It didn’t take long, once the new Grand Theft Auto IV was released yesterday, for foodie/gamer/blogger Adam Kuban to take a virtual tour of the game’s eateries. He found that many of the spots bear a striking resemblance to actual New York establishments. That’s not surprising, as Liberty City is basically supposed to be a virtual New York.
What is surprising is the level of detail with which the game portrays its fictional Big Apple. Unlike previous versions, which included major landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Capitol building in GTA: San Andreas, GTA IV gets right into the neighborhoods to portray actual local foodie faves. They’ve also got hilarious take-offs of other local institutions such as the musical Banging On Trashcan Lids For An Hour (Stomp) Check out the screenshots over on New York Eats.
It’s just too bad the virtual world doesn’t (yet) include smell and taste. Of course, that would make games such as Cooking Mama a lot more fun, too.
The Real-Life Restaurants in New York City from ‘Grand Theft Auto 4’ [New York Eats]
GTA: IV [Official Site]
Cooking Mama [Official Site]
Adam Kuban [Wikipedia]