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8 Best Open-World Parkour Adventure Games Like Assassins Creed (Series)

Updated on April 1, 2017

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Assassins Creed is one of those rare series that successfully blends stealth, adventure and action into a single, enjoyable experience. The settings and locale change every year, but the formula remains the same. You play as an Assassin (With the exception of Black Flag where we played as a Templar) with an objective of completing and overwhelming number of side and main quests.

Assassins Creed series is designed with player freedom in mind, providing us with a lot of options to approach a mission in whatever way we’d prefer. There is plenty of sneaking around, eavesdropping and assassinations on offer in each new annual installment of this legendary franchise.

Assassins Creed series might be a ton of fun, but one can’t deny that annual installments are starting to get increasingly bland and uninteresting with every passing year. It’s quite possible that you want to take a break and play some other games like Assassins Creed instead. The burn out is only natural we have been getting a new game from this series game every year since 2007 (excluding handheld games). With that in mind, I have compiled a list of some games like Assassins Creed with familiar mechanics but something refreshing to offer.

Dying Light - One of the best parkour games similar to Assassins Creed

Coming from Techland, Dying Light takes place in the fictional city of Harran - a place overrun by zombies and other mysterious creatures. There are hundreds of zombies roaming around the street, and the numbers only increase as the game progresses.

Zombies are pretty slow and dumb during the daytime, so it’s unlikely that you’ll run into much trouble. If you don’t want a brawl, you can use your parkour skills to get around them. It feels like an action-adventure game as long as sun is up in the sky.

Staying out in the night, however, doesn’t seem like a good idea. Everyone warns you against it. The shuffling, rotting zombies become faster and more aggressive in the nighttime, attacking you on sight if they see or sense you. It feels like a survival horror game when you are trying to weave a way through the tall buildings of Harran as those bloodthirsty creatures scream and pant behind you.

Dying Light is not a perfect game. A mediocre storyline leaves a lot more to be desired, but they have more than made up for it with a Mirror’s Edge-like parkour and a fun combat system. Give Dying Light a shot if you are looking for some good parkour games like Assassins Creed.

Far Cry 4 - One of the best open world games like Assassins Creed

Far Cry 4 borrows heavily from its predecessor, but that’s a good thing as Far Cry 3 was a blast to play. Far Cry 4 takes the freedom and madness to a whole new level.

Taking place in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan city, Far Cry 4 takes full advantage of its settings, giving you a visually diverse place to explore through various means. Kyrat is dense and huge place that feels ancient and torn apart. It’s a place of secrets, myths and propagandas, and it’s your job to uncover everything.

Diversity is one of the strongest selling points of Far Cry 4, making up for a mediocre storyline and bland characters with countless free-roaming adventures.

The co-op plays a big role in Far Cry 4. Although you can do all your missions solo, it’s advised to take a friend along with you. It’s fun to explore this Himalayan city with a friend. Besides, having someone to watch your back goes a long way to keep you alive in the dangerous world of Kyrat.

If you are looking for some colorful open-world adventure games like Assassins Creed, Far Cry 4 should be right up your alley.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - A video game set in LOTR universe

Shadow of Mordor never shies away from admitting that it’s heavily influenced by games like Assassins Creed. From marking enemies to combat system, everything feels familiar if you have played Assassins Creed before. If you have ever wanted to explore the Lord of the Rings settings in an Assassins Creed game, this is exactly what you are looking for.

I wouldn’t say it’s a rip-off; Developer Monolith decided to take all the intriguing elements of Assassins Creed franchise and use them into Shadows of Mordor. Unlike Assassins Creed, however, side quests actually feel a part of the game. They are not mere fillers.

Churning through the main quest would take 12-14 hours, but if you choose to do all the side missions and dominate all the Warchiefs, it’s going to take a lot more time. I have spent around 30 hours in Shadow of Mordor, but there are still tons of collectibles and wild-hunts waiting for me.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

You play as a handsome prince, a warrior who can climb anything and destroy anyone who comes in his way. He goes to visit his brother and things go wary pretty soon, dragging him into the ruins of a kingdom where he’d do all sorts of wall-running, jumping and fight magical enemies in an effort to save the kingdom. Each area you enter is essentially a puzzle, and it’s up to you to figure out a way to get out of there. Be wary of traps and other hurdles in the way. You need to be perfect in timing to pull of certain moves and avoid getting killed, making for a challenging and rewarding gameplay.

