The gamespot and polygon reviews make sure to include some bits about a lack of solid female characters in GTA. It does seem like the game journalism enclave has really been harping on this issue for the last couple years. I'm all for outrage, but this has always struck me as forced.
Sexism is everywhere - it's part of our society, economy and mating metagame. Believe it or not, women prop it up too! BLASPHEMY! It's a topic that has more legs right now in gaming than movies/tv. Maybe it's because hollywood has been on a "strong female" bender for the last couple decades.
"This 007 girl will be different, because we're making sure she's a really strong female lead and a foil to Bond." - Said every producer involved in a 007 movie since Brosnan took over.
I'm okay with reviewers knocking a point off, since none of that really matters anyway. We get it, the game is probably pretty great to play. A lot of people are going to buy it.
But it does seem like a focused effort in the relatively tiny group of game journalists to MAKE this an issue. I just don't buy it. IMO, if Rockstar wants to tell a crime story about male protagonists, that's their business. Heat didn't have a female gangbanger and that seemed okay.