The United Kingdom has a storied history when it comes to video games, with
some of the most popular titles having been developed in the UK. Two of the
best-selling games of all time were developed in the UK, as Rockstar North, who
developed Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V, is based in Edinburgh,
Scotland. However, which titles have been extremely popular, having been set in
A game that was ahead of its time in many regards was set entirely in London.
The Getaway was an exclusive title for the PlayStation 2 and was released in
December 2002. The release date of the game was pushed back by over two
years as the developers wanted to ensure that London looked at its sparkling
best when players played the game.
It focused on characters Mark Hammond and Detective Constable Frank Carter,
which led to a clash between the two in the final stages of the game. A sequel was
also released two years later called ‘The Getaway: Black Monday’, which was also
set in London.
Resistance: Fall of Man
Developed by Insomniac Games, Resistance: Fall of Man was released on
PlayStation 3 in November 2006. The game is based in an alternative universe
where aliens have invaded the United Kingdom. Players control Sergeant Nathan
Hale, who leads the resistance to try and get the country back to normal.
Its success was profound among experts and players, as it became the first title
on the console to exceed one million copies. It also went on to win a string of
awards, including Best PlayStation 3 Game of the Year with IGN and GameSpot.
Sequels of the game were released, but the Fall of Man remains the only title that
was solely based in the UK.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
It is very rare that a Pokemon developed game ventures too far away from Japan,
but that’s exactly what they did with the Sword and Shield games that were
released on the Nintendo Switch. It was a huge difference from what we have
seen in Pokemon in the past, as there were a number of UK cities used in the
game as inspiration.
Among the most noticeable cities that players can expect to find are Manchester
and London, with the Tower of London spotted as inspiration. Other aspects that
are reminiscent in the game to the UK include Stonehenge and the amount of
curry that is consumed by players throughout the title.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
There aren’t many more popular game franchises in the world today than
Assassin’s Creed. However, the attention turned to the UK with the release of
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015. The game was released on PlayStation 4 and
Xbox One, as players control Jacob and Evie Frye.
The whole game is set in the 1860s, which means famous historical figures such
as Jack the Ripper and Charles Dickens are both included. Meanwhile, the game
went on to win a number of awards, including Best Action/Adventure at The