We recently looked at some of the movies filmed in New York City, and there were plenty of great options to choose from. But the Big Apple is not just a hotspot for Hollywood, it has also attracted a wealth of video gaming developers over the years.
The following list showcases some of the best video games that are set in New York City.
Grand Theft IV
GTA IV was set in Liberty City, a replica of the Big Apple that players could explore in all of its beauty and chaos. The game made famous for constant phone calls from pesky cousins also included some very innovative features, paving the way for the monumental hit that was GTA V.
You could go on dates, play some bar games with friends, and even visit local casinos and other establishments. It also focused a lot on the player’s cell phone, even though the game was released back in 2008.
Short of grabbing a BetMGM New York bonus code for a few online sports bets, swiping left and right on dating apps, and watching an endless succession of clickbait videos, it was a pretty good reflection of modern life and the constantly-distracted love/hate relationship we all have with our devices in 2022.
True Crime: New York City
True Crime: New York City was a GTA clone released on the PS2 back in 2005. It featured a stellar cast that included Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, and Laurence Fishburne and took players on a journey through NYC.
Times Square, the Empire State Building, The New York Stock Exchange—all the famous buildings were there.
True Crime: New York City was a follow-up to 2003’s True Crime: Streets of LA. Both games had a lot to offer, including some fantastic narration and storytelling.
Unfortunately for the game’s developers, the series didn’t really work out and simply couldn’t compete with Grand Theft Auto. True Crime: New York City was the last iteration of this series. Luxoflux, the game’s developer, made a couple of movie tie-ins after this and then shut down.
Traditionally, superhero games and movie ties-in have been very disappointing, and so many players reserved judgment for Marvel’s Spider-man prior to release. But this game blew all expectations out of the water and delivered on graphics, setting, story, and features.
Not only did it impress on the PS4 but it was also one of the best early games on the next-gen PS5. Players can step into Spider-man’s famous suit and explore New York City in all of its glory, swinging from building to building.
The New York of Marvel’s Spider-man manages to perfectly blend the fictional and the real, dropping buildings such as Avengers Towers into a realistic depiction of NYC.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Division, like True Crime, had the potential to be a classic. It has hotly anticipated and delivered on some amazing visuals. However, the game itself was quite short and disappointing.
The New York depicted in The Division was a lawless, post-apocalyptic one, a far cry from the bustling and contemporary versions seen in GTA, Spider-man, and True Crime.