Impressive Comparisons of GTA IV's Liberty City to New York City Show Amazing Similarities

In a world where New York morphs into a video game, and auto theft is grand, one brave man began an epic journey to trace the similarities between New York City and Liberty City, setting of Grand Theft Auto IV. Photographer Matthew Johnston brings us “Sightseeing in Liberty City,” a compilation album comparing sights in the popular game to their real-world counterparts.

Flipping through the captures, it’s fascinating to see what details of NYC were recreated, and what aspects of the bustling city were given a Rockstar touch. While GTA‘s scenery is impressively authentic, there are some notable differences found in the game, including the exceptional lack of traffic, far fewer street wanderers/murder targets, and of course, Lady Liberty’s symbolic paper cup.

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