While I love Rockstar's meticulous attention to detail when scaling down some of the worlds most iconic cities, do you think going too realistic will stifle opportunity to create something more fun and imaginative for the player?
For example, I would love the next GTA to be set in two cities, Boston and Baltimore. I could spend hours telling you why I think they're ideal cities but I'll try keep to the point. They're miles away from each other and to make it somewhat realistic, even to make another city in a GTA realistic distance would require considerable distance between the cities, ie countryside.
I used to think that if Rockstar did a San Andreas now, it might be too unrealistic and it might be.. I mean Vegas being so close to L.A. But then I was thinking, hang on, it's a videogame, they make concessions all the time in the name of fun and constraints with technology. That's why we don't have to spend 15 minutes trawling through samey looking suburbs to get from point A to point B. Rockstar is great at condensing down large cities and giving us post-card looking reimaginations of those cities on a much smaller scale.
My question is; could you play a game that puts Chicago and New York in the same GTA even though they there would be a little leap in suspending your disbelief in the knowing the actual distance from New York to Chicago isn't anywhere near to scale as it might be in GTA or would you be happy that you have the chance to play two awesome cities in the one GTA.
Anecdotal but I don't remember anyone complaining that San Fierro and Las Venturas were in the same game, quite close etc. Can you get away with it now? Bear in mind San Andreas is 13 years old.. With technology today we could have more realistic, diverse, countryside, towns, villages, forests in between that could give the illusion that there's greater distance. A mountain range could separate two parts of the map, blocking sight of the other city in the distance and windy, hilly roads can separate the two cities and a freeway that's fast but actually goes "the long way" a bit like from Los Santos to San Fierro.