Every main Assassin’s Creed game ranked from worst to best

A countdown of the Assassin’s Creed games with the rustiest hidden blades to the ones with the sharpest double-edged swords.

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Assassin’s Creed: worst to best

All I wanted back then was a new-gen Prince of Persia game. What I got was Assassin’s Creed. I’ve been a fan of the series since day dot, even if Assassin’s Creed didn’t used to have day-and-date releases for PC. Read on for my ranking of the main Assassin’s Creed games, from worst to best.

10. Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)

The French Revolution seems a logical setting for an Assassin’s Creed game. Alas, whatever quality is to be found in Unity was lost behind one of the most disastrous and buggy game launches of recent history. Forced co-op (for certain skills), a slow opening, and a lacklustre storyline don’t help, either.

9. Assassin’s Creed III (2012)

Desmond Miles’ futuristic storyline was all building to… this disappointment. Assassin’s Creed III introduced some neat new mechanics and paved the way for one of the best in the series. But after a few hours of gameplay, it resets. Now you’re playing hide-and-seek as a kid. Boring mission design and glitches abound, too.

8. Assassin’s Creed Revelations (2011)

The best bit about Assassin’s Creed Revelations is the optional future bits (finally!). Nobody plays Assassin’s Creed for the futuristic filler. The worst thing is a tacked-on tower-defence mini-game with terrible controls. It’s also the third Ezio story, which reeks of laziness (unless you're a massive fan of Ezio: I'm not). At least it brings back Altaïr.

7. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)

The follow-up to the disappointment of Unity should have been great. Dual protagonists and a London setting during the Industrial Revolution. Plus, the pledge that recurring series sins had been fixed. It doesn’t quite work, though. It should have co-op. Combat shouldn’t have somehow been more boring. Syndicate should have been better.

6. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (2011)

Things get a whole lot deadlier from this ranking onwards. It may be the second Ezio outing, but Brotherhood had some big steps forward for the series. Surprisingly, what could have been tacked-on multiplayer was actually an awesome addition to the series. The new recruitment system is a nice touch, too.

5. Assassin’s Creed II (2010)

Assassin’s Creed II fixed a lot of the limited and repetitive gameplay of the original. The future stuff is still, unfortunately, a big part of the series, but gameplay is tight. Ezio is a charming protagonist, and the historical stuff is more tightly interwoven with characters like Leonardo da Vinci (and those wonderful toys).

4. Assassin’s Creed (2008)

I still have a massive soft spot for the original Assassin’s Creed. It’s not just because it started it all. Repetitive gameplay and some jankiness aside, this is strong series starter. An amazing setting. Interesting storyline. A hubris-toppling redemption arc. This was an enticing new IP, brimming with potential, and built a solid foundation for what was to come.

3. Assassin’s Creed Rogue (2015)

Rogue shouldn’t be as good as it is. It was built as an appeasement for consolers who’d yet to make the leap to new-gen consoles. We got it on PC shortly after, though, and it’s a fantastic Unity palate cleanser. The ship battles are great, and you get to play as an ex-Assassin turned Templar.

2. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (2013)

After the disappointment of Assassin’s Creed III, I thought I was done with the series. Black Flag brought me back in a big way. It still has the sins of previous games. But it curbs those sins by being two games in one: a decent Assassin’s Creed game, and a majestic high-seas adventure.

1. Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)

Ubisoft used the year off between Assassin’s Creed games to create the best in the series: Origins. Origins is the best Assassin’s Creed game because it doesn’t just fix the long-suffering problems of the series, the solutions to these issues evolve the series in exciting new directions. It’s an open-world action-adventure game that’s hard to put down.