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Assassin's Creed Syndicate's gorgeous Victorian London, in pictures

"When people talk about Paris they have postcards in their mind," Assassin’s Creed Unity art director Mohamed Gambouz told me last year, "even if this postcard isn't accurate or truthful to the setting." The game was full of these so-called postcard moments — times when the sunlight would rise above the Parisian skyline just right, so that the looked the way it does in your dreams. And though the follow-up, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, takes place in a grimier city, with 1860s London, it has the same effect. When I played through the game I couldn’t help but stop and just enjoy the view and soak in the details. These moments really did look like postcards — and I just had to capture them using the PS4’s screenshot tool. With the busy UI turned off, Syndicate is a beautiful game, and — without spoiling much, because discovery is part of the fun — I’ve included some of my favorite screenshots below, from a dreary night on the Thames, to a sunny, smokey Whitechapel skyline.

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