I got an atari 2600 before it was available in stores (uncle had a connection to atari rep) I loved it! I've had countless consoles since. Video games keep getting better everyday, but let's remember that they are just a fun diversion. I've been gaming now for over 30 years and still love it as much as when I had a 2600.
Rockstar is perhaps the best game studio ever and consistently turns out memorable games that are fun, thought provoking and funny. I loved GTA 1. When 3 came out, I was blown away. Vice city was a favorite because it was a tight and fun map that you could just do laps around causing mayhem.
San Andreas felt like an event. I wasted years of my life on it and am playing it now while waiting for 5.
Four was not as enjoyable for me. I can see where others liked it, but the fun seemed kind of drained out of it as compared to VC and SA.
I see everyone complaining now about how the mechanics in 5 don't appear flawless. The scrutiny on this game is mind boggling particularly as only a few have played it. I am sure that as usual R* will deliver a great game that millions will enjoy playing for thousands of hours.
If you want realism and perfection, put the controller down and walk outside.