- lack of rural areas. The whole thing was just a grey city, even the grass was grey. The only park in Alderney was scrapped pre-release.
Fair enough about the lack of rural areas, but the grass is definitely not grey.
Sorry, I have to disagree. On average, SA's vegetation is greener, if you take in account all weather conditions and times etc.
- too many details. It took me 10 years to realise that this is the single thing about the new games that makes me hate them. Makes the game look less arcade.
I can't say in all the years I've been on the forum having too many details is seen is a bad thing. I'd rather have as much detail as possible as opposed to having less. I'm sure the majority of people would agree too.
I hear you - I too was one of these people who wanted more details, and when IV came out I was thoroughly disappointed. It was only until V was release that I realised that I love the game, but the over-the-top detalisation ruins it for me. I know that some people still love that kind of stuff, but for me SA's level of details was ideal - maybe bit more grass.
In IV/V I often find myself annoyed by the amount of small obstructions in a way not only the vehicle, but the protagonist. It is very annoying. I play the game to relax and take my mind off the real world, and I come to something just as frustrating. I also thought that the buildings in SA could do with some more details, but turned out I prefer the low-poly models rather than excessively detailed maps of IV and V. Makes for a more pleasurable and stressless experience, at least for me.