-No police except when your wanted? have you played this game?
He's also never been to Los Angeles. In LA they don't have cops walking down every street like they do in NY. They're all riding in cruisers.
Also cops in LA will arrest you just for stupid sh*t like if you're standing too close to them, so that's realistic. There are less cops walking around, which balances for this in-game. He's just complaining that it's different from GTAIV. It's not worse, not unbalanced, just different.