This may not be news to everyone, but I actually though I enjoyed GTA the first time around. Now I realize why I got bored. I went back to play it for a day or two recently, and:
★The Controls are a goddam nightmare.
★I CAN INDENT THINGS
★auto-aim is horrific, targeting enemies and civilians in a room full of npcs, cannot toggle between autoaim and manual aim
★Nico might as well be on ether for his speed and turn response
★"Cover" mechanic is a joke. you cannot come out of "cover" to aim, only to simultaneously aim and shoot, which 90% of the time results in nico shooting like he's legally blind.
★The AI IS DUMBER THAN THAT GIRL I FUCKED WITH A SACK OF DOORKNOBS AND GAVE BIRTH TO A HA:F HUMAN HALF DOORKNOB. That's what it's dumber than. not her. the doorknob baby.
★The cellphone and email mechanics are FUCKING DUMB. I deal with SHIT phone calls and SHIT emails IN MY REAL LIFE. I DO NOT PLAY VIDEOGAMES TO RESPOND TO MOTHER-FUCKING EMAILS. I play them to SHOOT people, WHICH IS NOT FUN OR SATISFYING IN THIS GAME.
★the save system fucking sucks, as usual, and it takes fifteen minutes to get back to a mission where you died because you got stuck on a piece of geometry. The "cab" mechanic, while "cute" "in theory," is actually a "huge pain in the ass"