Game news Assassin’s Creed: The 10 most notable assassinations of the series by Ubisoft
Ubisoft’s flagship license celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. And whoever says Assassin’s Creed says assassination. We invite you to return to ten of the franchise’s most striking assassinations.
An opus = nothing more than an assassination
Difficult to sort among all the assassinations that the twelve games of the main license have offered us. Therefore, to make it easier, we decided not to offer multiple Assassinations from the same Opus. Note that the following contains spoilers for some of the major storylines from the Assassin’s Creed games.
Assassin’s Creed – Al Mualim
Let’s start at the beginning with the very first opus of the license, Assassin’s Creed. So we like that Altaïr, who, after completing his mission by carrying out the objectives entrusted to him by his master, learns that the latter has betrayed the Brotherhood. In order to get his hands on the Apple of Eden, he actually teamed up with the Templars. If Al Mualim wants some Templars dead, it’s not for the good of the Brotherhood, but to make sure they don’t try to steal his Apple of Eden. Artifact he once used to hypnotize the people of Masyaf when Altaïr joined him at the end of the game. He then confronts his former mentor and after a long struggle decides to kill him. The symbolism makes this assassination one of the most significant in the series, and following this event, Altaïr becomes the Brotherhood’s new mentor, a historical figure whose legacy feeds the entire royalty.
Assassin’s Creed II – Uberto Alberti
The choice was difficult to determine what was the most significant murder of Ezio’s first steps in the Brotherhood of Assassins in Assassin’s Creed II. We thought, of course, of the murder of that arrogant Vieri de’ Pazzi, whom we gladly silenced forever (as did his father). But our eyes fell on Uberto Alberti. After the execution of his father and brothers, Ezio has only one thing on his mind: Find the one who betrayed his father’s trust and make him suffer his guru.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Lucy Stillman
This one is a bit special. First, because you’re just a spectator. Second, because it does not take place in a past recreated by the animus, but in the present. After finally finding the Apple of Eden, Miles, Lucy, Rebecca and Shaun travel to the secret entrance of the Colosseum in Rome to retrieve it at the end of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Desmond soon begins having visions of the goddess Juno, a prominent member of Those Who Were There Before who warn him. He still chooses to take the Shard of Eden. Immediately his body no longer belongs to him and he stabs against his will whoever was his closest ally all along. This dramatic gesture will allow him to pass through the door and discover the coveted truth. This death is as unexpected as it is important to understand the full intrigue of the First Civilization, although this assassination still retains some of the mystery today. That’s why it’s so remarkable.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Leandros
Little Ezio has grown up a lot since Assassin’s Creed II. It’s like Mentor of the Brotherhood of Assassins from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. If he’s certainly aged, the license’s most popular assassin has grown primarily in charisma and tenacity. Wounded himself, he pursues Leandros, the Templar captain responsible for opening the door of Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad’s library in Masyaf. If Leandros isn’t really this episode’s most conspicuous antagonist, he makes for a remarkable entrance for our Ezio. The tenacity and cold demeanor of the old assassin make this assassination one of the most distinctive of this trilogy. The tone is immediately set for the remainder of the episode.
Assassin’s Creed III – Charles Lee
If Charles Lee’s death in Assassin’s Creed III is so striking, it’s not because it’s satisfying, quite the opposite. However, every player who played that dear Ratonhnhaké:ton/Connor wished dearly for this Seven Years’ War veteran to die. He is a great antagonist of this opus and first crosses paths with Ratonhnhaké:ton when the latter is very young. The young Kanien’kehà:ka tribesman chokes him for information, then promises to find him. And that’s a good thing, because his future position within the Brotherhood of Assassins will put him in Lee’s path on many occasions. Finally our assassin will find himself in front of a weak and resigned man. When he plunges his secret blade into his heart, the satisfaction isn’t what he expected. Killing a man who’s already dead doesn’t have much flair in the end, despite several years of hunting.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue – Hope Jensen
If there’s one work that took an interesting turn, it’s Assassin’s Creed Rogue. In fact, it embodies Shay Cormac, a former assassin who joined the ranks of the Templars after a tragic accident. From now on, our man becomes a particularly prolific assassin killer, executing characters appearing in other works (Adewalé, Charles Dorian…) but also his former companions, Liam and Hope. The murder of the latter is particularly striking. In addition to the pleasantly powerful run over the roofs, the scene of his death is very moving. After piercing her abdomen, Shay expresses her regret, saddened at having to kill the one who taught her so much. “I trained you for this. You didn’t disappoint me” she replies before succumbing to her injuries.
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Charles Gabriel Sivert
While the French Revolution-era Assassin’s Creed opus (Assassin’s Creed Unity) isn’t the most appreciated, there’s one thing you can’t take away from it: his equally satisfying assassination missions. Among them, it is the one against Charles Gabriel Sébastien Sivert, a former soldier and French colonial administrator and, of course, a member of the Order of the Templars, who has particularly shaped us. It has to be said that the simple fact of traversing the Cathedral of Notre-Dame at one’s own discretion to assassinate a vile Templar represents a most remarkable moment. But then, if you’ve had the patience to reach the confessional, the satisfaction is all the greater. Watch Sivert ignorantly talk about his misdeeds and the Order before stabbing him in the face. This is an assassination attempt according to the rules of the art.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – John Elliotson
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is even less popular than its predecessor. But just like him, he’s given us a good package of original assassination approaches to put an end to the life of real trash. John Elliotson was one of them. It almost caused the death of young Clara O’Dea, allies of our assassins Evie and Jacob, for its tonic, which made the London workers who took it seriously ill. In order to put an end to the machinations of this ruthless doctor, he infiltrates the medical school. There, he slips into a stretcher to get up close and personal with the Doctor in the middle of one of his presentations. A stab in the face is enough and that’s the end for this cowardly charlatan. The least we can say is that Jacob is an assassin with a flair for showmanship.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – The Crocodile
Although they belong to a different genre than the historical episodes of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed Origins murder animations are of great beauty. Between mysticism and thirst for revenge, they exude an astonishing and almost beguiling anger that has probably not left you indifferent. Whether the game opens with the slaying of the heron or the macabre medunamuns, many of them have left their mark on players. But since we can only choose one, ours focuses on killing the crocodile. It must be said that tearing the life of the woman who caused the life of young Shadya with her hands is very satisfying. Add to that Bayek’s quiet, cinematic aesthetic and vengeful symbolism, and you have one of the franchise’s most memorable assassinations.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Fulke
In Assassin’s Creed, the most satisfying assassinations are often those related to our character’s story. Revenge is a dish eaten frozen in the Ubisoft franchise, and its flavor is even more remarkable. If we could have told you about the well thought out and visually accomplished assassinations of The Siege of Paris DLC, we couldn’t miss the happiness that was Fulke’s death in the base game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. After chasing her through the missions and risking seeing her escape again, one of the most satisfying victories of this opus is bringing her down in what is quite a memorable fight. What follows is an enigmatic, demented and imaginatively hued film that has something to mark the ghosts.