It should come as no surprise that Rockstar Games created one of the biggest virtual worlds ever. Grand Theft Auto V's open world isn't just huge, either: Los Santos is one of the most carefully-crafted gaming locales ever made. It's so well-made that it feels like an actual city ... until jets and police cars start exploding, that is.
Of course, the sheer size of Los Santos doesn't exactly lend itself to replication. Sure, there are plenty of fan videos and other projects built using the in-game editor, but in terms of recreating the city itself, you'd think that Los Santos would simply be too big an undertaking for the average fan.
That being said, if there's any group of players willing to spend hours upon hours building something immense, it's Minecraft fans: builds have included everything from an absurdly massive Starcraft painting to a replica of Castle Black from Game of Thrones. Now, it's Grand Theft Auto's turn: a group of players, led by a fan named N11ck, has taken to recreating the entire city of Los Santos, block by block:
If Grand Theft Auto V had somehow been made for the original NES, this is what it would have looked like.
Needless to say, the attention to detail is nuts: everything, from the streetlamps to the roads to the individual buildings, has been faithfully-recreated with thousands of tiny blocks. Even in Minecraft's Creative Mode, building a single skyscraper could take hours, much less all of downtown Los Santos.
What's amazing is that this single section of the city in the video is just a small slice of what the group is aiming to build: according to N11ck, the recreation of Los Santos will be on a one-to-one scale. When completed, the city and its surroundings will take up 75 in-game blocks — which, in Minecraft terms, is ridiculously huge.
Who knows — once the actual construction is done, maybe drivable cars (and the subsequent hijackings) could be added in via mods ...
For more in-progress shots and build updates, check out N11ck's YouTube channel.