GTA: VC did the 1980s well, it was unforgettable yes, but it's done, in the past, let it go.
I really hope that Rockstar don't get corrupted by this online craze. Bceause online gaming is overhyped if you ask me. I don't mind them creating a great online mode, but I would just wish they treated single player as they main priority, because they did not appear to do that with GTA V.
Well said, and I agree. Rockstar did a fantastic job with GTA Vice City, and it was the first game in the series which had an atmosphere that was nailed perfectly, if you consider the overall theme, the area and the year the game was set in. But it's time for something completely new. Sort of the way they did it with V, and usually always do with all their titles. San Andreas was set in the early 1990's, whereas GTAV is, as you know, set in the time after 2010. It's basically the same area, yet the differences are massive, it isn't the same at all. Not to mention that the different time period gives you an entirely different feel, too. SA and V are two entirely different games, and they don't have a whole lot in common, exactly as it should be.
I always thought that Vice City would be the city of the first next-gen GTA game. It has been over a decade since the last title that took place in a city that was based on Miami, not counting GTA Vice City Stories, so it is time to see it returning.
Also, I agree with you about the online subject. GTA has always been popular for its amazing experience - and that in singleplayer, not multiplayer. GTA Online seems to be highly successful, especially because it has the largest player count at a given time, over 15 million on October 1st to be more specific, in the history of the videogame industry. But I hope it doesn't make them 'abandon' the singleplayer experience of future GTAs. Thinking about it though, it's kind of unlikely, in my opinion. If you play their games from the last years, you will notice they all have memorable stories. I am especially talking about all their games since GTA IV. Dan Houser is the writer of the storylines, and I don't think he would stop with it in the near future.
GTA:O has over 500 missions from the beinning on, and more will be added as time goes by, and if I remember correctly, it will incorporate some sort of story. Honestly though, I doubt it will be anywhere near the quality of Rockstar's singleplayer stories. The multiplayer is an ongoing thing now. It's not created for GTAV, it's more or less a seperate game and will evolve over time, and it will last for years. It is up to the fans what Rockstar will do, judging by their latest newswire articles. I think Rockstar North will continue to think about the future path of the GTA franchise, and of course keep implementing their ideas into the practise.