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

The Assassin’s Creed saga celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2022. On this occasion, we have classified the canonical episodes, from best to worst.

In this year 2022, Ubisoft is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of its strongest brands: Assassin’s Creed. Infinitely accessible since the very first opus (spin-off, movie, etc.), built around a community of loyal fans and not disappearing, it will continue to evolve with Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Developed in 2021, the next episode will be a gaming service – a platform designed to evolve over time. We should know more next school year.

By November 2020, the Assassin’s Creed saga had crossed the line of 155 million copies sold (accumulated). A colossal figure that makes it one of the best-selling ever.

On the occasion of its 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. // Source: Ubisoft

The first Assassin’s Creed was a revolutionary concept with an unfinished aftertaste. Its successor, soberly baptized Assassin’s Creed II, was able to properly utilize all its strengths around three pillars that are still left today: a perfectly immersive setting because it is faithfully reproduced (Florence, Venice, Vatican, etc.); gameplay that combines stealth and action; a wealth of things to do. Ubisoft even allows itself to play with the story, echo events (the Pazzi conspiracy) and invite certain people from the time (Leonardo da Vinci, transformed into an inventor in the service of the assassins).

Also when Assassin’s Creed II came out, we still believed in the meta-universe imagined by Ubisoft and articulated around a hero: Desmond Miles, able to relive the memories of his ancestors thanks to cutting-edge technology (Abstergo). This episode is also centered around a charismatic hero: Ezio Auditore was entitled to two other adventures (Assassins creed brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations), which constitutes a complete trilogy. No other hero has received such extensive treatment.

Can be played today : 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 at Assassin’s Creed Origins what was Assassin’s Creed II to Assassin’s Creed. Namely: a total and relentless improvement of solidly established bases. The Odyssey maximizes the capabilities offered by the new generation license formula, inspired by modern RPGs (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt). Some will say that it is not really Assassin’s Creed anymore, but it would be to forget that the essence of the franchise lies first and foremost in its ability to take us on a journey to an ancient era, with a welcome authenticity (here, Ancient Greece)). It’s also a real melting pot of everything Ubisoft has been able to imagine in recent years.

Above all, you have to hang on to finish Assassin’s Creed Odysseyas the content makes you dizzy.

Can be played today : 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 a rate of one ambitious episode a year, Ubisoft hit the wall head-on. It was therefore necessary for the French company to act to restore the image of its strong brand, otherwise it would annoy the players more and more. The developers chose a very simple approach: Take the time to rethink the basics. Therefore, we had to wait two years before we played Assassin’s Creed Origins, which first and foremost has its idyllic setting to itself (Egypt and its marvelous pyramids). Then he began the real revival with mechanics increasingly looking to the side of RPGs.

Can be played today : 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

In terms of technical performance, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the best. Logically, because it is the latest and the first to take advantage of the power of the latest consoles (PS5, Xbox Series). Nevertheless, it does not convince as much asThe Odyssey and Origin due to some form of stagnation (the fights remain perfect) and because it is too scattered in its content. Besides, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla feels as if at times it is no longer a true Assassin’s Creed, with very few elements reminiscent of the meta-universe and lazy writing.

Can be played today : PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

5 — Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Error. // Source: YouTube Screenshot

We may be a little chauvinistic to say the least Assassin’s Creed Unity so high on the rankings as it is a bit of a seesaw opus – the one with which the feeling of fatigue began to arise. In the press, its Metacritic score did not exceed 70 out of 100 (PC), while its predecessor still exceeded 80 (still on PC). It prevents Assassin’s Creed Unity remains an achievement in its ability to immerse us in the heart of the French Revolution. And what’s more exciting than walking on the rooftops of Notre-Dame de Paris? Yes, Ubisoft had eyes bigger than its stomach with Assassin’s Creed Unity, hence the unmanageable number of errors. But we really want to be chauvinistic.

Can be played today : 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’s more of a pirate game. You have to take it as such to appreciate it at its fair value, with gameplay centered on naval combat, in the Caribbean (the landscapes are absolutely 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, hero Edward Kenway easily rises to the podium for the most charismatic characters that Ubisoft has ever imagined.

Can be played today : 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 excellences of the Ezio Auditore trilogy. If it remained a generally successful experience in 2013, it is not the one we remember most when drawing up the balance sheet. As a bonus, it was the episode that killed the concept of a Desmond Miles-centered meta-story – the hero of today who dies at the end (a hell of a twist). Note that we play Connor Kenway, grandson of Edward Kenway, the main character inAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and another ancestor of Desmond Miles. It was here that Ubisoft lost us a little: the fourth part therefore returns to a more distant past than the third, while remaining centered on the present hero who is supposed to be dead (Desmond Miles).

Can be played today : 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 a little cruel to put it very first Assassin’s Creed very low in the rankings. Without him, Ubisoft would not be where it is today. Nevertheless, it is ultimately just a draft of the flamboyant Assassin’s Creed II, which exceeds the recipe with much more delicious ingredients. The big concern regardingAssassin’s Creed ? It’s all too repetitive gameplay that consists 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 not yet this feeling of freedom that allows us to breathe.

Can be played today : 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

About Assassin’s Creed Unity began the fall of the old formula, Assassin’s Creedy Syndicate took responsibility for delivering the battle. However, he had an argument to make: we play twins (a woman, a man) in a city in London marked by the Industrial Revolution. We go from one to the other depending on the missions. On the other hand, this news 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 Blood-borne. In short, it was time to evolve.

Can be played today : PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.

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

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The Assassin’s Creed movie. // Source: 20th Century Fox

Without a doubt one of the worst film adaptations from a video game saga in which Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard exchange the eyes of confused lovers in a despicable photograph. There’s really nothing to save in this movie that’s too serious to be a booze. Let’s hope the TV series scheduled for Netflix pays more homage to the game world.

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