So wait, because of how you percieve one locale - the entire idea of basing a location on a real place is a bad idea?
los santos doesnt have a lot of subirbss so its not CORRECT (even if suburbs aren't the most interesting playground for narrative or mayhem)
Because how is Los Santos supposed to be a reflection of Los Angeles if it doesn't have the sprawling suburbs or highways Los Angeles is known for? Where are the sprawling ghettos that were glamorized and depicted in so many films and music videos? We're supposed to believe that a city that small is supposed to be one of the largest cities in the US? Maybe if the earth were 1/3 of what it is in real life, probably. But that's a whole nother topic.
And since when was the Statue of Liberty the original namesake (especially considering Liberty was originally a generic Northeastern city)?
If you didn't know, Liberty City was in GTA 1 aswell, and that was based on New York City a lot more than it's III counterpart. I don't know why the name carried over to GTA 3 where it didn't look much like NYC, but that name got carried over to IV where it did look a lot more like NYC than III did.
And in this case, how the f*ck is Vice City Miami then?
Miami Vice, or all of the vice that was going on there in the 1980s.
But Miami is like 1089 miles away while Vegas is 2230 miles away. defuq????
I don't know why they mixed the two either, but using those stats as an argument that Carcer is X amount of miles close to Liberty City should get it thrown out if Rockstar thinks a city almost on the other side of the country is closer than a city a dozen or so states to the south.
By the way, Carcer can't be Detroit. Detroit has been mentioned by name a couple of times in IV and V.
Carcer City can't be Philadelphia then since the DJ for that CSR station in San Andreas mentioned Philadelphia once. But then again, like Midnight Hitman said, things can be retconned.