Shoddy and half assed are some ways to describe them. I can't help but think that not only was it not necesary to include these pointless minigames, but this stuff really doesn't belong in a game like this, at least when it is at the cost of other things that are more important. Just how much time, effort and resources were put into these? I can think of a number of things right off the top of my head that I would rather see, and I am pretty sure most would agree.
More cars and larger garages. The car list is OK, but I'd rather see more instead of lame minigames, and they could've used the resources for more garage space.
More safehouses. 1 House each? REALLY?
More animals. Why are horses not in this game? The code was already written for it from Red Dead. Minigames. were more important for some reason.
User FM. Is there anyone here who would rather have minigames over being able to play your own music? Didn't think so.
I could go on about many little things that could've been improved had they not wasted time with the minigames, but you get the idea. I absolutely love this game besides the obvious issues with the police, and the minigames. I wouldn't change much but is there anyone out there that would rather have these minigames than having any of the things I listed? If you can fit minigames, fine, but not whens it's at the cost of precious resources that should be allocated elsewhere.