Best Assassin’s Creed Games (So Far) – July 9, 2015

After just beating Assassin’s Creed Unity, I decided to write about the best Assassin’s Creed games (so far).  Currently there are 8 Assassin’s Creed games out (I’m only counting the original games for the consoles, no DLCs or other platform games).

For those of you who don’t know, in the Assassin’s Creed universe, there are essentially two factions: the Assassin’s and the Templars. Both factions want to create a peaceful world. However, the Templars feel the only way to create peace is by controlling everyone and taking away their free will.  The Assassins are here to stop that.

Abstergo Industries, run by the templars, have found a way to see into the past based on someone’s DNA.  A person’s DNA can help him or her see into his or her ancestor’s past. The Templars are using these past memories to locate artifacts that can help them control the world while the Assassin’s are trying to locate the same items to prevent the Templars from obtaining them.

Without further ado, here is the list of the Assassin’s Creed games in order from worst to first.

8. Assassin’s Creed

Assassin: Altair Ibn-La’Ahad

Location/Time Period: Third Crusade in the Holy Land

The first Assassin’s Creed game laid the foundation for the next 7.  It brought great game play with a combination of stealth assassinations and sword combat.  However, it wasn’t all gravy.  The missions sometimes got repetitive and since this was the first one, a person could get a little confused with the story line until it all came together at the end.

7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Assassin: Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Location/Time Period: Constantinople right after Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Ezio is arguably the most likable character in the Assassin’s Creed universe.  In this third game of the Ezio triology, Ezio is 52 years old.  Ubisoft knows what they are doing when creating a game. With that being said, they show Ezio’s age through his movement and the combat.  He’s slower than he was in the previous two games, and it makes for a less enjoyable Assassin’s Creed game.  However, Revelations has a lot of good pieces to it. It has a good storyline and Ezio is still the Assassin that we have grown to love.  The story line outside of the animus with Desmond Miles also starts to take shape.

6. Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

Assassin: Shay Patrick Cormac

Location/Time Period: United States during the Seven Years’ War

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue was a fantastic game with a great story line. You play as Shay Patrick Cormac, an assassin turned templar when he disagrees with a leader of the Assassin order, Achilles Davenport.  Shay feels betrayed by Achilles after he obtains an item that destroys an entire city killing thousands of innocent people. Playing as an assassin turned templar was a great addition to the Assassin’s Creed universe. However, this game is not without its flaws.  There are times where players can feel lost with the story line.  Also, it is a carbon copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft didn’t change much which made the game feel forced landing Rogue at number 6 on this list.

5. Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin: Ratonhakeiton (Connor) Kenway

Location/Time Period: Before, during, and after the American Revolution in the United States of America.

This was the first Assassin’s Creed to introduce Naval Warfare, and while not a huge aspect of the game. It set the stage for a couple of the next Assassin Creed games.  Assassin’s Creed III has a fun story line especially playing the son of a templar.  However, Assassin’s Creed III has its pitfalls, mainly with Connor. Connor wasn’t a very likable character. He felt like a cocky, spoiled brat.  The good news is the other aspects of the game save it and land Assassin’s Creed III at number 5 on the Best Assassin’s Creed Games list.

4. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin: Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Location/Time Period: Italy right after Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood brought a new aspect to the Assassin’s Creed games when it first came out. The player could use A.I assassins to help complete missions which brought a whole new aspect to assassinating targets.  Like mentioned earlier, Ezio is a very likable character.  The game play in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is fantastic and barely lost out at the number 3 spot landing it at number 4.

3. Assassin’s Creed: Unity

Assassin: Arno Dorian

Location/Time Period: Paris during the French Revolution

I need to start by saying, I played Assassin’s Creed: Unity after all of the patches came out.  This game obtained many bad reviews because of all of the glitches it had when the game was first released.  With that being said, after all of the patches, Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a fantastic game.  It brought the Assassin’s Creed series back to its roots.  While it got rid of naval warfare (which was one of my favorite aspects of the prior games), it felt needed.  There are new missions that Unity was able to add to the series which made it very enjoyable such as missions solving murders and teaming up with other assassins online to complete missions.  The story line is also fantastic where you play Arno Dorian, an assassin, who is in love with a templar and teams up with her to avenge her father’s death.  All of the aspects of this game, land it at number 3 on the Best Assassin’s Creed Games (so far).

2. Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin: Ezio Auditore Da Firenze

Location/Time Period: Italy during the Renaissance

Here I am again talking about Ezio and how great of a character he is. This time in the first game of the Ezio triology which has an amazing story.  The best story of any Assassin’s Creed game. Assassin’s Creed II couples puzzles with sword combat to make this an absolute must play in the Assassin’s Creed series.  The enemies, like in the first Assassin’s Creed, do not have guns in this game, which is a nice change of pace at times compared to the other games when the player is wondering how an A.I was able to shoot the assassin through ten civilians.  Every aspect of this game was great landing it at number 2 on the Best Assassin’s Creed Games (so far) list.

1. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin: Edward Kenway

Location/Time Period: Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy

People will argue for days about which Assassin’s Creed game is better: Assassin’s Creed II or Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.  The argument comes down to preference. Both are by far the two best games in the Assassin’s Creed universe thus far.  However, the naval game play is amazing, and is very welcome.  A player can just sail the sea for hours attacking and conquering other ships without even completing a mission and still feel satisfied. Along with the naval warfare, the sword and gun combat is great. Combine this with the great personality of Edward Kenway and you have the number 1 Assassin’s Creed game so far.

Overall, all of the Assassin’s Creed games were fun to play and should be checked out if you’re a player who’s into action adventure games or just good games in general.

(Want the full review of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? Check out my review of it! https://agentzero3432.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/assassins-creed-iv-black-flag-review/ )

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