MTV Multiplayer writes: "Here in New York City, our trees aren't invincible. We actually have children and squirrels scurrying through our parks. And the big amusement park over in Brooklyn, one of our five boroughs, is on the southeast side, not the west.
Such things are different in Liberty City.
"Grand Theft Auto IV" gets many, many things right about New York City, the metropolis upon which its Liberty City is based. And it gets some big things wrong that I can overlook.
But some of the game's misrepresentations demand correcting. New York City, I will defend your rep, via a cheap numbered-list post.
"GTA IV" is - dare I say it - just a game. So it's okay that it doesn't have a Westchester County or any other land connected to its version of Queens (called Dukes)[EDIT: My mistake! I meant the Bronx/Bohan]. It's sort of okay that Staten Island didn't make it onto the Liberty City map. Some of these inaccuracies are forgivable, given that Rockstar Games did include authentic tai chi aficionados slowly twirling in Liberty Ciy's parks and street preachers bellowing on the sidewalks. The developers really have made the most authentic video game city I've ever played darts in.
However, just as a major movie set in New York might convince some of out-of-towners to visit the Big Apple, "GTA IV" might bring some non-New-Yorkers to the real life Liberty City. I don't want you to come here with the wrong idea. Here are eight things about New York City grossly misrepresented in Rockstar Games' Liberty City:"