Okay, this is about as real as it gets. When I was in 1st grade I was playing GTA2 with my pot head cousins. I touched Vice City a little but SA was my first GTA that I could really appreciate. SA wow'd the hell out of me. Greatest game of all time in my opinion. I had played GTA SA from 2005 all the way to 2011, today, the novelty of SA has worn off, while I still deem it the best GTA of all time, I don't have fun playing it anymore. I didn't Get IV until 2009, and i'll be damned if that didn't wow me too. Not as much as SA, but I was younger at the time of SA. IV was revolutionary because the graphics and physics were great. I played it all the way until the day before V was released. Now, V is a great game, HOWEVER, I feel like more time could have been put into what mattered more, (OFFLINE) instead of online. While V is a great game, it's not great enough to make a WOW impression. V wasn't a big enough step up from IV to wow me. Infact, i'd say in most ways, V is a little bit of a step down. Mechanics felt better in IV, driving in V feels like a flashback from the PS2 era. Combination cheats are also a step backwards. I think honestly, the only ups V has on IV is the map, and some animations. There are little cool features and details in V that make it awesome, but the details Details DETAILS in IV was enough to make a lasting impression. I'll even go ahead and say IV had better online. V is just too serious. It's a game, they should have saved these robbing features and apartments for offline where they would have greater impacted the lasting appeal to V.
Rockstar f*cked up by dedicating too much time to an overly complicated online system. It short have been simple sweet and fun like IV. If they used the online development time and incorporated that into the offline, V would have been enough to WOW us.
-GTA vet. f*ck yall.