Need to vent...
The complete lack of a proper manual outside of the iPad app is complete and utter bullshit. Been playing for around six hours and I'm still getting notifications on what button to press in what specific instance and how to control certain action. Uh, guess what, Rockstar; I can't remember a quarter of the things you've taught me. I got into a fistfight five hours ago and you told me how to block.... once. Now when I get into a mission specific fight, do you honestly expect me to remember that specific control after five hours of gameplay? Oh, I'm supposed to? Well, that's nice. Also, I've had mission markers break left and right. Game shows a mission, load it up on my GPS, drive there, mission disappears when I'm about thirty feet away, get frustrated, drive away and come back, mission reappears. WTF?
....AND THE SHOOTING IS FUCKING TERRIBLE AND SOMEONE SHOULD BE SHOT FOR THIS SHIT! Seriously, how can they go backwards from Red Dead Redemption? How can you have such awesome shooting on foot and on horseback and then completely fuck it all up with your signature franchise? Every shooting section feels slow, sloppy, tedious, and borderline atrocious. The cover is shit, the aiming is shit, the autolock is shit. What the hell were they thinking?
I love the three character system, but even this feels kinda half-assed at times. Why do I have to buy stocks with each individual character? Don't you realize how damn tedious that is? Do I really want to sit through a fifteen second load screen to get to Trevor so he can buy the same stock Franklin just bought? This is like having to craft each piece of fucking ore in Tactics Ogre. How can a developer think that this is a good idea? It just wastes everyone's time.
....*deep breath*.... Okay, that feels a bit better. Still liking GTA5 (awesome driving, way better missions than IV, and funny as hell), but, Jesus, how are they still making key mistakes from way back in 2001 with III? And how the hell can they go backwards on some of the awesome things done in RDR?