Video Game Locations

Real-life cities are some common video game locations.

Some of the most recognizable destinations across the globe have appeared in your favorite video games. Inspiring everything from first-person shooter titles to the best free mobile slot games, real-life locations are often recreated in video game form to produce the most interesting and captivating gameplay backdrops. Here are four games that have done a great job at recreating some of the world’s most iconic cities.

New York City

Tom Clancy’s The Division is a fantastic example of reproducing the intricacies of one of the world’s biggest cities in video game format. The action role-playing game takes place in the near future in Manhattan following the outbreak of a smallpox epidemic. The player navigates the city as they battle against enemies and attempt to restore order. It focuses primarily on midtown Manhattan. The developers created the area on a 1 to 1 scale. This means it would take around the same amount of time to explore the city in real life as it does in the game. A dynamic, time-based weather system makes this mode of play even more lifelike. This can both help and hinder the player as they make their way through the Big Apple.

Los Angeles

The recreation of 1940s Los Angeles for LA Noire is one of the most impressive in video game history. Despite its 2011 release, it is still as noteworthy today. The detective game’s developers were able to reproduce an iconic moment in time thanks to a series of Robert Spence photographs taken in the 1920s. The photographer flew over the city with a 46-pound camera, perfectly capturing the area in a series of stills featuring traffic and buildings. The development team behind LA Noire worked closely with these shots to recreate the game’s breathtaking backdrop.


Although Assassin’s Creed: Unity wasn’t particularly popular with critics, its depiction of French Revolution-era Paris was still very well received. It’s not exactly an accurate representation of the city when it comes to layout. However, the developers beautifully recreated some of its most iconic landmarks, including the Bastille fortress. However, the standout location in the gameplay has to be the Notre Dame Cathedral. Level artist Caroline Miousse spent roughly two years modeling the Cathedral. The design team worked to replicate even the smallest details down to the paintings that were hanging there in 1789.


While the Massachusetts city certainly features in Fallout 4, it’s not as recognizable as other well-known recreations. That’s because the game introduces a post-apocalyptic version of Boston set in the year 2287. While some of the city’s most famous landmarks are still visible, including the Trinity Church, Boston Public Library and Boston MIT — they have been adapted to show some evidence of the nuclear war at the heart of the game’s plot. The Fallout series is known for its stunning recreations of geographical locations with other titles having been set in Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Southern California.