Okay, I've been staying on the forums for quite a bit and ever since leaked gameplay started to spread around like wildfire, the GTA V forum sub-category has transformed from an optimistic, ultra-hype area full of excitement and faith, into a cesspit of dreadful remarks, negativity and honestly, painful criticism towards the game.
I mean before the leaks, this place was paradise. People were excited beyond measure, you could feel it. The mapping thread in particular kept us on our toes and having hopes towards GTA V being the most ambitious game Rockstar has made to date. And then what happened afterwards? This forum turned from a wide smile into an unforgiving frown. People began criticizing the game (hard, in some cases) for it's "lack of Pedestrians" , "lack of traffic" , "sucky driving" , "poor physics" , "people are like walls" , "no gambling" , "map is boring" , "countryside is barren". The amazing abundance of these threads made me feel like the game is really being turned down, even though most of us here still love the game. But there are so many people who have focused on the negative side of the game than the positive. Pedestrians have more realistic reactions and behavior, the graphics and lighting and weather effects are phenomenal, heck you can even ride the damn rollercoaster at the pier. Why are these positive threads so dilute now?
And I've observed the most likely reason why people are getting so upset with the game. You guys had too high expectations. It was so evident ever since the first trailer came out. People were complaining that the map was too small, the city was too small, there shouldve been more towns, there should be realistic steak blah blah blah. You have to understand that Rockstar spent 266 million dollars on hardware that we can now safely say is obsolete today. They should deserve the credit they were due for pulling off such an ambition.
I personally, am nothing short of impressed and in disbelief of the world of GTA V. It is evident that Rockstar really put in their best to satisfy all of us gamers. I know that there are a lot of you who do love the game despite some "setbacks", and I think you are the most awesome fans of the series.
So to conclude, can we just bring back the optimism of the forums? This game will be awesome I assure you, just stop being so butthurt over the "negative" aspects of the game that you've so expertly spotted.