Call of Juarez: The Cartel (2011)
Keeping in theme with crime in Los Angeles, Call of Juarez: The Cartel, gives you three agents hunting down the cartel using any means necessary. Sure, the video game isn’t all that great, and if you really look at it, you’ll see that it’s pretty damned racist. To its credit however, it does a decent job (purely aesthetically) of showcasing the seedier side of L.A, complete with rusting chain-link fences, humble shacks, and dust-covered streets. If only they had decided to portray the social problems contained within the plot with a bit more realism, it would have been a video game based in Los Angeles worth playing.
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (2004)
This fantastic oldie possesses one of the better depictions of Los Angeles. It’s certainly not an accurate one in regards to layout (given its age and the technical limitations of the time, that’s no surprise), but all the important features of Los Angeles are present— the looming towers of glass and concrete Downtown, the over-the-top, pseudo-exotic architecture of Hollywood, and the laid-back thuggish exterior of Santa Monica. The best thing about it is that, while the game revolves around vampires and their intricate secret society hidden beneath the facade of our mortal one. The portrayal of their society works in conjunction with the game’s portrayal of the mortal one, instead of letting one overshadow the other, which is one of the reasons why the was able to offer such an immersive environment, and one of the reasons why to this day, it has such a substantial following.
Dead Island 2 (Upcoming)
This game isn’t out yet, but from what we understand, it will be set in California and from what we’ve seen, Hollywood and the Santa Monica Pier will feature in it. Do you really care what it look like? Aren’t you just excited to see the city overrun with zombies to shoot? Well, if you do have any concerns over what the city looks like, rest assured, it’s a fantastically rendered, beautifully designed, truly realistic depiction of L.A. The Hollywood sign stands proudly on the side of Mount Lee, shimmering in the sunlight, watching over the city as zombies fill it and destroy life as we know it. Excited yet? The highly anticipated L.A-based game is due for release some time this year.