Hey guys, I'm a huge gta fanboy...I've even gotten fan art posted on the rockstar newswire. Unfortunately I actually hated this story..I absolutely loved gta 4 to death, the way that niko, johnny, and luis were connected was ingenious. So I want to present some problems I have with the story for gta 5 and hopefully you guys can change my mind. (Just the story, we all know the graphics are good and the game plays well)
So the core of the story is based on Michael betraying Trevor, and here are problems I have in order of worst to meh:
1.The FIB not only forgets to change Michael's first name, but his entire familys' first names, so Wade is able to track them down in like a day...lazy story telling to me, but try and defend it.
2. Trevor coincidentally ends up not only in the same state as Michael, but in bordering counties...more lazy storytelling?
-I have to say this: How cool would it have been if the reason that Trevor is insane, is that he went crazy over the death of the only person that ever cared about him? And he became so obsessed with Michael's death that he ended up in Blaine County because he was actually convinced that it was a conspiracy, and he's on the trail, and tracked Michael to somewhere in los santos? Sounds much better than, well....Trevor just wound up there just cuz, and he finds michael cuz uh....he's got the same first name maybe?...
3. Michael doesn't look any different: Hear me out on this one. They refer to the former Michael Townley as: "THE FAMOUS MICHAEL TOWNLEY." So wouldn't he be one of America's most wanted? Wouldn't "The Famous Michael Townley's" face be all over the place? So lemme use an example. Say Dzhokar Tsarnaev made a deal with the FBI to turn in his brother in return for being set up in a mansion in LA. That's great and all, but people would recognize him walking around. Not only that but anyone who is suspicious of someone who looks literally exactly the same as Dzhokar would see that they have the same first name and do something. Again, it just feels like really lazy storytelling, and the only reason I feel like I hate this story is because of how amazing gta4 was...I hold rockstar to a higher standard than other developers because well...they're the best.
I have more things wrong with the story, but I didn't realize how long this was going to end up being lol so I'll end with my biggest Franklin problem, and arguably one of the biggest problems in the entire story.
GTA Purists and longtime fans will agree with this point, and bandwagon fans will call me a hater but whatevs:
So I reaaaaaally didn't want grove street (or any other past gta things for that matter) in this game. Leslie Benzies specifically said that they weren't going to cross the universes, and I was 110% on board and here's why: Grove Street is completely ruined. There's no explanation for whatever happened to all of our favorite characters in San Andreas and to add insult to injury, the ballas have taken it over??? And to top it off, they have us play as a protagonist, Franklin, who doesn't end up taking it back...why?! I think we can all agree that it totally sucks that grove street has been taken by the dudes we spent so many hours defending it from back in San Andreas as CJ, and that we don't take it back as Franklin....SO WHY WRITE THE STORY LIKE THAT??? Anyone with a good defense for this, I'm beggin you show me what you got. I wanna believe that Rockstar didn't completely lay an egg with this game, but I've got nothin.
LIke I said, I also have other points but these are my best ones so I'll see how this thread goes and maybe do another one if you guys are cool.