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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:38 PM Edited by Gifbrah, 21 November 2013 - 04:59 PM.

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Welcome to the Mapping Los Santos thread


 

The goal of this thread is to identify buildings and landmarks of Los Angeles recreated within the world of GTA V.
Many buildings around Los Santos and its countryside have a real life counterpart in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Analysing carefully the various screenshots and trailers, our aim is to understand the geography of Los Santos,
and ultimately, trying to recreate the game map !

Anyone may contribute to this thread.

 

Some websites/software you may find useful :

 

- Google Maps

- Bing Maps

- Emporis

- Wikipedia

- Google Earth

 

 

The Interactive Map : 

 

Check out all the real life buildings present in GTA V overlayed on the game map.

Created by lxr, this map is constantly updated with the latest findings of this thread.

lxr, koeklin, Wayne kerr, Mr Thingus and Fido_le_muet are working on it everyday.

Share your discoveries on this thread and they will be added to the map.

 

http://grandtheftdat...0,0,2,satellite

 


The Maps (before release) :
Last updated : August 29th 2013

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(If I missed you, please PM me and let me know).

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:40 PM

Roosevelt Hotel and Hollywood Boulevard, quoted from an earlier reply i made

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Might not be obvious right away but pay attention to the building in the background...

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:43 PM

-Capital Records Building in LA:
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-In the trailer i have seen the same tower, Link:
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:45 PM

Not a landmark per se, but worth noting:

Koreatown

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the sign that reads "Little Seoul" is a reference to Koreatown.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:48 PM

It's far in the distance but at 00:24 in trailer you can see LAX Control Tower (top of picture, where the sky is)

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:49 PM

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:49 PM

Palm Springs Wind Farm

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:50 PM

yeahyeah

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 09:52 PM

nice find

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:03 PM Edited by Gifbrah, 03 November 2011 - 10:16 PM.

QUOTE (J24D @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 21:48)
It's far in the distance but at 00:24 in trailer you can see LAX Control Tower (top of picture, where the sky is)

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That looks like Venice Beach based on the architecture and the 'piercings' sign that is so common in Venice Beach.

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Okay, I looked at the HD trailer.

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Sorry dude, it's a palm tree.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:03 PM

QUOTE (J24D @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 17:48)
It's far in the distance but at 00:24 in trailer you can see LAX Control Tower (top of picture, where the sky is)

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Can someone ZOOM in on that spot?

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:05 PM

The Tequi-la-la (the place where the drunk dude got thrown out of) has to be a reference to the Whisky A Go Go.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:12 PM

Wow, these are some very interesting places you guys have found! I personally live not too far away from Los Angeles but I wouldn't know the landmarks by heart. Have definitely been there, though.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:43 PM

Anymore of these? Lets see if we can try and get most of the shots, i.e the city and what not.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:06 PM Edited by J24D, 03 November 2011 - 11:11 PM.

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Okay, I looked at the HD trailer.

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Sorry dude, it's a palm tree.



I agree that there is a palm tree briefly before that but higher up and closer to the foreground.

This is what I am looking at:

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And zoomed in...

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And here is the LAX Control Tower:

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:08 PM

Where is Rodeo Drive?

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:30 PM

QUOTE (GTAlove @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:08)
Where is Rodeo Drive?

Gametrailers think when they're robbing that building is Rodeo Drive, I think they could be right.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:33 PM

QUOTE (Chirpy Red @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:30)
QUOTE (GTAlove @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:08)
Where is Rodeo Drive?

Gametrailers think when they're robbing that building is Rodeo Drive, I think they could be right.

Yes, here is Rodeo Drive:

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:36 PM Edited by Gifbrah, 03 November 2011 - 11:40 PM.

QUOTE (J24D @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:06)
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Okay, I looked at the HD trailer.

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Sorry dude, it's a palm tree.



I agree that there is a palm tree briefly before that but higher up and closer to the foreground.

This is what I am looking at:

[IMG]http://i599.photobuc...ts/LAXTower.jpg[IMG]

And zoomed in...

