I mean its one of the best games I have ever played but still I do agree that it does feel different from all the other GTA's (in a good way)
The change in tone from SA to GTA IV is so huge its basically like playing a different series (and with Ballad of Gay tony and GTA V we returned to that classic GTA feel)
and because of that it got a lot of criticsm for not being a real GTA and that the free-roam aspect with killing people contradicted the serious story and Niko's character
And then RDR came and got all the praise even though in my opinion IV's story is much better but just because it was a GTA and people expected a lighter tone, the typical GTA wackiness etc. it got bashed And we probably won't ever get someting like GTA IV again because the GTA fans don't like serious but instead wacky
What are your thoughts?
Edit: Some people misunderstood me
GTA IV is actually my favourite GTA I was just speculating that it would have gotten the praise it deserves in therms of story and characters if it wouldn't have the GTA name (like RDR did) instead it got bashed we had a huge sh*tstorm so much so that Rockstar
changed the direction again
Thats all I was saying!