For the first time since V's release I booted up IV to see how it played and if it's as good as I remember it.
WOW was I sure suprised.
- The handling was god awful. I don't know why anyone misses it. It's annoying as sh*t to turn and it really does feel boatlike.
- Barely any ped variation. I see the same peds over and over again. Saying the same things.
- It's actually pretty boring. There's really nothing to do after missions. NOTHING. I can be entertained by buying a burger only so many times. The atmosphere is so bland. Instead of the beautiful nighttime Los Santos boasts, it's just dark in Liberty City. The lighting is godawful and there's this terrible grey sheen over everything.
-Aiming and shooting mechanics are REALLY outdated. I've been spoiled by V's gunplay. It's fun, but it can actually get quite frustrating, along with the cover system which sometimes puts Niko into the line of fire, ironically.
-IV's online is a goddamn sh*tshow. Hackers run rampant, killing everywhere, the gamemodes get real old quick and nobody leaves the f*cking airport. It's basically the same besides the hackers.
-Taxis. Everywhere. WHY THE HELL IS THERE SO MANY TAXIS!
In retrospect: Nostalgia really does a lot for games. I grew up with GTA III and here I am at V. Every game is going to have it's strong suits and what not, for example I applaud IV's story (Not the missions though, christ were they tedious) and it's interiors, but for the most part the previous GTA's actually suck a sh*tload of ass. Vice City used to be my favorite GTA so imagine my suprise when I come back after playing V for 2 months and realizing it really was not that good. Same with IV.
LASTLY: Don't give me that crap about being a "real" gta fan. Who put you on a pedestal and made you GTA king? It's a matter of opinion. If you think GTA III is the best GTA, that doesn't make you any less of a fan than me, vice versa.