The Parisian Ghetto is a level in Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness. This is the first part.
About the level
At an early development process the whole level was one big level (PARIS2.gmx.clx) now it is defided into three files (Paris2_1, Paris2_2 and Paris2_3). The game plays in the Parisian Ghetto.
Lara would talk to people to find a certain man.
In this section all known references listed here.
5.01 - Poster with FF3
Lara awakes in an abandoned train station. In this train station is a poster about FF3, coming soon! It is about Fighting Force 3. The two men on the poster are Hawk Manson and Ben "Smasher Jackson. It is a references to a cancelled game by Core Design (2002-2003. More information here.
5.02 – Lumière sign.
First we leave the metro and look at an building with the sign on it: Lumière. Which can be translated as lightning. It could be a lightning factory. When looking on the internet on the city of Derby, the city has an industry history but on wool manufacturing not on light. The name Lumière can be easy linked to the brothers Lumière from Lyon.
5.03 – Daniel Rennes Sign
It says: Courtier de Gage (Pawn Broker), acheté et vendu (Brought and sold), Diamants, Or, Argent, Montres (Diamonds, Gold, Silver, Watches), Voulu (Desired). The shop is located at the corner of Rue St. Mark.
If you go to Google Maps and look up “Rue St. Marc, Paris” you can view the store whose advertising plate looks the same (see screenshots below). A big thanx to Aurimas of Tomb Raider Forums.
5.04 - Moulin Rouge reference?
The "Le Serpent Rouge" building has a circular/round shaped thing with huge font. It looks like it has been inspired by Moulin Rouge building in Paris.
5.05 – Car repair shop.
In the logo of the shop you see a car. It is a Citroën Traction Avant BL.
5.06 – Corduroy auto accesories.
In the logo of the shop Corduroy, auto accessories has a can of BigPay Motor Oil in it.
The term Corduroy refers to a type of textile. Wikipedia says the following about the etymology: The fabric looks as if it is made from multiple cords laid parallel to each other and then stitched together. The word corduroy is from cord and duroy, a coarse woollen cloth made in England in the 18th century The interpretation of the word as corde du roi (from French, the cord of the King) is a folk etymology. Why Corduroy is associated with cars is because it has “Cord” in it. A type of automobile.
5.07 – Balcony.
If you go to Paris or looking at google maps you’ll notice the balcony styles. Each street has his own pattern. This pattern can be seen in the Rue des Bourdonnais. It seems that are a lot has been taken from Rue des Bourdonnais.. see also Parsian Ghetto, part two.
5.08 – Building with street art
This building can be found in Paris. It stands on 1 Place Pigalle, a square in the 9th arrondissement in Paris.
5.09 – Kurtis's bike
Kurtis's bike can be found near cafe Metro and above abandoned railway station. According to the documents from Murti Schofield his favourite transport is the Classic Brough Superior SS 100.
5.16 – Rue st. Mark
There is a Rue St. Marc in Paris. It is located in the second arrondissement.
5.17 – Cours la Seine
The streetname is Cours la Seine, looks like a lot at Cours la Reine which is a real street name in Paris. There is nothing to tell about it, except there is a huge parc with the same name.
5.18 – Rue Perdu
Rue Perdu is the street with the creepy guy. You won’t find a rue perdu in Paris. Rue Perdue is an ancient name, the street nowdays is known as Rue Maître-Albert. So who is mr. Albert? It is Albert the Great or Albertus Magnus (1200-1280), a saint, a then-famous theologist and an alchemist!
A wide range of Pseudo-Albertine works dealing with alchemy exist, though, showing the belief developed in the generations following Albert’s death that he had mastered alchemy, one of the fundamental sciences of the Middle Ages. These include Metals and Materials; the Secrets of Chemistry; the Origin of Metals; the Origins of Compounds, and a Concordance which is a collection of Observations on the philosopher’s stone; and other alchemy-chemistry topics, collected under the name of Theatrum Chemicum. (from wikipedia)
5.19 – Rue de Clef
The street name is actually Rue de la Clef. Nothing special can be find on google maps or with the history of the street name.
In this section all unknown references listed here. If you known them: please let me know.
5.xx - Wanted poster
The left poster has the text: ..Le Meurtre…Vous faites appeler vu lui pois 555-3419504.. First the telephone number is not correct, it’s written in the English way. Second the English to French translation is very bad. According to google translate: the killing. Do you have seen him then (telephone number). I think it is one member of the core team. But I could be wrong. The “The killing” could refer to the Monstrum, which is a central theme in the game.
5.xx – Uncle Bear. Lara looks to a tiny image.
It is a plan how to travel by car or by train, it says: Uncle BEAR. Most words are gibberish but “travel” and “by car” and “by train” can be read. Although small. No reference was found when searching on the internet.
5.xx – Graffiti marks
In the first part of the level there are a lot of graffiti marks. I don't know what it says, I don't know who make this. Maybe it is based on real life graffiti marks in Paris or else.
5.xx - Pager of the Dealer
If you look closely to the creepy guy or also called "dealer" you see he has a pager. He looks often to it. On the pager there is a text Tickets now for sale and MyFamily.com. When looking up at waybackmachine. It was a genealogy website, which is now offline. Odd isn't it?
5.07 – Posters.
5.08 – Shops There are several shops in the game. These can be reached when flying around.
The first shop is “Delphine et Roxby”. There is also a can of "Roxby" in Margot Carviers Kitchen and a Rue Delphine in Parisian Back streets. It could be a relative of one of the developers.
The second one is a antiquairy.
Third one is a shop called Carter Ray. It looks like a jewellery store, it could be a reference to Cartier. And Ray is from Ray Tan one of the developers at Core Design.
The fourth one is a shop called GEORGIA et HARVEY. There is also a box of Georgia in Margot Carviers Kitchen.
The fifth one has a sign with Montmartre on it. Strange enough in PARIS2_2.gmx.clz there is a larger version of the picture. I said "strange enough" because the store can't be seen in this level set. It is reused in the Charcuterie store. On it says: Oeuvre des vieux de Montmartre.
If I google it: Http://www.roussard.com/detaildicolieux.html, I found some organisations based in Montmartre, Paris.
5.10 – More posters
Fruit juice poster. It says “Jus de fruit… ..le melleux” which translates as sweet fruit juice. You see an apple and a pear.
On the poster (very tiny) says: “Radio de Matin” with a certain “Jay”. Quoting Lara Croft: “it’s all a bitt vague”. Yes Lara, It is :)
Some facts and some odds.
5.24 - Unknown square
Near the "dealer" figure there is an alley with some money in it. There is also an unknown square. These strange squares can be found at certain levels.
5.25 - Textured roof near the Le Serpent Rouge
There is a textured roof next to the janitors entrance of Le Serpent Rouge. It is the building where the truck is at. Kind of strange because there is no collision so lara could not go there, except by flying through it. There is nothing..
5.26 - Standing on the street signs
We know Lara can perform acrobatic stuff.. But this..
5.27 - How many Lara's does it take to change a streetlight?
Strange enough the bulbs of the streetlight has the same texture of one of the fruit juice posters.