Seriously though...how f**king stupid are you
People don't buy videogames because they're relatable to themselves, they buy it for graphics, story and gameplay, or for mindless fun. "I cant play this game I cant relate with where it takes place", what are you, 12?
Please k!ll yourself
Being able to connect to the story is part of user experience dumbass. Especially in a game where there is a big storyline. Just like actors have to be able to connect to the audience in order for a film to be successful. Think about the accommodations R* would have to make for US players to understand the foreign city architecture and language etc.. You do know how detailed GTA4 is right? well, why would they put that much detail into an area that is foreign to most of it's target audience?
I guess it's possible for them to do it, but that would pretty much change the basics of the franchise since it was built around Local (US) cities. Players are already accustomed to US cities, the switch to something like hong kong would be too drastic. Don't believe, watch how horrible true crime: hong kong does when it finally drops.
Next time, don't try to argue with someone (like me) that's obviously above you intellectually.