A series spanning two generations of consoles, the Assassin’s Creed titles have created iconic weapons and gameplay elements along with constant tinkering with the formula to bring a varied experience every time. Here are the top 10 Assassin’s Creed games.
Released in conjunction with Rogue, Unity promised four-player coop for the first time. Although it seemed as if it would be drop in/out of the story, coop was restricted to separate missions outside of the main story. The best contribution to the series was the introduction of the controlled decent allowing for a safer and smoother way to free run down a building. Unity was panned for being nearly unplayable at launch and remained so broken that the DLC was offered to those that bought the game, or a AAA game from Ubisoft’s library was offered to those that preordered the season-pass.
As the one that started it all Assassin’s Creed introduced the power struggle for the Apple of Eden between the Assassins and the Templars from ancient times up to present day. It also brought the iconic Leap of Faith, Hidden Blade and Eagle Vision, all of which are staples of the series and appear in every game. While the story may have been a bit generic and the gameplay repetitive, it laid the foundation for the series.
Revelations sees Ezio in the twilight of his career traveling to Turkey to visit the Assassin’s in the Ottoman Empire. This entry seemed to experiment with many new ideas in gameplay that appears to have been modified into different elements in future titles. Among these was a slightly cumbersome bomb crafting system, siege confrontations and sneak attack assassination attempts on Ezio. Innovative ideas such as these were what kept the title from becoming stale as the series progressed.
Assassin’s Creed III brings the Assassin vs Templar conflict to the New World. Set around the American Revolution with an unexpected twist that sets up future titles. This entry features the two most unlikable playable characters in the series this side of Desmond. Introduced here was an equipment crafting system with the materials gathered from hunting. Resources gathered are used to rebuild the homestead using a micromanaging crafting system. Also introduced was the ship battles that would be utilized to greater effect in future titles.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India stood out among the other Chronicle titles from being vastly different from the other titles in the series. India was esthetically pleasing with its vibrant colors contrasting against the sand colored buildings. The other standout was that the main story was a love story with the classic Assassin vs Templar struggle taking a backseat.
Beginning what would become the Ezio trilogy Assassin’s Creed II brought character customization into the forefront while adding new weapons and improving combat. Moving the game into the Renaissance period made for excellent free running opportunities. The locales in the game were unique which kept the progression interesting in the story of a man losing everything and finding his true place among the Assassins.
Rogue follows Shay Cormac as he becomes disillusioned with the Brotherhood and joins the Templars. Rogue was unique in the was that parts of the main story were set before AC III, while others were set before Unity. Rogue included equipment crafting by hunting, seafaring missions, and sneak attack assassination attempts on Shay by the brotherhood. The story does well in showing the Templar’s side of the struggle and casting doubt onto the goals of the Assassins.
This installment introduced many new features to the game. The first downloadable content for the series came here as well as the first instance of multiplayer. Brotherhood boasted grander set pieces featuring historic buildings in this adventure. It also brought a network of allies for Ezio to rely on a including recruits for the Assassin’s that would be trained by sending them on missions. When not on missions these trainees are available to be called in to aid in combat. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood cemented the title as a lasting series.
Set in 19Th century London Assassin’s Creed Syndicate follows the exploits of twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye. What stands about about this entry is the different ways that the two playable characters go about completing their specific missions. Syndicate has a steampunk feel to it from the attire of the twins and the gadgets they use. Perhaps the most intriguing part of Syndicate was in the DLC that included a story involving Jack the Ripper. Syndicate came out polished and bringing much of what worked in previous titles to make for a fantastic adventure.
Black Flag could have very well been a stand-alone title. It could be argued that Edward Kenway was never even an Assassin, but merely an opportunist that got caught up in something bigger that himself. Black Flag boasts a huge open world navigable by Kenway’s ship the Jackdaw. This ship serves as a mobile base, siege platform, and something to play around with and listen to pirate songs. Black Flag features hours of gameplay, a charismatic lead character, and a grand high-seas adventure which is why it occupies the top spot on this list.
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