London times three: The city in Valhalla, Syndicate and Legion – Gamesaktuell

London city of love, bullfighting and good beer – or something. Well, in geography we may not have paid too much attention. But what are video games for, after all, which have the noble task of teaching us? About three games from Ubisoft. As well in Assassin's Creed Syndicate as well as in Watch Dogs Legion London represents the game world in Assassin's Creed Valhalla (buy now € 53.60 ) at least it's a place to visit. Three titles, three different epochs, three very different variants of the same metropolis: What could be better than a city comparison? In this video, we have scoured the ten most iconic sights of London, if available, or at least tried to localize the corresponding locations.

Not surprising, especially with Valhalla, this venture resulted in a lot of guesswork and comparisons with similar buildings and places. Not only is the game set much earlier than the other two, the London in the Viking Adventure is also many times smaller than in the other two games.

So then: Join us on our virtual city tour into the near future Watch Dogs Legions, into the year 1868 Syndicates and the year 873 Valhallas.

As an aside, only the main bell of the tower is actually called Big Ben. The tower itself was originally called simply the Clock Tower and was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012. The tower itself is part of the Palace of Westminster, which was built between 1840 and 1870 and houses the British Parliament.









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In the real world, drones don't jet through the area and around it every second, but Big Ben in Legion was implemented very close to the original. And apparently not much has changed in its shape in the 150 years since Syndicate, as a comparison with our next Big Ben implementation shows.

Syndicate

Big Ben in Syndicate is close to what you know from the real world minus the fact that you usually can't climb up with a rope. The large clocks show the time, the parliament is attached, and the Thames is next to it.

Valhalla

We searched and searched, but we just couldn't find a classic tower similar to Big Ben in Valhalla. What comes closest to it is a wonderful specimen made of wood. Logically you won't find a watch on it. But it's a tower after all! Or something like that.

One of London's newest attractions is the London Eye, a ferris wheel built on the banks of the Thames between 1998 and 1999. The original plan was to dismantle the bike after five years. Due to its great popularity, however, it was decided to leave it as a permanent attraction.









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Really cool thing: In Legion, you can even use the London Eye, here referred to as the Millennium Wheel, and enjoy the view. Otherwise, the appearance is close to the real template, only that in reality, thankfully, there is no huge light panel on the front warning of impending terrorist attacks.

Syndicate

Of course, the London Eye does not yet exist in Syndicate, but it is also not very easy to assign its location. The course of the Thames is shortened in the game. However, if it existed in the game, the Ferris wheel would be at the end of a bridge that no longer exists today.

Valhalla

Well, you definitely won't find an early medieval ferris wheel in Valhalla. That is why, as in Syndicate, we tried, starting from the course of the Thames, to find out where it would be. And we present: a meaningless piece of earth! Note the brown of the earth, the wetness of the water and the green of the grass. Almost as good!

Full name: Her Majesty's Royal Palace and the Fortress of the Tower of London. Built in the 11th century, the original fortress of William the Conqueror had numerous functions over the course of almost 1,000 years and was rebuilt countless times. In particular, the phase in which the tower functioned as a prison is now part of the collective understanding of the building. Today the tower serves as a museum.









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As in reality, the tower is well guarded in Legion, here by the despotic government and not by security people from the tourist office. After all, you can take a nice walk in the moat, which is also in the game.

Syndicate

There is only a detour to get to the Tower of London in Snydicate: through a glitch in the Animus, which puts you in a small extra area during the First World War. But there you can see the building in all its glory and even explore the inner courtyard.

Valhalla

There is no prison in London's Valhallas, but there are two fortresses that are at least a little reminiscent of the Tower of London. We chose the Bodilsburh fortress as a counterpart, as its location corresponds more to that of the tower. After all, there is a thick wall, small houses, a main building and lots of guards.

Named after the nearby Tower of London, Tower Bridge opened in 1894. It connects the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark and is a proud 150 feet long. Its middle section can be raised to allow ships that would otherwise not fit underneath to pass.









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Despite the hacking skills, we unfortunately cannot raise and lower the Tower Bridge in Legion, but at least we can happily walk around on it, fly around with the drone or hijack a boat and marvel at it from the water.
The evil organization Albion has also put its neon advertising stamp on this building, but that does not take away any of its imposing appearance.

Syndicate

The Tower Bridge can only be seen in World War I and only in the version with the bridge raised. This is seldom the case in today's reality, usually the bridge is only opened a little bit when the very rare, very large ships have to pass below.

Valhalla

The choice for the counterpart to Tower Bridge in Valhalla is easy, because in fact there is only one bridge that spans the Thames. It's not as long and wide as those in Syndicate and Legion, but it is very busy. And if the middle section cannot be lifted, the boat can at least go underneath by pulling in the mast.

Only its residents are better known than Buckingham Palace, as the royal family traditionally resides there. Built in 1703 as a town house for the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, King George acquired the palace in 1761. Since 1837 the palace has been the official royal residence. The building has been rebuilt many times since then.









