i felt the same as you when i first started playing, but now i love the driving, allthough i didnt hate the game just cuz of car handling, but the one thing i am still dissapointed with is the car crash physics, you can hit something at 100 miles an hour and barely anything happens, that is a big step down from 4, i loved how the cars crumpled like in real life in gta 4, but the arcadey handling just takes getting used to, i love it now but hated it at first
i also really loved the handling in gta 4 and didnt want them to change it, but now theyve won me over, just give it alot more time youll come around, but the crashes are hugely dissapointing and id like to know there reason for literly removing crash physics, the cars get damaged but im not talking about damage im talking about how cars react when you hit them
oh well, the game is so amazing it really doesnt bother me anyways
i guessing they thought people didnt like the fast crumpling effects . i enjoyed it my self but its somehing i can easyily look past. i also understand the route they took with driving. they wanted the driving to feel like a seperate game so they took the idea from mdcLA. as it turns out some people don't like it.as for me i don't really care,but i guess some do.
best thing they could have done is give the option to change the handling style from arcade mode to realistic driving mod..that way ppl would not complain and everybody would be satisfied.