Top 10 Assassination Missions in Assassin’s Creed
The Assassin’s Creed series is filled to the brim with adventure, intriguing philosophical debates, and death…a lot of death, especially when you’re not very good at being stealthy. The unique feature of the series is that it’s based on historical events and characters. You’ll come across a lot of them, because the Assassins just can’t stop bumping into historically significant figures. To be fair, you’ll come across quite a few because you have to assassinate them to protect free will. These assassination missions never fail to provide some amount of satisfaction and fun, especially after the sometimes dull investigations. Here are the 10 best assassination missions in the Assassin’s Creed series. Spoilers ahead.
Tamir (Assassin’s Creed)
You’ve seen the game trailers, you bought Assassin’s Creed and excitedly waited your first kill. Before you could have it, you were put through a lengthy and dizzying tutorial, followed by the first of a many lengthy and repetitive investigation missions. In the end however, it all paid off and you were able to meet your target— Tamir, a black market merchant and, unbeknownst to Altair at the time, a member of the Templar order. The moment of the kill was rather simplistic, you had eavesdropped, pick-pocketed, and planned your way into the bazaar, to see Tamir coldly murder a man who had failed him, just before you coolly (or not) approached him and stabbed him in the belly with that awesome hidden blade. Tamir’s assassination makes it on to this Assassin’s Creed list, because you never forget your first.
Abu’l Nuqoud (Assassin’s Creed)
After yet another lengthy investigation, you learn that your target is just a bit eccentric in the eyes of the local populace. He hosts extravagant parties for his rich friends and the wine flows like a poisoned alcoholic beverage pouring out from a fountain. It’s a breathtaking scheme George RR Martin would be proud of. You’ll dodge the shower of arrows that follow, clamber up a statue and make your way toward the balcony where the bulbous Abu’l Nuqoud stands watching, just before he flees your hidden blade at break-neck speed. It’s all for nought. He won’t escape you. It’s hard to forget that mission and hard not to go back to it just once after you finish the game.
Infrequent Flier (Assassin’s Creed II)
We all remember Ezio Auditore de Firenze, clearing the path to the Doge’s (not that one) palazzo upon which his friends in the Thieves Guild would light fires for arguably the most memorable mission in the game. Ezio stood atop a tower with Leonardo Da Vinci, with a wooden setup built before him, supporting Da Vinci’s most enjoyable invention— his flying machine. You got to leap into the air, hanging on to glider with your fingers crossed, hoping that you won’t miss the next fire to keep you in the air. There were few other moments more satisfying than the moment you landed on the roof of the Doge’s palazzo, only to narrowly miss your opportunity to save him. It wasn’t a complete loss however. You still got that cowardly Carlo Grimaldi to wet your blade with his blood.
Au Revoir (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood)
There’s no question that when people think of the Assassin’s Creed series, they’re likely to think of Ezio. On more than one occasion, the Italian assassin has donned a disguise or two in order to infiltrate a fortress of some sort. One such occasion is when he murdered a host of French soldiers to steal their armour in order to rescue Bartolomeo D’Alviano’s wife, Pantasilea. When morning came, Ezio and Bartolomeo’s infantry (dressed as French soldiers) marched into Baron de Valois’ fortress with Bartolomeo in ropes (but not really). The battle is thrilling, the stakes high, the stealthy approach is just intense enough. What’s not to love about the assassination of Baron de Valois?
End of the Road (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations)
Okay, so as Ezio, you didn’t actually assassinate Prince Ahmet like you thought you would, but that doesn’t mean this assassination mission isn’t a spectacularly fun one. It starts with a long carriage chase with Ezio’s romantic interest beside him, like any good epic mission would, and later sees Ezio and Ahmet fighting as they fall from a great height. This mission is made that much better because it’s about vengeance and the memory (as well as the memories) of Altair. That isn’t even the best part. It’s the ending that puts the icing on this deliciously epic cake, even though Ezio’s hands don’t ever get to deal the killing blow to the treacherous Ahmet, the would-be sultan still meets his demise, and you’ll love it anyway, if only for the hilarity of it.
Lee’s Last Stand (Assassin’s Creed III)
This mission stands out because everything about it is misleading. By this point, you’ve grown to hate Charles Lee as depicted in the game (or as depicted by historical documents and descriptions) and eagerly seek to assassinate him, to avenge Connor’s mother and his people. You wreak havoc in New York with cannon fire just to ensure Charles’ vulnerability. You struggle through debris only to find out that Charles isn’t there. You are instead ambushed by Connor’s father, Haytham, a character you were growing fond of only a few sequences ago as you played as him. This battle is a culmination of all the philosophical and familial conflict that divided the two playable characters in ACIII, ending with the death of Haytham Kenway.
A Single Madman (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag)
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is an incredible game for many reasons, one of them being that you get to sail around the Caribbean in one hell of a ship as a pirate. What do pirates need other than a ship? A safe haven in which to store all the loot! In the mission ‘A Single Madman’, Edward Kenway has just escaped imprisonment with a crew comprised of the Spanish Treasure Fleet’s former prisoners. Now he finds himself on Greater Inagua, following Du Casse, the Templar who posed a threat to the safety of Kenway’s pirate friends on Nassau. There’s only one solution— skulk around the tropical paradise and assassinate the guards, find and kill Du Casse and take over his sweet crib, complete with Templar armour.
The Temple (Assassin’s Creed: Unity)
As initially disappointing as gameplay was in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the storyline wasn’t half bad. The last mission, while difficult for those who might be trying to complete the optional objectives, can be completed quite quickly (if you know where you’re going). It’s the story that makes this mission so memorable. Germain will use the Sword of Eden, he’ll teleport from one place to another, until finally, Arno and Elise catch him in the crypts. It’s a great ending to the game’s plotlines because it’s both exhilarating and just a little heartbreaking, which makes Germain’s slow death, just that much sweeter.
Final Act (Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate)
Jacob Frye is a likeable character despite being one of the most reckless assassins we’ve ever played. He’s also got one of the most incredibly dramatic assassination missions. His target: Maxwell Roth, the leader of the Blighters and owner of the Alhambra Music Hall. There was a time when the pair were not quite enemies, but that ended when Roth showed everyone his deplorable depths by snapping a birds neck…that and he attempted to demolish a building with children inside. He was Jacob’s dark reflection, and the Final Act mission sees Jacob chase after and assassinate his Templar counterpart who, even as he lay dying, had a few surprises for us.
A Thorne in the Side (Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate)
Evie Frye, unlike her twin brother, is a lot more level-headed and precise in her endeavours. She’s adamant about adhering to the creed and not drawing attention, which is what makes her missions special. She’s a lot stealthier, and playing as her makes you feel more like an assassin. This is especially true when she storms the Tower of London with a handful of The Queen’s Gaurd, in order to assassinate Lucy Thorne, whom Evie’s been after for a while at this point on account of the former having stolen the necklace with a key to the vault. The whole mission is a lot of fun for fans of stealth, and for fans of British soldiers with funny hats.