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GTA 5 Player Builds Impressive 3D Geographical Map of San Andreas

By Peter Roman Sitkowski


A Grand Theft Auto 5 fan spends over 400 hours creating a geographical map of San Andreas, using professional cartography software and a 3D printer.

Despite being released in 2013, nearly a decade ago, Grand Theft Auto 5is still receiving regular content drops via updates for its online component, keeping the game fresh for veteran players. Between this, and Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode, Rockstar fans are continually placated on the road to the next big release. Fan-made content is also a constant source of entertainment, with mods, role-play servers, and fanart helping the game's longevity as well.

GTA Online is earning more than its keep for Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive, earning almost a billion dollars last year in revenue; thus surpassing newer titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Cyberpunk 2077 by several hundred million dollars. With Rockstar being in no hurry to get around to GTA 6, fans have had eight long years to explore the nooks and crannies of San Andreas, including via extremely popular roleplay servers. In a particularly unique showcase of talent, one fan has shown his love for Grand Theft Auto 5 by recreating the entirety of San Andreas as a geographical map, using 3D printing and countless hours of his time.

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Self-described Product Designer and Creative Technologist, Dom Riccobene, knows the city better than most, having spent over 400 hours carefully gathering data and 3D printing a scale replica of GTA 5's expansivesingle player map. According to an interview with Kotaku, Riccobene used "a custom script to scan the terrain and buildings," as he had done with Red Dead Redemption 2 in the past, a process that took 100 hours alone. Using "professional mapping and cartography software," Riccobene then went about the task of creating the map via a 3D printer, with some of the more complex portions of San Andreas taking up to 12 hours of printing time.

The printing alone took Riccobene around 125 hours, with the full project, including data collection, taking over 400 hours from beginning to end. Certainly a better way to spend one's time than walking around in circles, something many GTA 5 players are doing recently. Despite Riccobene describing the 3D print as the most "technically challenging project" he has ever worked on, he also said it was probably the most enjoyable. Usually working on mountain sculpts, and even a Martian crater in collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Riccobene has had some interesting projects in the past, making it interesting that Grand Theft Auto's San Andreas topped the list.

Seeing the talent of video game fans is always a pleasure, but Riccobene's meticulous data collection and dedication to his model is particularly impressive. The ability to see Riccobene's workflow via a series of videos posted to his Twitter and Instagram is also fascinating, giving some sense of the scope of the project. He plans to tackle Red Dead Redemption 2's map next, and considering how long it takes to walk across the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, it could take even longer to complete. Having said that, the lack of dense blocks of buildings may make for a less time-consuming printing experience; either way, there is no doubt that it will be astonishingly impressive.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions also in development

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Source: Kotaku




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Expert data sculpture designer Dom Riccobene has just revealed a fully 3D printed map of GTA V.

Investing over 400 hours of labor into this project, this task was spurred on by the extra free time brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Revealed to Kotaku, Riccobene’s main profession was hindered do the Coronavirus, and as a result, he needed something challenging to occupy his time, which he then landed on the idea of either making a 3D map of GTA V or Red Dead Redemption II.

Using a custom script that scans terrain and buildings, Riccobene comments on the technique with, “It runs in-game and collects ground elevations in a 500-1000 meter radius around the player when you press a hotkey adding up to 1,000,000+ data points per scan.” As the game loads different portions of the map, over 100 hours were required to map out various spawn points.

With 500 million different points on the map scanned, the next step required sections of the map to be 3D printed where printing time varied from a few hours to 12 hours depending on the complexity of the terrain. Having over 200 hours already invested in his next project, Riccobene revealed that a Red Dead Redemption IIIn other design news, LEGO has the holidays covered with this Marvel The Avengers advent calendar.

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The nominations for the 2021 3D Printing Industry Awards are now open. Who do you think should make the shortlists for this year’s show? Have your say now. 

Product designer Dom Riccobene has 3D printed a miniature physical replica of the entire Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) map in a project that took him over 400 hours from start to finish.

