I notice a lot of praise that is going toward San Andreas. Why wouldn't it? It's an amazing game, and probably the best in the series. However, I have been playing it the past few days and before that, I was playing GTA IV. Then I remembered the people on this forum complaining over GTA V's wanted system and police spawning in front of you, ramming your vehicle with a magic "speed boost."
I've been interested in really discovering how the police Al works in GTA games since GTA III and came to the conclusion that V is actually NO different than GTA IV and San Andreas dealing with cops spawning in front of you and ramming the sh*t out of your car. They did this in San Andreas and they did this in IV. So why is people actually complaining over V when this has been going on since at LEAST 2004 (San Andreas)?
Just a little while ago I was driving around in my SWAT Tank and AP (All Proof - Bullet, Fire, Explosion, Damage Proof) Admiral in San Andreas and upon reaching 5 stars, I noticed the FBI Rancher does everything in it's power to ram the sh*t out of you causing your car to flip over and catch fire. They also magically appear in front of you, behind you, all over. On 6 stars, it's no different. You got the Barracks and Rhino Tank banging into you from all angles and spawning in front of you. Don't believe me? Try it yourself. Go on a long strip of road in SA with a 5 and 6 star wanted level. You'll clearly see that every 25-50 feet, FBI Ranchers, Barracks, and Rhino Tanks will spawn. Once you "escape" the area of the first two Tanks and Barracks, another set of them spawn. There is simply no getting away from them.
Now to GTA IV's system. Well can you guess? It's no different. However, in GTA IV, you got a lot of right angle, 90 degree roads which come frequently, so you can constantly keep turning to get away from the police and eventually get out of the search zone. On 5 and 6 stars, it's pretty challenging nevertheless. Also, if you try and go on a straight road that is decently long in distance you can clearly look at your map in the bottom left hand corner and watch as the red dots (police) spawn directly in front of you OR on a side road coming directly at you on a road up ahead of you. So by the time you get to that road, that police car will already be on the road you're traveling on.
I've yet to check into III and Vice City, but I will in the coming days. All I know is people give all this praise to IV and San Andreas and think the cop system is light years better than V's but at the end of the day, I am seeing a lot of similarities in the wanted system than people are mentioning on this forum. I also realize V's cops shoot to kill no matter what and have 99% accuracy. I realize that IV's cops don't have great accuracy and it takes less than 10 seconds to lose the cops once out of the search zone circle. And I realize San Andreas cops aren't that tough either.
However in SA, IV and V, the cops are all relentless ramming your car, getting these magic speed boosts and spawning in front of you. What do you guys think or observed?