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Has Grand Theft Auto Online jumped the shark?

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Black-Dragon96
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#301

Posted 3 days ago

 
No amount of complaining or criticism from a minority about what constitutes a worthy addition is going to stop this developer from adding content which, to the majority of players, is likely to prove very popular.


Everything starts with a minority. A minority talking/complaining about an issue can inform other people about said issue and quiet quickly turn the minority into a majority. And from what i hear more and more people get upset with the direction the game is currently heading. They should not wait until the majority is upset, they would not be able to save the game when that happens.
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#302

Posted 3 days ago Edited by Big Molio, 3 days ago.

Everything starts with a minority. A minority talking/complaining about an issue can inform other people about said issue and quiet quickly turn the minority into a majority. And from what i hear more and more people get upset with the direction the game is currently heading. They should not wait until the majority is upset, they would not be able to save the game when that happens.


The game is nearing the end of its life anyway.

Also, I tend to go by the mantra of "majority rules", so I have to take kicks when I'm outvoted and by the same token, believe that when the majority playing the game are happy, which they are generally, then something is being done right.
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#303

Posted 3 days ago

I kinda agree that this game pretty much went from bad/great to worse.

 

Already at the start i found quite some things questionable, though the last straw for me personally was them whipping my legit money and that research pay wall.

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Posted 3 days ago

Short term player numbers are unlikely to be representative of whether the updates (in terms of quality) are past their peak. Player numbers are likely to lag behind that, notably updates will bring previous people with a social club account back who have been relatively inactive - the key thing is what they do over the medium to long term.

 

My own opinion of what I think about the game is no more valid than anyone else's. However, it appears superficially to me there are quite a few members here on GTAF who would have described previously as big fans / stalwarts / whatever who now seem to be losing enthusiasm for GTAO. So my hunch is, it's going to be on it's way down from now on, no matter what the player numbers say today. Which wouldn't be surprising for a 4 year old game.

 

This said, with a game the developer is prepared to update, it's perfectly possible to reverse any current trend, be it negative or positive. For instance, our crew members would be all over GTAO if they added IV's Cops 'n Crooks All For One mode if the retained the game-play as was but simply ported it to Los Santos. Extraction and Entourage have elements of the game-play, but are stripped down, and frankly not as good.


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Posted 3 days ago

The game is nearing the end of its life anyway.

Also, I tend to go by the mantra of "majority rules", so I have to take kicks when I'm outvoted and by the same token, believe that when the majority playing the game are happy, which they are generally, then something is being done right.


Sure the majority rules i agree on that. But its still good and important that minoritys voice their opinion because they can point out issues the majority does not know about.
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#306

Posted 3 days ago

Sure the majority rules i agree on that. But its still good and important that minoritys voice their opinion because they can point out issues the majority does not know about.


Unenlightened ignoramuses that we the majority are.
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#307

Posted 3 days ago

^ Couldn't have said it better myself

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#308

Posted 3 days ago

 

The game is nearing the end of its life anyway.

Also, I tend to go by the mantra of "majority rules", so I have to take kicks when I'm outvoted and by the same token, believe that when the majority playing the game are happy, which they are generally, then something is being done right.


Sure the majority rules i agree on that. But its still good and important that minoritys voice their opinion because they can point out issues the majority does not know about.

 

The majority of people playing this game though...

Man, some would still deny the existence of glitches even if their existed one that made trevor crawl out of their tv screen and kill them.


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#309

Posted 3 days ago

The game is nearing the end of its life anyway.


Also, I tend to go by the mantra of "majority rules", so I have to take kicks when I'm outvoted and by the same token, believe that when the majority playing the game are happy, which they are generally, then something is being done right.

 

 

...well, Take-Two just committed to extending the lifespan of the game beyond previous plans, so that's not entirely accurate.

 

And there's a difference between 'majority is happy', and 'something is turning a profit, so we assume the majority is happy'. Take, for instance, the BayFormers movies - critically panned, largely a joke with audiences, and yet they still rake in megabucks, due to them being the sort of easy spectacle you can dump the kids in front of for a few hours, or sit back and watch context-free 'splosions in between texting your mates and eating snacks (no, really, that's what people tend to do through those movies in the theatre... :dontgetit:).

Does 'box office success' in that manner mean 'the films are good, audiences are satisfied, and as a result there's nothing about them that could do with improving'? Absolutely not. But once again, that's the problem with 'voting with your wallet' - can't say it enough, but paying up-front for something, then being dissatisfied (or even just having mixed opinions) doesn't register. Your dollars (in-game or real) only go one way: 100% unanimous support. Or you don't pay, in which case you can only vote 100% against - no nuance or specificity either way.

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#310

Posted 2 days ago Edited by Big Molio, 2 days ago.

^ Couldn't have said it better myself


I know you couldn't. You had to wait until I made a self deprecating comment, at which point your insult loses its bite unfortunately.
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#311

Posted 2 days ago

I do think it's important to remember, guys, that this is a five year old game. It's doing a lot better than most games that reach that point.
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Posted 2 days ago

I do think it's important to remember, guys, that this is a five year old game. It's doing a lot better than most games that reach that point.

No, it's a 4 year old game. Why does this happen every year? Why do you people constantly think it's one year older than it is?

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Posted 2 days ago

I do think it's important to remember, guys, that this is a five year old game. It's doing a lot better than most games that reach that point.

ARMA 3 released around the same time and they haven't added a batmobile yet

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Posted 2 days ago Edited by ViceOfLiberty, 2 days ago.

Going to use one of my favorite songs to describe modern GTA. Listen to the lyrics. Word to Kool Keith!



I imagine Keith is the old GTA talking about V and Online. Lol
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#315

Posted A day ago

Online jumped the shark with the flyings bike chucking rpgs.

All R* needs to do is add some core mechanics like breaking and entering from 00:00-04:00 for redemption or casino with no limit hold'em like red dead and all would be forgiven.

Advisory modes are junk, time spent creating 5 of those could have been spent creating a something worthy but it's free rehash and I'm all full up on rehash.

:) I Chang
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#316

Posted A day ago

 

I do think it's important to remember, guys, that this is a five year old game. It's doing a lot better than most games that reach that point.

ARMA 3 released around the same time and they haven't added a batmobile yet

 

There's a lot of sh*t they could have added to this game before Batmobiles and flying rocket bikes. I could come up with a year worth of updates just right now.

 

But it's better to wow the kids with cool gadgets. Can't wait for web-shooters!

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