Printed using a Prusa i3 MK3 FFF system, the map was produced in a series of 24 individual tiles before being assembled into its final form. Riccobene is known for this kind of work, as his usual day-to-day often involves using real-world data to recreate locations as to-scale “data sculptures”. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, he wasn’t able to go out into the world all that much this year and settled for recreations of virtual video game worlds instead.

Riccobene told Kotaku, “It was probably the most enjoyable and technically challenging project I’ve ever worked on.”

Los Santos International Airport, one of 24 map tiles. Photo via Dom Riccobene.

Los Santos: The 3D printed City of Saints

The maps of open-world free roam games are something to behold these days. GTA developer Rockstar Games is known to be particularly meticulous in its map design efforts, padding out its urban and rural landscapes with lifelike architecture, terrain, and all the side missions you could ever ask for.

The GTA V map, which is based on Los Angeles, is a fictional city by the name of Los Santos – a lively sun-soaked metropolis packed full of criminal enterprises and hedonistic pleasures. It is by far the largest map in the entire GTA series, spanning more than double the surface area of the next in line, GTA: San Andreas. According to Riccobene, the exact size of GTA V’s Los Santos is 80.3 sq. km (31 sq. miles).

Los Santos by night. Image via Rockstar Games.

Bringing Los Santos to life

Riccobene’s 3D printing project actually begins with one of Rockstar’s other games, the widely acclaimed Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). To start, he wrote a custom script to scan the relief and buildings in the RDR2 map, eventually porting it for use in GTA V. The script runs directly in-game and works by collecting surrounding ground elevations in a 1km radius around the player. Each scan, denoted by the tap of a hotkey, collects over a million data points.

Since open-world games tend not to spawn the entire map in at once (this would require too much memory), Riccobene had to painstakingly walk around and scan each part of the map manually. The scanning process took around 100 hours.

He told Kotaku, “The next challenge was merging the point clouds and turning the dataset into real-world data so I could manipulate, process, and analyze it with professional mapping and cartography software.”

He eventually mapped around 500 million coordinates and created a corresponding tiled elevation grid, which he turned into 3D printable polygon meshes (STLs).

Riccobene added, “Each tile is an 800MB 3D model. From there it was a matter of trial and error dialing in my 3D printing settings to print buildings, terrain, and the water features in black, all at once. They also needed to fit together seamlessly as an assembly.”

The actual printing workflow only took around 125 hours for the 24 tiles, but the data gathering, elevation map generation, and project fine-tuning turned this figure into 400+ hours over the course of a year. He now intends to make a similar 3D printed model of the RDR2 map, which should be ready to see in the coming months.

Since video games are such a widespread hobby around the world, the intersection of gaming and 3D printing technology is always an exciting prospect. Just last month, engineers from the University of Maryland used 3D printing to develop a robotic hand capable of playing a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Printed using Stratasys PolyJet technology, the three-fingered soft robot has since beaten the first level of Super Mario Bros.

Elsewhere, German costume company Lightning Cosplay has previously utilized Zortrax desktop 3D printers to create a range of video game-inspired costumes, including outfits influenced by the open-world RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Adopting 3D printing has allowed the firm to create such detailed replicas, that they have also been commissioned to create costumes for renowned game producers such as Bethesda, THQ Nordic and CD Projekt.

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Featured image shows Downtown Los Santos. Photo via Dom Riccobene.


15 Best Map Mods For GTA V That Are Genuinely Awesome

Grand Theft Auto V is a fantastic game. But let’s face it: we already know the map upside down.

We’ve been playing this game for way too long. And with the next installment of GTA we can only wait anxiously by installing a metric ton of mods to our all so dear GTA V.

Now I have written about GTA V mods in the past and I’ve even done a compilation of the best GTA mods too. But I haven’t discussed map mods, some of the coolest edits to the game.

Given how many of these bad boys you’ll find out there, I figured I’d create a guide for you to use and spice your game up with new custom maps and changes to our beloved city of Los Santos.

Without any further ado, here are my thoughts on the best map mods that you can install on your game.

15. Underwater Mafia Headquarters

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Jesus F. Christ, this mod is massive.

I’m still flabbergasted after installing it. Beware though – you’re going to need a POWERFUL computer to run it. I’m using my new laptop and the FPS dropped like flies.

