It’s not easy to figure out which Assassin’s Creed games are the best ones. There have been open world games made by Ubisoft for 15 years now, and they’ve been getting better and better. They’ve taken us on adventures through time and to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. From Shay and Arno and Edward and Jacob and Altar and Connor, we’ve met some great history teachers through the best Assassin’s Creed games too. They’re called Ratonhnhaké:ton on their Sunday.
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Keep scrolling to see our list of the best Assassin’s Creed games that you can play right now.
1. Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry
Release date: 2014
Platform(s): PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch
Freedom Cry started out as a DLC for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, but it had bigger plans and became its own game. While its combat and sidequest structure make it almost impossible to separate from Black Flag, its story is worth putting at the top of this list. This picture shows Adewale, a former slave who is now a free man. He fights against the slavemasters of Haiti in the name of freedom, which shows that the Assassins’ mission can take many different important forms.
There is a lot of violence shown in Freedom Cry. It puts you in the middle of a slave trade, and it doesn’t hold back. Seeing the human auctions or runaway slaves who will be killed without your help is impossible to ignore because you’re a part of the process, not just an outsider who sees it. Freedom Cry also shows that the slaves and the freemen of the country are actively involved in their own liberation. They work with Adewale rather than just waiting for him to do something. In that way, Freedom Cry does something that is both important and almost unique, and that deserves a shout out.
2. Assassin’s Creed Altair’s Chronicles
Release date: 2008
Platform(s): Android, iOS, Nintendo DS
before anyone thought about Ezio’s trilogy, there was Altair’s Chronicles, which the AC team thought about. Assassin’s Creed: The Chalice is a mobile prequel to the original game. Altair is looking for a mythical artefact called the Chalice in a 3D world that is very small. It’s a bad game from start to finish. Assassin’s Creed’s combat has been simplified so much that it’s no longer interesting, the locations and missions are the same, the story is cheesy, and the dialogue is bad all the time.
The only thing that Altair’s Chronicles has going for it is its visuals, which include lovely (though overused) designs for the environment. This at least makes the game look nice. But that’s not enough to make up for its many and many flaws, and with new mobile AC games that look better than this one, it’s best to avoid this one.
3. Assassin’s Creed Identity
Release date: 2016
Platform(s): Android, iOS
When Assassin’s Creed Identity came out on iOS, the goal was to make it more like the console versions, but with an RPG twist. Identity is set in the Italian Renaissance and tries to recreate the series’ signature sneaking-and-slashing gameplay, but in smaller chunks for shorter sessions. Ezio has been replaced by characters made up by a wonderful Italian name generator.
There is a bad chance that you’ll spend more time messing around with that than you will playing the game itself. It’s a free-to-play game that sends you around the world to kill some guy or get this artefact in exchange for skill points that you can use to buy clothes, equipment, and moves. Running into walls instead of climbing them is common because the game’s controls aren’t very good. At least you won’t have to avoid the usual swarm of people in the streets because there aren’t many people around.
4. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
Release date: 2016
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One
Finally, the last side-scrolling stealth game from Ubisoft and Climax Studios, Chronicles Russia is beautiful and hard. It’s drawn in the colours of 20th century propaganda, but it’s also very hard. This is the most recent Creed story so far. Nikolai Orelov’s sly quest in 1918 Russia is the most recent one so far, but it’s not the first. Orelov is, of course, still an Assassin, with a hidden blade. He also has a rifle and a winch, which he uses to get through doors and grate holes to get through.
There’s a lot of fun assassinating to be done here, but Chronicles Russia is the worst of the three arty games because it has a lot of annoying difficulty spikes if you do anything other than just spike your enemies silently. Timed levels make the interesting Assassin’s history and new characters get lost in a game that just doesn’t seem to have been thought through very well enough. These games are fun stealth games in their own right, but this one is for fans of the Brotherhood only.
5. Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery
Release date: 2009
Platform(s): iOS, Nintendo DS
People who play the mobile games might think that side-scrolling through corridors full of guards and corpse-to-be is what makes the series unique. This isn’t true at all. Assassin’s Creed 2: Discovery won’t do much to dispel that idea. You play Ezio, who does assassination missions for a variety of clients, all of whom are unimportant. Just like in a game of “infinite runners,” if you want to go at full speed and kill every guard you come across, they’re just vehicles.
If you like games like Assassin’s Creed, you’ll like this one. It’s not as complex as other Assassin’s Creed games, but it does what it set out to do. This game set the standard for two-dimensional Creed games back in 2009. It was smoother, more interesting, and more fun to play than the companion mobile games. Ubisoft has since taken down all evidence of the mobile version of the game, but if you can find a DS copy, it might still be worth a try.
6. Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines
Release date: 2010
Platform(s): PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch
Assassin’s Creed 2 and Discovery were both released at the same time as Bloodlines on the PSP, which continues Altair’s story after the events of the original game. As a handheld or mobile game in the series, Bloodlines tries to look like and play like the console versions of the game. Bloodlines does a good job with the former, but when it comes to gameplay, it doesn’t get it right: small environments make you fight all the time, and the combat system makes fights feel like hand-stitching oven mitts, which isn’t very fun.
Even though Bloodlines has a long, interesting, and not-as-bad story that isn’t as bad as Altair: Chronicles, it often doesn’t work and isn’t strong enough to make up for the game’s bad combat. Maria, Altair’s assistant who has a sharp tongue, is the only thing that saves the game. Her interactions with Altair give the story a sense of life and depth. It’s sad, but even she can’t save the show.
7. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Series
Release Date: April 21, 2015 (China); January 12, 2016 (India); February 9, 2016 (Russia)
Available Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita
Main Story Completion Time: 6 hours (China); 5.5 hours (India); 6.5 hours (Russia)
Best Feature: Offers an interesting alternative to the main series
A game called Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China came out in April 2015. The spin-off game took the main series in a completely different direction. It used a 2.5D side-scrolling style that emphasised the platforming, stealth, and sword-fighting elements of the series.
The game didn’t get very good reviews from critics, as shown by its 69 Metascore for PS4. This is the highest Metascore for the spin-off series on the review aggregator site.
Despite the bad reviews, the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy has some value in the Assassin’s Creed series because it gives the series a new style that its die-hard fans will enjoy.
8. Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Available Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Main Story Completion Time: 8 hours
Best Feature: Features one of the series’ most intriguing protagonists
This game is a spin-off of Assassin’s Creed 3. It takes place in the same time as Assassin’s Creed 3. The game was first released for the PlayStation Vita. It also came to PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 as part of the HD re-release. Then, it was remastered for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as part of the Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered package.
For Assassin’s Creed fans, the best thing about Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation is that it has one of the best and most well-developed protagonists. But today, when there are so many other Assassin’s Creed games to play, the game doesn’t do much else to draw people in.