And the answer is not to take the dumb fun out of GTA. It's not. It never will be. GTA is dumb fun, has always been dumb fun, and if you take away the dumb fun, it won't be GTA anymore. It'll just be a mafia rip off.
Well the flip side to this argument is maybe people are starting to want more than just the same, run of the mill "dumb fun". As I said in my post I don't care so much if they keep the large arsenal of weapons. Just focus more on their performance and how they can be distinguished from each other.
I don't see the point having the ability to carry 20 pistols, shotguns, assault rifles etc if they all perform in a similar manner. Give the players a proper incentive to see what value these weapons actually have. Not just say "Here you go. Suit up like Rambo and away you go".
Which people? I mean, go on reddit, most of the time if there's a GTA Gif on r/gaming, it's usually someone doing something ridiculous, stupid, and fun.
If you're looking for a more limited experience, fair enough, but that's what other games are for. I like suiting up like rambo and having at everything. I'm not going to pretend everyone likes it, I'm very aware that a lot of people on this very forum would prefer a more subtle and mature experience.
But that's not GTA. Even GTA IV had penis shaped bowling alley signs. Subtlety and maturity just don't fit in with GTA. I don't mean that as an insult. Sometimes you get fed up with the news headlines and whatnot and you need a stupid, fun, violent free roaming experience to take the edge off. That's what GTA is. That's what it's always going to be, no matter how many stories with a subtext of "HAY GUYS THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD" they make, no matter how many rough pasts they put in.
Hell, look at GTA IV, the subtle and subdued one. There's over the top and outrageous parodies everywhere. Even the mission bosses are parodies, with a few exceptions because they needed mafia stereotypes somewhere in the game. Look at the TV channels, the fast food restaurants, the car names, pretty much anything in the game not having to do with the main story. Do there look like subtle and subdued parodies? I mean, they might be if you're 14 or something, but when you're older it's shocking how non-subtle they are. They can still be funny, that LCPD commercial will always be relevant, but they're not subtle or mature.
But that's fine. That's what GTA is. It's stupid, it's fun, it's a delightful romp. Sure, we could have realistic weapon limitations, but then, where are the huge wacky ass blues brothers police chases gonna go? You can't pull those off with limited weaponry. And besides which, what if you find yourself wanting to use a rocket launcher, but the ability to store one in your pants is gone, and you didn't put one in the truck because this adventure was totally unscripted? It's a limiter on potential fun, and that's no fun at all.