There isn't any other way to say it, Rockstar's GTAO launch was pitiful at best.
I thoroughly enjoyed the game at release but due to recent bugs, and upper level management, the game has simply lost its luster. Rockstar's own failures are now having a profound effect on players. All these failures would have been easily overcome if they released a beta (normal for almost any online game).
Many mission payouts were drastically cut due to previous farmers, mission glitches (example: destroying the cocaine in Violent Duct), and finally the upcoming arrival of cash cards.
Players will now find it harder to obtain money and experience because they can no longer replay missions or obtain a rightful reward for completing them. The worst part of this whole situation is the fact many people were able to benefit greatly from Rockstar's past failures and newer players are now at a severe disadvantage.
There are already players that are above the level 150, unlocking everything currently in the game. We are here roughly three weeks after launch and people have effectively beaten the game due to Rockstar's failure to anticipate and fix such issues.
Now I will go on to a much bigger issue at hand, money glitches, RP glitches, and "God mode" glitches.
It is common knowledge that these glitches exist and Rockstar doesn't do much to fix them. There was a money making glitch that yielded 50M+ and hour and it wasn't fixed for longer than a week (new method currently working after 1.04 patch). This brought tremendous amounts of money into the game. Rockstar resorting to putting players in a cheater's lobby due to their own failures to code a game correctly. They showed complete and utter laziness, and a lack of desire to maintain their game.
In addition to the money glitch there is also an RP glitch that yields roughly 7k RP every two minutes depending on your connection, and level. This glitch has been known about for ages now and it has not been fixed. There is also the infamous "God mode" glitch. This glitch has also been out for some time, a player can be invincible while shooting other players etc.. Rockstar has not fixed this glitch either and I don't anticipate it being fixed for quite some time.
Now for me, my personal complaint is Rockstar's disgraceful servers. I have had my progress deleted numerous times. Plagued with disconnects, lost progress, and glitches in general, I have begun to be sickened with this launch. I have lost easily a days worth of playing time due to character deletion, and lost saved data.
The so called "Stimulus Package" is only adding insult to injury. You admit you screwed up so you are handing out 500k to every player. This is completely asinine. Rockstar has effectively given out the most expensive apartment to all players and then some. Eventually this will be insignificant due to cash cards, in which the game will turn into a "pay to win" game.
Next time make a beta for the others buying the game because I certainly won't be purchasing the next installment of GTA.
And one final note:
What in the hell is "Bad Sport"? This game encourages wreaking havoc, killing etc.. and you are going to penalize people for it? This game is rated M, there is no need to appeal to the ten year old whining that he was killed. Why are players penalized for destroying other aggressors' vehicles if they were the ones initiating a fight? This is complete garbage.