First off am not trolling, as on this forum as a lurker I tend to notice that anyone with a opinion other then ''This game is a masterpiece'' is a troll. Secondly how can anyone defend Microsoft? No matter how much you try and tell yourself otherwise it's been a massive disappointment, I think most of you know this but are in denial. Everything from lack of interiors, lack of customization, lies, short story, not very engaging characters and glitches. Face it most of the budget on this went on the marketing so people would buy the game you know why? Because Rockstar is just out to get your money, A in game motorbike for £1.99? In game money bought with real money.? LOL
Rockstar do not care about you they made the story short and cut out lots of features in SP not to give you a amazing MP experience, no they did it to force you into going online to get these features you could of got in SP easily such as houses and other online features, and they are doing this because that's where the money is made. The worse joke of it all is that even online is bad, the cut screens have major texture problems, I don't know about gameplay yet...Since I can't enter it. The player creation tool is nothing short of a joke, they all look like they are made out of wax. I could go on forever.
Long story short
Game is not a masterpiece far from it.
Rockstar fans are defending it because they are Rockstar fans.
They just want our money.
Give me valid reasons other then ''TLDR'' ''Shut up Kid'' ''Go play saints rock, COD etc..''
I've been playing the GTA series, since GTA 2. As like others, I know the games inside out, wether it be the story or gameplay mechanic of each game. This is my opinion, I don't expect you to adhere to my opinion, but you've asked for valid reasons to why people have these opinions and im giving you them. I'm not going to comment on Microsoft though as I've always played on Sony platforms post GTA 2. My favourite of the series is Vice City, just to make that clear, because of the music, story and time it was set mainly. GTA V is the only game for me since VC that has come close to the level of perfection I expect from the series, yes many love San Andreas and its considered one of the best games of all time, but I just didn't like it, it was an overload of quantity with the loss of quality.
GTA V is very much nearly a masterpiece, here's my opinion on how it achieves this. Firstly you mention lack of interior. First of all, Grand Theft Auto has never really had many interiors, it has always lacked, so if you're going to be really picky, Rockstar haven't failed at anything there, they have just not fixed previous wants from the player. The game map by however you want to measure it is the biggest map yet they have done, interiors are of the many in the map, but they are accessible at only certain times during the day, because, running on 8 year old hardware, it's pretty impossible to render all interiors at one time. Hence why some interiors are specific to missions, but there ARE interiors. Some of the biggest missions in the game happen inside of buildings, so calling out there is lack of interiors is just quite frankly retarded.
Customisation is better than it ever has been in any Rockstar game, and it will only increase in scale as online grows. There is a lack of things like bodybuilding in this game which was in GTA:SA but there is a techincal reason for this, there is nothing really that can be done given the technical requirements of games now, but what they have done in replacement is offer 3 characters, all with different perks, so you shouldn't feel the need to want to 'pump iron' anymore. The story felt shorter because it had three characters, the time was spent over different characters and places, therefore the time with specific ones wasn't as long as therefore it felt a lot shorter. The story actually took me 4 more hours than it did for IV, despite there being less missions. With less story missions than IV, it gained with side missions and encounters, there are LOTS, more than ever actually.
Yes a lot of the money went on marketing, but this wasn't development money, money would have been assigned by finance, this is a business they are running, and because of the level of prowess the marketing had this time around, the game made a billion in three days and is now the biggest entertainment release ever. Is there anything wrong with that? No, it's a good thing, it means they will continue to make the series for years to come. You mention microtransactions (I think), can't really make out the bad use of English, but that's a choice, you don't have to. The same 'would you jump of a bridge' question comes to mind a lot.
I give up on the rest, but the level of detail this game has, the beauty of it and the albeit slightly flawed story, (but ultimately still strong), running on 8 year old hardware. 500mb on ram. It's an absolute miracle that the game even runs at all. Yes the online has problems, it was bound to, but it will be fixed in a few days, and 10's of millions of people will be playing it. So you can sit there and chose to slag it off for your own amusement, it won't be beneficial, I'll have fun playing it thanks.
Quite frankly, If I was to label every positive aspect of this game, that which has 'wow'd me' so to speak, it would take all day. It would take 2 minutes to name all the bad things. This game isn't a masterpiece no, but it's pretty damn close.
A valid reasoned answer.