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The Royals are not doing as well as usual at Buckingham Palace in Legion and the iconic Grenadier Guards are not on our side. Otherwise it's Buckingham Palace, as we know it, but all in all a bit grayer, dreary, probably to underline the questionable state of the monarchy in Legion.

Syndicate

The Queen's Palace plays an important role in Syndicate, so we can even explore part of it from the inside. You would never get that close to the royal family in reality! Otherwise, it was implemented very accurately, of course including guards in their red uniforms, which are much more peaceful here than in Legion.

Valhalla

Now we have to get creative, but we think the governor's mansion is a quite a fitting substitute for Buckingham Palace. It is also one of the largest buildings in London's Valhallas and is comparatively pompous in design. Like the walls of the Queen, we are also allowed to explore the villa inside.

Piccadilly Circus is older than car traffic in London, it was opened to the public in 1819. Basically it's a roundabout, but not much of this original function can be seen today. In 2020 the Circus will be the junction of numerous shopping and entertainment streets and a popular meeting place.









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In the neo-dictatorship, too, the Londoners did not allow themselves to be forbidden, and Piccadilly Circus therefore has basically the same function as it does today. Although there aren't that many people in Legion, the square still has the feeling of a meeting place and colorful advertising ensures that you know what you definitely shouldn't miss.

Syndicate

In Syndicate, the general course of Piccadilly Circus resembles that of the London of our time, but not too much of its importance as a hub can be felt here. It's basically a traffic island with a statue in the middle with the carriages chugging around.

Valhalla

It's hard to believe, but there is actually a kind of roundabout in Valhalla. In fact, it is roughly where you would expect it. Is that a little hint from the developers? All that's left is for someone to invent cars and people that don't blink when turning! In the middle of the circle there is a knotted tree, which doesn't exactly match what Piccadilly Circus looks like, but we're not picky.

If London had something like a main square, it would probably be Trafalgar Square. The name refers to the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, in which France and Spain were defeated by Great Britain. The square itself dates back to the 12th century. It has existed roughly as it is known today, since the 1840s.









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Basically, Trafalgar Square looks very similar in reality to its real equivalent. However, he serves in Legion as one of the central gathering points for Protestants against the oppressive system, which is why there is a tent camp in his heart. So there is a lot going on here, but different from what you would actually expect.

Syndicate

Here, too, Syndicate depicts reality pretty well. You can be sure that in the real world there would never be so few people in Trafalgar Square. Otherwise, however, the buildings in the background in particular differ from the original, which is of course much more Victorian.

Valhalla

When strolling around in Valhalla-London, the square in the middle of the amphitheater most likely seemed like a main square, as there are a number of NPCs hanging around here. We also just wanted to show the chic amphitheater! That still exists in reality, but there is only fragments of the foundation left.

Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous churches in London and is actually called The Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster. Where Westminster Abbey stands today, there has been a small church since the 7th century, which was remodeled in later centuries into the imposing, Gothic building we know today. Traditionally, kings and queens are sworn in and buried here.









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We do not remember that when we were in London we saw a huge artificial stained glass window made with lights on the side of Westminster Abbey. Otherwise, however, the church corresponds to what is known. Unfortunately, it can only be admired from the outside, an interior area has not been programmed.

Syndicate

We are not allowed to attend a coronation in Syndicate and unfortunately the inner workings of the church are withheld from us. The branched architecture of the building is of course wonderfully suited to scramble around and admire the attention to detail with which it was designed.

Valhalla

No, the so-called Paulskirche from Valhalla cannot compete with the splendor of a Westminster Abbey. But it's a church after all, and it's in London; albeit in a different place than the world-famous house of God. The building has definitely seen better days. After all, you can even marvel at it from the inside.

At 346 kilometers in length, the Thames is only the second longest river in Great Britain, but without any question the most famous. It flows from west to east through London and flows into the North Sea. On the one hand by human intervention, on the other hand by natural changes, the course of the river changed several times over the centuries and millennia.









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Although there is only a certain section of the Thames to be seen in Legion, it is really damn well implemented. It's a pretty wide river, so you can expect a huge body of water in virtual London. Twelve bridges, some for pedestrians, others for trains or cars, lead from one bank to the other.

Syndicate

The course of the river in Syndicate roughly corresponds to that of reality, but it has been shortened, passages have been omitted and generally only the very short section directly in the heart of London is shown. A special feature of Snydicate: so that the Thames can also be traveled on foot, there is enough shipping traffic here to walk almost completely along it.

Valhalla

The course of the river in Valhalla roughly corresponds to that of reality, but shortened to such an extent that one can see the various bends in the river from one point of view. There wasn't much going on on the water in the 8th century. It is still not difficult to cross, as the river is also relatively narrow.

We hope you enjoyed our little London trip through the centuries! If you want to know whether it's worth getting a next-gen console for Valhalla, then we recommend ours Graphic comparison between the PS4 and PS5 versions, plus of course our entire remaining reporting to Valhalla and Legion.

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