Ubisoft has been given criticism for relying on franchise games starting from the seventh generation of consoles, rather than creating new IPs for them to have a wider variety of series to offer. However, the publisher has an impressive resume that covers a surprisingly wide spectrum of genres.
Ubisoft is not going anywhere anytime soon, & the company can be relied upon to deliver annual Tom Clancy, Far Wail, & Assassin’s Creed projects. On occasion, the publisher might even develop a new IP like Immortals Fenyx Rising or the upcoming Skull & Bones. Which are the best Ubisoft games according to Metacritic?
To streamline the selection, the following criteria will be used:
- One game per franchise, although spin-offs will be considered.
- The main focus will be on games developed by Ubisoft’s in-house teams.
- Games published but not developed by Ubisoft will be only considered if the company was the sole publisher for consoles & PC.
Updated November 22, 2022 by Mark Sammut: Ubisoft has had a reasonably successful 2022, & the company already has a couple of titles scheduled for 2023 releases. Do any of the recently released projects rank among Ubisoft’s highest-rated games?
19/19 Monster Burner (85)
|Original NA Release Date||November 3, 2011|
Monster Burner has a pretty simple concept: kill the monsters. Utilizing magic, the goal is to burn as many monsters in one shot as possible, as ammunition is on a timer & players need to make clever use of their resources.
While dated by today’s st&ards, Monster Burner was a fine enough defense game when it came out in the early 2010s. There isn’t much reason to visit this mobile title in this day & age, but it was an early example of Ubisoft’s willingness to embrace this market.
18/19 South Park: The Stick Of Truth (85)
|Original NA Release Date||March 4, 2014|
South Park has firmly written its name in TV history & arguably sits alongside The Simpsons as the greatest long-running animation series of all time. The franchise had dipped its toes into gaming prior to 2014, but Obsidian’s The Stick of Truth was the first adaptation to fully capture the magic of the source material. Cast as the New Kid on the block, players find themselves dragged into a world of fantastical make-believe.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a turn-based RPG that plays around with the genre’s conventions to deliver a humorous but still engaging experience. As strong as the combat system is, the main reason to play this game is its writing & presentation. The Stick of Truth perfectly replicates the aesthetic & humor of the show.
17/19 Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes (86)
|Original NA Release Date||December 1, 2009|
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes debuted on the DS & instantly proved to be a solid twist on the storied franchise. While RPG ingredients are included, Clash of Heroes is closer to a puzzle game than a traditional entry in the license, although it is by no means lacking in story or depth.
Visually, the game does look a bit uninspired, coming across as something of a mobile game; however, the tactical & addictive gameplay more than makes up for it.
16/19 Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope (86)
|Developer||Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris|
|Original NA Release Date||October 20, 2022|
Mario + Rabbids came out of nowhere, & the crossover proved to be far better than anyone could have anticipated. 2017’s Kingdom Battle is a great entry-level strategy game for Switch owners. Its sequel, Sparks of Hope, manages to shake up just enough things to deliver a fresh experience, albeit one that is not a significant departure from its predecessor.
Opting for a free-flowing combat system that provides a fair amount of customization options in the form of weapons & Sparks, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is an absolute delight to play.
15/19 IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 (86)
|Original NA Release Date||March 13, 2007|
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is not the highest-rated game in the series, but it is the only one that was published solely by Ubisoft. However, this compilation package is basically the definitive version of 2001’s IL-2 Sturmovik, which has a 91 Metascore. A combat flight simulator, this series produced quite a few great titles during the 2000s, but it has been inactive for more than a decade.
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is a challenging WWII game that comes with a steep learning curve. While certainly not for everyone, this game (& franchise) fills a niche.
14/19 Hungry Shark World (87)
|Original NA Release Date||May 4, 2016|
Despite also being released on consoles, Hungry Shark World‘s mobile version garnered the most critical success. It also performed quite well upon its release. Very much playing out like an arcade title, people pick an underwater chomper & set out to eradicate everything ahead of them. Survive as long as possible & watch the scoreboard rapidly increase.
