What are you guys' opinions on the storyline? Did you like it or were you dissapointed somehow and what did you think of the ending?
I don't wanna be burned here as being the next GTA-hater, but personally I'm struggling a bit with some things. I don't even know how to put it, cause I really enjoyed the story, but I think other things made up for the flaws in it, like the amazing characters and interaction between them and the fact that I and many more were really anticipating if someone would die or not.
1. This is my major concern. I know this isn't a movie, but I was wondering.. what if GTAV was a movie? Would it have been a very good one? I think not.. All of us allready knew that Michael was in witness protection and that he probably was a snitch or something before we even had the game. It was also pretty obvious and revealed quickly. So storywise, where is the excitement coming from and where are the big plottwists? Yes, the heists were exciting but I don't really see them as a big storyplayer tho, I think we all knew they were gonna go well in the end and that no major characters would die in the proces. They were of course trying to get rich, but the main storyplot was the tension between the crew and the FIB and Michael and Trevor. Again, I didn't even think about the fact that the FIB could win, especially considering previous GTA's, so this was also pretty predictable.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Michael allready had the deal with the FIB before the heist in the prologue, so he tryed to set up his crew so they would go to jail and he could retire. I think it would'v been better if somehow they made it so that it is only revealed at the end (that he allready made the deal before the heist in the prologue) causing Trevor to really explode. We all know how insane Trevor is so I really having difficulties with the fact Trevor just let it go in option C and they're all like happily together again! I THINK the majority of people chose option C, cause most people like something about every characters etc. I really think R* didn't have the guts to do it here, that in every option a main character dies. I think in C Franklin should've died. Stories are there to trigger emotions right? Well, in the end I missed something, there wasn't a big cligghanger or shocking moment in the finale. I don't even think there was any kind of moment like that in the game. Ok, I could've picked A or B but you know what's gonna happen then anyway and I didn't want that to happen, but good stories are there to surprise you. I'mo it would've been pretty cool if Franklin died himself in option A or B. I didn't really like the way it was presented either, comon.. "pick A, B or C" on you telephone? How cool would it have been if for example in the last mission you have to chose who you are gonna save, or Trevor and Michael turn guns at each other and you can chose who to shoot or after time runs out they shoot themselves. Its really weird to say all this cause I really enjoyed the game, but if I try to look at it objectivally, the story just lacks. From a game like this you have t expect more, if you isolate the story from the rest you realise it ain't much.
2.1. Also, games can hold back on the realism of things but this was a bit too much for me. Games have evolved storywise but this was a step back for me. Michael allready made the deal with the FIB before the 1st heist in the prologue, he sets things up so Trevor and the rest would get caught. I don't find it very realistic that they just let him retire in a bigass house, especially since he still killed people in the prologue.2.2.2. Ok, the FIB is corrupt, but seriously.. was I the only 1 thinking this went too far? In certain missions you kill a sh*tload of people, even FIB people, just to save them from things where the outcome is uncertain anyway. I can't really remember all of it but I do remember the morality of it all felt very biased sometimes, especially for the FIB agents, but also for the main protagonists. Yes yes, it all was very enjoyable but it just didn't feel right, especially if you think about it.
Overall I'm very confused with GTAV. I think this was 1 of the best games I ever played. I really really did like it. But jeez no one can look over all the flaws. I read like 3 reviews and 2 said the same thing about the morality and only had the guts to give it a 9 instead of a 10 for it. It's weird cause I wanna give it a 10 myself, the world, the characters and lots of other stuff definately desorve a 10. But if I see how many complains there are here I really start doubting it if it really desorves the highest score, cause it's definately not perfect. Maybe this is the max they can get out of it and thats why a lot of people complain like it seems a lot is cut out, it's cool if it's that way, but we don't know.