for me, Grand Theft Auto IV was the best HD Universe game yet. For others, GTA V is the best GTA so far and is way better than IV. to some degree i agree with it, GTA V really impressed me with the map, with the idea of the characters and how they fit in the location, while GTA IV lacked some of these stuff. In driving, i like both IV and V, both are good with their own way. same goes for driving. there are a few things that i think should have existed in GTA IV in order to make it comparable to GTA V.
my main concern is location.
in GTA V, You had Los Santos as a city, Los Santos county, incorporated cities in Los Santos, and of course, rural areas. You really felt like you dont have enough time to explore everything, and that there is always more to explore. even if you didnt see other cities, you knew San Fierro (San Francisco) existed somewhere in Northern San Andreas, which even gives you more to think about and imagine. while Los Santos was the focus, the surroundings were not any less interesting, it fitted the storyline, the season and the nature of characters.
in IV all you had Liberty City, consists of only 4 boroughs of NYC. while some of them did feel like NYC, it had lack of expansion. I have no complaints on Algonquin for a start, all though i would like to see an equivalent of Madison Square Garden. Broker-Dukes as Brooklyn and Queens were cool, only i expected it not only to be the boroughs of Jamaican, Russian, Irish and Afro-American populations. in real life, Italians also have a large population. in the storyline all the families (except Pegorino) are seem to operate in Little Italy, which makes no sense. I also didnt have enough of Bohan. Bohan is not only an Hispanic population, and the place was so small. just make it a little more large, maybe put the Yankees Arena as well, that wouldnt harm. Staten Island would be cool, not all of the huge island, but at least just to show its existence, and have gang activities there to. another thing that i hated, why does the drive between Broker to Algonquin is way further than Algonquin and Alderney? Alderney needs to feel like a separate state, thus, i sugggest we move it more to the left, so the driving time to there can take some time. Alderney, i really had no problem with a neighbouring state, but like San Andreas in GTA V, give a confirmation that Alderney State in GTA IV isnt the whole Alderney State, because really, Alderney as a state cannot be smaller than Liberty City in my opinion. there is also the need for larger surroundings, i mean you got Alderney, but what about the Carraways we keep hearing about? its gotta be inside the State of Liberty to, maybe some forest with woods, you can always those in the movies that they are nearby to NYC. what about the confirmation of the existence of the State of Liberty? those 2 candidates for governor, why they were never advertised as "vote__ for governor of Liberty(State)", it would be way cooler if id know that Rockstar also believes Liberty State exists in HD universe.
what do you say? would you play this GTA IV map? are there any more categories besides Location let me know.