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How to make a virtual city as in the game PGR4?

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Hello everyone. I've just bought an XB360 and was playing the game Project Gotham Racing 4 (I know, it's an old game). The streets of Shanghai in the game was so real that I can tell all the places I've been to before in my real life. I'm wondering, how did they make it? In my opinion the price of modeling for each single piece of the buildings and all other details is too high and also takes a very long time. Maybe it's something like taking photographs of the real word and generating textures for simple models? But then how to make the buildings appear real without any normal information? Could any one give me any information or suggestion on this? Thanks!

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Hire a lot of (good) 3d modellers! I seriously expect that it is just all modelled by hand, however, there are tools which may help.

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Hello everyone. I've just bought an XB360 and was playing the game Project Gotham Racing 4 (I know, it's an old game). The streets of Shanghai in the game was so real that I can tell all the places I've been to before in my real life. I'm wondering, how did they make it? In my opinion the price of modeling for each single piece of the buildings and all other details is too high and also takes a very long time. Maybe it's something like taking photographs of the real word and generating textures for simple models? But then how to make the buildings appear real without any normal information?

Could any one give me any information or suggestion on this? Thanks!


That's pretty much how they did it. Took lots of pictures on site (for texture, references, ect...), street maps and overhead views, and modelled the city surrounding the track by hand. It takes a lot of time and effort and skills :)

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