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A look at the Assassin's Creed series from best to worst

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For a series that only started in 2007, somehow we've reached a staggering 20+ titles already (if you count all the spin-offs, mobile entries, and social media web browser games). That's on par with the Call Of Duty franchise that everybody likes to rag on for having an endless stream of yearly installments.

Like clockwork, the official 2015 entry Assassin's Creed: Syndicate just finally arrived, this time culling out the modern day elements in favor of a more straight historical narrative and offering up dual protagonists in 1860's London.

It goes without saying that with so many different games coming in such a small window of time, there's a pretty big gap in quality between them, with some significantly more worth your time than others.

If you want to know what games are still up to snuff and which should be relegated to the bargain bin, you've come to the right place. We'll skip all the mobile phone and handheld games and instead focus on the core console titles that compose this rapidly expanding series.

Published Nov. 3rd 2015
  • Durinn McFurren
    Contributor
    I'm going to have to disagree with the Black Flag assessment here. I know a lot of people love the game, but for me, it was just awful. Getting a game that you assume will be about sneaking around assassinating people and finding out that it is actually Ship Combat Simulator 2000 was incredibly frustrating to me. It didn't help that I hated the naval combat (I barely bothered to finish ACIII solely because I hated the naval combat so much, and I stopped playing IV partway through). In fact Black Flag pretty much killed my interest in the series, for fear that they could continue shoehorning the naval stuff into the game.

    Again I know I'm probably the minority here!

    EDIT: Also, I personally though Brotherhood is the best in the series. It took everything good about 2 and made it better, plus let you lead the assassins. But this side-game never felt obtrusive to me, plus it meant I could call upon flocks of highly skilled assassins to work for me in the field. And how could I not love screwing over the Borgias?
  • Ty Arthur
    Featured Contributor
    Yeah, I could see how it would be a disappointment if you didn't know ahead of time the focus would be on the ship exploration and combat, but personally that's what got me excited: watching all those early videos showing off the redesigned naval combat.
  • Matthew_Taylor
    Contributor
    Honestly, I'm going to skip Syndicate. Until they bring back the present day story, and places we would actually want to go (like Japan, or China during their Piracy years), I'll keep playing the good ones. I feel like the last good Assassin's Creed was Black Flag, but even then it had its share of disappointments like a lack of useful collectables for example. I think the best one is the Ezio Trilogy (I consider II, Brotherhood, and Revelations as one large game).
  • Bryyo003
    Contributor
    Personally I LOVED Black Flag. I've played a few AC games and it was by far the most unique and engrossing story. It's a shame they are all so formulaic and offer collectables that have almost no relevance or purpose except to add a smudge of extra lore. Love this entry though; who doesn't want to be a pirate-assassin with an entire fleet to command!

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