We’ve 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 available since the very first opus (spin-off, film, etc.), built around a community of loyal fans and not about to disappear, it will continue to evolve with Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Evoked in 2021, the next episode will be a game-service – a platform designed to evolve over time. We should know more next school year.

In November 2020, the Assassin’s Creed saga had crossed the bar of 155 million copies sold (cumulative). A colossal figure, which makes it one of the most sold of all time.

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 sequel, soberly baptized Assassin’s Creed II, was able to properly exploit all its strengths around three pillars that still remain today: a perfectly immersive setting, because faithfully reproduced (Florence, Venice, the Vatican, etc.); gameplay combining stealth and action; a ton of things to do. Ubisoft even allows itself to play with history, echoing events (the Pazzi conspiracy) and inviting certain figures of the time (Leonardo da Vinci, converted into an inventor in the service of 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 on a charismatic hero: Ezio Auditore was entitled to two other adventures (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations), constituting a complete trilogy. No other hero has received such extensive treatment.

Playable today on : 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 for Assassin’s Creed. Namely: a total and relentless improvement of solidly established bases. Odyssey maximizes the possibilities offered by the new generation formula of the license, inspired by modern RPGs (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt). Some will say that it’s not really Assassin’s Creed anymore, but that 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 is also a real melting pot of everything that 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.

Playable today on : 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 rope, at the rate of one ambitious episode per year, Ubisoft hit the wall head-on. It was therefore necessary for the French firm to act to restore the image of its strong brand, otherwise it would annoy players ever more. The developers opted for a very simple approach: take their time to rethink the foundations. That’s why we had to wait two years before playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, which first of all has its idyllic setting for it (Egypt and its marvelous pyramids). He then began the real revival, with mechanics that are more eyeing the side of RPGs.

Playable today on : 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 achievement, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the best. Logical, because it is the most recent and the first to benefit from the power of the latest consoles (PS5, Xbox Series). Nevertheless, it does not convince as much asOdyssey and Origins due to a certain form of stagnation (the fights remain perfectible) and because it is too scattered in its content. Besides, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla feels like it’s no longer a true Assassin’s Creed at times, with very few elements reminiscent of the meta-universe and lazy writing.

Playable today on : 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 bug. // Source: YouTube screenshot

We are perhaps a little chauvinistic to put Assassin’s Creed Unity so high in the ranking, since it’s a bit of a seesaw opus – the one with which the feeling of weariness began to arise. In the press, his 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 a feat in its ability to immerse us in the heart of the French Revolution. And, what is more exhilarating than walking on the roofs of Notre-Dame de Paris? Yes, Ubisoft had eyes bigger than its stomach with Assassin’s Creed Unity, hence the incalculable number of bugs. But, we really want to be chauvinistic.

Playable today on : 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, since it is 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 seas (the landscapes are completely sublime). In terms of atmosphere, the golden age of piracy brings an undeniable charm, especially for fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Finally, the hero Edward Kenway easily rises to the podium of the most charismatic characters ever imagined by Ubisoft.

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

Playable today on : 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 kinda cruel to put the very first Assassin’s Creed very low in the ranking. Without him, Ubisoft wouldn’t be where it is today. Nevertheless, it is ultimately only a draft for the flamboyant Assassin’s Creed II, which transcends the recipe with much tastier ingredients. The big concern ofAssassin’s Creed ? Its much too repetitive gameplay, consisting of killing targets by collecting a few clues during an investigation. From one objective to another, we have the impression of always doing the same and there is not yet this feeling of freedom which allows us to breathe.

Playable today on : 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

Whether Assassin’s Creed Unity began the fall of the old formula, Assassin’s Creedy Syndicate took charge of delivering the blow. However, he had an argument to make: we play twins (a woman, a man), in a city of London marked by the industrial revolution. We go from one to the other depending on the missions. On the other hand, this novelty does not manage to hide the lack of freshness in the overall structure of the game. It was also released in 2015, a year that saw flagship titles such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Where Bloodborne. In short, it was time to evolve.

Playable today on : 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, where Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard exchange bewildered lovers’ glances in a despicable photograph. There’s really nothing to salvage in this film, which is far too serious to become a booze. Let’s hope that the TV series, planned on Netflix, pays more homage to the world of games.

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