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Top 10 Cities We Would Love to See Parodied in Grand Theft Auto

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Matt Wende Rockstar’s talent in creating open world smorgasbords by parodying real world cities is unparalleled, and for their next effort we have our own wish list. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Cities We would Love to See Parodied in Grand Theft Auto. For this list, we’re looking at cities not yet used to inspire fictional metropolises in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and are ranking them based on how well we feel they would compliment GTA’s signature style. We’ve excluded cities that have already been portrayed in the 3D GTA games, so you won’t find New York, LA, San Francisco, Miami or Las Vegas here. Special Thanks to our users "Daniel Small" "zendaddy621" "Henners250" for suggesting this topic on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Matt Wende

Top 10 Cities We’d Love to See Parodied in Grand Theft Auto.


Rockstar’s talent in creating open world smorgasbords by parodying real world cities is unparalleled, and for their next effort we have our own wish list. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 cities we’d love to see parodied in Grand Theft Auto.

For this list, we’re looking at cities not yet used to inspire fictional metropolises in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and are ranking them based on how well we feel they would compliment GTA’s signature style. We’ve excluded cities that have already been portrayed in the 3D GTA games, so you won’t find New York, LA, San Francisco, Miami or Las Vegas here.

#10: Washington, D.C., USA

The capital city of the United States is rife with famous landmarks and monuments we’d love to explored in the next GTA. Anyone up for a shootout at the Smithsonian? Also, since the city is so close to Baltimore, the game would certainly not be lacking the major urban city feel as well. Exploration and gunplay are just half of what makes GTA great: the series’ satire of American culture works perfectly within its narratives, and D.C. would be the perfect setting to parody American politics and corruption. Plus, it’d just be cool if one of those politicians you meet is an homage to Frank Underwood from “House of Cards.”


#9: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Alright, we know we’re gonna get the back-handed slap of bias for this one since WatchMojo is based in Montreal, but hear us out! Montreal’s diversity would lend itself wonderfully to any open world exploration game, particularly Grand Theft Auto. Being able to go from the classic architecture of the old city, to a downtown metropolis in minutes could make for a beautiful open world city. Also, with parts of the Canadian wilderness to explore on the outskirts, a GTA foray to the Great White North could be something special. Still, if your hometown doesn’t make the list, just imagine it made the #9 slot and everyone is happy, right? Right?

#8: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

We’d want to visit GTA’s version of this classic European city for many of the same reasons we want to visit in real life. For one thing, it’s frickin’ beautiful. Rockstar has shown its mastery of American cities, but by including classic European architecture alongside the city’s natural and man-made beauty, the studio could create a wholly unique experience unlike any other. Imagine going from a canal boat chase to the infamous red-light district to let mayhem erupt.

#7: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rockstar can develop an intricate metropolis with the best of them, but this Middle Eastern city would be on a whole other level. Sprawling and diverse, Dubai would not only provide the perfect opportunity to satirize exorbitant wealth, but also to create a massive landscape where you can drive across large artificial islands, skydive off the Burj Khalifa, have gunfights in underwater hotels, and even fly over the massive cityscape to take it all in. Sign us up for that!

#6: London, England

While this city was featured in an expansion pack for the very first GTA game, let’s be honest: top down cities are not memorable. The capital city of England and the United Kingdom has more than earned its place in pop culture, and would likely be an excellent addition to GTA’s open world mayhem: just think of the fabulous heists, underground fighting, and car chases through narrow streets. Also, in the same way GTA V borrowed a few set pieces from movies set in LA, London has plenty to inspire a parody city. Just take some of Guy Ritchie’s works, for example.


#5: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

GTA V’s southern California-inspired desert proved that diverse and intricate environments could be part of the GTA world, and this unique American city could add to that legacy. Being able to travel through the bright lights of Mardi Gras to the Louisiana Bayou might just be something GTA players are into. If you really like the idea, “Mafia III” will take place in this setting, but we still kinda wanna see Rockstar’s take on it.

#4: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

With open world maps continuously getting bigger and bigger, there’s no reason why the capital city of America’s fiftieth state couldn’t fit into the GTA universe. Beautiful women, sunny environment, lots of different vehicles – it’s basically perfect. And when you get tired of the ocean and beaches, you can climb an extinct volcano like Diamond Head. Then why not get the whole state into the game? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to hop from island to island, instead of just boating off into the ocean for an hour like a moron – or worse, trying to swim it and getting eaten by a shark?

#3: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rockstar already experimented with the Brazilian underworld when they recreated Sao Paulo for “Max Payne 3.” So bringing Rio to life in an open world setting with Rockstar’s signature GTA touch would mean the opportunity to explore such dynamic environments as Rio’s sandy beaches and the well known favela. The city’s locale and environment is nothing to scoff at either, with mountain ranges, famous landmarks and the entire ocean nearby. Exploring could be a nearly endless experience.


#2: Tokyo, Japan

This city of neon and mayhem might just be perfect for a GTA game. The city’s brilliant stylization would enable Rockstar to step outside the United States in spectacular fashion. With the variety between the city’s hyper-modernity and classic religious structures and architecture, players could have a limitless environment to explore. And when it comes to street racing, you know you just can’t beat Tokyo.


Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Houston, Texas, USA
- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Paris, France
- Pyongyang, North Korea

#1: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico & San Diego, California, USA

Rockstar has proved time and again that they can handle large worlds, psyching us up for the scope of their next map. That’s why we want a city parodying the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area. GTA V’s Trevor spoke ad nauseam about a smuggling ring, but we only caught a glimpse of it. By providing a huge, open world environment, some slick cartel warfare, and challenging missions crossing the most heavily guarded section of the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Rockstar could create a modern day homage to it’s own Red Dead Redemption, and perfect the Grand Theft Auto formula.


Do you agree with our list? What cities would you like to see parodied in the next Grand Theft Auto? For more Top 10s about your favorite games published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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