Didn't mean to say lifeless, small mistake.
The desert is a bit too small for me, and less mysterious, because once you drove through there for the first time, you pretty much know the whole layout. Even at night it isn't really mysterious, because there was always that highway by the prison nearby, which eliminates any sense of mystery. Bone County and Tierra Robada where a bit more mysterious, being huge and with that purple sky. It also had a lot more towns and secrets, like the Mass Grave.
That said, I think they should add more secrets or easter eggs in the desert.
And get rid of the underwater world, so they can add more land to the desert.
That's what I just don't understand about failed aspect of GTA V's map. How is it possible that San Andreas can still do certain things on the map better than V can ? The wilderness areas of SA's map really felt remote, mysterious, and in some cases, downright eerie in places like the dark, lonely, hilly forests of Back 'O Beyond. In those parts of SA, you really felt detached from modern civilization like you were in a totally different realm. V's map had every opportunity to give us that feeling, but even better and it just did not happen. The desert still felt inhabited, the 'forest' was not really a forest, and too much of the wilderness was dominated by relatively inaccessible or hard to access mountainous areas.
Always something to complain about GTA V, eh? Can't give it a break for once? Just want to be a hypocritical asshole because you didn't get what you want? And then if someone likes something about GTA V (like Trevor), then they have bad taste? Yeah, OK, obviously YOU know what you're doing and Rockstar doesn't? Ever thought about working for them so you could make it SO much better for yourself?