Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2
Location And Setting
As we saw in the first GTA V trailer, the recreation of iconic and lesser-known locations in the greater Los Angeles area just looks incredible. However, while the first trailer focused mainly life in Los Santos and the juxtaposition of extreme poverty and extreme wealth, the new trailer gives us a huge glimpse into a place that feels real, or at least as real as Lohan’s lips. Those of us living in Southern California can expect what appears to be constant references and in-jokes; here are just a few of the highlights:
The view of Downtown Los Santos, strikingly similar to the view of Downtown LA as seen from the east bank of the L.A. River in Boyle Heights. (We recommend every visitor to LA head to Boyle Heights. The food is amazing.)
Here’s a nearly postcard-perfect recreation of a section of Long Beach near City Hall and the Aquarium of the Pacific. In the background you can see the GTA version of the Vincent Thomas bridge.
The Los Santos version of L.A.’s Griffith Observatory. What’s interesting is that, though the scale is wrong, the positioning is eerily accurate: this is kind of how LA looks if you’re on the southwest side of the observatory grounds looking east over the basin, albeit with more pollution.
This is a very close approximation of the eastbound 5 freeway along the south side of Griffith Park.
And finally, here’s GTA V’s version of the 10 freeway running through the Inland Empire near the Coachella Valley. Not pictured: intense boredom, despair, abandoned houses and meth.