Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto IV)
As great as GTA V’s Los Santos is, it just doesn’t compare to Grand Theft Auto IV’s Liberty City. More so than perhaps any other location on this list, it feels alive, as thriving and reactive as a real location. A sandbox unlike any other, it’s easy enough to forget that you’re there as an agent of chaos, to get caught up in the simulation of the civilians—marveling at how complete it feels. Pedestrians roam the streets, and when behind the wheel of a vehicle they behave naturally; its loud and bustling, a detailed environment that ultimately feels lived in, rather a space merely designed to accommodate gameplay. Liberty City is a memorable and welcoming city unlike any other on Xbox, a truly iconic place that no studio has been able to match in the decade since it first graced the platform.