Los Santos (Grand Theft Auto)
|City of Los Santos|
|Nickname(s): City of Saints
Bulimic Capital of America
|County||Los Santos County|
Los Santos is a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto series, developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It is based on the U.S. city of Los Angeles and southern California. Like its counterpart, Los Santos comprises several diverse areas, and the urban area of Los Santos holds a population comparable to Los Angeles and its surrounding metropolitan area.
Although the state of San Andreas first appeared in the original Grand Theft Auto, Los Santos has only appeared in two separate titles in the series: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V. In San Andreas, Los Santos is surrounded by other cities: San Fierro and Las Venturas, separated by remote areas; however, in Grand Theft Auto V, Los Santos appears as a single city, with Blaine County located to the north. In both of these renditions of the city, there are various businesses for the player to purchase, which generate revenue.
In both San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V, Los Angeles was used as a model for Los Santos. The virtual city is a compressed representation of Los Angeles, including similar landmarks and districts but in different locations and under different names. For example, within the game Hollywood is known as Vinewood.
Los Angeles was extensively researched for Grand Theft Auto V. The team organized field research trips with tour guides and architectural historians and captured around 250,000 photos and hours of video footage during these visits.
Los Santos features several interpretations of many of Los Angeles' districts, landmarks, and neighborhoods, including Compton (Ganton/Davis), Willowbrook (Willowfield), Watts (Jefferson), Inglewood (Idlewood/Strawberry), East Los Angeles (East Los Santos), MacArthur Park (Glen Park/Mirror Park), Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown Los Santos), Beverly Hills (Rockford Hills), Mulholland Drive (Mulholland), Santa Monica (Santa Maria Beach/Del Perro), Malibu (Chumash), North Malibu (North Chumash), Venice Beach (Verona Beach/Vespucci Beach), Hollywood (Vinewood) and its Hollywood Sign (Vinewood Sign).
Following the release of Grand Theft Auto V, the city of Los Santos received high praise from critics. Both Joel Gregory of PlayStation Official Magazine and Hollander Cooper of Gamesradar praised the map of its size and detail, with the former concluding Los Santos is "far more appealing" than Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City. IGN's Keza MacDonald reflected this opinion, and she praised the openness of the world and found exploring it enjoyable. Chris Plante of Polygon noted how believable the world was. Many reviewers praised the scale of the open world, complimenting its realisation of Los Angeles. Both Tom Bramwell of Eurogamer and Jim Sterling of Destructoid praised the game for streamlining the geography of Los Angeles into a diverse and well-designed city space. Jeff Gertsmann of Giant Bomb called the city "nicely evocative of Los Angeles." Brandon Jones of GameTrailers noted that the city is an "interest patchwork" of landmarks in Los Angeles.
The New Yorker's Sam Sweet notes that, with sales of game reaching thirteen million copies, "there will be more people living in the imaginary state of Los Santos than in the real city on which it was modelled."
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