Quality, not quantity
The OP can laugh about this subject matter all that he wants, but Vice City was still a much better game than GTA V for it's time.
VC is like 11 years old and it has a very small map, but......it still has relatively more interiors, more and better side missions, better story, better protagonist/characters, and better gameplay features like being able to buy safehouse properties. GTA V is only 4 months old, uses advanced HD console technology and still is lacking many things that VC has. I really don't see the joke on this one.
Lacking what, exactly? Double the number of activities and a very good (if somewhat unstable due to hackers) online mode? Four or five times the number of cars? Ten thousand times as many buildings, with ten times as much variation in them? A functioning economy that you can have an impact on?
Oh yeah, yeah VC had so much more to do than V.
- Pizza Boy
- Vigilante/Brown Thunder
- Top Fun vans
- Taxi missions
- 100 collectibles
- Stunt Jumps
- Heists (acknowledged as part of story, but could be considered an activity in their own right)
- Taxi missions
- Property missions
- Strangers and Freaks
- Letter scraps
- UFO parts
- Under the Bridge
- Knife flights
- Bail Bonds
- Random encounters
- Post-story Epsilon missions
- Strip Club (debatable that it's an activity as such, but I think we can include this)
- Booty Calls
- Huge variety of character customisation options
- Car customisation
The mission content is so vastly more varied than the drive-shoot-steal missions that made up 90% of VC.
Oh and of course...
- 3 playable, distinct characters
- Content creation tools
And let's not forget, this game isn't finished. There will be DLC. That will introduce, I'm certain, more missions, mini-games, customisation options for characters...
VC was a GOOD game for the time. It wasn't a great game. It was fun, I played it to death, but it was always disappointing for me, after the huge wow-factor of III. It had a small, quite dull city. The few interiors that it had were bland, and had very little detailing.
I could go on, but really, I'm not only boring myself, but I'm wanting to just fire up GTA V and bask in the radiant glory that will burst forth from my big ass TV and bathe me in its warmth.
As we've discussed at length elsewhere, nostalgia plays a big part in this. For a very large section of the forum, VC was the first GTA they played, and as a result of that, the level of fondness they have for it is going to be huge, as they played it for, what, 2 years before San Andreas came out? It's a skewed measurement. When you've played GTA V for 3 years, when all content has finally been released and you've given everything Online has to offer, you may think differently.
Then again, you might not.