Here we go, another day, another post, starting from "In GTA IV you could do this, and that".
The reason I find it annoying is because, a lot of such posts are just made up complaints with the false notion that the player couldn't enjoy the same experience in V, but only in IV.
Saying that "each and every shootout, you could strategize and play it WITHOUT getting shot AT ALL" in IV is, clearly, WRONG.
From my experience, I find V shootouts (not all, but many interesting one's) quite open ended to strategize, and enjoy. I don't think it is possible to clear the whole campaign w/o getting a single shot, or injury on the body, but I'd say, it's very much possible to take least amount of damage during the entire story of V than in IV, which was quite a difficult task to achieve, not because the game was challenging, but because of the wonky cover system (V has improved greatly, and made it smooth), slow on foot movements, sluggish animations, and more importantly, weapon switching felt a bit slow in IV than in V, which takes away precious, extra little time, to make the most out of the area in shooting down the enemies as quickly as possible.
Also, what do you mean by this "in-universe" thing? I didn't get that?
100% A-f*cking right!
I am not saying the OP was actually doing that, and I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt. This is a sandbox game, after all, and people often get crazy ideas to try and do in game. I have had a few myself. But the first thought that popped into my mind was your suspicion. I thought the same thing when I read the thread.
The second thing I thought was, "lol Oh, good, let's watch the V-hating-IV-fans run with this one now, and use this as a platform to hate on V." Hahahaha
No fu*king way is that possible. During gunfights, the AI hitscan is constantly trained on the player so that as soon as the protagonist is exposed it registers the hit immmediately. Add in the almost non-existent spread of gunfire and you can see how the system is flawed.
Sometimes it's so pinpoint that i'm pretty sure the game just draws hitscan lines from thin air in order to hit you from a place where an enemy can't. This is definitely the case with a cop helicopter shooting up your car, popping car tires from around corners, and the on-foot cops landing shots despite you driving by at 100mph. Those bullets hitting the car too, they're clearly canned effects and not from the heli at all.
Not sure what game you are playing. None of this ever happens to me. Sure I get shot at, and if I am not careful, or the game catches me napping, I can lose all or most of my health and armor. But I never find myself getting mysteriously shot around corners or through solid objects. I have done entire shootout missions and been able to keep come through with none or minimal damage to health and armor when I am really careful and use the cover system the way it was meant to be used.
I have never once found myself getting shot up unnecessarily or mysteriously, unless I am careless.