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Manchester (GTAL61) (overview)

Overhead view of Manchester in GTA London 1961.

Manchester is a city featured in the Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 mission pack for Grand Theft Auto: London 1969. The city is clearly based on the real-life British city of Manchester, but is only available as a multiplayer map, existing alongside London, the primary setting of London 1961 and London 1969.

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Much like its real-life counterpart, 1960s Manchester is a heavily industrialised city, although its design is less inherent to the real-life city than London. Because Manchester reuses textures from the London map, the landmarks depicted in the game bear little resemblance to their real-life counterparts in comparison to London.

The city's main feature is its canal network, which includes one river to the southwest, a dry canal that runs from the river to the eastern edge of the map, and a Y-shaped waterway that runs from north to south, complete with adjoining dockyards, warehouse and cargo holding areas. These characteristics mimic Manchester's shipping canals and docklands; the southwestern river may also be based on the River Irwell.

The city may be further divided into several areas:

  • The southwest is occupied by low-density housing estates to the west, distinguished by its two-storey homes and large greenspace; the landmass between the river and the canal features built up urban space, including recreations of the Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square.
  • The southeast is occupied by a series of warehouses shipping crates, a complex of building to the east, and a football stadium.
  • The northeast consists of a mixture of low-density housing estates, moderately developed urban spaces, abandoned buildings, a large storage bay, and castle walls seemingly inspired by Mamucium.
  • The peninsula at the centre of the northern half of the map, as expected, contains warehouses and shipping crates.
  • The northwest is heavily developed with large numbers of commercial and residential buildings.

In addition, the map features dual-track railway lines that runs from a train shed at the western end to the edge of the map to the east and another train shed to the northwest, all while running along at-grade and elevated surfaces. As it is implied to be railway lines for industrial use, no trains can be found along them.

Due to its use as a multiplayer map, Manchester lacks basic facilities in comparison to London, such as working hospitals and police stations (although the city has two of each) or export docks.

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