It is certain areas.. i've been playing for 4 hours total on a legit retail copy.. (mate got the game, guess where i'm camping )
And i must say the beach is full of people, the shopping boulevard nearby is absolutely packed as well.
Rodeo? with all the expensive stores got a sh*t load of peds and in some of the areas in and around downtown its bustling with activity as well.
The hood.. feels a bit empty sometimes, with only some crackheads and some random hookers walking around..
If you come across a gang hangout it is quite populated all of the sudden.
It's like people almost are afraid to walk down the street in the hood haha.
Must say though... game doesn't feel empty at all.
Only thing i don't like about this game, and i got really high standards for GTA games is that the smaller airplanes feel a bit twitchy.. the bigger ones are fine though.
I've read in other threads it comes down to location,location,location. What would you say are the areas that have a large number of peds continuously?
Beach and the shopping blvd next to it, Rodeo(?) where you can find the expensive clothing shops seem packed.
Comercial zones in downtown, Airport, the docks/port and some of the residential areas seem above average as well in terms of ped population.
Just the hood and some of the industrial zones can be a bit under populated.. with groups of gangmembers hanging out on the corner (loads of them though) Crackheads and hookers.. not much going on the sidewalks, but alot in the alleyways, porches and street corners.
Think this way;
During day time, in spots that would be populated in real life, you will find a decent amount of peds.
4 AM in the morning, or during a storm? not so much.
It seems their formula for placing peds is too good, people are just used to a constant number of peds or something.