Unfortunately, Roman’s American Dream is purely that - a dream - as although Niko does finds his cousin in charge of a taxi firm, he also finds him heavily in debt, unpopular and in trouble with several local criminals. To make matters worse, Roman is living in a place where only the strong survive, a place which has appeared in the GTA series before but never quite like this - this is GTA IV’s Liberty City.
The Liberty City that appeared in GTA3 was influenced by Chicago and New York as well as other US cities. GTA IV’s Liberty City, on the other hand, is purely homage to New York. Rockstar has resisted updating their vision of Portland, Staunton and Shoreside Vale. Instead they’re creating their own version of the Big Apple, and four of its boroughs.
The trailer picks out the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building and Times Square, but this isn’t a brick-by-brick reconstruction of NYC (like The Getaway tried with London), this is an approximation of the city - structurally similar, but created with a GTA eye for style and parody.
For instance, the Statue of Liberty is actually called the Statue of Happiness, the Metlife building is now named Getalife, and the Times Square of Liberty city is adorned with adverts for Piswasser Beer, Cluckin’ Bell and a film called I Slept with Your Mom.