The main theme of GTA V about the pursuit of money has kind of lost me. Michael is already rich in a way, he's already got his nice mansion on a hill and he drives nice cars.Trevor don't really care about living a life of luxury, he still lives in a dirty trailer regardless of the money he makes. It's only Franklin who really seems money-motivated and driven out of the three, no surprise there, since he's from the ghetto. And most of the heists and moves mostly seem to revolve around all 3 guys acting as lapdogs for the corrupt FIB, just being sent here and there on risky missions doing their dirty work.
The heist missions in V have been fun and in some cases brilliant, but I just don't see where the strong desire to pursue money comes into play, with exception of Franklin. Even then there could have been more stuff to spend money on like expensive jewelry (not just diamond studs) and safehouse customization. Franklin should have at least been given the option to choose what safehouse property he wanted to buy. Being given a luxury property kind of defeats the purpose of committing crimes for lots of cash to live a life of luxury. If you're gonna be simply given certain luxury things of major importance, then there is no point in pursing money so hard is there ?
In SA you could choose and buy as many safehouses you wanted, you could buy lots of expensive jewelry items like watches and chains, you could gamble at the casino and bookies, customize cars, - this is all in addition to buying and owning businesses, tattoos, clothes and all those extras. When you think about it, SA's options for the use of money was huge considering the game was not centrally about the pursuit of money, but the 1990s LA gang culture. V is about pursuit of money and it barely has half of the stuff that SA had concerning the use of money.
I'm still satisfied with V overall, but I cannot deny that Rockstar could have done much better with this theme and storyline.