On Tour With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: St Paul’s To Covent Garden

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was released on the 23rd October 2015 as a direct sequel to the French, revolutionary era set game Unity. Crossing the English channel, this new chapter in the franchise brought the action and intrigue to the streets of industrial London with all the grit and crime players had come to expect from this series. It was the first opportunity to explore an open world interpretation of London with many of its well known buildings and landmarks present at this period of time before the devastation caused by the Great Wars and the subsequent landscape and societal changes following this period. In 2018 I set out to capture many of the cities most well known landmarks on camera to compare and contrast the digital and real world equivalence of these locations, to look at the level of authenticity applied by Ubisoft in bringing the City to life. And where for artistic reasons, concessions and changes were made. It wasn’t a project designed to expose the fallacies of the Open World engine used in Syndicate, more an opportunity to explore the City I have resided in all my life and know very well and to shine a spotlight on the differences discovered on my digital and real world adventures. This tour took place in the Summer of 2018 across the City of London taking in many of its most famous landmarks and attractions, concluding in the Spring of 2019 with one final visit to the Tower of London to bring this series to a close.” Continue reading On Tour With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: St Paul’s To Covent Garden

The Art of Assassin’s Creed Unity – Book Review

“From Paul Davies, released in November 2014 and published by Titan Books, The Art of Assassin’s Creed Unity is the next in the series of supporting art books for the Assassin’s Creed series of games from Ubisoft. Featuring over 300 individual images from sketches, concept art to character and environmental development, it is a showcase of the design process from concept to final realisation. The first exclusive release in the series on the last generation of consoles, the game transported you away from the Colonial American setting of the previous entries and into the heart of revolutionary France, the tall iconic structures of buildings such as Notre Dame a contrast to the idyllic open sea’s of Black Flag.” Continue reading The Art of Assassin’s Creed Unity – Book Review

The Art Of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Book Review

“Released in October 2015 from Titan Books and author Paul Davies, The Art of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate brings to life the process and creation of Victorian London and the conflict between the Assassins and Templars. Delving into the heart of the industrial revolution in the capital, that swept and transformed the nation from an agricultural hub to a thriving and expanding mechanical driven empire, Syndicate was a unique and memorable opportunity to explore a chapter of England’s past not ordinarily seen in gaming media, this release expanding and revealing the creation behind the characters, gadgets and distinct boroughs and areas of the capital, many that still exist in the modern day.” Continue reading The Art Of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Book Review

Artistic Collaboration in Games – Opinion Piece

“With the recent release of Animal Crossing, whether it was fortuitous or quick thinking on behalf of the gallery, a recent expansion saw the Getty Gallery in LA collaborate with the title to host its collection of art through the game, bringing these two separate mediums together in an ingenious and effective manner” Continue reading Artistic Collaboration in Games – Opinion Piece

Comfortable Conversations – In March

“I’ve attempted to craft content that is welcoming and easy to digest, but everything is a work in progress. A great deal of the content in March has been republished articles from my other sites but I’ve had the opportunity to write about my most recent Italy trip which was nice to reflect back on. ” Continue reading Comfortable Conversations – In March

Assassin’s Creed: Unity – PS4 Review

“Having gained favour with its fan’s on the last generation of consoles ,with a major departure from the urban exploration titles as the setting for Black Flag on the open sea’s proved popular, Unity was the first released title for the current generation of consoles, a return to more traditional territory for the series with historical Europe once more a favoured destination” Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Unity – PS4 Review