I honestly think one ofthe problems was this trailer. It completely overhyped the experience and before you say I'm an idiot, etc, I love GTA Online, but it didn't live up to my expectations from this trailer. I thought online was going to completely blow my mind and transcend every other online game.
Things to point out:
-Rockstar made it look like GTA Online was going to be like a story mode. Not where you meet a character like Gerald, and then he just gives you jobs. With the showcase of Lamar, Lester, etc I was expecting a lot more cutscenes in online, not just one to introduce the character.
-This is kind of irrelavent to the whole overhype thing I'm explaining, but I'm bothered that in the video, the player steals a Cheetah. You can't do that, because you can't store it, let alone see it on the roads without it belonging to another player. Misleading! I was hoping to fight over high-end cars like how the player on the motorcycle is shooting him, I'm assuming because they want the car for themself.
-Robbing a liquor seemed awesome back then. Maybe it was the dynamic camera angle and setup with the players, but I expected more than just pointing the gun at them and running. But then again, how else would it be different? Hmm...
-Apartment showcase was WAY overhyped. I was expecting lots to do, since the narrator says you can invite your friends to hang out. You can't do much in the apartment, which is a disappointment. Except for the TV, it really serves no use.
-Introducing me to new characters? Sounded like I would be more in-touch with them, not just phoning them for jobs.
-The armored truck robbery is terribly shown, lol. With the buzzard and all, and the dude planting the sticky, it looked like some crazy next-level (haha Dom) sh*t. But in the end, you throw a sticky out of your car, blow up the doors, get the money, then call Lester to get your wanted level off you.
Now I realize, these things done online like that overdramatic armored truck robbery can still be done, but I'm saying that the small payout doesn't make it worth it, unless you're into roleplaying or something I guess. The trailer made online seem like it was going to be some revolutionary craziness, but everything was showcased so overdramatically. Looks like a complete different game in the trailer! (minus the graphics of course and such)
Still a great online experience, just not like they showed it to be.