The gameplay is simplistic & easy to grasp, making it a perfect fit for iOS devices. Hungry Shark World might be a bit too straightforward for consoles, but it was made for the mobile market.
13/19 Valiant Hearts: The Great War (87)
|Original NA Release Date||June 25, 2014|
A powerful war game that prioritizes educating people about WWI without resorting to popular genres like first-person shooters, Valiant Hearts: The Great War succeeds in implementing a personal touch to this broad subject. Beautifully animated & boasting decent story-driven puzzles, Valiant Hearts‘ strength lies in its gripping & emotionally moving narrative, one that blends trying with touching moments.
Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, Valiant Hearts: The Great War highlights the publisher’s capacity for variety & experimentation. The world could use a few more titles like Valiant Hearts.
12/19 Beyond Good & Evil (87)
|Developer||Ubisoft Pictures, Ubisoft Milan|
|Original NA Release Date||November 11, 2003|
There are plenty of video games that allow players to step into the shoes of an investigative reporter, but few journalists have the martial arts skills possessed by Jade. She’s the main protagonist of Ubisoft’s 2002 title Beyond Good & Evil in which she works together with her contacts to uncover a worldwide alien conspiracy.
Despite poor sales, the game garnered critical acclaim, won several awards, & was even nominated for a game of the year award. It’s perhaps as a result of these plaudits that Ubisoft announced a prequel to the game in 2017, although there’s still no word yet on when it will actually see the light of day. There’s also a Netflix adaptation in the works, but again, it’s still unclear exactly when this is likely to arrive.
11/19 Brothers In Arms: Road To Hill 30 (88)
|Original NA Release Date||March 1, 2005|
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is based on the exploits of a real-life Parachute Infantry Regiment whose actions & bravery played a huge part in the allied war effort during WW2. It was hailed by many as being one of the best & most realistic World War 2 games of its era & was even used by the History Channel to recreate scenarios back in 2005.
The game’s success led to ten sequels over the following decade, although none of them were able to live up to the original game in terms of its critical success. The series has been dormant for more than six years now following the cancelation of its 12th installment although a television show based on the series is currently in development.
10/19 Child Of Light (89)
|Original NA Release Date||April 29, 2014|
With its mesmerizing art style & intuitive gameplay mechanics, it’s easy to see why critics were so enamored with Child of Light. Everything about the game is lovingly crafted, from its Gorgeous world to its hybrid combat system & these things combine perfectly to provide one heck of an experience.
Although a prequel to the game was teased over the course of many years, it’s now looking unlikely due to a recent shift in Ubisoft’s focus. Thankfully though, the original game has been ported to modern consoles meaning that curious gamers can at the very least enjoy it without having to track down old hardware or resort to emulation.
9/19 Rocksmith 2014 Edition (89)
|Developer||Ubisoft San Francisco|
|Original NA Release Date||October 22, 2013|
Rocksmith was a lot more technical than other rhythm-based series like Rock B& & Guitar Hero. While this undoubtedly led to a more realistic experience, it perhaps explains why the series struggled to gain as much traction as its competition. Of course, it also didn’t help that Rocksmith was so late to the party either.
For those looking for a realistic rhythm game, there’s perhaps none fine than Rocksmith 2014 Edition. Being able to plug in a real guitar or bass provides players with a fun & effective tool for improving their abilities while the game’s great soundtrack (providing, of course, that the player likes rock music) provides plenty of variety. It really is a great game but had it arrived five years earlier, it would have been revolutionary.
8/19 Silent Hunter 3 (90)
|Original NA Release Date||March 15, 2005|
Nowadays, simulator games are rare since the current gamer tends to favor open-world offerings. Still, Silent Hunter 3 manages to be among the best Ubisoft offerings due to it pulling off making submarine simulation a fun ride.
