Despite being a series that is over twelve years old, the Assassin’s Creed games always feel like something fresh and new for us. Due to the series’ unique style, the developers have been able to bring us distinct experiences.
However, you can’t think that these are the only options you have for action-adventure/open world platform games, as there are several games out there on par with, if not better, than the Assassin’s Creed series. In this list, we’ve compiled those entries that make use of elements the Assassin’s Creed games have mastered, as well as those that can bring you additional value such as the story or gameplay. So, for you to expand your gaming library, here are 10 games like Assassin’s Creed.
10 Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2003)
The Prince of Persia series was the precursor to Assassin’s Creed. Featuring platforming elements unparalleled at its time, the first part in this trilogy favored these platform-focused sequenced to great effect.
The greatest draw it had in its kitty was the wall-running option, which brought gamers around the world flocking over to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The game also made effective use of its time-reversing option; an ingenious method to make the gameplay last longer and prevent annoying death scenes. Assassin’s Creed gamers should go and have a playthrough of this game, since this is where the groundwork for the series was established.
9 Hitman (2016)
While every game in the Hitman series featured free roaming (except for Hitman: Absolution), 2016’s Hitman was the first to make it a kind of sandbox feature. Every location in the game was massive, to the point that you could spend several hours roaming around trying to figure out newer and colorful ways to kill your targets.
Since Assassin’s Creed is also about killing targets in crowds, you’ll feel at home with Hitman, which of course takes place in the modern world. Rather than be bogged down by story elements, this game will allow you to sink your teeth firmly into the assassinations.
8 God Of War (2018)
The previous games in this series were purely hack and slash based, and PS4’s God of War was the first that revitalized the franchise to incorporate story as a vital element. The similarity with Assassin’s Creed comes in the form of its open world. While God of War places little emphasis in its sandbox feature, it is still a vast place to explore, as it features multiple realms of Nordic mythology.
The combat style is also suitable for someone familiar with Assassin’s Creed, and it won’t take you long to accustom yourself to these controls. As far as the story is considered, it is miles better than any plot Assassin’s Creed has ever offered.
7 Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Obviously, we’re pointing toward GTA V because of the open world it has for us. There’s no other game out there that has a map so vibrant with things to do, and you’ll be hundreds of hours deep in gameplay before you start feeling a little full.
There’s no assassin style kills here, but you do have all the power you want. The option of blowing stuff up and escaping with little consequence is something everyone enjoys, and GTA V serves this on a golden platter. Adding to the diversity of exploring such a large world is the advantage of having three protagonists with full plots and characterizations to play as.
6 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)
There have been many Metal Gear Solid games before and after Peace Walker, but this one provides you with the best option as far as stealth-based missions are concerned. Assassin’s Creed Origins fans will remember battling behemoth foes from Egyptian mythologies, and Peace Walker’s boss fights have us fighting similar, giant opponents.
Much like Assassin’s Creed has the player commanding armies of assassins around the world, training and growing these networks, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has an identical system for soldiers. Plus, this game is a true representation of what stealth is like. You’ll be hiding under boxes, circling around enemy camps, and locating enemies hidden in plain sight.
5 Watch Dogs (2014)
People have called it the poor man’s Assassin’s Creed, and those people would be right to a certain degree. It’s certainly not nearly as good as an Assassin’s Creed game, but Watch Dogs can be your preferred choice if you don’t like all the historical mumbo jumbo and want to have a real-world experience.
The game has you hacking into the open world setting, with just about everything being accessible to the player to make use of. The graphics and story are noticeably inferior, but once you get the hang of the gameplay style, these don’t feel like too much of an issue.
4 Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Who would’ve thought a Batman game would feature a city you could venture in whenever you wanted? The follow-up games in the Arkham series have larger maps for you, but Arkham City is the one you want in order to have one hand on the wheel of open world possibilities, and another on having the storyline being completed.
In fairness, the story is the real reason to play this game, with Batman battling most of his treasured Rogues gallery. The sandbox part is hardly as rich as Assassin’s Creed, although you get to invoke one thing the former series can never do: spark fear in the NPCs. This game has you feeling like you’ve become the Caped Crusader.
3 Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)
Along with its platforming, this one feels almost exactly like the formula of the Assassin’s Creed games. Horizon Zero Dawn features a premise that takes the whole playthrough to uncover, as one mystery opens up the path for the next, and its hunting element is also very familiar.
Not only that, but the enemies we have fighting us here feel a lot like the Templars do, making this game an easy option for you, one where you don’t need to spend a good amount of time familiarizing yourself to the controls.
2 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)
No, there’s no open world for you to run around in here, but is it still an awesome game? Heck yes! Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has action set pieces that will have you jumping for joy at the ridiculously fun material present for you. Its ambitious level design feels like a grand escape into another world, and the graphics are easily a cut above the rest.
Platforming is your friend in the game, and you’ll be jumping and clinging on walls throughout your playthrough. However, the story and characters are the brightest part about Uncharted 4, which will prompt you to replay it all over again, before heading to the multiplayer setting.
1 Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within (2004)
It’s the second Prince of Persia game on this list, and you better believe this one was chiefly responsible for making Assassin’s Creed a reality in the first place. Warrior Within was the only game in the trilogy that had sandbox elements to it, and you get a gritty and brutal world to traverse as the Prince tries his hardest to change his fate.
The platforming, level design, and combat are all comparable to Assassin’s Creed, and you can consider Warrior Within to be the template that the former series was based on. In many ways, this game was the Assassin’s Creed of the sixth generation of consoles, making it one you just can’t miss out on.