Choosing a location in which to set a game is important – just like a game premise, the location is something that either grabs your attention or doesn’t. The second thing to consider is period, for instance – present day NYC – or more specifically Manhattan Island – (for me) is a lot less interesting than the NYC of the ’80s – a time during which crime was at an all-time high. I’d have to say that NYC circa 198X is my favourite place/period – and that general place and time (whether used directly or inspired by) appeared in many games from the late 80s and early 90s – mostly games about people beating the shit out of each other.

The best example is Final Fight – Metro City is a great representation of Manhattan Island of the 1980s.  It captures everything from the slums, subways, gangs and graffiti. I’d definitely like to see this place and time revisited in more games.