Grand Theft Auto IV

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Inspired by our mammoth six-and-a-half hour adventure through BioShock 2's underwater city Rapture, we proudly present the Top 10 Video Game Cities of all Time. It was a tough list to compile; we murdered darlings along the way, including San Andreas and Vice City from the Grand Theft Auto series, Stormwind and Ironforge from World of Warcraft, and Paradise City from Burnout. But the result, we hope you'll agree, is a top 10 of unquestionable quality.

10. SimCity - SimCity

Okay, so this might be cheating slightly as the city you build here is different every time, but we reckon the cities created in Maxis' classic sim are more involving than any other in this list. Sure, depending on who was in charge, the created cities varied from impeccably managed metropolises to rundown slums, but that is part of the charm. Your city was exactly that: yours. The Sims has made the genre somewhat more person focussed, but SimCity 2000 taught many of us the ins and outs of city management, and made the appearance of a building destroying monster quite heartbreaking. Damn you monster!

9. Goron City - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - N64

Those poor goron. Not only did they have to suffer living holed up in a cave near the top of Death Mountain, but they were starving. When elf-boy Link first arrives in Shigeru Miyamoto masterpiece Ocarina of Time, the entrance to Dodongo's Cavern - the goron's source of food - is sealed, the result of evil magic from big bad boss Ganandorf. Ganondorf won't budge until the gorons give up the Goron Ruby. Where is it? Inside Dodongo itself. So it's up to Link to enter the cavern, battle past its monsters and defeat the great Dodongo, thus returning the ruby to its rightful owners. The dungeon and the city were wonderfully designed, had memorable music (who can forget head goron Darunia dancing to Link's ocarina playing?) and was home to, of course, the bomb-loving gorons themselves (perhaps Hyrule's most adorable race). It might have been a while since we last explored Goron City, but we can remember it like it was yesterday.

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Quill's Avatar


This is a fantastic list even if i am too young to remember some of the older ones. Liberty city was amazing and i thought really deserved that second place. Haven't played Bioshock 2 so i cant speculate whether it was a rightful first. Well done
Posted 10:59 on 15 April 2010
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I vote for real-cities-modelled-in-games.
I was rather surprised that on my first visit to moscow I was able to find my way to the Red Square quite well. Thanks Ghost Recon ;)
Posted 11:50 on 19 January 2010
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I suggested Imperial City. I love Oblivion to pieces, but sadly (if you think about it) its pretty basic. While there are many districts and you spend a lot of time breaking into each and every building, its all a bit "samey".

As for GTA Woffls, first of all, cheer up! Second of all, you cant help but admire the detail of Libery city. People bang-on about how great it is for a reason! I'm not the biggest fan of GTA, but 'not one copy-and-pasted building' is quite something.
Posted 00:30 on 19 January 2010
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rbevanx@ wyp100

C'mon Wes you can't tease us like that.
Posted 12:55 on 17 January 2010
Itzz_Dan's Avatar


imperial city from oblivion i think that was my favorite city.
Posted 12:20 on 16 January 2010
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I was surprised that Stillwater from Saints Row 1 & 2 wasn't in the top 10, great list though.
Posted 10:20 on 15 January 2010
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Karlius@ wyp100

Don't make us start a Wes speculation thread lol. Revoke the censorship!
Posted 09:05 on 15 January 2010
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wyp100@ Woffls

I felt like Liberty City was just Rockstar trying to as closely realise New York as they could, but only visually. It doesn't feel like New York, it just feels like a GTA game, and GTA's cities are usually soulless, sparse and impersonal.

I'm not allowed to tell you why I find that hilarious, but I do.
Posted 08:32 on 15 January 2010
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great list vg.
Posted 01:43 on 15 January 2010
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Karlius@ wyp100

As I always say my opinion doesn't have to be yours! Rapture is an awesome city and glad it was number 1 it is a cracking list. Not something i'd even considered before.Other than Pacific City lol. Love that game.
Posted 00:25 on 15 January 2010
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Vice city surely over liberty city anyday.
Posted 23:34 on 14 January 2010
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I was reeaallyyy hoping not to see something as predictable as GTAIV near the top. All I ever here is how the "city is alive" and all that. But in the 150 or so hours that I spent in that game, it felt like nothing more than a vehicle to get me from one mission (or pigeon) to the next. Sure it was beautifully realised, but when you got down to street level it was just the usual number of shops you can visit, same clothes, pedestrians being equally stupid, cops being equally psychic... The city can only represent so much unless you put a massive amount of work in, which is why I prefer the more narrowed efforts of a game like Half Life 2 or even Bioshock (which I despised playing).

Half Life 2's City 17 is really just there to set a tone. The ominous Citadel tower is a constant reminder that you're in a highly controlled and restricted area. Frequently you'll see the Combine being dicks towards citizens - albeit it scripted each time - and this isn't just to give you something to look at, this is to remind you where you are and what you should be concerned about.

I felt like Liberty City was just Rockstar trying to as closely realise New York as they could, but only visually. It doesn't feel like New York, it just feels like a GTA game, and GTA's cities are usually soulless, sparse and impersonal.
Posted 23:34 on 14 January 2010
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We considered Bowerstone as well, but it just didn't make it. Let's say it's number 11.
Posted 23:25 on 14 January 2010
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rbevanx@ Karlius

Nah I did play a fiar bit of it, just didn't like it tbh. It was on the first Xbox I think I played it on.

Not really into my RPG's only really liked Zelda on the SNES,N64 and KOTOR.
I haven't really liked this generation of games tbh compared to previous generations mate, thats why I find it hard to get into them.
I think AC2 is brilliant though.

The link didn't work for me but I looked it up on google "Bowerstone is the largest city in Albion."

You love your Fable lol.
Posted 22:53 on 14 January 2010
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Karlius@ rbevanx

Bowerstone is a City.

And did you play it or just read the back of the pack like most games lol.
Posted 22:45 on 14 January 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 29/04/2008
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-16
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 886
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