touchy subject here... this is an overlooked fact and it will make a big difference in the level of immersion we are getting in the new game. needless to say, it might piss a lot of people off, as it shapes the way the game reveals the plot and story.
to give an example, oblivion is much more immersive than most rpg's and adventure games because everything happens in front of you, in real time, cutscenes are virtually inexistent.
it would be interesting to have gta in a similar way... it would be step forward imo, towards greater immersion.
like most other things, we'll have to wait and find out.
but i do believe we will have a cutscene for the intro anyway.