Anyone else think there isn't really much to do other than "goof off" when not on a story mission? From what I experienced playing the game, and from what I read on the forum, there's quite a large contrast between those that agree and those that disagree. From "Sight-Seeing Iz Teh Fun" to "Grr! Gyroplanes Are Bawlz Now!" arguments, it appears we have a huge range between pleased and disappointed players. I, myself, fall under the "GTA V is underwhelming" category, but only because I don't enjoy not having a goal to accomplish. I enjoy objectives and activities, and quite frankly, GTA V's claim of 100+ hours is outright wrong. Maybe you can squeeze 100 hours in SP, hypothetically, but not 100+ hours.
The trouble is that there isn't really much to do in GTA V. Yeah, you can make your own goals, but that isn't something the game gives to you. That's the player making something to do, which anyone can do with any game. I, myself, spent my first 40 minutes playing simply trying to get a plane so I could witness the grand scale of Los Santos. A lot of empty space is what I saw. Yeah, the mountains is nice. Yeah, the wilderness is a nice touch; but I was looking around for things to occupy my time. Something fun. In time, I did the rampages, which was a fun distraction but it didn't really do anything different from earlier missions. I finished the plane school, which would have been more enjoyable if I didn't have to keep the aircrafts steady manually. I wanted to make my three characters resemble something from my own imagination, but it was extremely limiting, as if this was DnD GTA, and I was told it was against my alignment to dress Trevor respectfully. (No mustaches for Mike or Frank?) Overall, I wanted to play a fun GTA game, but instead I played a game where I'd spend more time traveling to a mission than completing it, all for a story I had little care for, with characters I didn't really enjoy playing as.
Now, I'm not the one that bought the game. My brother's the one that went to the midnight release, I only drove him there. I understand he had an obligation to "have to like it", considering he spent a long time in a line-up in the cold, and spent full price with a pre-order; but I have no obligations. I have a rather rare viewpoint, and can judge the game without having spent any money on the actual experience. No, I can't return it (because it isn't mine), and I'm interested to see if GTA: Online is enough to make me a buyer when my own PS3 comes back from the fix-it shop, but y'know what I did instead?
I never actually gave my full attention to Saints Row 2 until I played GTA V. At first, I wanted to show my brother that GTA V was rather rotten compared to other games that came before it. Now I'm sure everyone interested in comparing the two franchises would see "GTA V vs SR IV" as the most appealing concept to consider, but no. A more worthy contender would be SR 2. The 100+ hours of content GTA V promised simply pales in comparison to SR 2, and yes, I'm going to bring up golf and yoga. They're boring distractions at best. You bought GTA to play GTA, not Tennis. What were the activities in SR 2? There's a dozen of them, and they mostly use the base gameplay mechanics too. No new button layouts, no new instructions to play. Helicopter objectives, boat races, the insurance fraud and 18 different assassin missions, and that's not even a fourth of the different things to do in the game! There are just so many "diversions" SR 2 has to offer, while GTA V has, what, 6 scripted heists and thirty-minute long "Tap X to win" triathalons? At least SR 2 had the courtesy to make sprinting easy by assigning it as "Hold R1", leaving the thumb comfortable.
Compared to the soon-to-be 5 year old Saints Row 2, GTA V just seems like a couple hundred steps behind in terms of activities and content. Different unarmed fighting styles, territorial gang shootouts, being able to rob all the stores, a garage that actually stores your car (and you can spawn another if it's destroyed), and not to mention some jaw-dropping cutscenes such as "the monster truck scene"... It all seems like Saints Row 2 is the game everyone wants to play when complaining about GTA V. Sure the map is smaller, and it's just cityscape; but sometimes bigger and newer isn't necessarily better. Y'know?
Anyone out there feeling the same way? Surely I can't be the only one.