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02/23/2004

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ArC

Jet Grind Radio (and Jet Set Radio International Version, in Japan) for the DC had a level very loosely based on Times Square, and another one that was ... I dunno, more Chicagoish. Like Spider-Man, it is interesting in JGR to be able to effectively fly in and around an area that we can only visit on foot in real life.

Miah

One game you might want to check out (if you haven't done so already) is Freedom Fighters, released for the PS2 and set in an alternative-universe NYC where the Soviets have invaded. It was published by EA but developed in Denmark by IO Interactive. Hope this helps.

William

Don't forget Rampage. New York is one of several cities to be visited by the menacing monsters.

Suggested subtitle: "we had to destroy the Village to save it."

Ivan Askwith


I agree with Mr. Falcon: the absolute best NYC reconstructions I have ever played are in Activision's video game tie in from the first Spider-Man movie (all major consoles) -- you webswing through a number of familiar areas in the city, and they really capture the feel of it beautifully. In particular, there's one level where you swing right near the Hudson, with the sun glinting off of it. Impressive.

Also: all of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, for obvious reasons, purport to be set in NYC, but I don't remember any specific correspondences with the city.

And if you're willing to consider Metropolis and Gotham to be NYC stand-ins, then any games that have been released from the Batman and Superman franchises.

More if I (or friends) can think of them. I'm polling active gamers from the NYU crowd, for you. :)

Good luck!

Ivan Askwith


I agree with Mr. Falcon: the absolute best NYC reconstructions I have ever played are in Activision's video game tie in from the first Spider-Man movie (all major consoles) -- you webswing through a number of familiar areas in the city, and they really capture the feel of it beautifully. In particular, there's one level where you swing right near the Hudson, with the sun glinting off of it. Impressive.

Also: all of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, for obvious reasons, purport to be set in NYC, but I don't remember any specific correspondences with the city.

And if you're willing to consider Metropolis and Gotham to be NYC stand-ins, then any games that have been released from the Batman and Superman franchises.

More if I (or friends) can think of them. I'm polling active gamers from the NYU crowd, for you. :)

Good luck!

Ivan Askwith


I agree with Mr. Falcon: the absolute best NYC reconstructions I have ever played are in Activision's video game tie in from the first Spider-Man movie (all major consoles) -- you webswing through a number of familiar areas in the city, and they really capture the feel of it beautifully. In particular, there's one level where you swing right near the Hudson, with the sun glinting off of it. Impressive.

Also: all of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, for obvious reasons, purport to be set in NYC, but I don't remember any specific correspondences with the city.

And if you're willing to consider Metropolis and Gotham to be NYC stand-ins, then any games that have been released from the Batman and Superman franchises.

More if I (or friends) can think of them. I'm polling active gamers from the NYU crowd, for you. :)

Good luck!

Gilberto J. Zambrano

Hey I dunno if somebody has mentioned this laready but:

Double Dragon... at least the first one has always stryck me as being this early 80's NYC, kinda like from that movie Warriors from the 70's. Punks all over, dark alleys were thehy would kill your ass for no reason etc. One big Charles Bronson revenge movie of a city.

G.

Elly

I saw Deus Ex mentioned above as a game partially set on Liberty Island. I thought it might be interesting to note that although made in 1998/99 the New York skyline in the game does not show the two towers. It might be interesting to find out why the designers excluded them.

Elly

I saw Deus Ex mentioned above as a game partially set on Liberty Island. I thought it might be interesting to note that although made in 1998/99 the New York skyline in the game does not show the two towers. It might be interesting to find out why the designers excluded them.

google

Nothing sinister - they trimmed a bitmap for size reasons and it just happened to be the bit of the skyline that had the WTC towers.

From an interview with Bill Money of Ion Storm:

Q: You shared a few instances where you'd seen the models for your Greasels nearly copied right from your art... does this piss you off, or flatter you?

A: We are always amazed to see something we imagined or created show up in a serious news story. For example, in Deus Ex the New York skyline didn't contain the World Trade Center. It was removed because of texture memory size - just that end of the New York skyline was deleted. It could have easily been the other side. One of the designers joked that the fiction behind the removal was that terrorist had taken down the building. Flash forward to 9/11 and the removal of that one texture was no longer a joking matter.

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