The problem here is that you're nt understanding what people are mentioning, yes a lot of trees were removed, the same goes for grass... lots of it. Look to the screen in the sunset where you see that "oil pumper", all the grass is gone. completely, also trees mean a lot of polygons to render and with wind effects even more stress on the hardware. That was the reason why those got removed, not for artistic impressions and I'm betting here those will be in the PC/ Next Gen version for sure. They don't create assets and spread them al over just to remove them.
I understand what you are saying. I'm a PC gamer, I model buildings and other things in 3ds Max as a hobby, I like to play with the graphics settings on games and make comparisons. But if the difference is as small as a slightly smoother ear that you can only notice if you have a trained eye and you stare at it, it doesn't worth complaining. Rockstar used the PC version to take the screenshots? I don't care. The difference is not that big anyway.
Are you telling me you care if the console gamers have been lied by Rockstar? I don't think you do. I think you do this because you are in a bad situation because you don't know how much you need to wait until the game is launched on PC. I would have been in the same situation if I wouldn't have bought a console to play the damn game instead of waiting until R* mentions something about the PC version.
Yes, I was mad at Rockstar too. I still am in fact. I don't like ported games and I don't like that the PC version is not launched alongside the console versions. But that's the way it is. Almost every game in the last years has been a port in my eyes. If a game is made with consoles in mind it can have DX11 features and whatnot, but it still has the same amount of polygons (tessellation doesn't count). You are still gonna see flat texures instead of geometry even in the PC version so why even bother?
That's my point. I don't care anymore. I just wanted to play the game so I bought a console. I will have enough time to analyse Franklin's ear when the game arrives on PC.
I have no disrespect for the console gamers and I think I proved that. The game companies have disrespect for the PC gamers thinking that it's ok to make a sh*tty port just because they have less customers on PC than on consoles. But I don't like PC "elitists" either, that's why I stay away from the PC thread because I'm not welcome there.
I used to like that thread, it was different. But now it's just about whining and conspiracies.