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The 21 Best Games Like ‘Assassin’s Creed’

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From the first Assassin’s Creed game in 2007 until today, the franchise has cemented itself as a giant in gaming. Even the most diehard fans would admit that the series has had some less acclaimed games, but with some of its recent entries that feel more like RPGs, it has somewhat revived itself too. With Assassin’s Creed Mirage expected in the spring (2023), for those who love the AC series, we’ve compiled a list of the 21 best games like Assassin’s Creed, whether that be due to their open world, vast side quests, combat style or anything else that made us fall in love with it in the first place.

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Games Like 'Assassin’s Creed'

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1. 'Aragami'

Aragami was originally released in 2016 but ported to the Nintendo Switch in 2019 and Amazon Luna in 2020. Developed by the indie studio Lince Works, the game sees you playing as an assassin just like in an AC game. The difference here is you have the supernatural ability to be able to teleport between shadows. Keep in mind that if your favorite part about Assassin’s Creed is the combat, this game has you go for a stealthier approach. If you fall in love with this one, be sure to take a stab (pun intended) at its sequel is equally recommended for fans of games like Assassin's Creed.

Buy Now, $39.99

2. 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'

Since its inception in 2009, the Batman: Arkham games have cemented themselves as not just some of the best superhero games ever made, but some of the best action-adventure games out there too. If you’re a fan of the combat in Assassin’s Creed, specifically how it rewards great timing in counterattacks and how you can often find yourself picking away at enemies one by one even though you’re surrounded, then Arkham Asylum will suit you perfectly. After you complete this game, we recommend playing Arkham City, Arkham Origins, and Arkham Knight, too.

Buy Now, $25.00

3. 'Dishonored 2'

Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda, Dishonored 2 is a game that rewards stealth, but still lets you fight recklessly if you please. The environment is fun to explore and make your own lethal playground, which you can do with some fun traps. The game takes place in first-person which might be somewhat new to Assassin’s Creed fans, but it makes for an even more immersive experience. Playing the first game will get you on track with the story, but it’s not an absolute necessity to enjoy this game.

Buy Now, $8.97

4. 'Dying Light'

If your favorite part about Assassin’s Creed games is the thrill and rush of sprinting across rooftops, that kind of dynamic movement is the name of the game in Dying Light. Of course, the enemies and circumstances here are a little bit different, but will likely be a welcome switch-up for most. The open world is full of zombies, with some of the tougher enemies coming out at night, forcing you to be considerate of how you maneuver at different times of the day.

Buy Now, $36.99

5. 'Ghost Of Tsushima'

Ghost Of Tsushima was, for many people’s money, the best game of 2020. It has a beautiful, vibrant world that’s a pleasure to ride through on horseback and like Assassin’s Creed, it’s set in a time period from hundreds of years ago. Also like Assassin’s Creed, you can choose to enter battles stealthily or by making your presence known at first. In fact, it’s one of the key factors in the story.

Buy Now, $64.97

6. 'Hitman 3'

This is a no-brainer for fans of Assassin’s Creed. The pace of Agent 47 is often slower than most of the AC protagonists, but the tools at your disposal when going out on hits makes for a great experience. Hitman 3 improves greatly upon its predecessor, adding more and more insane ways to get your kill. 

Buy Now, $26.99

7. 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Although on paper it’s a different offering to an Assassin’s Creed game, a lot of the makeup of Horizon Zero Dawn is similar to the AC series. The combat, movement mechanics, and the way you have to explore and advance the story will definitely give you flashbacks. You play as Aloy, a hunter in a world that has been taken over by machines, that tries to uncover her past.

Buy Now, $27.50

8. 'Mad Max'

Developed by Avalanche Studios Group, Mad Max is a game based on the movie franchise of the same name. The main similarities to Assassin’s Creed here are in the combat, which can be aggressive or stealthy, and the progression system. The game itself doesn’t feel exactly like AC, with much of the gameplay revolving around vehicular combat.

Buy Now, $21.17

9. 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'

Hideo Kojima’s conclusion to the Metal Gear Solid series was received very well by both fans and critics. The game boasts some of the best open-world design out there and give the player a great amount of freedom to explore it. What Assassin’s Creed fans will love here is the stealthy combat which takes place against some of the better A.I. out there, making for far more dynamic combat.

Buy Now, $19.50

10. 'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor'

For fans of not only Assassin’s Creed, but The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor is a great choice because it takes place in the same universe, hence the name. J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination makes for a great backdrop for this game and the orcs here feature unique skills.

