The Assassin's Creed Anthology hits digital storefronts today, which means for the first time ever, all five games in the series on Xbox 360 are competing directly with one another for your time and affection.
Which particular take on the concept of hit-and-run hoodie shenanigans deserves to scurry away with the title of best Assassin's Creed on Xbox 360? Hold your breath, but not for long. After consulting the Oracle, the insides of coffee jars and the depths of Jonty's soul, we've selected a winner. Not only that, but we've ranked the four runners-up in ascending order. Feel free to disagree violently and assemble your own list in the comments.
5. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Grizzled master assassin Ezio Auditore isn't the only thing here that looks a little past best. Revelations introduced a colourful, charismatic new city (with another, underground one tucked just past the halfway mark) and some jolly new toys in the shape of grenades and the Hookblade. Ezio's more likeable as an old man, too, his Banderas-level smoulder tempered by a life of tragedy. But the plot and multiplayer are exercises in treading water, and there are some bizarre choices in terms of additional subgames. The tower defence missions remain the most woeful and perverse of the franchise's divergences from the business of controlling an assassin, though some detractors reserved the bulk of their spite for the new first-person Desmond missions, which I rather liked.
An excerpt from our Assassin's Creed: Revelations review:
"Bulk can work to a game's disadvantage if there's nothing drastically new on offer, and Revelations' later stages are a bit of a slog. It's just as well this is Ezio's final hour, because enjoyable as the game undoubtedly is, the base mechanics were showing their age in Assassin's Creed 2. Recommended, then, providing you're not expecting a massive overhaul."