So let me get this straight. You want a map this is landlocked with about 40% but no less than thirty percent of land you can't get at, is that it? Much like RDR.
And now we have a map that is surrounded by water that you can explore but that is limited to roughly 40% but no less than thirty that you can get at.
So, I looked at this last night and a raging headache took place because really I couldn't for the life of me wrap my mind around the idea that there is any difference whatsoever.
Then there was the idea that states have to be surrounded by states. I think in this thread only two people mentioned Hawaii as an example of why that isn't true.
The current state of San Andreas, give it the 51st state or the 53rd of this universe including the state of Liberty. Which ever it may be. 51st or 53rd. And San Andreas is a military installation, location is everything, like Hawaii.
It isn't hard to imagine that the state of San Andreas is a military post in the Pacific somewhere. Probably further north than Hawaii.
The state of Liberty had no military presence. But even with that it wasn't hard to think of it, because of the way it just was, as a penal colony.
I always envisioned Liberty City as it was portrayed in GTA IV as just that. It was much like Escape From New York more than anything.
That being said however the vast list of movies that can be attributed to the GTA series, including V is rather lengthy.
I do not have the time or patience ( at least I think ) but I hope that youtubers use the content creator as a set director and make some epic movies using that tool.