Combine all the above with an awesome combat mechanics that comes into its own by the end of the game, and Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands pretty easily cements its place as one of the best games like Assassins Creed.

Saints Row 4 - One of the most bizarre games like Assassins Creed

Do you remember the crazy, out of the world game called Saints Row 3? It’s hard to image how things could get any zanier, but Saints Row 4 manages to do just that. You fling people, run on the sides of building, use dildos to beat up people and do all sorts of crazy things in Saints Row 4.

Saints Row 4 is an open-world playground, giving you plenty of superpowers to use and ample opportunities to use them. Undoubtedly, Saints Row 4 borrows heavily from its predecessor - making it a familiar experience – but it introduces several interesting and outlandish gameplay mechanics, which makes it one of the must-play games like Assassins Creed.

Steelport city is a great place to mess around for good couple of hours, but ti doesn’t offer a satisfying challenge – something I would love to see in Saints Row 5.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action RPG that lets you freely roam around in its semi-open world and do missions the way you like; stealth if you enjoy it, dark violence if you don’t.

Although you can go all guns blazing on your foes, I would suggest you to stick to stay in the shadows and use your tools to get the best of them. Their sheer number might make you think that you are not getting out of there without using violence, but there is always a way to sneak around without letting anyone know. You just have to think fast and smart.

The series has gravitated more towards action lately, but stealth is still the main part of ‘Human Revolution’, making you think hard to come up with a solution that doesn’t involve pulling out your gun. There is something really satisfactory about sneaking up on someone and cutting them open with your hidden blades.

You are never forced to follow a certain path or use a certain approach. If you are tired of sneaking around and want some straight up gunfights instead, go all guns blazing. On the other hand, if your ears are still ringing from the last bomb blast, you can choose a more silent way to slip through the next area.

Is Dues Ex: Human Revolution perfect? Not quite. But it’s certainly a dark, cool revival of a classic that manages to put everything else in the genre to shame. It’s one of the best action games like Assassins Creed you’ll ever play.

Just Cause 2 - One of the biggest open-world games like Assassins Creed

Our favorite parachuting and grappling hero Rico makes a comeback in Just Cause 2 with more tools at his disposal to cause mayhem on the island of Panau. He is sent on a mission by ‘The Agency’ to track down his colleague who has gone missing. His other goal is to overthrow the dictator of the island by causing as much chaos as possible. In this proves, he must assist the criminal factions, taking missions for them and earning money along the way.

Just Cause 2 is more fun than what it looks in trailers. It’s actually more fun to wander around on a huge island like an unstoppable force than watching it on screen. Designed with player freedom in mind, it allows you all different kind of ways to approach a mission and kill your targets. You can snipe enemies from miles away, use your grappling hook to grab them or just shoot them in cold blood; how you decide to play is up to you.

Just Cause 2 is one of the best open world games like Assassins Creed I have played in a long time, allowing me to be creative with my approaches to various quests. It’s one of those games that encourage you to not play by the rules. Go off a beaten path and you’ll be handsomely rewarded here. If you have a taste for action-adventure, you must pick it up.

Dishonored

Dishonored

Dishonored takes place in Dunwell, a huge plague-ridden city in total chaos. You play as Corvo, an assassin who has come to this city in pursuit of finding her emperor’s killers. With tons of abilities and skills at your disposal, you can take revenge in a lot of ways.

Be a sneaky assassin using your ability to see moment behind the walls, possess anyone, use telekinesis and much more. If you want to avoid getting in combat or killing anyone in Dishonored, you can totally do that. All the missions are designed in such a way that you can complete them without even killing anyone.

One the other hand, if you want to tackle your guards and enemies heads on, you can do that as well. The combat is responsive, fun and engaging, giving you an immense satisfaction when you conquer your enemy.

If you are looking for some stealth-adventure games like Assassins Creed, you shouldn’t miss out on Dishonored.

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      Daniil Shilov 4 months ago from Kazakhstan

      Metal Gear Solid 5 was amazing albeit without any parkour but lot's of free roam stealth. Sniper Elite 3 too; stealth sandbox with objectives to discover and lots of ways to complete missions. The Tenchu games on the PS2 and PS1; excellent stealth games with parkour elements.

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