I don't value almost every car like I did in IV. Most cars just feel less believable and done poorly. I mean some cars lack back up lights, badges, proper interiors to fit with the exterior well, or unique personality. The Vacca and Zion XS are believable. The classica feel like a waste of money overall. I drove all of them and, meh, they aren't special.
I don't value ANY of the cars in the game, and value the motorcycles even less. They can be considered utilitarian art best, just a means of getting from A to B on the quickest time possible. In IV I took great care in driving skillfully because of the damage physics, which gave me a lot of satisfaction in evading pursuers without a scratch on the car. In V, I don't give a dead rat's arse whether I smash the car up, either during a chase or getting to a destination in the fastest time possible - the vehicles in V are cheap disposable tissues compared with the expensive embroidered handkerchiefs of IV.
Sad but true.
I remember in January I had a craze over the Sentinel. I just loved how nimble it was, how it looked so close to the E46 M3, how quick it was, and how great of a sleeper sports car it was. I also has a craze for the good old Russian Schafter.
Man I remember having fun with the Albanian Hakumai. How I just cruise around town following most of the road rules and just admired the car, how it drove, how it's suspension was firm and performance focused yet it still looked comfortable.
I remember going crazy over the Super GT -- actually the last car I went crazy over in IV for about 3 months straight until V came out and I was disappointed it was gone. I valued that car deeply. It was so gorgeous, it was the ultimate grand tourer. Sitting still I could admire it's British looks in a British Racing Green-ish paint. Even the doors looked sexy with the frameless windows and that nice thin chrome windowsill. And then when I drove it, it just felt so good. Had that fast but laid back GT attitude.
I-I just don't treasure cars much in V. I took pictures of the Pegassi Vacca on Sunday and admired it but something was still lacking. The way it drives doesn't feel unique that much. The Rapid GT's do not feel like worthy replacements to the Super GT. They don't sound like a GT, they just have some recycled Carbonizzare exhaust note, and they don't drive like GT's, they drive like supercars and have no personality to them. The looks are okay but for some reason they gave the cabrio the Super GT's interior but left the coupe and the sedan with an unfitting repeated Surano interior. Nitpicking? Yeah but it's small little touches that matter to me and they didn't really car when it came to this. Most of the expensive cars don't feel special because you'll see them all over the place now. The car reflections in regular IV were good, what happened here? The graphics are better but the reflections on cars just look ugly.
It just makes me feel like, this game is good but not great.