I've actually tried to do some theorizing on this before, there's lots of connections with Houston, Chicago, Dallas, and some West Coast cities, mainly San Diego and Seattle though. It's hard to say where OC is actually based off of, but I think most of the skyscrapers are based off of Chicago's skyline, the ports are based off of Houston's massive industrial area, the geography is based off of San Diego, and the city structure? That's the mystery.
I know what you mean WRX. Anyways, lots of threads about NFSU and NFSU2 are springing up now, we should add to this one to maybe clarify some things. Ok, let's start here:
- We know Olympic City is a coastal city with a harbor and a massive industrial area. - We assume OC is in the US based on the cars and the characters' accents, but it could actually be BASED off of somewhere else. - Olympic City is in a warm climate zone, it can't be too far north. - There are afew hills in OC, but generally the geography is pretty stable, not overly flat or in the mountains.
To add on to what ridgericer said, it has the basics of any big city… - A Chinatown (Not all cities have one but most do [in US]) - A trolley/tram - Broad boulevards etc…
But, I do not think this is NYC because if it were truly based on NYC, it would have a big-ass park in the middle of it .
Actually not alot of cities that I've been in have a tram system that I know of. BUT, I did remember this: Olympic city has a subway ( Basically an underground train/tube for those of you not familiar with the US terms for things ),obviously you can't actually drive around in it, but on Main St. drag, if you look to your left around either the 1st or 2nd crosstreet, you'll see a stairway with a blue back-lit sign that goes underneath the road. You can see this in afew different spots but that's the easiest one to find. And OC also has a train station somewhere, if you look at 14th & Vine. I know it's usually only real major cities that use the subway, so that does help narrow things down for us.