Becaus The Lost and Damned was too niche, WHICH I can understand. Nevertheless, just because it was one of the least popular GTA titles (and considering it was a DLC, it's pretty generous to call it a "title"), doesn't mean R* should have thrown the fans of it under the bus in such the way they did. I mean, WHO exactly are they polling when deadbeats post "o polls show everyone hate lost n damed n jone"
Probably the same people who thought V was a good game on the whole.
Yeah. It really doesn't make sense that they'd throw TLAD fans under a bus like this and then rub it in further with random stranger missions and online missions featured slaughter more Lost. The why they killed Johnny I can (barely) justify as a failed attempt at trying to make Trevor look like a badass but the rest of it, I can't figure out. Why isolate your fanbase like this?
V at it's core isn't bad. It's story and base idea is pretty meh compared to all of IV's episodes yes even Ballad, it's an incomplete idea but actually a strong one unlike V which had a few solid ideas but the foundation was horrific largely because of Trevor.
It didn't help that their key selling point and best parts of the game (The Heists) were minimal and there were only three where you get any real choices in how to proceed and only two where you actually get serious money out of it. Their big selling point of the single player mode proved to be almost completely bogus.
However the main point here is that most of the experience feels off or 'not a good game' because Rockstar did their usual approach with character development with Trevor and it simply doesn't work.
The problem is that a lot of GTA's success is due to the immersion factor, in characters, environment etc. However Trevor I sense was a massive challenge for them because their usual design approach doesn't work when one of your protagonists is as shallow as a kiddie pool and has no justifications in his own motivations and it's a challenge they failed aside from pleasing the simple minded masses.
Trevor brushes it off as 'being true' and 'doing whatever he feels like' whether it's rational or not but it's a load of crap. He deceives people and tells lies as much as everybody else does despite trying to proudly claim that he's 'true', it's just he's far more direct in doing so, Johnny's murder was precisely this and he even claims he planned to betray Michael at some point but Michael's fake death came first and he still acts righteous about Michael 'betraying' him. Trevor's character is all over the place and the story and experience suffer greatly in consequence.
Still they had to try make Trevor work and these idiots don't notice the difference. It's people like us who actually pay attention to the effort and detail they put in that get shoved under the bus, what the hell man? I still cannot come with one satisfying reason why The Lost and their fans were treated this way, it's as if some lawyer came up and threatened to sue if they didn't massacre their own characters.