Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Ranking the Assassins Creed Games
9. Assassins Creed Unity
I don't think this is a big surprise for anyone. Unity follows Arno Dorian as he raises among the Assassin Brotherhood in search of revenge. This game had so much potential being the first current-gen Assassins Creed game. It did manage to make some worth-while additions to the series like a deeper customization option, but the game was bogged down by numerous game-breaking bugs. It also had an over-reliance on products outside of the game. Ubisoft has fixed most of these problems but the disastrous launch made us realize that the developers may be losing their grip on the series. Arno constantly being called pisspot doesn't help the game either.
8. Assassins Creed
This is what started it all. After being demoted Altair has to assassinate nine Templars to regain his status. The game is amazing, because it introduces gameplay elements that will stand the test of time. The problem is that it's kind of boring. All of the repetitive things you have to do before each Assassination get tiresome pretty fast. The first game has a lot of cool ideas, but its not until the sequel that those ideas get capitalized on.
7. Assassins Creed Rogue
This installment does something new by making the main character ,Shay Cormac, a Templar. That's the only new addition when everything else is pretty much a replica of the great Black Flag. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since Black Flag was a big leap for the series, but Rogue suffers from its lack of creativity.
6. Assassins Creed 3
Another big leap for the series was marked in Assassins Creed 3, since it introduced a new protagonist ,Connor Kenway, new control scheme, and a drastic change in time. I really enjoyed this game, but there are a few problems that made this number six on the list. First was the overly long intro that seemed like an overly done tutorial. Second was the notion that Connor did everything in the American Revolution diminishing the value of the real people of the time period. We all know that Connor was actually the one who proclaimed the British are coming while Paul Revere just nagged him the whole time.
5. Assassins Creed Syndicate
It's too bad that Unity was still fresh on the consumer's minds, because it negatively affected the sells of what was a pretty good game. Jacob and Evie Frye were enjoyable characters and the gameplay was the best of the series. The overall story arch was weak, but this game proved that Ubisoft can still make enjoyable games.
4. Assassins Creed Brotherhood
I know what you are thinking: Brotherhood, number 4 how could this be? This game deserves a top spot, but it's not the best in the series. When I replayed it for this article, I found some nit picky critiques. A lot of the missions seemed like filler and didn't add anything to the plot The few missions, before the climax, seemed like a poor attempt to make the game longer. That being said, this game is still really good. Several things like the great antagonist, solid map, and unique missions make this a fan-favorite. Leonardo's war machines are still some of the most memorable missions in Assassins Creed.
3. Assassins Creed Revelations
I really enjoyed this entry for several reasons. It was a great feeling to play as Ezio when he is at the top of his skills. The idea that you are the mentor that everyone looks up to made Ezio even more awesome. The story was really good as Ezio attemps to stop the templars within the Byzantine empire and find the keys to Altair's library. It was also amazing how good Altair's story was for the little time they gave him. It had its emotional moments when Ezio remembers his old life and how much he has grown. He realized that his life was almost complete. Sofia Sartor was a good addition to the cast and a great person for Ezio to live the last of his life with. Constantinople was pretty but underwhelming when it came to free roam. The den defense was really annoying but avoidable. But the epic gameplay elements outweigh the bad and leave a lasting impression unlike anything that came before it.
2. Assassins Creed Black Flag
This game is number two because it was extremely different then anything we have seen before and a breathe of fresh air for the series. It offered a huge map that never seized to amaze and a ship to travel the vast Caribbean. Edward Kenway is an interesting character and it was fun to watch him develop throughout the story. The gameplay was spot on as well as the famous characters you meet along the way. My only complaint is that Edward isn't even an assassin, until the end that is.
1. Assassins Creed 2
There's no surprise here. Assassins Creed 2 has been renown as the best Assassins Creed game. Some of the controls are outdated but the perfect characterization of Ezio and the plot line make up for it. The Assassinations had a personal touch that always drives the plot forward. This game took what Assassins Creed 1 started and expanded it into an experience that many gamers will never forget.
That's my list, fill free to share yours in the comments!