Ever been to Spain? Ever been to Gibraltar? Ever been to Morocco?
Well, I believe I've found quite an interesting place for a story to develop, interesting cast of characters, music, scenery, but also the darker and dirty places. It's quite a nice mix. I'll be using the real life names of these locations, because I can't think of better names, apart from that, I'll get on with it!
Bienvenida to Gibraltar, La Linea, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Cadiz, Malaga, Marbella, Velez-Malaga, Tangier, Ceuta, and many, many more in GTA's first INTERCONTINENTAL game. Europe and Africa?
It's a place where there's stark contrasts not a far drive away. Sun, sex, pretty lights at night, fantastic nightlife on the Spanish side and in Morroc Tangier, sleepy areas aren't far, as well as good radios (bar talk radios, they need the gta magic), beautiful woman, plenty of high end cars if you know where to find them. Plenty of money to be made smuggling drugs from the Morrocan and Gibraltar borders, (and if technical limits aren't a worry, add in Portugal?). Smuggle in cars from Morroc on high-risk high rewards missions. Airports all over the place. Military bases? Gibraltar's one. Spains got one nearby too. Motorways? Spains got it! Dirt tracks to drive, too! Lovely countryside in Morroc and Spain. There are lots of Nightclubs, Casinos, Yachts, Hotels, they've got it all in wealthy parts!
So how are the people there? Moroccan's are friendly, but their often trying to work for tips, Spaniards are nice, but noisy and they can be bitches. Brits are only friendly if they feel you deserve it. Gibraltarians are a lot like the Brits but friendlier and have a different accent.
Change of scene? So you're done with the Spanish vibe? Visit Gib or Morroc, you'll feel the difference. There is a difference atmosphere wise, culturally and architecturally in each country. As well as economically, stuff's cheaper in Morroc and more expensive in Gib.
Bare in mind the small towns you're going to find here, lots of easter eggs and charming little villages to find up near Malaga. Funnily enough, an alleged drug smuggler was found in Sedella, one of these charming little villages. Not far from Sedella is a much larger town of Competa, which has a lot of brits there, but everyone knows a little bit of English or Spanish depending on where they're from.
Dare to test your heist skills with Gibraltar? There's plenty of police there, very safe place in comparison to La Linea across the border. (Let's ignore the fact it's the most densely fortified place in Europe) Imagine going through the man made tunnels into the artificial reef escaping towards Moroccan waters. Imagine hang gliding off of Gib and flying in and out the tunnels with skill.
Or messing around the with Ape's you can find there. And of course, don't forget to BMX off of it.
Velez-Malaga and La Linea are dodgy places, but they aren't far from high end places. La linea next to Gib, and you can drive to Marbella from Velez-Malaga pretty easily and quickly taking the motorway. You could work your way up the ranks and seize control of a city, changing it for better or worse, for example. With these close by, yet variable characteristics, there are a lot of different ways this could be used for a plot.
Here's how I've more or less imagined the map size, google maps isn't actually showing all the airports in these areas, there's quite a few more, including one in Tangier, and Gibraltar has one, obviously.