Often, video game franchises outlive their expiry and span for several games longer than they should. Assassin’s Creed is not one of those, despite being a series consisting of over ten games. Assassin’s Creed is indeed a phenomenal franchise, and we are eagerly waiting for the next installment.
The following completion estimates are based on the main story lengths from howlongtobeat.com. It’s clear from this listicle that the length of Assassin’s Creed games has extended. Games are now more prolonged and more immersive than ever before. Exploring eras from world history to combat the Templars, or whatever form they might take, is gaming at its peak. This is Assassin’s Creed: every game, ranked by how long they take to beat.
Updated November 23rd, 2020 by Hodey Johns: With the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla making a considerable splash across all platforms, this list was deserving of an update to show exactly where that game ranks. Also, since the writing of this article, older standalone Assassin’s Creed games have been recognized as “main” entries. Finally, many of these games have had their times adjusted as more players submit their data, so a refresh among all entries was applied.
13 Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry – 4.5 Hours
Gamers will be in for a short but very special treat as they join Adéwalé in an escape from captivity. Perhaps there is no Assassin more worthy of the order than this one, who understands, at a painfully personal level, that freedom is not merely a philosophical idea.
The game is the shortest in the series because it was originally scheduled to be DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but with a unique protagonist, Ubisoft and gamers agreed that, though short, it deserved to be its own game.
12 Assassin’s Creed Rogue – 10.5 Hours
Assassin’s Creed Rogue is the second shortest game in Assassin’s Creed mainline history. It was released after Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and it incorporates ship-based combat like its predecessor. The length is misleading, as main character Shay Cormac kills some very significant characters in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
Although not as highly acclaimed as other installments, completionists will find around 40 hours of engaging content. It’s worth noting that an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 remaster of the game is available for purchase.
11 Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 12.5 Hours
The final game in the Ezio Auditore da Firenze trilogy comes to an end in this epic journey. The game focuses on Ezio’s adventure as he follows his mentor, Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad. For reference, Altaïr was the protagonist of the first Assassin’s Creed game. For those wanting to gain insight into integral characters of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed Revelations is a must-play. It will take players, on average, 12.5 hours to complete its main story.
10 Assassin’s Creed – 15 Hours
This next entry brings us to the first Assassin’s Creed game ever made. Many will criticize the game for its stagnant player movements and repetitiveness, yet it laid the framework for later Assassin’s Creed games. Inspired by Prince of Persia, which is a spiritual predecessor, we’re glad Ubisoft didn’t give up on this IP. It takes 15 hours to beat the original Assassin’s Creed, and It offers less value for completionists compared to other games in the series.
9 Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – 15 Hours
The second installment of the Ezio Auditore da Firenze trilogy deserves recognition for being an overall solid game. The story focuses on the Templars, who essentially plot to take over the world. They believe that humanity is inherently corrupt, and only they can bring balance to the world.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood takes players, on average, 15 hours to beat the main campaign. It’s shorter than most Assassin’s Creed games but well worth a playthrough.
8 Assassin’s Creed III – 16 Hours
Assassin’s Creed III scored above-average reviews when it released in 2012. Like many of the games from the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed III was eventually remastered. The game’s stealth-based combat is awe-inspiring.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see this game remade years from now. Set during the American Revolution, completing Assassin’s Creed III takes players 16 hours on average as the take down British occupiers and some critical templar targets among them.
7 Assassin’s Creed Unity – 16.5 Hours
Assassin’s Creed Unity took a unique spin on the Assassin’s Creed franchise by introducing online co-op. This open-world game may have remarkable gameplay, but numerous glitches prevent the game from reaching its potential.
Assassin’s Creed Unity will take players around 16.5 hours to beat. With the help of friends, however, you might be able to beat the game in a mere 8 hours. A second player also alleviates the reoccurring issue of female characters not getting enough screen time in Assassin’s Creed games.
6 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 18.5 Hours
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set in a Victorian-era in London. You experience a sense of realism as you delve into its immersive world. The Jack the Ripper DLC adds so much to the original game and is well worth the purchase. Being able to play as a male and a female was a nice turn for the franchise. It will take you approximately 18.5 hours to beat Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
5 Assassin’s Creed II – 19 Hours
Released in 2009, Assassin’s Creed II is widely considered the best Assassin’s Creed game for its polish and dynamic gameplay, and it didn’t hurt to have the intriguing and beloved Ezio as a protagonist, either.
It takes approximately 19 hours to beat the game’s campaign. Its story includes historical figures, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Pope Alexander VI. Small nuances like being able to collect income from the Villa Auditore, a familial home, make Assassin’s Creed II stand out in the best way possible.
4 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 22.5 Hours
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was a launch game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was a groundbreaking achievement for the scale of its world. The campaign has a few dull following missions, like many of the Assassin’s Creed games, yet it has a little something for everyone.
Fighting tigers and black panthers or a notorious group of pirates as the dynamic Edward Kenway makes the game well worth the playthrough. Completing this game will take 22.5 hours, even if fewer filler sections could’ve appropriately shortened its length.
3 Assassin’s Creed Origins – 29.5 Hours
As the first game of the “new” format, Assassin’s Creed Origins proved to gamers that a 30-hour long campaign is not too long for Assassin’s Creed. The game contains real-world locations like the Great Pyramid of Giza, but it provides a glimpse into how they might have appeared in ancient Egypt.
2 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 42 Hours
It would seem as if Ubisoft’s trend is heading towards lengthier games. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the longest games for main story players and completionists alike. Finishing the main story of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes player 42 hours on average. Under a completionist run, however, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the leader at a whopping length of 132 hours!
Gamers have a split decision on these latest two entries as far as which one is better, but with the massive world of Greece in the game, nobody will complain that there is too little to do.
1 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 47 Hours
Playing through the eyes of the deep and puzzling Eivor, gamers better buckle in for a long trip. A completionist run will set players back 113 hours, still a little shy of the previous entry, but those looking to blaze through the main story will need to set some time aside as a hard 47 hours will be required.
Unlike Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, enemies are at a static difficulty and do not adjust to the player’s power level, so a “speed run” isn’t possible, even for those looking to get through the game in a hurry.
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