[IMG]http://i599.photobuc...TowerZoomed.jpg[IMG]

And here is the LAX Control Tower:

[IMG]http://us.123rf.com/...los-angeles.jpg[IMG]

While you may be right, I looked at the trailer a few times and I only see one palm and to the right, a group of palm trees.







Anyway, here are buildings I've identified so far and their general zones. I'll update this image every chance I get.

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*I should note that Doheny Tower is just a guess based on the fact that it's the tallest building at the end of the Sunset Strip.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:43 PM

QUOTE (Gifbrah @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:36)
QUOTE (J24D @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:06)
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Okay, I looked at the HD trailer.

[IMG]http://i42.tinypic.com/s5lct4.jpg[IMG]

Sorry dude, it's a palm tree.



I agree that there is a palm tree briefly before that but higher up and closer to the foreground.

This is what I am looking at:

[IMG]http://i599.photobuc...ts/LAXTower.jpg[IMG]

And zoomed in...

[IMG]http://i599.photobuc...TowerZoomed.jpg[IMG]

And here is the LAX Control Tower:

[IMG]http://us.123rf.com/...los-angeles.jpg[IMG]

While you may be right, I looked at the trailer a few times and I only see one palm and to the right, a group of palm trees.







Anyway, here are buildings I've identified so far and their general zones. I'll update this image every chance I get.

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Thats strange. i can roughly make out a building that looks like City Hall on the right side of Downtown. so im guessing city hall is to the east of downtown, as it is in real life. But then that would mean Hollywood in Los Santos is east of Downtown, when it's far west of Downtown in real life. and Hollywood seems to be MUCH closer to downtown than it is in real life. hmm.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:44 PM

Los Santos Skyline
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:54 PM

Nice work, guys. Are there any apparent similarities between this map and the map from L.A. Noire?

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE (BGModder @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:54)
Nice work, guys. Are there any apparent similarities between this map and the map from L.A. Noire?

the map from LA Noire is a nearly 100% exact, street by street recreation of a small portion of Los Angeles. I'm guessing this wont be the case in GTA V because V doesn't actually take place in Los Angeles, it takes place in Los Santos. looking at the trailer it's obvious that Los Santos is not a street by street recreation of LA like LA Noire was.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:01 AM

QUOTE (Millionsofdeadcops @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:43)
Thats strange. i can roughly make out a building that looks like City Hall on the right side of Downtown. so im guessing city hall is to the east of downtown, as it is in real life. But then that would mean Hollywood in Los Santos is east of Downtown, when it's far west of Downtown in real life. and Hollywood seems to be MUCH closer to downtown than it is in real life. hmm.

Now that you mention it, something is a little off with my map.

The West Hollywood portion, I'm sure is fine. The actual portion of Hollywood may be off.

In the previous scene, it shows the plane flying by the Vinewood sign. I'm gonna have to rethink this a little bit.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:03 AM

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My good friend found this so don't thank me, i just put the images together...


That was what i was going to write, but then before posting i refreshed the topic page and saw that the first post was updated with an image of it aswell.
Either way, my image contains real life and GTA SA comprarison images:

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:03 AM

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:15 AM

QUOTE (J24D @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:33)
QUOTE (Chirpy Red @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:30)
QUOTE (GTAlove @ Thursday, Nov 3 2011, 23:08)
Where is Rodeo Drive?

Gametrailers think when they're robbing that building is Rodeo Drive, I think they could be right.

Yes, here is Rodeo Drive:

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Thank you! Rode Drive looks beautiful! biggrin.gif

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:33 AM

Muscle Beach Recreation Center
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Bins, benches, palm trees, blue metal fence.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:51 AM

I played around with the light settings of the original screenshot.

Hopefully this gives better outlines of buildings for easier identification.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:06 AM

Great work guys! That's the kind of topic I like during the GTA pre-release hype.
I found some more, let me update the pics.
I'm also working on a map based on the trailer.
I'll update this post soon.
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