We’ve ranked Assassin’s Creed games from best to worst

The Assassin’s Creed saga will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2022. On this occasion, we’ve ranked the canonical episodes, from best to worst.

In this year 2022, Ubisoft celebrates the 15th anniversary of one of its strongest brands: Assassin’s Creed. Infinitely available since the very first opus (spin-off, movie, etc.), built around a community of loyal fans and not about to disappear, it will continue to evolve with Assassin’s Creed Infinity† Called up in 2021, the next installment will be a game service – a platform designed to evolve over time. We should know more next year.

By November 2020, the Assassin’s Creed saga had surpassed the 155 million (cumulative) sales bar. A colossal figure, making it one of the best-selling of all time.

On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary, we decided to rank the canonical games from best to worst.

Our ranking of Assassin’s Creed games

1 – Assassin’s Creed II (Ezio Auditore Trilogy, 2009-2011)

Assassin's Creed II
Assassin’s Creed II. //Source: Ubisoft

The first Assassin’s Creed was a revolutionary concept with an unfinished aftertaste. The sequel, soberly christened Assassin’s Creed II, was able to make good use of all its strengths around three pillars that still exist today: a perfectly immersive setting, as it is faithfully reproduced (Florence, Venice, the Vatican, etc.); gameplay that combines stealth and action; a lot of things to do. Ubisoft even allows itself to play with history, repeat events (the Pazzi conspiracy) and invite certain figures of the time (Leonardo da Vinci, converted to an inventor employed by assassins).

Also when? Assassin’s Creed II came out, we still believed in the meta-universe conceived by Ubisoft and articulated around a hero: Desmond Miles, able to relive the memories of his ancestors thanks to the very latest technology (Abstergo). This episode also revolves around a charismatic hero: Ezio Auditore was entitled to two other adventures (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations), which form a complete trilogy. No other hero has received such extensive treatment.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

2-Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. //Source: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is with Assassin’s Creed Origins what was Assassin’s Creed II in front of Assassin’s Creed. Namely: a total and relentless improvement of solid established bases. odyssey maximizes the possibilities offered by the license’s next-generation formula, inspired by modern RPGs (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt† Some would say it’s not quite Assassin’s Creed anymore, but that would be to forget that the essence of the franchise lies primarily in its ability to take us on a journey into an old era, with a welcome authenticity. (here, ancient Greece). It’s also a real melting pot of everything Ubisoft has come up with in recent years.

You have to persevere to finish it Assassin’s Creed Odysseybecause the content makes you dizzy.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

3-Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins. //Source: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the redemption episode. After years of pulling the strings, at the rate of one ambitious episode a year, Ubisoft slammed into the wall. The French company therefore had to intervene to restore the image of its strong brand, otherwise it would irritate players even more. The developers took a very simple approach: take the time to rethink the fundamentals. That’s why we had to wait two years before we could play Assassin’s Creed Origins, which in the first place has its idyllic location (Egypt and its beautiful pyramids). After that, it started its real revival, with mechanics more towards the RPG side.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

4-Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020)

Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. //Source: Ubisoft

As for technical performance, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the best. Makes sense, because it is the most recent and the first to take advantage of the power of the latest consoles (PS5, Xbox Series). Yet it is not as convincing asodyssey and Origin due to a certain form of stagnation (the fights can still be made) and because the content is too fragmented. In addition, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla feels like it’s no longer an actual Assassin’s Creed at times, with very few elements reminiscent of the meta-universe and lazy writing.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

5-Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)

Assassin's Creed Unity bug
Assassin’s Creed Unity bug. //Source: YouTube screenshot

We might be a bit chauvinistic to say Assassin’s Creed Unity so high in the rankings because it’s a bit of a seesaw opus – the one with which the feeling of fatigue started to set in. In the press, his Metacritic score did not exceed 70 out of 100 (PC), while its predecessor was still above 80 (still on PC). It prevents, Assassin’s Creed Unity remains an achievement in its ability to plunge us into the heart of the French Revolution. And what could be more exciting than walking on the rooftops of Notre-Dame de Paris? Yes, Ubisoft had eyes bigger than his stomach with Assassin’s Creed Unity, hence the countless number of bugs. But we really want to be chauvinistic.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

6—Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. //Source: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag could almost act as an anomaly in the Assassin’s Creed saga, as it is more of a pirate game. You have to think of it as such to appreciate it at its fair value, with gameplay focused on naval combat, in the Caribbean seas (the landscapes are completely sublime). In terms of atmosphere, the golden age of piracy brings an undeniable charm, especially to fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Finally, the hero Edward Kenway easily rises to the stage of the most charismatic characters Ubisoft has ever conceived.

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

7 Assassin’s Creed III (2012)

Assassin's Creed III
Assassin’s Creed III. //Source: Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed III suffers from the excellence of the Ezio Auditore trilogy. If it continued to be an overall successful experience in 2013, it’s not the one we remember the most when drawing up the balance sheet. As a bonus, it was the episode that killed the concept of a Desmond Miles-centric meta-story – the current hero dying at the end (a great twist). Note that we are playing Connor Kenway, grandson of Edward Kenway, main character ofAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and another ancestor of Desmond Miles. This is when Ubisoft kind of lost us: the fourth part therefore returns to a more distant past than the third, while remaining centered on a hero of the present who is supposed to be dead (Desmond Miles).

Playable today on : PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

8 Assassin’s Creed (2007)

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Assassin’s Creed. //Source: Ubisoft

It’s kinda cruel to put the very first Assassin’s Creed very low in the rankings. Without him, Ubisoft wouldn’t be where it is today. Yet in the end it’s just a trip for the flamboyant Assassin’s Creed II, which goes beyond the recipe with much tastier ingredients. ‘s great concernAssassin’s Creed † It’s way too repetitive gameplay consisting of killing targets by collecting a few clues during an investigation. From one goal to another, we have the impression of always doing the same thing and there is still no sense of freedom that allows us to breathe.

Playable today on : PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

9 – Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)

Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. //Source: Ubisoft

Or Assassin’s Creed Unity began the fall of the old formula, Assassin’s Creedy Syndicate took charge of delivering the blow. However, he had an argument: we play twins (a woman, a man), in a London city marked by the Industrial Revolution. We go from one to the other depending on the missions. On the other hand, this novelty does not manage to hide the lack of freshness in the overall structure of the game. It was also released in 2015, a year in which flagship titles such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Where bloodborne† In short, it was time to evolve.

Playable today on : PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

10 – Assassin’s Creed, the movie (2016)

Information about Assassin's Creed movies
The Assassin’s Creed movie. // Source: 20th Century Fox

Without a doubt one of the worst film adaptations of a video game saga, in which Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard exchange bemused lover’s glances over a despicable photograph. There’s really nothing left to save in this movie, which is way too serious to become a drink. Let’s hope the TV series, scheduled to hit Netflix, pays more tribute to the world of games.

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