This is a question that has been bugging me for years.
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but Grand Theft Auto IV almost split hardcore fans of the franchise into two separate camps: One that loved the new, gritty, more realistic style, and one that preferred the old-school, totally over-the-top, arcade-y structure.
Now, if you want over-the-top open-world insanity, you should probably turn to Saints Row . GTAV…? Hard to say. There are so many elements of the game that appear to hearken back to the good ol' days of GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas . At the same time, we all kinda know in our heart of hearts that Rockstar probably won't completely ditch that more authentic grittiness we had in GTAIV, just so they can return to the "old-fashioned" way of presenting an open-world crime drama. Going backwards? Nah.
I've already heard a great many fans say they're actually hesitant about purchasing GTAV, and that's because they just didn't like GTAIV. Personally, I loved GTAIV for what it was; I loved it for different reasons than I loved the previous three, but my appreciation and satisfaction didn't change much. However, I also recognize that I'm in the minority; I will support both styles but many just want one or the other. Therefore, for those who are in the anti-GTAIV camp, are they totally psyched about GTAV or do they remain skeptical…?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto V