Hi everyone, I wanted to raise a few issues I've had with the game so far. (Briefly single player and mostly online)
Before we get started, Im a person who likes to seriously get immersed into a game and just get the most out of the experience. Firstly the story mode for me has been pretty poor. I mean, its an amazing game, very visceral and a total masterpiece but it comes down to personal preference. Personally, in this type of game, I just wanna do missions first. And even after completing the missions, I dont have time for 'Hunting deer', 'playing golf' or customizing Trevor, Franklin or Michael. I couldnt find myself to care about either character knowing in a few weeks time, i'll have my own character that I could name and customize and buy stuff with. This is what the different release times caused. It all seems stupid to me. But now almost a solid month into GTA online, Im barely dragging myself through it.
The release was actually smooth for me, it worked for an hour and a half before all the crap got to me and I was subsequently locked out for 6 hours. It was until the following week that produced the funnest part of GTA online before it was ruined.
Between my friends and I, we were all equal in terms of weaponry and vehicles and around about the same level. We were blowing stuff up, robbing shops, killing NPCs, and my personal favorite, diving on a train and holding off the law. The first few days on it with everyone were more amazing and dynamic than the whole of GTA IV was.
Then one of my friends found out about the Violent duct glitch, which was the beginning of the end of GTA Online.
Within a couple of days, two of my friends had amassed the combined economic net worth of a small European country. It was ruined as they could buy what they wanted and the fun and prospect was curtailed all so prematurely. I was frustrated.
(For the online section of this discussion, I am going to be using my two friends as examples of the idiocy Rockstar have caused.)
I was playing just a few days ago and one of them had bought a tank. He then had to go off the microphone to speak to someone, after a while he was kicked for inactivity and the tank stayed. It was quickly nabbed by a level 23 who started uncontrollably blowing everyone to hell and back. These things ruin the game.
I havent said this yet but before the game was released, I wanted to be the crew's pilot. All I wanted. I was an accomplished chopper pilot in IV. I had discussed this with my other friend, (the Crew Leader and not one who plays like an idiot) and he was okay with it. So upon release of the heists, they could count on me to get them in from the skies if the need came. I frankly couldnt goddamned wait for it. The game at this point began a promising revival.
I began to save my money up for the Velum. A four seater plane with good control. It sat on a price of $450,000.
It was then that it hit me. The only way to make money for such items as these would be doing Violent duct or cheating, I did it only a few times before it was patched and I had only amassed about $80,000 which was nowhere near what I needed. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my friends had already purchased a Luxor, Shamal, Titan and a Buzzard AC on the quiet. Neither of them even wanting to fly or contribute this way during heists and a combined flying stat of 3 bars, but there we go. (Not to mention they had the most expensive apartment, 10 luxury cars etc)
Then as if things could get any worse, they quietly held knowledge of a car-sell glitch which has sky rocketed their budgets to what I would estimate around anything above $10 million.
The prospetcs of heists, missions and basic teamwork is all dead, and for me, the game is dead. My two friends, and what I know as the majority of the online, have totally deaded the fun of it with their shortcut mentality. The point of the heists is to get money, not cheat it in. Rockstar have failed to not only anticipate or stop it, they have encouraged it by releasing cash cards. You pay to make your game have a life span of a month. How many people have bought a cash card and bought everything they could want in the game and then said "Well I've completed it now, this is kinda boring"
Yes, the whole objective of the game is to get money as clearly described in the introduction but if you get money in a legitimate way, now thats what I call fun.
I totally understand people dont have the time to get it and would rather cheat as it is shorter and more effective. It probably comes with me being on Xbox Live as it is vastly populated by 7-15 year olds but I dunno, again down to personal preference. But its not even the cheater's fault, In fact, I dont hold much against them apart from their choice own to cheat. It is Rockstar's fault for their laziness.
At the end of the day it is just a game but if you've been anticipating this game for the past half decade, and you feel the way I do, then youre going to be annoyed.
Cheers if you took the time to read this one.