Assassin’s Creed came out of nowhere and quickly became one of the best video game series. We look at what Metacritic says are the best entries.
Assassin’s Creed is one of the most popular game series, and since its start, the series has had its ups and downs. The first Assassin’s Creed did a good job of recreating a historical time period in an immersive and thorough way, which helped a lot with the fairly standard gameplay and story.
Over the years, the series has kept the same gimmick of putting players in a different time period. However, some Assassin’s Creed fans got tired of the annual releases and brand fatigue, which led to very different games in recent years. The Assassin’s Creed series has tried to change its main formula over and over, with different degrees of success. Because of this, the ratings for each game in the series are all over the place. Based on their Metacritic scores, these are the best games in the Assassin’s Creed series.
Assassin’s Creed Unity – 70
Assassin’s Creed Unity was a game with a lot of promise. It was set during the French Revolution and had the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. When the game came out, however, it had a lot of bugs and technical problems, which is mirrored in its low Metacritic score. Even though most of the problems were fixed in the end, the game’s image in the community has never really come back.
Even though it got bad reviews, Unity has a lot of things that make it one of the best Assassin’s Creed games. First of all, the game’s focus on stealth was a nice change for people who liked the first games and actually made their features better. The parkour in Assassin’s Creed Unity has also gotten a lot of praise, and players who don’t run into bugs are very happy with how they can move across the roofs of Paris in the 18th century.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue – 74
Ubisoft chose not to leave PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 players behind when Assassin’s Creed moved to the new generation of consoles in 2014. Assassin’s Creed Unity came out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but last-gen gamers got Assassin’s Creed Rogue, which was the first major Assassin’s Creed game to star a Templar instead of an Assassin.
Unity was a technical mess when it came out, and Rogue wasn’t a big hit outside of the press. Both games came out when everyone was tired of the Assassin’s Creed series, which hurt their reviews. The game is most like Black Flag, and those who don’t mind that it doesn’t have multiplayer can still enjoy the great story.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 74
After Assassin’s Creed Unity came out, a lot of fans were unsure about the series, so a lot of people didn’t buy Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Syndicate is a lot like Unity in many ways. It has the same great graphics and a reworked battle system, but it didn’t get much attention because Unity’s release was so bad.
Syndicate is different from other major Assassin’s Creed games because it takes place during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1860s. Because of this, the game has things like trains and companies that the other games in the series could never have. This setting wasn’t enough to save Syndicate from getting average reviews, and after it came out, Assassin’s Creed took a year off for the first time since the first game. Despite that, it is one of the best Victorian-era games.
Assassin’s Creed – 79
Even though it seems old by today’s standards, the first Assassin’s Creed was groundbreaking because it gave players a well-researched and historically true place to play. Being able to climb any building or structure opened up a lot of ways to play, and the ability to hide in plain sight reminded me of the best parts of Hitman.
Still, even for the time, it was a strange first movie, and the technique wouldn’t be perfected until the second one. It might not be the best game on this list, but it set the stage for everything that came after it, and this series could not exist without it. Fans of the first game will be happy to hear that Assassin’s Creed Mirage takes the series back to where it all began.
Assassin’s Creed 3 – 80
Assassin’s Creed III had to live up to a very high standard, but it didn’t do as well as the games that came before it. Even though it wasn’t as good as the Ezio series, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game.
The game Assassin’s Creed III had a lot to do. It was the end of the modern-day storyline about Desmond Miles, which the series had been working up to since the first game. It also went much further back in time than any other game in the series. Fans had very high hopes for the first named Assassin’s Creed game in a few years because of all the talk about it before it came out.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – 80
Like Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations was billed as the end of Ezio’s story before it came out. Fans would not only get to see the end of a story they had been following for two games, but they would also get to see their favorite main character work with Altair, the main character from the first Assassin’s Creed game.
It tried to do a lot of different things, but fans didn’t like it as much as some of Ezio’s other games, so it got a lower Metacritic score than some of his other games. Still, the game looked good for its time, and even though it can’t compare to the best graphics games now, players liked being able to explore Constantinople and take in its beauty.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 82
Assassin’s Creed is a video game. The newest game in the series, Valhalla, takes players right into the middle of the Viking attack of the British Isles in the 9th century. The game is so big that even people who love it will have a hard time running out of things to do.
But the size of the game and, especially, the length of the story is a problem for many players, who get tired of the constant and repetitive fighting. Even so, Valhalla brought back some of the stealth that Origins and Odyssey were missing, and it is by far the most beautiful Assassin’s Creed game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – 84
After Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the series took a break for a year. With Assassin’s Creed Origins, the series went in a very different way. It left the crowded cities of the games that came before it for the wide-open deserts and beautiful towns of Ancient Egypt, making it one of the best games set in Africa.
Origins stepped down on the RPG parts of the series, letting players level up, build their character, and take on a lot of quests in a non-linear way. This made the setting and gameplay different. The result was an Assassin’s Creed game that felt very new, and the main character, Bayek, has become one of the most recognizable characters in the series.
Assassin’s Creed 4 – 84
Even though Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag wasn’t the most original Assassin’s Creed game, its name gave it a lot of new ways to play that had never been seen in the series before. Black Flag took naval battle to a whole new level by letting players take charge of their own pirate crew and sail the high seas at their own pace, exploring uncharted islands and robbing enemy ships.
Black Flag is both a pirate game and an Assassin’s Creed game, which is why so many people have such happy memories of it. The flashy fighting in Spacebar Clicker and the epic naval fights and boarding made Assassin’s Creed one of the best pirate games ever made.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 86
Like Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey built on what its predecessor had done and added new things to it. Origins added a lot of RPG elements to the series, but Odyssey ran with those elements and made a game that feels more like The Witcher than Assassin’s Creed.
Odyssey is the first game in the series, so it doesn’t have series staples like the Hidden Blade or the Assassin Order. However, once the finer plot points are revealed, everything finally fits into the main series. Odyssey is different from the other games in the series, but in the end, the changes were worth it. It is also a great game for people who love history and want to check out and explore historical buildings like the Parthenon.
Assassins’ Creed 2 – 86
Because of Assassin’s Creed II, the series has become very famous over the past decade or more. It built on what the first Assassin’s Creed did and made the fixes and changes that were needed to make a great game. Ezio is one of the best main characters in gaming, and he’s a big reason why so many people loved Assassin’s Creed II and the games that came after it.
It also changed the scene from the dull and boring Holy Land to Renaissance-era Italy, which was much more interesting. During Ezio’s journey, players would meet famous people like Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Macchiavelli, which made even the minor characters very interesting and easy to remember. Unlike many games that came after it, this one isn’t too big, so players can focus on the main story without getting tired.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – 88
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is the sequel to the highly rated Assassin’s Creed II, which started the series’ rapid rise to fame. Because of this, there were very high hopes for the game, and it actually lived up to them. Brotherhood sent Ezio to Rome, which was a great choice because it was full of mysteries and famous buildings to climb.
Some people might say that Brotherhood doesn’t quite reach the highs of Assassin’s Creed II, but it’s a worthy successor in every way and has a higher Metacritic score on PC, making it probably the best Assassin’s Creed game of all time. It also added competitive multiplayer, which was really different from anything else at the time.