Since the first Assassin's Creed video game was released in 2007, the series has become a major part of the industry as a whole. The franchise's stealth action mechanics enthralled gamers from the get go, and over the years Assassin's Creed has been able to provide some major highs, as well as a few miserable lows to boot.
This year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, however, is certainly one of the stronger games in the franchise. Its Classical Greek setting definitely resonates, and the game's open world is full of fun things to do beyond following the game's more personal central story.
However, its place in the larger rankings of the Assassin's Creed series is still up for debate. To help with this, here's a rundown of all of the games in the franchise, ranked from worst to best. Just where will Assassin's Creed Odyssey sit?
12. Assassin's Creed Unity
It's perhaps not surprising to see Assassin's Creed Unity in the bottom spot, and with good reason. The game promised much, with an intriguing setting in Revolutionary France and an emphasis on cooperative play that could have been a truly exciting and fresh take on a gameplay formula that was beginning to feel a little stale.
Unfortunately, Unity's launch in 2014 was an absolute disaster. Connectivity issues plagued the title upon release, and its major bugs across all gameplay elements meant that it was barely fit to be played for an extremely long time. By the time the title was in a suitable state, many had already turned away, and its lukewarm finished form didn't do much to bring people back around.
11. Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
A handheld spinoff for the PlayStation Vita, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation was a tie-in game for the larger Assassin's Creed III, exclusive on Sony's ambitious handheld console. Certain elements of the title worked well, with protagonist Aveline resonating with players, and it brought something interesting to the PS Vita's library too.
However, the limits of its platform were still quite apparent, and that core gameplay that Assassin's Creed is known for didn't quite work as well on the handheld. The title would eventually see a re-release as Assassin's Creed III: Liberation HD, but bringing the game to home consoles and PC just made its limitations all the more apparent.
10. Assassin's Creed
The original Assassin's Creed may have been the game that kicked it off, but going back to play it now its weakness are all too apparent. At times the gameplay can feel very stilted, as does its awkward controls, and the large amounts of downtime between moments of real excitement have perhaps grown more obvious over time.
Nonetheless, there's still something captivating about Assassin's Creed. Its setting is still unique, and the way that it tries to build its mix of a modern day techno-drama with historical elements remains a bold choice from a storytelling perspective - albeit one that is still the subject of much discussion among both fans and those skeptical of the larger Assassin's Creed plot.
9. Assassin's Creed Revelations
The final part of the Ezio trilogy, Assassin's Creed Revelations went over well with fans but still felt a little bit like a wasted opportunity. After the quality of Assassin's Creed 2 and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Revelations needed to end with a bang to act as a fitting final chapter for this mini-trilogy.
Overall, the game still just about pulled it off. Although by no means as strong as its two predecessors, and perhaps held back by no standout new mechanics, the gameplay was as solid as ever, and being able to witness both Altair and Ezio proved to be a neat moment for fans of the series overall.
8. Assassin's Creed Rogue
Assassin's Creed Rogue acted as a strange middle-man to numerous other games in the series, attempting to tie together the likes of Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed Unity. That said, its core conceit - of playing as a Templar rather than an Assassin - was the most interesting part of the game, and players enjoyed the chance to see the other side in this 2014 release.
Overall, this change of perspective worked well with fans, as did its continuation of the gameplay seen in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. However, the lack of major improvements didn't quite work well with everyone, feeling almost like it could have been a large expansion to the game rather than an entirely new experience.
7. Assassin's Creed III
Assassin's Creed III was a major attempt from Ubisoft to push Assassin's Creed in a new direction. The title not only moved to yet another new continent and era, but also expanded the amount of gameplay available in its open world, giving players lots to do beyond its pure stealth action.
Overall, the game was an impressive feat to behold, although not all of its parts were quite equal. Its open world was expansive, but players didn't find that all of the new elements gelled quite as well with the core gameplay they had turned up for. Nonetheless, it paved the way for further expansions of what gamers came to expect from Assassin's Creed - even if not all of them quite worked at standard when introduced here.