The sheer amount of content in ‘GTA V’ can actually be a bit overwhelming. There are hundreds of different vehicles spanning land, sea and air spread across miles of city and countryside. Populating those miles are a seemingly endless amount of AI characters going about their day-to-day business.
There is such a huge range of options about what to do next, that there are times that it can feel like ‘GTA V’ has virtually everything in it. From time to time though, something stands out as missing. Some of the things missing are just items in the game that would fit given all the other items, such as a specific vehicle. These could very easily be added later as downloadable content. Other things missing are more of game mechanics and would have to be implemented at a game-engine level, meaning it is almost impossible they could be added to the game at this point.
This list is obviously subjective, so please feel free to comment and add anything else that should have made its way into ‘GTA V.’
Characters move and animate so realistically in ‘GTA V’ that it can be a bit jarring when they don’t react as realistically. They do hang on to ledges, but only if the player presses the jump button and the ledge is at the perfect height. Sometimes when a character is falling or jumping, it seems that they should be able to grab onto something in order to save themselves.
Aside from the realism, this would open some absolutely incredible opportunities in the multiplayer space. Imagine hanging from a helicopter while a teammate brings you to safety, or gripping the wing of a plane as an enemy is taking off just in time to leave a sticky bomb right on the cockpit.
There is certainly plenty of destruction in ‘GTA V,’ but not enough of it really affects the environment. As the graphics approach photorealism, it’s standing out more and more when a rocket hits a building and doesn’t leave a scratch.
There is more environmental destruction in ‘GTA V’ than in any previous entry in the series, with concrete walls that deteriorate when under heavy fire and a couple of scripted houses exploding to great effect. It would be very difficult to program, and nearly impossible to build a good open world if players could just destroy buildings ‘Battlefield’ style, but it sure would be fun.
Vigilante police missions have been in every ‘Grand Theft Auto’ since the series made the jump to 3D on the PlayStation 2 with ‘Grand Theft Auto III.’ For whatever reason, they didn’t make the cut in ‘GTA V.’
There are bounty hunter missions, which are similar, but they are only side missions for Trevor. There are also random encounters, many of which require the player to chase down a robber, so there is a vigilante-ish element there as well. However, there are no true vigilante missions at this point.
Of course, this is one of those things that could very easily be added on with downloadable content. Whether or not developer Rockstar will decide to go that route remains uncertain.
Skateboarding was one of the goofier side activities that was added into ‘GTA: San Andreas,’ and it wasn’t even very fun.
That being said, given how well ‘GTA V’ handles activities such as golf and tennis, and how much of an emphasis there is on pedal bikes, upon discovering a skate park skateboards immediately came to mind.
It obviously wouldn’t be as fully fledged as something like ‘Skate’ or ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater,’ but it would add a nice touch of realism if players could hop on a skateboard and mess around at the skate park.
With all the types of vehicles that aren’t available, this was the one that really stuck out as being unavailable.
In ‘GTA V’ there is really a much stronger emphasis put on the water, with jet skis, scuba gear and a submarine, so it seemed a bit odd that there aren’t more specialty nautical-themed vehicles.
It’s not just water planes either, though those are the coolest. Amphibious vehicles that can drive on land or in the water would be very cool and make a lot of sense in ‘GTA V’ with an army base nearby.
Also badly missing: player-controlled yachts. With the water being so beautiful in this game, for the first time in the series being stuck out at sea isn’t necessarily torture. Perhaps the online mode will allow rich players to set sail and chill out on their yachts with other players.