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The Five Best Assassin’s Creed Games of All Time

The Best Assassin’s Creed Games

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First released in 2007, Assassin’s Creed introduced gamers to a fascinating open world to explore, an intriguing story, and more free running that we ever knew we wanted. Despite some ropey stealth missions, the Assassin’s Creed formula worked brilliantly.

Sadly, after many yearly releases, some gamers grew tired of the repetitive formula that Assassin’s Creed offered. After taking a year off, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed Origins, and it completely rewrote the formula. And it looks like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set to do the same.

But, despite the formulaic approach Ubisoft used for years, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has so much to offer. There are so many great games within the series… maybe even too many great games to be able to rank the best? Well, guess what? We’ve undertaken the greatest odyssey of all time: setting our sails high in the sky and sailing towards the hidden treasure that’s alluded all of us: the five greatest Assassin’s Creed games of all time.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue

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Often the forgotten entry in the franchise due to its release at the same time as Assassin’s Creed Unity, Shay Cormac’s adventure allowed players the chance to play as a Templar. The new recruit to the Order finds himself disillusioned with the order and outcast. Cormac is a very likeable protagonist, and endears himself to the player even as the ‘bad guy’.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue built on the brilliant seafaring adventure of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Though not quite as well executed as this, the naval combat was a real highlight of the game. It lacked the interesting settings to explore that we’ve come to expect from Assassin’s Creed games, but still a brilliant entry in the franchise.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed and Victorian London may well be the most iconic duo since Jacob and Evie Frye (name another – we’ll wait). It was the first time the franchise had two protagonists, and each was memorable in their own way. Evie believed in the Order and what it stood for; she favoured stealth and planning. Jacob believed in a good old fight, and favoured brawling. Their personalities brilliantly bounced off each other, and the excellent historic characters. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate may well boast the greatest list of historical figures of any entry in the series: Dickens, Bell, Marx, and Queen Victoria, just to name a few.

Free running and climbing felt magical in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: London is just teeming with fun places to explore. The inclusion of horse and cart also allowed for new gameplay dynamics, and the gang system was highly addictive. Syndicate is the Assassin’s Creed formula done right, and deserved more praise than it received.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Assassin’s Creed Origins tore up the formula sheet like no other game in the series. After taking a gap year, Assassin’s Creed had found itself, and travelled to one of the more unique locations in the franchise’s history. Bayek’s journey through Ancient Egypt revealed how the Order came to be, and allowed the player to be part of this experience.

Origins also completely revamped its combat gameplay and added a levelling system. Fighting took some getting used to, but felt much more realistic than previous entries. The levelling system encouraged players to complete side quests and improve Bayek’s skills. Origins moved away from the gameplay roots of the franchise, but at the same time built a whole new origins story from which to build upon.

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Assassin’s Creed 2

Assassin’s Creed 2 improved on the previous entry in the series to create a truly memorable game. Playing as Ezio, the charismatic and and beloved protagonist, players got to experience all the wonder of Renaissance Italy. It was a beautiful setting, and a brilliant reason to free run on the roofs of each city. Throw in a captivating story to boot, and Assassin’s Creed 2 becomes one of the best in the franchise’s history.

It was still plagued with some irritating gameplay: those steal only missions were rough. But overall the combat was smooth, and exploration felt great. Ezio was such a likeable character, and his story never grew old with him at the forefront. Ezio’s adventure is peak Assassin’s Creed formula, and well worth replaying even now.

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Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

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Why are pirate games so few and far between? Black Flag showed how great it feels to sail on the wide open sea as a fun loving pirate. It also introduced Edward Kenway, a man down on his luck, but looking to gain his riches through the pirate life. The story wasn’t much to write home about (hard to do at sea anyway), but the gameplay made Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag the greatest game in the franchise.

Naval combat was such a brilliant addition. Sailing the open seas and sinking foes was completely addictive. It also added an incentive to collect the resources needed to upgrade the Jackdaw: to prepare to take on even the mightiest fleets in the British Empire. Boarding ships and duelling against captains on their sinking ships was magnificent, and Black Flag had perfected the combat system from previous entries. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag showed that it’s a pirate’s life for me, you, and everyone else who played. Without a doubt the best pirate game you’ve ever heard of (sorry, not sorry, Sea of Thieves).

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