But if what you meant was that adding interiors to SP/online would've made for a better gaming experience, then I'm in total agreement. This will always be one of my biggest beefs with R* radical (and highly secretive) departure from the sandbox RPG GTA used to be. Take V predecessor for example. One of the biggest gaming features which made SA so addicitive were the home invasion stealth missions CJ could do on properties around the map. You could do these whenever you wanted, provided the game time was in the correct hours of the game day. Very simple mini game with minimal scripting involved. Which meant the outcome of success had the flexibility to be more random and uncertain. So CJ could fail at the burglary, which could result in him getting killed by the home owners and/or police if alerted.
Besides this, the home invasion mini game not only had the practical purpose of improving CJ's stealth stat, but greatly added to the game immersion as well. Because in the non existent economy of SA, it was a means for the main protagonist to make a decent income between missions. And it was sandbox enough to allow CJ dress the part as a burglar (face mask, beanie etc) do a non violent (gun with silencer) vs. violent home invasion etc. You even had the choice of which homes and hood you wanted to scope out and rob. Obviously robbing rival gang member homes were not as financially rewarding as the rich homes. But they were definitely more gratifying, because rival gang bangers like the ballas were always packing heat Can't say the same for V or defend V in either SP or online. Because such a sandbox feature doesn't exist to break the repetitous monotony in SP (created by the heavy scripting in both missions and side activities). Adding interiors --preferably interactive interiors like the SA indoor casino, horse betting race machines would've gone a LONG way
Hell add a Mafia II style herion den where both SP and online chars could go and get high. GTA V comes with bongs, but your char can't buy medicinal Mary Jane at Smoke on the Water, the only store which legally sells this in the game environment? Or from a ballas or independent street corner dealer? The game is focused on acquiring wealth through criminal activities, yet we don't have SP/online access to a SA style indoor casino where players can do interactive PvP gambling/betting -- both SA and RDR style?
Or have fun in an indoor Skyrim style bordatello/public bath house complete with prostitutes etc. We don't have interiors where your GTA SP/online chars could do some R&R, workout, shower/change clothes and buy food to get in shape etc? I mean what's the point of including a muscle beach with workout equipment at the pier, if your char can't use any of these props?? So much for the "immersive world" which R* was advertising before game launch
How important were interiors to game play back in SA? Well even after CJ became extremely weathly running missons in San Fierro and Las Venturas, I'd still send him back to the hood at random times to go rob enemy gang member homes after dark. Just for the challenge of it! Then I'd have him take his crazy gang banging gf Denise to the dance hall and do the dance mini game. Or for a drive by the Ballas style date in his low rider. Then return to her house for some hot coffee. Nope. Can't say the same for V which is supposed to be the superior game.
It's small mini games like that which made SA so highly addicting And which unfortunately, both SP and online are still so sadly lacking to date.
Edited by PkUnzipper, 23 October 2013 - 05:30 PM.