This mod adds headquarters located underwater (so it basically creates a new underwater base for the mafia, yay) with a coverup yacht party on top of it.

The headquarters come equipped with as many things as any mobster would wish to have. Anything ranging from an underwater helipad to an underwater airport are there to be found.

The building itself is quite beautiful and I completely adore it. Kudos to the creator, this definitely took him a few sleepless nights to complete.

I’m truly amazed by this. Give it a try; you won’t regret it.


14. Road Work Mod

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Oh sure, roads in Los Angeles are as faulty as they get. But there are but a few damaged roads in Los Santos.

That’s not immersive at all.

The Road Work Mod does a fantastic job to combat this, though, as it adds a bunch of roads that need repairing and workers repairing them as well.

This is one of those mods that make the game much more immersive. And I have to say that trying it out with the graphical mods that I used to write my other article (check it out, your game will look really cool) was one of the best decisions that I’ve made.

A simple change, but a welcoming one that is sure to make your game feel as good as it gets.


13. Huge Villa 2

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This is the second part of the Huge Villa mod(made by the same creator) but using a different house model.

The free mod adds a massive house into the game with a helipad on an ocean island. So you can have your private house to yourself without having to expect any uninvited guests to visit you (unless you have annoying friends with helicopters).

The mod creator claims that it took him 8 days to create from scratch. But I have to say that if that’s true, it seems like a good return for his time investment.

The house is massively detailed and fantastically well done.


12. 2 Many Years

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Too many years have passed, and now Los Santos is overgrown with vegetation and in a state of decay like you’ve never seen it before.

This mod is better played without any pedestrians, civilians, missions, quests, or anything else.

Just explore the desolated land of Los Santos many years after a catastrophic event that made the city become unhabitable. Or whichever catastrophe you like to imagine that it happened here.

Actually this mod’s creator recommends you to give it a try with the zombie mod.

I may or may not have done it. Spoilers – it’s fantastic. It’s like The Walking Dead on steroids and without two seasons of crap.


11. GTA V: San Andreas

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Now this mod changes the map of Los Santos into San Andreas, making you rejoice those fantastic days that you spend hunting those damn aliens on the lands of GTA SA.

Quite a cool mod, although not as well done as it could’ve been(in my opinion).

I’m adding it to the 11th spot and not further up because it does leave a lot to be desired. But you’ll find yourself entertained for at least a couple of hours if you give it a try.

I recommend it for a laugh, but be sure to save your game before installing it to avoid any possible issues.


10. Huge Villa

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This mod was made by the same dude that created the last one, but this isn’t on an island.

You’ll find this villa by a lake. And you’ll be able to access all of its features with any of the main characters of the game.

It’s close to Trevor’s trailer, though, so you can move the crazy old bastard out of his crappy house to this amazing villa.

Quite a jump in class, I must say.

In any case this mod is one of the best house mods that I’ve seen when it comes to map updates. And it makes the map look much cooler as well.


9. Menyoo Map Pack

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Beach apartments, boxing matches, alien abductions, and much more.

This modder lost his sanity creating plenty of mods on the Menyoo PC trainer, and this is the result of all of his hard work.

The man has provided us with plenty of fantastic maps that we can enjoy on GTA V and you can get them all with the click of a single button since this is a compilation of all of them!

Enjoy house parties, celebrity deathmatches, and much more thanks to this fantastic map-pack.


8. Galileo Michael Mansion

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Michael should be living a much fancier life.

I suppose the creator of the mod feels exactly the same. That’s why the Galileo Michael Mansion takes such a high spot on my list.

It completely overhauls the way Michael lives, as you’ll find his family as well as Trevor and Franklin over there paying him a visit.

It’s a very cool mod where Michael can go and chill on his days of peace, or after going on a killing spree of course.


7. Forests of San Andreas

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Do the forests feel a bit too dull for you?

Forests of San Andreas adds plenty of changes to the way forests work in the game, by creating new random scenarios that happen in the woods as well as adding countless new trees and assets to the open fields of the game.

Vegetation is going to be playing a much more crucial role in your graphical journey once you’ve installed this bad boy.

