Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

The Liberty City of Rockstar's crime-celebrating Playstation game, Grand Theft Auto, was always based on New York. In the videogame's fourth outing next week, the city is much more fully realized-but intriguingly off-kilter. For example, Liberty City (like the metropolis upon which it is modelled) has five boroughs. Broker is the equivalent of Brooklyn, Queens is Dukes, the Bronx is Bohan and Manhattan is Algonquin. And the fifth? Staten Island was too dull, so the makers of Grand Theft Auto have annexed New Jersey, renamed Alderney. (Both Jersey and Alderney are islands in the English Channel.) As you can see from these screenshots from the game below, Liberty City is recognizable, but altered, disturbingly. Of course, the screenshots we want are from the live gameplay. The central character of Grand Theft Auto, a tough immigrant called Niko Bellic, has in this latest version of the game the ability to perform new actions, such as calling women for dates. He can also become intoxicated, causing him "to stumble and the camera to blur and bounce about". Any GTA fans: please send video of a drunk Niko on the equivalent of the Lower East Side. After the jump, spot the differences between the real New York, and Grand Theft Auto's vision of the city.

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS





Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS

Grand Theft Auto's Warped View of New York CityS