Ubisoft’s premiere action-stealth series has gone through many changes since the release of the first Assassin’s Creed in 2007. Throughout its numerous iterations and spin-offs, Assassin’s Creed continues to expose players to a wide range of historical periods ranging from Ancient Egypt to the French Revolution, and everything in between.
While each entry introduces a different setting, cast of characters, and storyline, the core formula of Assassin’s Creed has remained the same: parkour-based exploration with an emphasis on stealth and combat. More recent entries, including the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, continue to build upon this foundation by incorporating elements from other open-world games to keep the series feeling fresh and exciting.
Here, we’ll be highlighting the best games like Assassin’s Creed that are worth taking a leap of faith on and checking out. Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new games and while you’re here, consider reading through our other curated lists:
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer: CD Projekt Red – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch
The existence of The Witcher 3 has no doubt played a large role in the evolution of Assassin’s Creed and is perfectly capable of standing on its own as one of the best RPGs of all time. Fans who admire the swaths of lore and subplots AC introduces will feel right at home in The Continent, a sprawling open-world comprised of war-ravaged swamps, dense forests, and treacherous caves.
It’s uniquely designed locales, and otherworldly beasts are further complemented by a cast of well-written characters and a gripping narrative centered on Geralt of Rivia, a for-hire monster hunter on a quest to find his adopted daughter and put a stop to an evil force known as the Wild Hunt. If you’re a fan of RPGs and big open-worlds, The Witcher 3 a great AC alternative that’s sure to keep you hooked for many hours.
Shadow Of War
Developer: Monolith Productions – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
The sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor makes no attempt to hide its AC influence, with many of Shadow of War’s gameplay elements feeling very similar to that of Ubisoft’s games. Combine this with the game’s existence within The Lord of the Rings universe and you have the perfect recipe for a middle-earth themed Assassin’s Creed game.
With that being said, the game still manages to hold its own as a satisfying action-stealth game by improving upon the Nemesis System first introduced in Shadow of Mordor. Battles also take place on a much larger scale, and the addition of new abilities makes slipping past enemies or jumping head-on into a fight more interesting.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Developer: Guerrilla Games – Platform: PC | PS4
Horizon Zero Dawn’s post-apocalyptic meets primitive setting is truly one of a kind and filled with enough lore to rival that of an Assassin’s Creed game. What’s more, the game’s unique setting serves as the perfect backdrop for intense stealth sequences that pit the player against mechanical creatures who outmatch and outnumber them at every turn.
You’re cast as Aloy, an outsider with a mysterious past who would do anything to prove herself worthy of joining the Nora tribe. Similar to Origins and Odyssey, combat sees you combining weapons such as a bow and arrow with various distraction tools and traps. Horizon Zero Dawn takes things a step further by assigning unique behaviors and weaknesses to each of its enemy types.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Developer: Nintendo – Platform: Switch
Only a handful of games can compete with AC when it comes to fluid open-world traversal, one of them being The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. It not only reinvents the concept of a Zelda game but also introduces the ability to scale just about any mountain, tree, or structure you happen to come across while exploring the sprawling kingdom of Hyrule on a quest to defeat Ganon.
This mechanic is arguably the most rewarding part of BOTW’s offerings since it encourages you to search every nook and cranny in hopes of finding a shrine, a cool weapon or item, or just a picturesque view of the diverse regions that make up the game’s open-world. As you increase your stamina cap, you’ll find yourself able to climb bigger structures and unlock more secrets in the process.
Watch Dogs 2
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
In many ways, Watch Dogs can be seen as a more tech-based take on AC’s classic formula. This isn’t that surprising when you factor in that both series are handled by the same developers. The similarities are most apparent when it comes to traversal, with both games incorporating fluid, parkour-inspired movement that ends up making its open-world feel like one giant jungle gym.
While the original Watch Dogs failed to deliver on certain promises, Watch Dogs 2 checks every box for what you’d want from a stealth game set during modern times, including the ability to hack mobile devices, security cameras, and ATMs. The game manages to hold your attention by offering a seemingly endless amount of activities to explore, ranging from infiltrating new-age cults to getting a job as a driver for a ridesharing app.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Developer: Eidos Montreal – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
Shadow of the Tomb Raider may not be the strongest entry in the rebooted series, but it’s definitely the most brutal, depicting a much darker and more violent Lara Croft than previous games. The Eidos Montréal developed action-stealth game sees the iconic explorer venturing to a gorgeous, tropical rainforest in a race to stop the evil organization Trinity from unleashing an ancient Mayan apocalypse.
Gone are the days of playing as an inexperienced tomb raider who was willing to stand her ground when necessary, but typically avoided combat. Instead, we get a version of Lara who’s not only capable but more than willing to kill Trinity’s soldiers using an array of new tools, traps, and weapons. With features like HDR support and built-in benchmarking tools, SoTR serves as an excellent stress test for any gaming PC.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Developer: Kojima Productions – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
Before moving on to create Death Stranding, Kojima delivered fans his own bittersweet conclusion to the highly-cinematic Metal Gear Solid stealth series. Following the events of Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain casts you as special forces operative ‘Big Boss’ as he sets out to enlist a group of mercenaries and exact revenge against those who put him in a coma.
