With no new Assassin’s Creed game coming this year. Rather, we are getting a film staring Michael Fassbener, I figured it was time to give the series the, “worst to first” treatment. I have played every game to the end at least one time. I am not saying I am an expert or anything, I will just tell you which are my favorites of the series and give a little reason why for each. I will not spoil plot points or anything like that, I hate spoilers.
Rather than droning on about the series and how successful it is or why it is a good thing we are getting a year away, which will end up 2 full years if the next game is released in 2017. I hope any way.
So let us jump right in with the worst game of the series.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity (2014)
If had to rate this game on a 10-point scale, it would be pretty low. To be honest, this one and the first game were neck and neck. Unity, was the first Assassin’s Creed on the new gen gaming consoles. I just wonder why we got a product that changed a lot of the game play. Running free through the massive map that is Paris, France should have been much more fun. It was hard as now we had to used the extra button to climb up the wall and the combat was off. These mechanics had been around for the entire series. New systems, new game mechanics, I was not happy and worried about the follow-up Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Unity felt like a set back, multiplayer was a mess as well. One good thing, it was a pretty game and the 3D map was a set in the right direction.
Assassin’s Creed (2007)
Wow! Has it been that long? I nearly ranked this one last, but I could not. Without the first game, this article would not exist or, more importantly, the series would not exist. The first game can be difficult at times, but my biggest issue, which was fixed with the second game, it was so damned repetitive. But I liked it enough to play the second game and sometimes the initial entry into a game series isn’t the best. It can almost be looked at like a Beta testing game.
I have never and plan to never ever play the first game again.
Assassin’s Creed Revelations (2011)
Oh god, why would you end the Ezio trilogy like this? There were some cool things added to the game. But the “tower defense” aspect sucked horribly. This one was a swing and a miss. The best parts of Revelations had to do with tomb raiding, but the story was weak. It falls here because of Unity, otherwise these two would be flip-flopped. The original would never, ever be the worst of the series, it gets a pass every time.
One thing made me happy, I was happy to see more Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation (2012)
I was going to cover the main series, but this and Aveline de Grandpré herself deserve some props for sure. The game itself was not the best, but damn it I am ready for a full Assassin’s Creed with a female lead. Aveline French-African Assassin who lived in the area of New Orleans during the middle of the 18th century. She is an ancestor to “Subject 1”. It was time to move away from Desmond and is past relatives. I mean, there are other Assassins, right? The story suffers from being a handheld game and the graphics were rough, but a full game has potential. I was happy with what I got from this one.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)
I should have done a review of Syndicate after I played it back in the winter. I was pretty happy with what I got in this game. But there were some things that bothered me. Overall kind of a tweener of a game. But it was a big time step up from Unity, but still not as good as the next few.
The timeline is moving more toward modern times and that worked. But possibly the best part of the game, you could freely go from using Jacob or Evie Frye. A brother and sister team who have different skills and they have their own missions specific for each character. But when you’re running through the streets of London as Jacob or Evie. While it is great to choose between a male and female, I am still looking for a main female character for the series.
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue (2014)
The final Assassin’s Creed game on the last gen systems. It is somewhat of a clone of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but we get a different and engaging story. A turncoat Assassin who goes up against his brothers and sisters after being betrayed.
The story isn’t bad, it is meant to fill in the gap between Assassin’s Creed III and Black Flag. I really love the game play, as it is the last of its kind. I did like Rogue and it did feel like the fitting end to the Assassin’s Creed of old, it made sense to have two games released in the same year. I suggest to everyone who missed Rogue, go back and check it out.
Assassin’s Creed III (2012)
From the first trailer, I was ready. This was the game I had been waiting for when I played the first Assassin’s Creed. We finally get a new Assassin and a chance to redeem the series after, what I think it is a misstep with Revelations.
Connor is the Assassin and the game takes place just before and during the American Revolution. Connor is a Native American who is trained by an old African American named Achilles. Connor has the best inventory of weapons, from his bow to the rope dart and that fucking tomahawk. Connor is a badass and may be my second favorite of the Assassins…Ezio, there is no beating Ezio.
Assassin’s Creed III spawned…basically 2 other games that are connected. Connor is the son of Haytham Kenway, who is the son of Edward Kenway. You get to play as Haytham Kenway in the prologue of the game, you think he is an Assassin, but nope, Templar. I suggest playing through Black Flag and then ACIII.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010)
The second part of the Ezio trilogy. Brotherhood was a nice extension of Assassin’s Creed II, it is nearly better, but not quite. The Brotherhood of the Wolf missions were great and tooling around Rome was awesome.
There were little things that bothered me about the game, partially the achievement issues, I hate multiplayer achievements. Ezio was way cooler in the game and the story went deeper…damn I need to play this one again. I loved Cesere Borgia as the villain, he was nuts. AC: Brotherhood is nearly the best, but there are two, I think are better.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
Over 100 hours sailing the seven seas…I loved this game and it holds dear to my heart. I went through a tough time and Black Flag helped me escape. This game is the true first Xbox One, PS4 Assassin’s Creed game. But it was more of an “HD” version of the game.
Sailing the seas and taking different ports are the highlights of the game, taking other ships and discovering new areas. You could spend 200 or more hours and probably not see everything in the game. It is huge and a lot of fun. I highly suggest Black Flag, play it on your PS3 or 360.
Assassin’s Creed II (2009)
If not for Ezio and Assassin’s Creed II, this series could have died with the original. It feels like Ubisoft took a long look at the first game and said, we need to fix a lot of things. The story was engaging and game play was made to be so much better. Not to mention, which I did, Ezio Auditore who is thrust into the role of Assassin after his father’s death.
The game is near perfect and it is the best game in the series. Befoe multi-player and hiring a band of Assassins to do your bidding, there was Ezio.
Did you notice I did not mention the Animus or Desmond or Obstergo? Well I never cared for any of that shit. It gets toned down in each game and seems I am not alone in “not caring”. Desmond was kind of a tool, although I would have liked to see him as an Assassin in his own game. But I like going into the past, to different times throughout history.
The next Assassin will be played by Michael Fassbender or Magneto in the first Assassin’s Creed film. It is coming out in place of a new game and it looks promising. The trailer is cool, with shitty music. Here it is…
Thanks for reading!
Now here is the trailer with better music.