Throughout its 16-year history, the Assassin’s Creed has explored numerous regions, historical periods, protagonists, mythologies, and even genres. It’s this expansiveness, built on a foundation of highly detailed worlds, engaging stories, and evolving gameplay, that’s led Assassin’s Creed to become Ubisoft’s most successful franchise, and what makes for such a wide variety of AC fans.
There’s a lot to enjoy in Assassin’s Creed games, and many of their best attributes can be found in the games we’ve compiled below. As we await the release of Assassin’s Creed Mirage later this year, these are 9 games we recommend for Assassin’s Creed fans, whether you come to the series for its rich open worlds, historical fiction, mythological exploration, or old-school stealth-action gameplay.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s combat, RPG mechanics, and open-world design.
In evolving Assassin’s Creed’s core mechanics from stealth-action to action-RPG, Ubisoft cited Skyrim, Fallout, and The Witcher 3 among its inspirations, though none is more apparent than CD Projekt’s 2015 RPG epic.
In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Valhalla specifically, the list of design similarities includes a massive open world filled with over 100 hours of content, an emphasis on player agency through narrative decisions and branching dialogue (including a strikingly similar dialogue-selection design), and comparable gear systems. Gameplay-wise, The Witcher 3 features fast-paced, third-person action combat akin to that found in Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, though it adds another wrinkle with signs (i.e., magical abilities).
Horizon Zero Dawn & Forbidden West
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s combat, traversal, RPG mechanics, and open-world design.
Similar to our recommendation for The Witcher 3, Horizon Zero Dawn and Forbidden West are third-person, open-world action-RPGs that should appeal to fans of the latest Assassin’s Creed games. Both games offer fluid third-person combat with viable options for close-quarters melee and long-range bow-and-arrow attacks, as well as satisfying stealth mechanics and free-climbing systems. On the RPG front, each offers dialogue choices and a gear-based loot system with stat-affecting weapons and armor.
Like the recent Assassin’s Creed games, Horizon features a massive map teeming with ultimately unimportant points of interest, making it a great recommendation for those who like to explore AC’s worlds while splitting their attention between a game and a podcast/audio book.
Ghost of Tsushima
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s combat, historical fiction, and open-world design.
Assassin’s Creed will finally explore the long-requested feudal Japan setting in Codename Red, but in the meantime, Ghost of Tsushima presents an excellent opportunity to explore that history through stealth-action gameplay. (Our Ghost of Tsushima review likened its combat to “a witches’ brew made with bits of the Batman Arkham series, the pre-Origins Assassin’s Creeds, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.”)
In addition to its third-person, stealth-melee combat, Assassin’s Creed fans will find a familiar level of open-world exploration couched in historical fiction: Ghost of Tsushima features dozens of side quests and a main narrative set during the real-world, 13th-century invasion of Japan by the Mongol Empire.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor & War
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s combat, traversal, and Mercenaries system.
WB’s Middle-earth games are another easy recommendation for Assassin’s Creed fans. AC players will feel at home with the games’ shared mechanics: third-person action combat and climbing/parkour systems (including air assassinations). Shadow of Mordor’s combat and air assassinations were so reminiscent of AC that a former Ubisoft developer suggested Monolith used code from Assassin’s Creed 2. (This suggestion highlights the games’ similarities, though WB was never formally accused of stealing code.)
Shadow of Mordor also introduced the ingenious Nemesis system, a villain generator that turns historically nameless NPCs into recurring rivals. It’s here that Ubisoft took a bite out of Monolith’s design, integrating a similar system in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with Mercenaries.
God of War 2018 & Ragnarok
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s combat and exploration of Norse mythology.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Norse setting and mythology are sure to love what God of War 2018 and God of War Ragnarok offer in those (nine) realms. While AC Valhalla moves between Norse history and mythology, God of War takes place firmly within the region’s mythos with visceral third-person combat and a visually striking world to inhabit and explore.
Opinions may differ, but God of War’s Norse-set duology features a tighter narrative, better character development, and more rewarding side content — all to say if you enjoyed Valhalla’s exploration of Norse mythology, God of War and Ragnarok are must-play games. You can check out our guide to God of War games in order for more details about the series.
The 10 Best Far Cry Games
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s open-world design.
Ubisoft’s own Far Cry series will appeal to Assassin’s Creed fans who enjoy traversing open-world maps, bopping from marker to marker completing miscellaneous objectives. Above any other games, Far Cry 3–6 share the types of open-world objectives found in Assassin’s Creed, including towers to climb, outposts to clear, and collectibles to discover. Unlike Assassin’s Creed, however, Far Cry is played from a first-person perspective, and its combat relies largely on firearms.
Similar to our recommendation for the Horizon games, Far Cry’s bounty of mindless side activities are great for AC fans who enjoy ‘checklist’ or ‘podcast’ games.
It’s here we’ll give a nod to Watch Dogs: Legion as well, another Ubisoft game built on similar open-world design philosophy.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s old-school platforming, puzzles, and combat.
The most logical entry on this list is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, given it’s Ubisoft’s precursor to the Assassin’s Creed franchise: AC came to be while Ubisoft was exploring a sequel to Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, as detailed in IGN’s History of Assassin’s Creed. This connection is evident in Sands of Time’s combination of platforming, puzzles, and acrobatic combat — key features of the first several Assassin’s Creed games.
The best way to play 2003’s Sands of Time is on PC or through backward compatibility on Xbox. However, those understandably sensitive to dated gameplay are better off waiting for the Sands of Time remake currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s open-world design and exploration of Greek mythology.
The world and narrative of Immortals: Fenyx Rising is fully immersed in the Greek mythology Assassin’s Creed Odyssey occassionally dips into. Immortals developer Ubisoft Quebec also led work on Odyssey, and its open-world influences can be found here as well.
Immortals was actually inspired by a bug from Odyssey’s development: “You’d be sailing on your ship,” creative director Scott Phillips told IGN, “but instead of your human crew, you ended up having cyclopes as your crew. It was just sort of one of those moments like, ‘Oh wow. Yeah, that’d be really cool actually to do a full game focused on this mythology.’”
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
For fans of Assassin’s Creed’s historical fiction.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance does not play like Assassin’s Creed; this recommendation is purely for those who come to Assassin’s Creed for its well-crafted historical fiction. Warhorse Studios’ medieval RPG is set in the 15th-century Roman Empire, specifically in the Kingdom of Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic), decades before the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze begins in another kingdom of the Roman Empire.
Kingdom Come’s impressive attention to detail elevates it above other works of interactive historical fiction: From its survival mechanics and the way NPCs judge your character’s appearance to the scale of its towns and structures, Kingdom Come “does the medieval era right, with a level of detail and research rarely seen previously,” according to IGN’s review.
Looking for more from the wide world of Assassin’s Creed? Check out our breakdown of the series’ chronology to discover the best way to play the Assassin’s Creed games in order.
Mainline Assassin’s Creed Games in Chronological Order
Jordan covers games, shows, and movies as a freelance writer for IGN.