Although it will most likely degenerate into a whimpering thread for those people that wanted San Andreas 2, but whatever.
I enjoy GTA V. I think it was excellent, and i've been a rabid follower of the series since the first top down perspective for playstation, including it's spinoffs and handhelds.
Overall, this was a vast improvement to GTA IV. I did like Niko as a character, I thought the allusions to his tragic backstory brought some well needed life into the series' main character. Liberty City's reincarnation was pretty big, but to me it was ultimately bland and rather disappointing compared to GTA III. I thought it had a much more urban and dark atmosphere tied to an equally dark story. The driving in IV was more similar to boating the first time I played it, but I quickly got used to it. I won't say I enjoyed it, but at least it was more realistic. Ultimately, I thought GTA IV was pretty ok but tried to take itself way too seriously, and ended up falling short of it's sequel and it's predecessors in terms of that "GTA Charm" i'm sure some of you feel as well.
Once I popped in GTA 5, I was seriously excited. Here was a game which brought a more serious and realistic tone from IV, but brought back some of the humor and ridiculous humor that the series grew up on. I love Los Santos and Blaine county. It's big. I love driving around it, especially the Vinewood Hills area in a fast car. I do feel however that Los Santos itself could have been just a little bigger. One of my favorite places to cruise around in was South Central LS, with all of it's ghettos and barrios capturing an atmosphere that I grew up in. It is noticeably smaller here, and doesn't have much life considering that Franklin is from there. I really don't visit unless i'm cruising around or visiting Franklins car garage. It was cool that they threw in Grove st. as a bit of a throwback, as well as it's nods to the days of old. (Like the Z Type. Zaibatsu anyone?)
I am really excited for GTA online, but I have noticed that the single player's concept of sampling the gameplay mechanics that are supposed to be greatly expanded in GTAO certainly makes me wish I could do more. I've always enjoyed GTA because I could always rely on it being there if I ever just wanted to be alone with a good single player experience. They should have expanded some of the things. (The Heists being a big one.) I would have liked more Bail Bonds missions, or maybe a bail bonds business you could buy the would call you like the cab company does to hunt and take down the more dangerous bail jumpers. Franklin's role as as upstart car thief could have easily been improved by putting in the Gone In Sixty Seconds style car thief list that GTA 3 had. I also enjoyed Michael's role as muscle for Solomon Richards, and I think he could have done some more side missions related to him pretty much being a thug.
In conclusion, I'm saying GTA 5 is a great game. I think it's Rockstar celebrating it's roots, as well as it's change. I do wish that they hadn't watered down the single player as much, even if it meant delaying GTAO for more than two weeks just to make sure we had a truly complete experience. With the rumors of no dlc planning to be made for the single player, it's a little sad to see that what we got could very well be all we are going to have.
It's a great game, and some of these threads listing problems and issues are valid, but seeing the threads where people come in and lambast this game as the antichrist disappointment of forever makes me wonder whether people are actually taking apart this game and really playing it, or just seeing what's on the surface.
Thoughts? Complaints? Bitches? Whines? Moans? Praises?
Let's hear it.
Congratulations R* on another great release in the series.