I encourage you to give it a shot if you’re a nature lover as well as a cold-blooded killer. Yes, these hybrids exist!


6. City Lights Addon

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Oh man, this mod has to be installed alongside a graphical overhaul mod.

Please, just hear me out – the way city lights get placed strategically across highways and in locations that really needed them to make your time in Los Santos feel like you’re truly in a real city.

The graphic mods make everything look much better in general, so you’ll completely fall in love with the game when driving out at night. But it adds a whole lot into the map as well.


5. Forests of Chiliad

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So this map is included in Forests of San Andreas, but I’m rating it higher up because it was the first one I tried back in the day and I completely loved it.

This free add-on does the same as Forests of San Andreas. But it mainly focuses on covering the part of Mount Chiliad.

If you don’t wish a complete overhaul of vegetation, maybe give this one a try.


4. Franklin’s Luxury House

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Franklin should be living like a king after moving to the GTA Hollywood area.

And this mod does justice to how fantastic his new house should be.

It completely changes the way it looks and enhances many of its exteriors as well as its interior.


3. Grand Theft Auto Remastered Addon

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So this mod works around the original GTA V map and adds plenty of more vegetation and details to it.

It’s a fantastic mod that you’ll completely love if you want to give your game a new breath of life.

With over 15,000 new props added, this is a massive addon that will surely make your map look much better.


2. Vice Cry Remastered

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Visit Vice City in GTA V with this amazingly detailed mod.

It basically changes the map so you can explore the vastness of Vice City using the engine of GTA V. How neat!

Granted it’s not a super detailed mod or anything, especially since it’s digging into an existing GTA game.

But it does let you explore Vice City which is such an amazing title with some very cool places so I’m giving it the second spot on my list.


1. World Improvement Map Editor

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Last but not least we come to a real fun addition to the game.

This mod overhauls the basics of the Los Santos map, making everything look better and much more realistic.

The new map is super detailed and I’m sure you’ll love it right from the beginning. So give it shot if you want to make the game feel more alive while radically improving the map we all know & love.

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Jumping ENTIRE MAP From WATERSLIDE In GTA 5.. (Mods)


Description app comes to iOS! Fully interactive GTA V Map!

**IMPORTANT** Will not work on iPod Touch - Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about this.

Thousands of Grand Theft Auto 5 locations broken down into over 45 categories! Search by category or by keyword to quickly find what you're looking for!

• Over 2000 locations!
• Track your collectibles and sync your progress to the site.
• Weapon pickups, vehicle spawns, body armor, easter-eggs, collectibles.... 45+ different categories!
• 4 Map Types: Atlas, Satellite, Road & Inverted UV
• Search Feature - just like the real Google Maps.
• Add Notes - Add and edit your notes and sync them with the desktop version!
• Offline Mode - Map is available offline (but without locations)
Completely FREE!

If you find a bug, let me know and I'll try my best to fix it - [email protected]

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Rockstar - GTA 5 and all it's trademarks and whatnot belong to them! I just wanted to make a cool app that people would find useful!

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This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

- Fix for some views not showing on iOS 9

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I really wish that once you opened a label (spaceship parts for instance) you could close them one at a time rather than having to either open them all or close them all at once it would greatly help in finding things more efficiently without going to the same place twice. Fix that and I'll give it five..

Very basic

I've been using the browser version to keep track of things, but decided to try out the app after having login problems on the site. No labels on any of the roads or important areas makes this app pretty useless for me. I tried adding a few notes, and after hiding them, could not get them to come back. Adding notes accurately is also difficult, since I couldn't seem to hold and drag them to exactly where I wanted them, so they're always a bit off.

Might come back when this gets more refined, but for now I'll just stick to my imgur album of actually labeled maps.

Nice and simple tool

It's so useful to have the map and tasks up on my phone, to locate and check off the collection tasks. The ability to add personal notes is handy, too. Although, I can only get them to display by creating a new note.

Syncing seems to work from app to web, but not vice versa.

All in all, pretty good and worth a dollar.

