I actually bothered to read this, and, while I appreciate your effort to write this bullsh*t, it's still bullsh*t. The majority of people complaining about GTA V lead me to say the same thing over the over again:
THIS IS WHY WE CAN"T HAVE NICE THINGS
The problem with modern game industry and modern games is that all anyone cares about in a video game is the story, people cry 'Story This and 'Story That' without any regard for the most important part of a GAME, the GAMEPLAY! Just Have a look at Metal Gear Solid 4, 16 hours of cutscenes and only four hours of gameplay, and what do people do about it, hail it as the best 'game' ever made, another example of this problem is Mass Effect 2, yeah, sure the story is great but the gameplay is absolute garbage, and the level design, uggh, the less said about that the better.
Now, regarding GTA IV vs GTA V, I personally loved the story in GTA V, the three character approach made you feel like less of an 'errand boy' who is do anything as they are told, but that's beside the point. GTA V had better GAMEPLAY and there is no argument, the shooting feels better, the driving feels better, the planes are actually more than decorative props, there is a good variety of vehicles (GTA IV cut everything down the the bear minimums, even things like the Dozer, Tow Truck and Newsvan were cut for some bizarre unknown reason), better map design with more varied locations, no annoying cousins who ring you up every five minutes to go bowling or shoot pool, oh the list goes on. Many fans screamed for the return of a classic GTA with refined mechanics made possible from this generation of gaming and for good reason, but when we finally get one, people whine over the story and don't sit back and actually have some FUN (if anyone has even heard that word nowadays).
If this was TL,DR (Too long, didn't read), just see this:
You've got a choice in life: Fighter Jets or Bowling Alleys, if you had to think about that for more than the time it took you to steal your sister's hairspray, switch your form of entertainment... please!
I'm sorry, but I have disagree with you. First of all, his post his not bullsh*t, it has some valid points. Your post is the one that should be considered bullsh*t. You're stating your opinions as facts. I'm just going to come out and say that I would rather have a game with an well built story, that isn't always over-the-top, rather than one with plot holes and a load of over-the-top missions. Gameplay does matter, but the story should not be sacrificed for it.
Now about the stating your opinions as facts part. You said, "GTA V had better GAMEPLAY and there is no argument, the shooting feels better, the driving feels better, the planes are actually more than decorative props, there is a good variety of vehicles (GTA IV cut everything down the the bear minimums, even things like the Dozer, Tow Truck and Newsvan were cut for some bizarre unknown reason), better map design with more varied locations, no annoying cousins who ring you up every five minutes to go bowling or shoot pool"
That is all arguable. I personally feel like there is something off about the shooting in V. It feels choppier, less engaging to me, the guns sound a little dull, and the way your enemies have almost perfect shooting accuracy just irks me. In regards to the driving, the best way for me to describe how I feel about it is mediocre. It is not challenging, it is unsophisticated, and its pretty boring. The driving feels like it was dumbed down to be easier for casual gamers. Nothing is unforgiving, just look at how you can make a corner at 100 mph and over do a corner going at regular speeds. I personally feel like the driving is a huge step down from IV because it offers no challenge, it deletes anything challenging, and it just feels bare, like a Saints Row game or some other game where driving is barely cared about.
The variety of vehicles is not greater for me personally. They deleted all of those basic fun cars from IV like the Faction, Presidente, Sabre, et cetera -- they even deleted some desirables like the drop dead gorgeous DB9-ish Super GT and then Turismo -- for some soulless exotics and luxury cars that spawn way too much. To me, having more exotics and luxury cars would only be good if they retained the amount of basic cars from IV. Yes they did add some interesting stuff like the tow trucks, newsvan, et cetera and I do agree that that was an improvement. But deleting basic cars was not a good move at all.
As far as the map goes, it is great. But my problem with it is that East Los Santos could've been more than just industry. They could've added some run down suburbs and a neighborhood that actually felt like East Los Angeles. That was the part I hated most about Los Santos, other than the fact that it felt way to superficial in a lot of areas. My biggest problem with the map is that no area feels isolated other than bits and parts of the Eastern side of Blaine County. I was expecting more forests full of the type of trees you see near Paleto. In my opinion, they could've added more to the northern part of the map, like an authentic forest that actually felt secluded and maybe creepy as well. I mean come on, even IV had some creepy spots yet I find none in Los Santos nor Blaine County. That alien/mural stuff doesn't scare me or even interest me that much.
About the phone calls, well I'm going to come out and say that I barely got a lot of "lets go bowling" calls. And at least IV had a proper friends system. In V it feels sloppy, half assed, and dead.
It all comes down to personal preference so don't be like, oh that is not arguable.
To be honest, your post annoys me. You're ignoring the fact that people will have different opinions and people will have different feelings on what is considered fun or not, so if you cannot grasp that, then maybe you should just stop posting here, on a forum.