I was really hoping for R* to learn there lesson from GTAIV it seemed like they did for RDR. However thats not the case because whatever I do in this game all of that hard work it was hardly for nothing. To me this a huge step backwards.
What exactly am I talking about? REWARDS. The other GTA games always did a great job with this. No matter what Im doing I always got rewarded for even the smallest things. V however takes most of this away. I hardly get any money during missions not even a cool mission complete music cue. Something even tiny as that is rewarding as well. The only two efficient ways to make any kind of money in V is through the heists (which there is not enough by the way) and the stock market. Seriously the stock market? Sure you give us all this cool side content and what does it give us? Hardly anything because once you know how to exploit the stock market it makes all this content meaningless. Content that has no weight, no strength, no motivation to press on. All because of this stupidly broken stock market. Instead making money in this game just becomes busy work. This is not fun R* this is BORING. You have all this cool side content and for what?
To further prove my point lets take a look at collectibles. I dont know about you, but I hate finding any sort of collectible in a game. Certainly when it amounts to nothing. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to have 99/100 packages and you just cant seem to find that last one, but once you do man it feels so satisfying. Why because Im constantly getting rewarded for it. If Im going to itch the games back the game better itch mine. What do I get for finding all those space ship parts? A stupid buggy that makes cool alien noises. So what? My modded out sports car that I probably spent $100k on is going to serve me better. Oh wait I also get an achievement! OMG I so dont f*cking care! Lets compare this to Vice City. For every 10 of the of 100 packages that you find. Something cool will spawn in front of your safe house. 10 will get you body armor, 20 a chainsaw, 30, a colt python, 40 a flamethrower, 50, a PSG-1 sniper and so on. What would you rather have? Those letter scarps in V? Hardly gives me anything. Nuclear waste? Nothing. Flying under every bridge? Nothing. 100% completion? A stupid t-shirt an achievement oh and I also get to look at a UFO! Which I cant even interact with!
Not even hanging out with your friends brings any benefits. Look I know bowling with Roman sucks believe me, but at the very least if he liked you enough you could call him up for a free cab. Dwaynes benefit was that he will sent a few of his guys to help Niko out if he was in a pickle. V? I dont get anything. Whats the point? Character development? Please.
Again to hammer in my point even more, unique stunt jumps are the same way. Not only do you have to be quite specific with your jumps along with the landing. Again you dont get anything. In Vice City I will get $100 for every stunt jump that I do and it will basically add another $100 for another one you do. Even if you fail it the game will provide with some pocket change. Basically saying. "You know what you tried heres a little something." V hardly throws you a bone for anything you that you do.
Really I can go on and on about this, but I cannot stress enough on how unrewarding this game really is. Its this reason (along with other reasons) but mostly this reason. Its a game that gives me no motivation to press on. Its content just for the sake of having it. Just for the sake of having the player something to do. How did I feel once I completed V? Happy? No. Sad? Angry? No, more like a completely empty feeling. Like "thats it?"
GTAIII, Vice City, San Andreas and dare I say it even IV all have smaller worlds, less content, outdated graphics and completely outdated gameplay mechanics. There is a difference though. Whenever I go back to those games. There fun, not only fun, but rewarding.
I give R* all the credit in the world for working their asses off on creating this beautiful insanely detailed open world. Whats the use of it anyway if your not going to motivate me to play your game? I been playing your GTA games for years. They are some of the very best I have ever played. Hell they define what a sandbox is for me. Now after all this you give me GTA V a game which hardly throws me a bone. I just dont understand.
This is probably the main reason why I honestly think V is one of the worst in the series. If you like it, cool Im not going to stop you. Like what you like. I just wanted to get out there why this game is such a massive disappointment for me, I know Im in a very small minority, but I hope some people will recognize this.