I am trying not to be overly broad here, but if anyone wants to edit to reword this question, please go ahead. I realize that this is a rather usual request, but I do want to keep it on topic and hopefully get an answer or three.

In a long career, I have worked in USA, the far East and Europe, about 15 countries total. I would like to play a Windows game which satisfies my nostalgia. I don't care what genre the game is; it can be a first person shooter, an RPG, a driving game ... in fact, any kind of game.

What I am looking for is something with a fairly realistic graphical representation of the city. It doesn't have to have the complete street plan, but the more the better. It should, at the very least, have a number of noticeable landmarks. I would settle for two or three if I could explore them in depth, more if I am just looking at them from outside (maybe a dozen or so).

What I am trying to achieve is to immerse myself in a city which I know well and "feel at home" in the game.

Cities, in order of preference:

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Yokhama
  • Tokyo
  • London
  • Boca Raton
  • Key West
  • Munich
  • Oslo
  • Berlin
  • Vienna
  • Turin
  • Rome

[Update] must work in Windows 10

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    Those cities all sound like places I'd like to visit, I'm a bit jealous. Except for Key West. But aside from that I want to play a game that takes place in Oslo now.
    – user24151
    May 31, 2018 at 13:54
  • I am freelance & have worked my way around the world. I find it so much more satisfying than two week holiday visits. just curios, why not Key West? actually, a driving came with the drive through the keys from Miami to Key West would be great. Or along Alligator Alley, to the Florida West Coast (hmmm, strike that - totally boring)
    – Mawg
    Jun 1, 2018 at 5:59
  • Arqade (gaming.stackexchange.com) is amore appropriate place for this question.
    – CJM
    Jun 1, 2018 at 12:38
  • @Mawg, Florida just doesn't appeal to me in any way.
    – user24151
    Jun 1, 2018 at 14:23
  • Shenmue II is an open-world game set in Hong Kong, but I don't know if the world map is based on real geography. Jun 1, 2018 at 16:50

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Microsoft's midtown madness series might qualify, in particular Midtown Madness 2, which features London as one of the playable cities.

It is a car racing game series that focuses on letting players drive through full cities, rather than restricting them to a pre-defined track.

I cannot tell how true the modelled parts of the cities (or rather, their downtowns) are to the originals, as I have not played all parts of the series and have not been to the places of which I have played the game.

  • I am upvoting you, and updating the question and tags. This "Amazon page]9https://www.amazon.com/Midtown-Madness-2-PC/dp/B00004VP44) says "It won't work in 10 due to Microsoft removing the ability for the copy protection this game uses to verify the disc is in the drive".
    – Mawg
    May 31, 2018 at 13:15
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    @Mawg: Aww. Pity, I didn't know that and I haven't tried my copies in years. Still, maybe an emulated OS or a patched version of the game might work. May 31, 2018 at 13:21
  • Yes, there was some mention on the amazon page that a VM might work. It's worth a try; I like the sound of the London black taxi challenge
    – Mawg
    May 31, 2018 at 13:22

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