10 Best Assassin‘s Creed Games To Play

Assassin‘s Creed has captivated gamers for over 15 years with its thrilling blend of historical fiction, parkour gameplay, and epic assassin fantasy. As one of Ubisoft‘s most acclaimed franchises, each new Assassin‘s Creed title introduces exciting new settings and gameplay innovations that keep fans coming back for more.

But with so many entries in the series at this point, it can be daunting for newcomers to know where to start. That‘s why we‘ve put together this list of the 10 best Assassin‘s Creed games to help you leap into the animus and experience the very best the franchise has to offer.

1. Assassin‘s Creed II

When it first launched in 2009, Assassin‘s Creed II took the intriguing but flawed formula of the original game and expanded it tremendously. Moving the setting to 15th century Italy during the Renaissance, Assassin‘s Creed II lets players explore gorgeously rendered cities like Florence, Venice, and Rome while unveiling a captivating story starring new protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze.

Vastly improving on nearly every aspect of the original, Assassin‘s Creed II fleshes out the parkour traversal and combat mechanics, adds a villa management meta-game, and boasts a 30+ hour campaign filled with conspiracy and dramatic twists. It also features one of the all-time great game soundtracks. For many fans, Assassin‘s Creed II remains the pinnacle of the franchise.

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Metacritic: 91

2. Assassin‘s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag takes the series in bold new direction by casting players as pirate captain Edward Kenway during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century. Sailing the Caribbean seas, you’ll explore lush tropical islands, take down enemy ships in epic naval battles, pillage secrets and treasure from British and Spanish empires, and even rub elbows with historical pirates like Blackbeard.

On land, Black Flag features the same great stealth action and parkour traversal the series is known for. But it’s the engrossing high seas piracy and the ability to freely explore the West Indies by ship that help make Black Flag one of the most unique entries in the franchise. Other highlights include whale hunting, diving for sunken loot, and a rollicking sea shanty soundtrack.

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Metacritic: 88

3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey pushes the boundaries of the franchise further by setting its open world action in Ancient Greece at the height of classical culture during the Peloponnesian War in BC 431. Playing as either the male mercenary Alexios or the female mercenary Kassandra, you’ll influence the outcome of the war while also battling a mysterious cult, the Order of Ancients, and uncovering mystical First Civilization artifacts.

What makes Odyssey special is just how deep its RPG systems go. With upgraded gear, skill trees, romance options, impactful player choice, and even branching story paths, Odyssey embraces its epic role-playing ambitions more than any other Assassin’s Creed to date. And few gaming worlds feel more richly alive than Odyssey’s beautiful recreation of Ancient Greece. Climbing statuesque pillars on the Acropolis or sailing the Aegean Sea at sunset, it’s an unforgettable virtual adventure.

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Metacritic: 84

4. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Picking up right after the events of Assassin’s Creed II, 2010’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood casts players again as master assassin Ezio Auditore as he battles the diabolical Knights Templar in 16th century Rome. With the Borgia family in power, Brotherhood sees Ezio ripening into a leader, working to rally the oppressed people, and training new assassin recruits.

Brotherhood doesn’t radically evolve the formula, but instead refines and expands on what worked so well in AC2. Highlights include in-depth team management mechanics with your trained assassins, the very first implementation of multiplayer to the franchise, Leonardo Da Vinci side quests, and enough riveting storyline payoffs to thrill longtime fans.

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Metacritic: 88

5. Assassin’s Creed Origins

After one too many annual sequels produced inconsistent results, Ubisoft took an extra year to develop Assassin’s Creed Origins, an epic action RPG prequel introducing players to the formation of the Assassin Brotherhood itself. Set amidst the shifting sands of Ancient Egypt during the reign of Cleopatra, Origins stars a compelling new hero named Bayek and completely revamps series combat with hit-box focused melee and ranged options.

Vastly exceeding expectations, Origins signals a bold new era for Assassin’s Creed. Its lush world brimming with ancient secrets begs to be explored, it introduces compelling RPG mechanics, and Bayek himself proves one of the most interesting assassins starred yet. For both longtime fans and newcomers, Assassin’s Creed Origins is essential.

