I'm going to go ahead and double post; this is what I did/was amazed by in Liberty City today:
I found a gorgeous Yardie's Huntley Sport and painted it a rich blue, then I got Niko a suit with a floral undershirt and some golden sunglasses from the Russian shop. Feeling like a wealthy badass, I cruised around the city and enjoyed the surprisingly fast yet comfortable car and the beautiful sights. I stopped in Meadow Hills just to walk around and I also stopped in Suffolk. After years and years of playing this game, these areas never get old and pulling up in a classy blue Huntley Sport only enhanced the moments. I know its a little absurd to compare, but I just never got that feeling in V. I remember driving a Baller Sport around Los Santos all day a few months ago and it just didn't feel right. Why can I feel more badass in IV, a game where you can't even spend that much money, than I ever could in V, where everything is about money and the "pursuit of the almighty dollar"? I just can't wrap my head around that, but I guess Rockstar must've done something right with IV.
Anyways, I took my "stupid fast" Huntley Sport to the abandoned beach in northern Westdyke and enjoyed the secluded feel and the detail. I loved the fact that I could actually climb rocks with my SUV and even submerge part of it. I also drove down to Beachgate and then roamed around Algonquin, just enjoying the sights again. People say "oh Algonquin is empty" "there's never enough cars" but I beg to differ. I just drove through Lower Easton to get back to Suffolk and the atmosphere just felt so lively and surprisingly vibrant. The weather was as sunny as could be at around 12:30PM and there were tons of cars driving around, an appropriate amount of pedestrians just roaming about. It was lovely.
This game is beautiful and I still love this map more than I ever could love V's.