The 8 Best Assassin's Creed Games of 2019

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Best Overall: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes the series all the way back to Ancient Greece, long before the Assassin's Brotherhood was formed. Ubisoft took the strides made in 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins and went even further, fully committing to the RPG mechanics and truly open world. Odyssey has more to see and do than any Assassin’s Creed game before it, and its deep character upgrade system will entice you to continue playing.

Speaking of characters, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gives you the choice to play as a male or female protagonist. Regardless of which gender you choose, you can romance any eligible bachelor or bachelorette in the game. Unlike some games with romance options, this inclusive decision gives you even more freedom to express yourself however you would like.

In fact, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is all about freedom — its massive world doesn’t hold your hand, and you can spend hours away from the main plot anytime you choose. You can raid islands, participate in ship battles, and hunt down mercenaries, all while exploring beautiful environments. As the meatiest game in the series, it's easy to sink over 100 hours into Assassin's Creed Odyssey without even noticing.

Best Story: Assassin’s Creed Origins

As the name suggests, Assassin’s Creed Origins acts as a soft reboot to Ubisoft’s longstanding stealth-action franchise. After a decade of games that largely followed the same formula, it was time for a shakeup — and Assassin’s Creed Origins delivered. Origins features a robust leveling system, absent from any prior Assassin’s Creed game, which lets you mold your character to your preferred fight style. Whether you want to focus on up-close assassinations or honing your skills at archery is completely up to you.

Origins' fresh coat of paint is paired with an uncanny recreation of Ancient Egypt. The story is great, too, as Origins weaves a tale of heartbreak, intrigue, and betrayal. You play as Bayek, a mercenary in Egypt grieving the untimely death of his son. While dealing with frequent invasions from Julius Caesar's army, you must track down the people responsible for his fatal demise.

The pacing can be a bit slow at times, but the story, leveling system, and immersive world make Assassin’s Creed Origins a memorable refresh for the series.

Best Gameplay: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

The most memorable part of 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III was sailing on the coast of Colonial America. Whether you were chasing enemy ships or simply heading to a different port city, sailing in a giant wooden ship felt unique and fun. So, we can only imagine Ubisoft asked, What if we made an entire game out of that one deeply engrossing mechanic?

Thus, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was born. Black Flag does a surprisingly good job making you feel more like a swashbuckler than an assassin. With a ship, a crew, and a desire for treasure, the world is yours to pilfer, and it’s consistently fun thanks to well-thought-out systems and mechanics.

Once the game opens up, you can sail pretty much anywhere in the world you like. The sailing system is fantastic, and there are plenty of islands you can visit that exist merely to live out your island-raiding pirate fantasies. Black Flag is the first game in the series that feels like a fully-realized open world rather than a series of interconnected town squares.

Most Influential: Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II may not be able to stand toe-to-toe with some of the franchise’s more modern entries, but its impact at the time it released still makes it worth revisiting today. This is the first game where you play as Ezio Auditore de Firenze, a suave, mysterious protagonist that fans still have a soft spot for today. In yet another tale of revenge, Assassin’s Creed II sends you to 15th century Florence, Vatican City, and more. 

Assassin’s Creed II is a massive improvement over the original. For the first time, you can swim, hire NPCs to help with your dirty work, disarm opponents, and more. Leonardo Da Vinci makes an appearance, helping Ezio out by inventing new tools and weapons to use throughout the game. Assassin’s Creed II cemented the series as a huge success, and it’s still a fan-favorite.

Best Return to Form: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

After Black Flag shook up the series to the extent that it did, fans were a bit disappointed to see the franchise return to its more traditional roots in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. However, for big fans of the classic Assassin’s Creed formula, Syndicate is another solid — if not remarkable — entry in the series. 

Syndicate takes place in Victorian London, where it follows twins Jacob and Evie Frye as they navigate the world of organized crime. The story is interesting, but the gameplay feels a bit dry compared to some of the other entries on this list. Specifically, riding the horse carriages is clunky, uninspired, and shoehorned into the missions far more than necessary.

Still, the world in Assassin's Creed Syndicate is interesting enough to explore, and the story is worth seeing through to the end.

Most Experimental: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is the second game in Ezio’s trilogy, but it’s actually a significantly different experience than Assassin’s Creed II. Brotherhood takes place almost entirely in the city of Rome, which provides a more focused — but less featured — experience.

Brotherhood also took a few risks with the franchise; it was the first game to feature online multiplayer, and it also introduced the Assassin Order, where you can recruit citizens to your guild of assassins throughout the story. 

Brotherhood doesn’t live up to the heights of Assassin’s Creed II, but it’s a solid follow-up that continues Ezio’s narrative in a compelling way. Fans of the character will be pleased with Brotherhood’s continuing development of Ezio, making it well worth the timesink.

Best Setting: Assassin's Creed III

The American Revolution is the perfect setting for the first Assassin’s Creed game on American soil — there’s political hijinks, fun architecture to explore, and historical figures that enhance the story. Assassin’s Creed III could have easily been the best game in the franchise due to its huge world and the enormous amount of activities it entails. Ultimately, however, its ambitious size was its downfall, yielding an inconsistent experience across the board.

You play as Connor Kenway, a Native American whose village was burned by the British when he was a child. Connor gets thrown headfirst into the American Revolution. The game tackles scenarios like Paul Revere’s ride, the Battle at Bunker Hill, the Boston Tea Party, and more. These events are fun, especially if you enjoyed your high school American history class. But, between these missions, you’re forced to explore the Frontier; an uninteresting, bloated, wilderness area that makes you long for the structured missions back in the city.

Plus, the opening 5-6 hours of the game is a sluggish bore, which can sap your excitement away before the game even opens up. But, if you have any interest in the American Revolution, you should be able to look past these criticisms and enjoy Assassin’s Creed III.

The Original: Assassin’s Creed

The original Assassin’s Creed is extremely outdated by modern-day standards, but fans of the franchise should go back to experience its humble beginnings. Basically, the original Assassin’s Creed features a handful of targets you have to take out one-by-one, almost like a Hitman game.

The gameplay loop is simple but limited, and there isn’t much in the way of side quests besides generic fetch quests and combat trials. However, Assassin's Creed was influential for its time. As such, we recommend fans of the newer games, like Origins and Odyssey, go back just to see how far the franchise has come since 2007.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular Assassin's Creed on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 10 different Assassin's Creed games overall, read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 6 of the Assassin's Creed games themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.