In the Grand Theft Auto series, the cities have always had references to real places but each version is changing the face of the city as its counterpart, retaining some point of reference in every single version that changed. For example, Liberty City has been the city with more updates in the saga and has been preserved in all its versions, the equivalent of Central Park from the first to the last version.
As mentioned, Liberty City is the city with more versions based on New York City. The following table showing the different appearances of this city:
|Counterparty||Equivalent||Liberty City in 2D Universe||Liberty City in 3D Universe||Liberty City in HD Universe|
|New York City||Liberty City|
As well as locations (districts, counties, parks, etc) there are also landmarks in buildings and monuments in New York City.
|New York City Landmarks||Liberty City (2D)||Liberty City (3D)||Liberty City (HD)|
|Empire State Building||N/A||Unnamed Building||Rotterdam Tower|
|Trump Tower||N/A||Morningstar Building||Cleethorpes Tower|
|New York City Hall Building||N/A||Town Hall||City Hall Building|
and two unnamed replicas:
|Columbia University||N/A||Liberty City Community College||Vespucci University|
|St. Patrick's Cathedral||N/A||Liberty City Cathedral||Columbus Cathedral|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive||N/A||Aspatria - Bedford Point Expressway||Union Drive East|
|Queensbridge||N/A||Hepburn Heights||Steinway Projects|
- The tables above show only the points of interest that have appeared least twice in the versions of Liberty City.
Like New York, New Jersey also shows places of interest (not in Liberty City) here in New Guernsey and Alderney mainly, as in parts of Shoreside Vale. The difference between the above places is that New Guernsey NJ (name and geography are very similar to NJ) would be part of Liberty City (1) by their size and Shoreside Vale is based elsewhere (and not primarily in NJ), however Alderney is a state based entirely on NJ and independent of Liberty City as well as is its real counterpart NY.
|Counterparty||New Guernsey||Shoreside Vale||Alderney|
- New Guernsey is the western part of the map of Liberty City, where he says to New Guernsey to Eaglewood.
The following table shows the places of New Guernsey, Shoreside Vale and Alderney its real counterpart:
|New Jersey Places||New Guernsey||Shoreside Vale||Alderney|
|Fort Lee||Fort Law||N/A||N/A|
|Jersey City||Guernsey City||N/A||Alderney City|
|Newark||N/A||Francis International Airport (similarities)||Alderney City|
San Andreas/San Fierro
San Francisco also has its equivalent in the GTA series since the first game with the City of San Andreas that shows neighborhoods based on their real counterparts. The second appearance of San Francisco is San Fierro the closest version, like most similar name.
|Counterparty||San Andreas in 2D Universe||San Fierro|
- San Andreas is not the place to set Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, to know about the place of this game: State of San Andreas.
The following table shows the places of San Andreas and San Fierro its real counterpart:
|San Francisco Places||San Andreas||San Fierro|
|Cow Hollow||Sunview||Juniper Hollow|
|Fisherman´s Wharf||Sailor's Wharf||Esplanade North|
|Russian Hill||Soviet Hill||Juniper Hill|
|Pacific Heights||Atlantic Heights||Calton Heights|
|Noe Valley||Aye Valley||Kings|
|Golden Gate Bridge||Unnamed Bridge||Gant Bridge|
Vice City is the only place that has carried out all points and places of interest since its first version. The first version of Vice City in GTA 1 is based more on what is north and south of Miami, like elsewhere in Florida (not Miami), while the second version in 3D Unvierse is an exact replica of Miami Beach and a few of Miami.
|Counterparty||Vice City in 2D Universe||Vice City in 3D Universe|
The following table shows the places of Miami its real counterpart:
|Miami Places||Vice City (2D)||Vice City (3D)|
|Little Haiti||Little Dominicana||Little Haiti|
|Miami Beach||Vice Beach||Vice City Beach|
|Little Havana||Little Bogota||Little Havana|