What sets IV's NY renedition apart from others is that it was New York not just Manhattan. Yea staten's missing but staten island sucks anyway lol.
People who say 'NY is being used too much in video games and movies' are wrong. Rather, its manhattan which is being over used like hell. Not just video games, even a lot of movies focus sorely on Manhattan rather than the rest of New York. (i am legend, die hard etc) and i really hate this trend, especially in games. Manhattan is a great setting but on its own it gets boring fast. NYC is a lot more than Manhattan you known
GTA IV recreated manhattan beautifully in the form of algonquin and had queens brooklyn bronx and nj to top it off. For once an entertainment product didnt focus sorely on.Manhattan and thats what sets LC apart for me.
Also LC is incredibly vivid, dark and detailed. From the dirty alleyways to the subway to the magnificient skyline. It is the picasso of perfection imo. So yes its not just the best NY renedition, its the best video game setting for me.
Agreed. New York City is no more used than Los Angelas is so I've never understood it being used too much whether it's in a TV show, movie or a video game. New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world so the complaint makes no sense to me.
And like you said the focus is almost always on Manhattan so is essence it makes GTA IV's portrayal/rendition rarer in this regard. It and Driver: Parallel Lines are the only two games I can think of that reach beyond just Manhattan. There hasn't been one since GTA IV anyway.