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Luna
  • Metacritic: 81

6. Assassin’s Creed Revelations

The fourth and concluding chapter in Ezio Auditore’s epic saga, Assassin’s Creed Revelations finds the aging master assassin on a pilgrimage to 16th century Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, seeking secrets left behind by his legendary ancestor Altair. This lush setting lets players explore grand mosques and bazaars in a sprawling open world recreation of Constantinople.

Revelations introduces noteworthy new gameplay elements like an expandable arsenal with bomb crafting and the “hookblade” which speeds up navigation and opens new traversal routes. The story provides closure for devotees of both Ezio and Altair while positioning the franchise for bold new directions. It‘s an essential installment for fans.

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Metacritic: 80

7. Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft’s most ambitious Assassin’s Creed to date, Valhalla places players in war-torn 9th century England, letting you take charge of a Viking invasion during the Golden Age of the Vikings. As the charismatic Eivor leading their ambitious Norse clan, players can raid Saxon territories, construct settlements, form alliances, uncover centuries old secrets, and even experience Norse mythological realms while influencing the future of England itself.

Marrying historical fiction and mystical Norse fantasy, Valhalla stretches the very fabric of what defines Assassin’s Creed. Its stunning world brimming with charismatic characters and activities delivers on that enormous promise, cementing Valhalla as a milestone for Ubisoft’s long-running blockbuster franchise.

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, Luna
  • Metacritic: 84

8. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

As the crown jewel of the industrial revolution in 1868 London, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate lets players free-run through an incredibly detailed Victorian city while also introducing innovative new weapons and technology for the time period. As twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye, you‘ll need to rally London’s oppressed working class to overthrow the controlling Templar-run crime syndicate.

With a grappling hook adding verticality to navigation and horse drawn carriages letting you quickly traverse city streets, Syndicate does an exceptional job letting players live out their ultimate criminal underworld fantasy. Add in memorable villains, stylish Dickensian aesthetic, and light-hearted tone, Syndicate brings vibrancy back to the franchise.

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Metacritic: 76

9. Assassin’s Creed Rogue

A direct spin-off sequel to Black Flag released the same year as Unity, Assassin‘s Creed Rogue intriguingly lets players experience the Assassin and Templar conflict from the opposite perspective for once. Set in 18th century North America during the Seven Years War, Rogue stars grizzled Irish assassin Shay Cormac who endures a crisis of faith that sets him on the path to becoming an assassin hunter.

With ship battles, wildlife hunting, and New York City, River Valley, and North Atlantic Ocean maps that dwarf Black Flag, Rogue superiorly iterates on that fan favorite entry with its fresh Templar point of view. If you enjoyed sailing as a pirate captain while fending off deadly assassins in Black Flag, Rogue cleverly flips the script to deliver a stellar follow-up.

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Metacritic: 75

10. Assassin‘s Creed Unity

Arriving at the dawn of new console generation in 2014, Assassin’s Creed Unity was envisioned to be the ultimate realization of the franchise on more powerful PlayStation 4/Xbox One hardware. Transporting players to French Revolution-era Paris, Unity realized stunning visuals, ambitious crowd simulation technology with up to 5,000 on-screen characters, and the long-awaited implementation of 4-player co-op into an Assassin’s Creed open world campaign.

Stuck entertaining these groundbreaking features, however, Unity’s story does little new while becoming the glitchiest release in franchise history at launch. Still, for those willing to push past technical troubles, Unity’s unbelievably vibrant depiction of Paris, satisfying stealth systems, and the joy of silently taking down enemies with friends shouldn’t be overlooked.

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Metacritic: 70

Experience the Full Brotherhood

And there you have it, our picks for the 10 best Assassin’s Creed games ever released. Of course, longtime fans also have plenty love for other series entries we didn‘t have room to include like Assassin‘s Creed III, the initial reinvention of the gameplay featured in Origins, as well as quirkier experiments like Odyssey‘s mythological Fate of Atlantis DLC, the Shao Jun-led side story Assassin‘s Creed Chronicles: China, and the recent free-to-play live service Assassin‘s Creed Infinity currently in early development.

But for newcomers aiming to experience the signature trifecta of stealth, parkour and historical tourism the franchise does so exceptionally well, any of the 10 games featured on our list make for thrilling, memorable adventures guaranteed to turn you into an Assassin‘s Creed convert if you aren‘t already.

Just make sure to bring your parkour shoes and hidden wrist blade!

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