Switched to free aim just now. Let me tell you something about your favored FA, as it is right now:
- Lobbies are dead. Literally the first session I joined and no one was in it. Myths about FA being screwed up in the matchmaking department turned out to be true. Why play GTA Online when you're alone? (Although I did just join a lobby with people, there was less than half a lobby, compared to the full lobbies that I'm used to)
- FA is NOT hard, but it is ANNOYING when facing an entire horde of police that is defaulted to having auto aim. Yes, pulling a one man army isn't very realistic, but it is fun nonetheless, and this is something that's even more impossible with free aim. Besides, it was extremely possible to pull it off in IV, even when using FA.
- Using complex aiming reticules (for me, at least) make every aiming mode 90% easier. That dot is just sad when using AA/TA, and even more sad with FA.
Overall, I do like free aim, and I see the potential is has in PvP situations. However, outside of PvP it makes the game feel like a chore, especially when the odds are always purposefully and unnaturally set against you.
Another thing I hate is the whole health issue in online. The health regen system is just dumb the way it is, and I feel like the game would be better if players had more health and no health regen whatsoever, or at least a boosted regen system that heals while moving albeit slower than normal. As it is you're either forced to get shot when you're trying to run or you're forced to sit still and hope no one comes over and shoves a shotgun in your face. This becomes even more of an issue when you can't auto-lock the damn AI that shoots about 100 bullets per minute no matter how clear their shot is and then proceeds to kill you even if you show your face for a microsecond.
So as my final verdict: The whole damn combat system needs a revamp, one that we'll never see because R* just simply doesn't f*cking care. They have their money and they're happy. Sucks to suck.