Since its debut, Assassin’s Creed has quickly grown into an epic franchise. These games cover various historical settings and characters through a technology known as Animus.
The Animus analyzes DNA samples to enable its users to experience their ancestors’ memories through games that typically include stealth and parkour play.
1. Assassin’s Creed Origins
Ubisoft’s AC franchise returned with gusto with Origins. This installment expanded upon its sci-fi premise of an Animus device that allows Desmond Miles of 21st century America to access genetic memories of his ancestors through time-travel technology, then dropped players into Renaissance Italy as Ezio Auditore da Firenze with a solid overarching narrative theme throughout.
Assassin’s Creed Origins stands out in combat and exploration, where its core strengths lie. Its world is beautiful to look at whether you’re riding a felucca across the Mediterranean Sea or simply gazing upon flocks of flamingos flying overhead, and combat feels better than most games with plenty of weapons to choose from – setting a high bar for future entries in the series.
2. Assassin’s Creed II
This massive franchise was initiated with a single game released in November 2007. It introduced its titular order of assassins and its mysterious sci-fi framing device known as an Animus: an automaton capable of hacking DNA memories to send players on an adventure. Furthermore, this futuristic device made early medieval cities into open-world parkour playgrounds.
This sequel featured Ezio and continued the exact family revenge and conspiracy plotline that defined its predecessor. Furthermore, it showcased Anvil Engine’s capabilities by pushing its limits further than ever while adding stunning Italian Renaissance settings – complete with enough historical easter eggs for hobbyist anthropologists – making this a worthy addition to the series canon.
3. Assassin’s Creed III
The popular series quickly expanded into multiple spin-off titles. One such title takes you back to medieval Europe on Altair Ibn La-Ahad’s quest for a mysterious artifact that can help save humanity from imminent solar flares.
Ubisoft Montreal’s developers wanted to branch away from Ezio’s world in Revelations and into another period for Assassin’s Creed III. This introduced us to Ratonhnhake: ton/Connor as an 18th-century Colonial America-set assassin. They succeeded brilliantly.
Juno’s influence prompts Desmond to enter Animus and revisit his distant relative’s past so that he may open a temple and discover the Apple of Eden. The resultant game is massive in scope, with an endearing protagonist you can’t help rooting for, captivating surroundings, and some of the series’ best stealth and combat gameplay.
4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Ubisoft’s sixth primary entry in its Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, continues Ezio’s pursuit of revenge against Cesare Borgia from previous game entries while also adding Leonardo de Vinci, who works to enhance assassin tools and weapons, additionally, this sequel places more focus on naval exploration and combat than previous entries in this franchise.
The fifth console entry in the franchise introduced Connor, a hybrid Native American/English assassin from North America during the American Revolution period of late 18th century North America. Additionally, this game expanded upon its open-world features with its Anvil engine. The title was initially released as part of a compilation package alongside Assassin’s Creed III and Rogue before resurfacing as a standalone title in 2013. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can currently enjoy playing it!
5. Assassin’s Creed VI
The sixth main Assassin’s Creed game transports players back into piracy’s age under Edward Kenway, one of its charismatic pirates and grandfather of Connor Kenway from the previous round. The game’s comic pirate antagonism and exploration of pirate ethics make this experience memorable among fans of this franchise.
Ubisoft was surprised when their Assassin’s Creed series became a huge success, with each release expanding in scope, setting, and gameplay elements. Each main game showcases a different historical period, while Desmond Miles uses his Animus to access memories to find artifacts that could help prevent an impending catastrophe from taking place. Various spin-offs have been released during this franchise, and they work best when played on Fierce PC gaming machines. This list comprises the main games with major DLC expansions and any spin-offs available during that release date.
6. Assassin’s Creed VII
Ubisoft’s flagship Assassin’s Creed game now seems slightly dated; while its stealth and parkour elements still work well, their pace has decreased somewhat over time.
The series’ core plot remains consistent, pitting Templars against Assassins for control over ancient artifacts. Subjects are sent into the Animus using technology developed by Abstergo Industries to revisit their ancestor’s memories to locate powerful artifacts.
Unity brings back to America an Animus set in America in which you travel back to the 18th Century. While Unity was slightly buggy upon launch, it expanded upon cinematic elements of previous titles in the series and added gadgets, naval exploration, and animal hunting features. The gameplay remains impressive, too, offering city and countryside environments and smooth rooftop traversal with climbing/picking abilities for added variety.
7. Assassin’s Creed VIII
Ubisoft once again broke new ground with its open-world franchise with Anvil Engine technology and a predominantly American setting, creating an engaging game unlike anything in this series. The result was thrilling yet expansive gameplay, which set itself apart from previous releases in this franchise.
This central storyline finds you aiding the Assassins in Victorian London to locate an invaluable artifact; they and the Templars also seek it, creating an exciting thriller-esque environment.
The Assassin’s Creed series is an exceptional example of using history as a playground for gamers. Each game in this series offers something unique through stunning visuals or a fascinating story that keeps you returning for more.
8. Assassin’s Creed IX
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marked the tenth main entry in this franchise and brought players to a new historical era and hero. Additionally, more of our beloved gameplay features were showcased within this title that we know and love so well!
The game occurred during the American Revolution and told the story of Desmond Miles’ half-Mohawk, half-English ancestor Ratonhnhake: ton (Connor Kenway). An open-world environment enabled players to explore every conflict angle between Assassins and Templars.
This game also introduced two mobile entries into the franchise – the free-to-play strategy RPG Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and the multiplayer title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which brings the series to Greece in 431 BCE, respectively. Fans are in for an exciting treat as each entry brings history alive in an engaging, swashbuckling adventure that never seems to get old!
9. Assassin’s Creed X
Assassin’s Creed X is the newest entry in the franchise and promises to be one of its finest installments yet. It traces the tale of an assassin-Templar duo and the artifacts they’re hunting down, promising an immersive gameplay experience.
The series chronicles the centuries-old conflict between the Assassin and Templar orders, with Desmond Miles living out his ancestor’s memories to learn about ancient organizations, sacred artifacts, and other mysteries from their ancestral memory bank. He battles corrupt Templar leaders as he progresses through this entry thanks to its new Anvil engine and expansive open-world setting; however, mission design was sometimes disappointing, and distracting Animus was no longer required as part of the gameplay experience – players have complete freedom when choosing when and when not to use or skip it entirely!
10. Assassin’s Creed XI
As a gamer, chances are you have come across the Assassin’s Creed series of video games. Since their inception over 11 years ago, multiple sequels have been released, and new titles are still in development.
Though these games may have become overburdened with unnecessary content, their core gameplay remains constant: Players can expect an immersive history experience through various settings and learn quite a lot while sneaking up on enemies.
Most games in this genre follow a similar basic plotline: Desmond Miles is abducted and forced to test an Animus machine that allows him to revisit his ancestor’s memories; each time this happens, he learns more about an ancient artifact known as The Apple of Eden that could hold the key to saving humanity.