.
A bit like the first Assassin’s Creed game, there’s a linear story told in “sequences” that periodically returns to modern times with Abstergo agents pursuing Desmond and his allies. Aside from collectibles and assassination contracts, there are few side activities.
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