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Graffiti Town
In Video Game Settings, the Graffiti Town is a lighter version of Gangster Land where the action takes place in a modern urban area that has all the stereotypical elements of being "urban": tall brick apartment buildings with some wear and tear, elaborate and/or gigantic graffiti on the buildings, and tall chain-link fences. The stage music is usually in the hip-hop genre. Note this setting has to have exaggerated features of heavy urban areas, like downtown Los Angeles or New York. So Liberty City from Grand Theft Auto can't count because the environment is relatively realistic compared to what is described here.

Some basketball video games may have this as a court instead of the usual sports stadium.

Video Game Examples

  • Kerning City in MapleStory. Semi-derelict buildings? Check. Really impressive graffiti? Check. Hip-hop music? Check. Tri-fecta Graffiti Town.
  • One of the arenas in Robot Arena 2 is an empty lot in an urban district. The surrounding buildings are covered in elaborate graffiti that say the game's abbreviation, RA2.
  • Prison Planet Thantos in Bomberman 64: The Second Attack. Although it a post apocalyptic version with zombies, rogue bikers, and gaping chasms.
  • The World Ends with You
  • Jet Set Radio and Jet Set Radio Future has Tokyo-To, where the player actually helps decorate the city with said elaborate graffiti.
  • The early stages in the Streets of Rage games.'
  • Likewise, the first stage of Final Fight
    • Paris has shades of this in Final Fight 2
      • Again, several stages in Final Fight 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time features this in one of it's first stages.
  • Midgar.
  • One appears (briefly) in the anime opening sequence for Sonic Riders, although there isn't one in the actual game.
  • The "Chicago: Stealth" mission from Perfect Dark, with the exception of most of the graffiti being in Chinese. Joanna's target (the headquarters of the dataDyne subsidiary G5 Corporation) is located in Chinatown.
  • Resident Evil 2 has this in the earliest parts of the game (before you enter to the police station) with all the elements of this trope (brick walls, graffiti everywhere, chain link fences, and basketball courts) however, it is a wrecked Graffiti Town after a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Stilwater in Saints Row 1 has this trope in effect for all but the most wealthy parts of the city, however the trope is dropped entirely in the second and third games, as Stilwater is depicted as a sleeker, cleaner, more realistic city (due in large part to Ultor's corporate security) and Steelport from the third game is a very sleek and bright city.
  • The Rank 2 level in No More Heroes 2.

Non Video Game Examples


Ghost CityThe CityHidden Elf Village
Generic GraffitiVandalism TropesGrave Robbing
Gravity ScrewVideogame SettingsGreen Hill Zone

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