Although the game struggles from long-winded cutscenes and a messy plot, getting past them is a small sacrifice in the way of experiencing Phantom Pain’s carefully-balanced stealth gameplay. Environments are highly-detailed and patrolled by enemies with a dynamic A.I. that allows them to react and adapt to your actions, making for more intense and varied encounters.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Developer: FromSoftware – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
It’s hard to deny how inspired recent Assassin’s Creed entries like Origins and Odyssey are by FromSoftware titles like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. This is most evident in the combat department, with Odyssey, in particular, presenting more intense matchups against enemies who can easily overpower the player if they’re not careful.
The latest FromSoftware game to revisit this tried-and-true approach is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game tells a dark story chronicling a shinobi’s journey to get revenge against the samurai that dismembered him and kidnapped his lord. Equipped with a versatile prosthetic arm that also serves as a grappling hook, players embark on an unforgiving quest to slay anything that gets in their path using a mix of stealth and aggression.
Developer: Lince Works – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch
Aragami, not to be confused with Origami, is an indie stealth game that has less to do with folding paper and more to do with sneaking past deadly sword-wielding enemies. In it, you control an assassin embedded with supernatural powers that allow him to manipulate shadows to teleport, create paths, and summon monsters.
It’s up to you to combine these powers however you see fit to make it past increasingly deadly guards who will attack on-sight. Since Aragami’s combat options are fairly limited, keeping things as stealthy as possible is the smartest approach. In addition to enemies, light sources are another obstacle for Aragami that will drain his powers and make it easier for him to be spotted.
Monster Hunter: World
Developer: Capcom – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
While it’s battles may be on a much larger scale, a lot of what you’ll be doing in Monster Hunter: World feels reminiscent of playing Assassin’s Creed. This includes climbing to reach different vantage points, crafting traps, upgrading gear, keeping track of your target, and hiding in bushes to heal when things inevitably take a turn for the worst.
Each locale is distinct from one another and introduces unique hazards, wildlife, and terrain that can have a big impact on how you traverse their environments. Although some parts of MHW still feel as cumbersome and confusing as its predecessors, the game manages to keep players hooked with a myriad of enticing weapon and armor upgrades for your hunter.
Developer: Techland – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
For those who enjoy the rush that comes with climbing ledges and jumping from rooftop to rooftop in Assassin’s Creed, Dying Light may be the best alternative to live out all your parkour fantasies. This is assuming you don’t mind being in the company of the hundreds of hungry zombies who frequent the city streets of Harran.
The game breaks up activities using time of day; During daylight hours, zombies are much slower and easier to avoid, allowing you to gather crafting materials and explore new parts of the open-world. However, at night when zombies are much more aggressive, your primary objective is just to survive long enough to make it back to your base with all your limbs in-tact.
Developer: Arkane Studios – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
Fans of the earlier AC games will feel right at home in Arkane’s stealth sandbox set in the coastal city of Karnaca. Dishonored 2 picks up years after the events of the first game and features two playable characters: Corvo from Dishonored 1 along with Emily, Corvo’s daughter, and heiress to the throne. Both protagonists come equipped with their own supernatural abilities that are fun to mess around with as you navigate enemy-occupied mansions and restricted city-blocks.
The game is designed with the curious player in mind, with every challenge having multiple solutions. This includes sneaking around corners and teleporting between platforms as well as setting traps and controlling enemies’ minds. While you can still go in ‘guns blazing,’ Dishonored 2 rewards you for using a non-lethal approach with a more satisfying conclusion to the main story.
Developer: IO Interactive – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One
Hitman 2 builds upon the first game in a lot of ways, most notably in terms of the size and scope of its sandbox environments. At the same time, the sequel doubles down on the in-depth stealth mechanics the series has become known for by including even more opportunities to secretly cause mayhem as Agent 47.
Levels are presented as open toy boxes filled with ridiculous disguises, spy equipment, and environmental traps just waiting to be exploited by the player. While reaching your target requires a much more methodical approach than your typical Assassin’s Creed mission, both games offer a lot of variety when it comes to weapons and tools at the player’s disposal.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Developer: Bethesda – Platform: PC | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch
By now, most people will be familiar with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the fifth and most recent entry in Bethesda’s long-running RPG series. Set 200 years after Oblivion, the game sees you fulfilling your duty as the Dragonborn, a powerful warrior destined to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a terrifying dragon believed to bring about the end times.
Throughout the game, you can unlock new spells and wield a variety of weapons, including bows, swords, shields, and axes. Similar to more recent AC games, Skyrim is pretty flexible when it comes to combat, giving you the option to play stealthily or charge into battle. This is further complemented by a robust progression system that allows you to experiment with different abilities and gear combinations in order to become the ultimate Dovahkiin.