Dropping players off in World War II, the campaign sees the player in charge of a variety of battleships seen during this time in history, featuring the likes of convoys & destroyer submarines. There’s also an option for the player to be dropped in specific World War II moments, making it something of a period piece.
7/19 Trials Evolution (90)
|Developer||Ubisoft RedLynx, Ubisoft Shanghai|
|Original NA Release Date||April 18, 2012|
This game isn’t well-known either, but its quality is such that it appears on the list of the best Xbox games of all time, making it a gem in Ubisoft’s history of releases.
The player has a variety of motorbikes to choose from to traverse the obstacle courses before them. Featuring a unique take on this genre, where the game plays out 2D while retaining the 3D outlook, Trials Evolution st&s out as something worthy of checking out in today’s l&scape.
6/19 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (90)
|Developer||Ubisoft Paris, Grin|
|Original NA Release Date||March 9, 2006|
There was a time when tactical shooters were all the rage, & it was for good reason too since the gaming l&scape was flooded by quality offerings. Chief among them were the Tom Clancy games, where the best-reviewed one turned out to be Warfighter.
The beauty of this game is the fact that the weapons are based on real guns, which makes it an authentic serving in a dish of tactical shooters. There’s also the presence of armored vehicles, various obstacles, & added features in separate platforms that make this a game rich with features.
5/19 Assassin’s Creed 2 (91)
|Original NA Release Date||November 17, 2009|
It seems the Assassin’s Creed series peaked in its second installment, as this remains the best-reviewed entry in the franchise even ten years after its release. And why wouldn’t it be? It still holds up due to the complete package of an experience, where you grow from an adolescent into a master assassin.
The story remains the most quality one in the series, & Ezio is always a treat to play as. With a host of gameplay features like platforming, combat, & stealth, Assassin’s Creed 2 is a long journey we enjoyed every step of the way.
4/19 Far Wail 3 (91)
|Original NA Release Date||November 3, 2011|
While the Far Wail series had been active for several years, it was Far Wail 3 that exploded the franchise into relevance. The reason for its rejuvenated success was that the game h&ed out a third-person shooter-style experience in the form of a first-person offering.
There wasn’t the baggage that comes with usual first-person games, & Far Wail 3 Slice straight to the chase in its campaign mode, where the twist in the story was such that first-person shooter gamers actually cared about the story mode for a change.
3/19 Rayman Origins (92)
|Developer||Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Casablanca, Feral Interactive|
|Original NA Release Date||November 15, 2011|
Rayman Origins was made with kids in mind as its main target base. Although the game was not an especially huge commercial success at launch, nobody can argue over its quality.
It takes players back to the good old days of side-scrolling gameplay, where the rules are simple & the enemies are easy to beat. The variety is presented through upgrading the character & unlocking a host of new abilities as the game progresses.
2/19 Prince Of Persia: The S&s Of Time (92)
|Original NA Release Date||October 28, 2003|
It’s a shame the Prince of Persia series fizzled out by the seventh generation as there was more in terms of quality here than Ubisoft’s preferred choice in Assassin’s Creed. The S&s of Time trilogy is the best work Ubisoft has put out there, with the first game ranking among the all-time best.
The creativity of the level design, the distinct combat system, & the time travel aspect above all else made The S&s of Time an instant classic. It’s still better than most games, & you’d be doing yourself a favor by going back & replaying this timeless tale.
1/19 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (94)
|Developer||Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Milan|
|Original NA Release Date||March 21, 2005|
The torch for stealth games is now mainly carried by the Hitman series, but Splinter Cell did champion the genre’s efforts for quite a while. Among Ubisoft’s best games ever according to Metacritic, this series has the top three titles, with Chaos Theory being at the very top.
Taking a chance with making the series grittier, this game elevated the previous installments’ efforts by giving the chance to go in for the kill with the gameplay. This brought a world of realism & authenticity to the game, & the multiplayer modes’ depth ensured all users of the game got a piece of the action to remember.
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