... after 8 weeks of mostly playing V and... I have to say that I can't really stand V after playing IV again. The driving was a wow as soon as I hopped into my parked blue and white Banshee hard top, and the graphics didn't bug me at all as there was still detail everywhere.
The small things like conversations, the less annoying AI, the ability to leave the engine on, pick items up, shove people, it all just felt nice to be back in my face. And everything felt natural. The driving felt natural, the cops felt natural -- as opposed to the rubberbanding, somewhat scripted-feeling and way too aggressive cops in V. I admit, the way Niko moves looks a bit meh and the framerate was a little noticeable; the spawning of AI had some rough edges as well, and the way the camera was angled/moved pissed me off, but other than that I had no problems.
I thoroughly enjoyed driving. When I hopped into an all blacked out, turbocharged Willard Faction, it felt like I had more fun driving it than I had driving anything in V. And then I found a Korean Presidente and fell in love after I painted it grey with black rims. The cars actually feel like cars and they feel special. Cruising, speeding, crashing -- definitely crashing -- pissing people off, it all felt good. In V, none of that felt good, at least to me.
The east coast vibe was screaming in my face and I loved it after spending 8 weeks in superficial, very vibrant Los Santos. The townhomes, the old architecture, the numerous skyscrapers, the people, it all felt much better. Even if it looked old, it felt better. I personally love the serious and sometimes cold atmosphere.
So that's how I feel after playing IV for the first time after release. Haha, I don't think I want to play V for a while. I'm going to try out multiplayer on TBoGT, freemode most likely, soon. Of course it is less organized than GTA Online, but it allows for freedom, and hell I've gained a lot of my Live and PSN friends with IV MP. None with the pricks on GTA Online who want to kill kill kill.
How do some of you all feel after playing IV after V?