I've been hearing rumors of how "bad" the game is, but I'm still much more excited to find out for myself. And if it's really THAT bad, Rockstar will take notice to the (probably millions) of complaints, and shouldn't have much problem at all releasing an update that fixes everything. They're not gonna just roll over and say "Oh well, our Big Bad V was a flop, moving on...", they're going to fix it.
I've been hearing rumors of how "bad" the game is, but as to not spoil it for myself, I've refrained from viewing any of the leaked content. I'm just going by the responses I've accidentally read here in the forums. I don't know how bad the car damage and driving mechanics are, the two things I've heard about the most, but I know that if it's really that bad, Rockstar shouldn't have much problem at all releasing an update that fixes everything. They're not gonna just roll over and say "Oh well, our Big Bad V was a flop, moving on...", I believe they will fix it.
My question, for you guys to answer for yourselves, this guy who leaked the gameplay video that has everyone all up in arms about car damage and driving mechanics, did he have access to a game update? Has anyone, who received the game so far been able to update it? It could've already been fixed, and we'll receive the update after midnight. If not, Rockstar can fix it and send out updates, just like they do with all their games -- I bought EfLC on release day, and if I remember right, it already had an update waiting -- and incidentally Volition did as well, for Saints Row 3 and 4, so this's kind've a standard practice...they would likely have some down-time between pressing the discs and release day, why not use that time to polish up the code and prepare an update?
Regarding car damage and driving mechanics...I'm sure that's gonna take a bit more than just rewriting a few lines of code. I have no idea how game programming works, so it could be as simple as some scripting for the driving mechanics, remodeling hundreds of textures for car damage, or as serious as a small overhaul on the game engine. I'm sure it'll take some time to do what needs to be done and release an update, but it CAN be done, and as corny as it sounds, all of us can band together to petition Rockstar to do it, if needed. We don't have to come out and say "we'll incite a boycott", but we can point out the fact that this serious flaw in the game can hurt their post-release sales, as well as sales from future DLC.
We already know that Rockstar staff (how high up?) read these forums, and I'm sure they'll take this to heart - especially when they see how big of a deal this is. But if it comes down to it, there are ways of making your voice heard louder than just some words on the forum. You can draft a letter to mail to Rockstar's main offices - hell, mail that letter to ALL their offices - and share your letter with others, encouraging them to do the same. In other situations, I've done this and I've seen it done, and I've seen results from it. You just have to put the controller down and do some footwork. What you get out of something, is directly equal to what you put into it, so don't expect taking 5 seconds to post one sentence on a messageboard to yield results. Going as far as sending a typed, professionally-worded letter to their main offices are the best wasy to be heard. This will work best if one person gathers the mailing addresses, another drafts the letters, and post it all, encouraging hundreds of others to do it as well.
Anyway, that's just one idea. I'm hoping it won't come to that, and they'll recognize what needs to be done. Just remember that even if they don't announce it, doesn't mean that they're not working on it -- and it could take some time, so patience is a virtue!
And in the meantime, just enjoy the game as-is, because to me, cruising around a brand new Los Santos in my little dark-red Futo is a HELL of a lot more than I had last week.