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The Best Moments From the Assassin’s Creed Franchise

Our favourite moments in Assassin’s Creed

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No matter the time period or setting, the Assassin’s Creed series has always crafted a fantastic tale packed with great moments.

From free-climbing to combat gameplay, Assassin’s Creed has truly changed the way we game, and what we expect within the games we love. 

But Ubisoft should not just be credited for the great gameplay mechanics; the real-world history-meets-sci-fi franchise has provided a vast amount of excellent stories based on both fictional and real characters. No game has ever done more with the historic moments that have come before us. 

From sailing the seas, to traversing around Renaissance Venice, Assassin’s Creed has always provided a compelling setting to explore. Whether playing as Ezio, Edward Kenway, or one of the Frye twins, each location we’ve visited has been full of epic moments to enjoy. 

So connect into our Animus, relax, and relive the top ten moments in not just history, but Assassin’s Creed history. 

Fighting the giant snake in Assassin’s Creed Origins 

While chasing down the Lizard in Assassin’s Creed Origins, Bayek encounters a huge snake that he must kill. The Lizard is planning to poison all of Memphis, including the High Priest and his family. While speaking to the High Priest’s wife, Bayek is put under a dreamlike condition where this epic battle begins. 

The first phase of the fight begins with Bayek on a boat, and then escalates to a tense battle on the ground. This huge snake can cause massive amounts damage, and even destroy the stone pillars around the area. Bayek, wielding his newly-acquired Bow of Light, fires arrows into the snake until it is destroyed. Truly a memorable and intense boss fight. 

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Ghost stories with Dickens 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate boasts some of the most iconic people in Britain’s history (and quite a few from further corners who just happen to be in London at the time), but few stand out quite as much as Charles Dickens. The former reporter turned author was a true advocate for the lower classes, and introduced protagonists Evie and Jacob to a whole new side of London. 

But what’s most memorable are the side quests based on supernatural events. Dickens leads the protagonists through a range of events, including a suspected haunted house, chasing a killer called Jack (not that one), and protecting an innocent lady from vicious attackers. But, what’s most memorable is Dickens’ inclusion: perhaps the most iconic inclusion of a historical figure within the whole franchise. 

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Discovering Edward Kenway’s house in London 

Edward Kenway, the iconic protagonist from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, moved to London after his sailing days were over. Settling down in a beautiful mansion in Queen Anne’s Square, Kenway stored all of his memorabilia from his sailing days, and even built hidden passages in his own home. 

This location plays a key part in Evie’s search for the Piece of Eden in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, but she first needs to enter the mansion unnoticed. This leads to a traditional stealth section of gameplay, but the sequence really picks up when Evie decodes the clue and plays the correct keys on the piano. This opens up a whole new room, and leads to discovering even more memorabilia from Kenway. It’s a fantastic callback to one of the best protagonists in the whole Assassin’s Creed franchise. 

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine 

In Assassin’s Creed II Ezio gets the chance to test out Leonardo Da Vinci’s new invention: a contraption that makes it possible to fly. After a very quick chance to test it out, Ezio gets to put it to use when flying across the skyline of Venice. The aim is to infiltrate the base, Palazzo Ducale, to then assassinate the target. 

Flying/gliding across Venice is absolutely glorious, and easily one of the most memorable parts of Assassin’s Creed II. But it’s not an easy task either, it involves having to track the lit fires around Venice so that Ezio can use the updraft to help him stay in the air. It’s a tense and exiting sequence, and easily one of the finest moments in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. 

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Chasing a hot air balloon through Paris 

Assassin’s Creed Unity was the first game in the franchise to be released on the current gen consoles, and was mostly met with indifference; it was sadly plagued with a lot of glitches that, despite getting fixed soon after, soured the game’s reception. Despite this, Unity includes one of the most iconic moments from the franchise: chasing a hot air balloon through Paris. 

After the assassination of Marie Lévesque, Arno and Élise must escape their pursuers, and end up trying to use a hot air balloon to achieve this. Arno cuts the ropes, and then has to chase the balloon (with an added bonus if you don’t touch the ground), which leads to a highly tense and exciting chase across the rooftops of Paris. The sequence also ends with a memorable cut scene involving both Arno and Élise. 

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Sparta versus Athens 

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey involves an epic journey through the history of Greece, and constantly interweaves with the overarching war between the Athenian and Spartan armies. With Kassandra and Alexios’ father being a leader in the Spartan army, their journey consistently harks back to their allegiance (or lack of) with the army. 

With the inclusion of the Spartan kick, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey really uses the inclusion of the Spartan army to full effect. But, this iconic battle is most well remembered for the conquest battles available across Greece. These battles include huge numbers of soldiers on each side, and is all out carnage. With the inclusion of stronger mercenaries to defeat too, and each battle is meaningful and important. Conquest battles are one of the best additions to the Assassin’s Creed series. 

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Turning on the Brotherhood 

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Every single Assassin’s Creed game revolves around the battle between the Assassins and the Templars. And apart from a short sequence in Assassin’s Creed III the player is always in the shoes of the Assassins: those who believe in free-will and peace. But, that changed with Assassin’s Creed Rogue, a game based around being a Templar, and fighting the Assassins. 

But the game begins with protagonist Shay Cormac as an Assassin in the Colonial Brotherhood. Shay becomes increasingly unhappy with the methods the Assassins use to find the Pieces of Eden – these methods even led to devastating earthquakes. In a highly memorable moment, Shay decides to escape the Homestead with an important manuscript, and this leads to an epic confrontation with the Assassin Brotherhood. 

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Shooting down planes during World War One 

As if there’s not enough iconic history in Victorian London, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also includes the chance to warp forward to WW1. During this sequence the player plays as Jacob’s granddaughter who kills enemy spies in London, and then is tasked with controlling the anti-aircraft machine gun. 

It’s a huge change in the style of gameplay we typically see in Assassin’s Creed, as the player controls a powerful machine gun and takes down enemy planes flying over London during WW1. It’s a hugely emotive and powerful moment, and even includes a younger Winston Churchill. Despite not being vital to the story of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, it’s certainly one of the greatest moments in the whole franchise. 

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Defeating the Legendary ships 

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is truly one of the best games in the series, and takes the franchise in a whole new direction: one based on the seas of the Caribbean. So much of the gameplay is based around naval combat, and it’s certainly one of the most addictive parts of the game, and constantly upgrading the Jackdaw is vital. 

Having an upgraded ship is never more important than when tackling the Legendary ships, located in each corner of the map. These ships are hugely powerful, and are almost impossible to defeat unless the Jackdaw is fully upgraded. These Legendary battles showoff the best elements of Black Flag: fantastic naval combat at its best. 

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The first ever leap of faith 

From the first ever game in the Assassin’s Creed series, to the latest addition, the franchise will always include the most iconic aspect of gameplay the series has to offer: the leap of faith. This daunting leap from a high point is the series’ signature move and brilliantly ties in to the free running which the franchise is famous for. 

Altaïr may only be able to leap into piles of hay in Assassin’s Creed, but that’s all that’s needed to create truly iconic moments. While the first ever leap of faith stands out as the most memorable, each and every leap feels as breathtaking as the last, and may well be a poignant metaphor for the series as a whole. Each new leap brings both excitement and anticipation, and we can’t wait to see where the next leap takes us. 

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