The "planning" missions in GTA V are a joke quite frankly compared to the 3D era. Of course Three Leaf Clover had none at all, but that's because Niko's role was being a crew member so I understood why it didn't.
No offense dude, i really respect you, but really?
In 3 leaf clover, Niko (the player) didn't even got told that he was going to rob a bank, Packie just sends a message that says "get a fancy suit" and the mission is just some "run-shoot- run-shoot- drive- shoot" tired mission.
The heists in V are varied and good story wise and SA only has one heist that's no biggie, not that i'm expecting for you to put in some kind of positive light any aspect of V.
people criticize V mediocre history (rightfully) but SA has the worst history , it just a bunch of random cool missions that stretch the game's life, the history is a mess and exactly the opposite of IV, they are made for fun gameplay where IV is made for history purposes.
both V and SA have the same problem :
SA is too long and V is too short, i remember playing it as a child and forgot what CJ was trying to acomplish, i never got why Smoke and Ryder betrayed CJ and how the f*ck a guy that murders half of the LCPD can't shake off two bent cops.
The graphics don't mean sh*t to me and i still ride in my ps2, i'm sorry for anyone that thinks is a valid reason to judge a game for his graphics.
I don't get R* logic, they made CJ the most human character but he turns out to be only a blank slate for the player to customize him, he even has different dialogue/personality according to his clothes, i'd rather use Niko with a heavily defined personality than some dude that lacks personality.
Let's recao what each game brings to the table :
- the HD version of Los Santos is huge and beatiful but it's just a beatiful looking empty shelf, San Andreas has very different 3 cities with actual activities but they are small and San Fierro is so boring that doesn't count as a city.
-V has a messy,short and poor developed history and SA has a really long history that doesn't make sense.
-the driving in San Andreas is excellent and in V is very cheap, even though it has some good things like phisics and plane handling.
-V has 3 very different customizable characters that include a CJ clone and SA has CJ (he appears again in V so no worries)
-SA wasted time in something so trivial ,stupid and deliberately controversial as the "hot coffe" and V wasted time in something so trivial, stupid and deliberately controversial as the "by the book" mission -both games have customization but V makes better use of it.
So i choose V j because i find boring CJ and his history and no amount of customization can make interesting.