actually this looks huge, don't you see those thousands of buildings?
That's because NYC is f*cking huge. This does look big, but it looks smaller compared to the actual city. Also, every building is generated on the NYC map.They're not all generated on your map, which makes it look even smaller, because there's less things to scale with.
I mean, the map doesn't even allow scale. On your map, it looks like you could walk a couple steps and travel a whole block, or that you can climb up a mountain/hill in 20 seconds because the trail looks straight, when, in actuality, that's nowhere close to being true. What your map is; is a miniature.
I'll try to look for another example.
It's not a 3D map, but it works the same way: https://maps.google....ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg
Notice how, on the map, when zoomed out, it doesn't look like Albany is far away from Rotterdam at all. However, it is still quite a drive. About a 10-20 minute drive.
It's just all about perception. This isn't the same as a 3D model, but the point is the same. Just because something looks small, doesn't mean it is. Hence why GTA San Andreas isn't as small as people on here claim. It's still only 3.5x smaller than V's map, which is quite good. 14^2 is a good size.