Buy Now, $21.99 - $52.99

11. 'Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst'

The original Mirror’s Edge comes from the same era of gaming as the original Assassin’s Creed game. Catalyst is a reboot of that game and one that received mixed reviews for varying reasons. One thing that was barely up for contention though was how great the parkour mechanics are. For Assassin’s Creed fans that like the parkour there, this first-person version of that will be loved.

Buy Now, $17.99

12. 'Monster Hunter: World'

Although you’re fighting some very different enemies in Monster Hunter: World, it features some key mechanics from Assassin’s Creed like going to vantage points, keeping track of your enemy, and actually taking a step away from the battle to heal and come in with a different strategy. This is the highest-selling game in Capcom history for good reason.

Buy Now, $32.50

13. 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice'

Some of the more recent Assassin’s Creed games have taken a more traditional RPG approach with elements like the progression system, upgrades, and even storytelling mechanics. Many of these games borrow From Software’s combat system used in titles like Bloodborne and Dark Souls, some of the most critically acclaimed RPGs out there. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the more recent From Software games, making it a good choice for fans of Assassin’s Creed games of recent years. If you’re not a fan of some of the aforementioned hardcore RPGs, you’ll be relieved to know that this game follows a less strict path in that vein.

Buy Now, $49.99

14. 'Shadow Of The Tomb Raider'

You only need to have played one or two of the Tomb Raider games for you to know what you’re getting into with one. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider offers many of the same things, like acrobatic movement, stealth kills, combat with various kinds of weaponry, and a whole lot more. It’s not crazy to say that the early Tomb Raider games from the 90s, at least in a roundabout way, influenced the first Assassin’s Creed games.

Buy Now, $25.90

15. 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order'

Released in 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is set five years after the events of Revenge Of The Sith. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who is hunted by the Galactic Empire and must uncover some dark truths. The combat initially relies on Assassin’s Creed-like movements like parries and dodges, before the Force abilities come into play.

Buy Now, $29.78

16. 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim'

Skyrim is of course an RPG and one of the more famous ones of all time, so it’s an especially spot-on pick for those that like the more recent AC games like Odyssey, Origins, and Valhalla. Admittedly, Skyrim is a little slower-paced than those games, but perhaps it’ll be a welcome change. If you really want that extra dose of Ubisoft’s legendary series, try downloading an Assassin’s Creed mod.

Buy Now, $53.15

17. 'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild'

You probably already know by now that Breath Of The Wild is heralded as one of the best games of all time. If there’s any kind of reason to put this game on a list, we always will. This time, we recommend it for Assassin’s Creed fans for its epic open world and how fun it is to take a break from the story just to explore it. The RPG elements at play here also make for an experience that feels rewarding and like progression is sincerely happening, not just with statistics, but with mechanics like being able to climb higher structures as your stamina increases. Being able to climb anything you see is a feeling AC fans relish and that’s present here.

Buy Now, $48.18

18. 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

For fans of Assassin’s Creed who enjoy the multiple side missions accessible to players at any given time in addition to the vast main story, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers the same flexibility. This is another RPG that’s widely regarded as one of the best out there, so fans of the latter AC games will feel right at home.

Buy Now, $33.73

19. 'Thief'

Developed by Eidos-Montréal, who also did Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Thief is a reboot of the old-school series that you might be familiar with. You play as Garett, the titular thief who steals from the rich. Like in Hitman games, the game is split into various missions where you can choose to be silent and stealthy or as loud and lethal as you wish. Level design is great here, with a bunch of places to hide, but that’s balanced out with smart A.I. who knows to check many of those places, making for a fun challenge. 

Buy Now, $19.95

20. 'Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End'

Simply put, the entire Uncharted series, like the Assassin’s Creed series, is one of the best and most rewarding experiences in gaming. No, there’s no open world to explore freely here, but like Assassin’s Creed, the gameplay comes first, and climbing up mountains, rolling away from incoming fire, and swinging from a rope to kill some enemies is a hell of a lot of fun. We definitely recommend playing the first three games in the series first and you can do that with The Nathan Drake Collection, but if you want to just jump in and have fun the same way you did with an AC game, you can do that too.

Buy Now, $23.96

21. 'Watch Dogs 2'

Last but not least, from the same developers that brought you almost every Assassin’s Creed out there, Watch Dogs 2. Yes, Ubisoft handled this game so a lot of the formula you see in AC gets reused here, albeit in a game that’s more similar to Grand Theft Auto V than anything else. The parkour system for example is pretty similar, but instead of old Roman buildings or the pyramids, you’re climbing modern buildings. Instead of eavesdropping on conversations, here you can hack mobile phones and security cameras. It makes a welcome change whilst living in the same world as AC.

Buy Now, $19.48

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