Yeah but it would have been good if we could have had Niko walk in the bank and stick the gun in the teller's face than round up the hostages and all of that. It was a great mission but the participation in the actual robberies puts V's heists over the edge for me.
I don't get why people keep saying Three Leaf Clover is just a cutscene. Stealing the cash from the vault is a player controlled action. To me it's just a much of heist as any in GTA V.
True, but the level of participation is about the same as the loud and dumb approach during the jewelry store heist which for the most part is just a cutscene until you get to steal the jewels yourself.
Stealing the cash was a weak performance and the heist itself wasn't well executed, it could have been like Niko holds the hostages and then when they blow up the vault, Niko gets the cash, it would have been so much better, especially because this a bank robbery and bank robberies are supposed to feel like that . Instead we just got a cutscene that didn't make you feel involved at all, a heist is supposed to make you feel involved because that's what it is.
In The Jewelry heist when if you take the smart approach you are directed to throw gas in order to put the people in the store unconscious, that's part of the heist process as well and then Michael and the crew come and we get a small cutscene and then we start stealing the jewels. This small event makes you feel like you are committing a real robbery, it doesn't make me feel underwhelmed instead it just satisfying because I'm doing this new cool stuff.
Coming from Vice City and San Andreas, the writer should have known better to actually put this same amount of feel in TLC.