The developer, Digitech Apps, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The 10 Best Areas Of The GTA V Map, Ranked

Grand Theft Auto V has been around since 2013. It was one of the most hyped games ever made, and his since gone on to become the second biggest-selling game of all time, and one of the most well-reviewed entertainment products ever made. Despite no dramatic single-player updates, GTA V remains immensely popular thanks to the ever-changing landscape of its online mode.

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The huge (almost fifty square miles) map is full of areas of outstanding interest, beauty and purpose, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to rank the best areas in Los Santos and Blaine County.

10 Vespucci Beach

Over on the left side of Los Santos is a long, sandy beach full of incredible views of the sea and the mountains in the distance. Not only is it fantastic to look at, but you can find a variety of boats along the shoreline and a pier complete with a rideable rollercoaster and Ferris wheel. Oh, and you can find a variety of characters crowded around fires if you’re the ‘senseless killing’ type.

9 Fort Zancudo

As Fort Zancudo is a military base, it is incredibly heavily fortified. One cannot simply walk into Zancudo. Without getting into an immediate four-star battle with the military who, remember, have tanks.

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The way to get in with a few seconds to spare is by jumping (in a vehicle) your way over the fence via a convenient incline just after the tunnel near Mount Chiliad. If you can move with enough speed and skill, you might just be able to find your way into a military plane or a tank and wreak absolute havoc.

8 Grove Street

Something that many people don’t realize is that Los Santos previously appeared in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreasall the way back in 2004.

Grove Street is one of the very few places that appear in both that game and GTA V, making a visit there a nostalgic experience. The tiny area is also rife with crime, so if you fancy a quick shootout, then this is probably the best place to be.

7 The Top Of The Maze Bank Tower

There are a multitude of places to visit in Los Santos and the surrounding areas to get incredible views. The best view attainable in the middle of the built-up city, however, is certainly the top of the Maze Bank Tower.

It’s the tallest building in the game, meaning you can see everything from the sea to the mountains from up there. You can also test your helicopter piloting skills by trying to land there, and maybe even see if you’re any good at parachuting by jumping off.

6 The Diamond Casino & Resort

The Diamond Casino has always been present in the GTA V map, though it took more than five years for players to make their way inside. Now, GTA Onlineplayers can gamble at a variety of high-stakes tables, slot machines and even a horse racing area.

There is also the option to buy expensive luxury penthouses within the building, giving your fake-life some much-needed flair. There are very few places in GTA as fancy as this.

5 Vinewood Hills

A lot of signs point to Los Santos being a parody of Los Angeles. One of the most obvious is, literally, a sign. The huge Vinewood sign sits in the hills overlooking the most expensive area of the city.

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Whether you’re walking through the heat-soaked wilderness or wandering the winding roads full of luxury apartments and million-dollar cars, it’s all worth exploring.

4 The Top Of Mount Chiliad

There are so many reasons that the top of Mount Chiliad is one of the best locations in GTA V. You can reach the peak via a cable car (how many games have one of those?) and drive all the way back down on a mountain bike.

It’s also one of the easiest places to commit some severe crimes and avoid punishment. Most importantly, though, on a clear day, you can get a mesmerizing view of the entire landscape.

3 El Gordo Lighthouse

The reason El Gordo Lighthouse makes it onto this list is simply because so few players even know it exists or remember it from the single-player campaign.

Right over on the East Coast of the map in Cape Catfish, the lighthouse can be seen out in the sea. This location has the unique distinction of being beautiful in the bright sunlight, and genuinely terrifying in the mist and rain.

2 The Alamo Sea

While it does connect directly to the sea, The Alamo Sea is just a big lake. It takes up a huge portion of Blaine County, sitting right next to Trevor’s airfield and in front of the mountain range.

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Not only is it beautiful to look at, but as the largest body of water (not counting the ocean around the edge of the map) it’s probably your best option for a swimming or sailing lesson.

1 Raton Canyon

The undoubtedly best location in the GTA V map is Raton Canyon. It connects the waters of The Alamo Sea into the ocean via twisting and turning rivers that can be accessed on foot or bike for a lovely walk, boat for bold sailors, and plane for truly life-risking stuntmen.

Not only is it fun to navigate, but there isn’t a single more beautiful spot anywhere in Los Santos or Blaine County.

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