OK there are a lot of ppl including myself who think a jail system would be cool. On the flip side there are ppl who think it wouldn't either because they just want to be negative or they just havent thought about it long enough to see the fun in it. Regardless, the goal of this idea is to find the medium so ppl who want it can have it and ppl who don't aren't forced to deal with it. I think I've found that medium.
First let me mention two important additions to the current arrest system that are needed to make this idea work. 1) the surrender option needs to be available at all times. In IV you couldnt give up with say 4 stars. The cops were stuck on kill mode and shot you regardless. I think if I have a weapon out the cops should shoot like normal but if I put my weapon away and stand stationary then they should just approach with guns drawn giving my character a chance to surrender. 2) if I get killed while wanted I shouldn't respawn outside the hospital. I should still get busted. OK with this in mind here is how the system would work.
|* Get busted (cops had to force the arrest) with 3 stars or less and you respawn immediately outside the police station. You get to keep your weapons and armor but you will lose some money (a fine for the amount of damage you caused, # of NPC's you hurt, etc. during that wanted level). If you surrender instead of them busting you the fine will be less.|
* Get busted with 4 stars and again you respawn immediately outside the police station. You get to keep your weapons but this time you will lose your armor and some money. If you surrender you get to keep your vest but will still lose money.
* Get busted with 5 stars and you are sentenced to spend the rest of that ingame day in city jail (a holding cell with other characters in it). You lose all of your weapons, armor and some money. HOWEVER, if you surrender then your arrest will be reduced to a 4 star bust where you will respawn immediately outside the police station with your weapons but still lose your armor and some money. If you didn't surrender then a holding cell will load and you will then have two ways to handle your time.
Skip it - You do this by using the phone inside the cell to call a friend from your contacts list to come bail you out. You will then pay the fine in full plus the cost of the bail (bail amount will be paid or owed to the friend you called). A few seconds after the call you will be released.
Do the time - In other words freeroam inside the holding cell until midnight. Do this and you'll pay 0% of your fine. During freeroam sometimes random events will happen that could be fun. For example, the cops opening the cell door to bring in/take out an inmate which you can use that opportunity to try an escape (KO the cop, take his weapon, etc). Another is a NPC picking a fight with you and another is an NPC simply walking up to talk to you (similar to the strippers in IV when they walked up to you and asked if you wanted a private dance). Like the strippers you can ignore them or press LB to communicate. Communicating will sometimes leads to new contacts, freeworld hookups or side missions once released.
* Get sentenced to city jail 3 times (3 strike rule) and earn a month in prison. You lose all weapons, armor and alot of money (a huge fine). Instead of a holding cell in the station loading up an interogation room will load up with you and a cop in it. You will then be given two options. 1) snitch on a friend and get released or 2) tell them to f*ck off and go do your time. If you choose to snitch you will then be given the opportunity to select a friend from your contacts list to snitch on. After your selection you will be immediately released and your friend will be arrested shortly after. You will then lose him as a contact. If you choose to do your time then the next scene will be you on a prison bus going to prison. Like the taxi ride you can sit through the ride or skip to the prison. If you sit throught the ride you can then switch to a different character and free your buddy from the bus. If you skip then it will go to a cutscene of you entering prison and then your cell. You then will have two ways to handle your time.
Speed up your time - This option will be available every night at lights out (10pm). Once 10pm hits and you are in your cell you will be given 3 options. 1) sleep until the next day, 2) skip two ingame weeks and 3) skip to your release day.
Do the time - Freeroam inside the prison for the month. During freeroam you can do things like side missions, play dominoes, cards, chess, basketball, prison fight club, etc. Besides that like the city jail small time events will happen throughout each day opening up opportunities for you to do things. For example inmates plotting an escape in which you can get involved (you can also switch to one of the characters that are free and plan a breakout). Either way these escapes would be planned just like the heists (a series of small missions to prepare for the big one). More examples of a random events are riots, NPC's picking fights with you or NPC's simply walking up to talk to you. As stated above you can walk away to ignore them or press LB to communicate. Communicating will sometimes lead to new contacts, freeworld hookups or side missions in prison as well as once released.
I think this should make both sides happy as those who want it can have it and those who dont want to deal with jail/prison have options to avoid or skip it. As long as you surrender or snitch you never see the inside of a jail and even when you go you have options to skip. I know its wishful thinking at this point but I would really love to see this or something like it in V. Thoughts?