Submitted by Nineball2112 1163d ago | article

Why are so many games set in New York?

The allure of New York City for game designers is obvious. The Big Apple’s landscape is compact and full of render-friendly straight edges, yet also provides a complex obstacle course full of spectacle and familiar sights. That jagged manmade horizon looks great when plastered across a skybox, while Manhattan’s parks, wide avenues and elegant towers can even be used to dictate the pacing of a campaign and the placement of its set-pieces.

New York offers star power to games that would otherwise struggle with personality; it provides a place to fight in, and perhaps more importantly, a place to fight for. Whether you’re up against rogue nations, vicious aliens, ancient beasts or good old Commies, who wouldn’t risk everything to protect the greatest city on Earth? (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Crysis 3, Culture, Prototype 2)

Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1163d ago
Because it's the best city in the world!
brettyd  +   1159d ago
It is but its a boring setting for a game imo.
gaminoz  +   1163d ago
I've asked myself this question many times.

I'm so sick of game environments there.

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