I bought GTA 5 several days after launch, because I wanted to hear the reviews. After listening to and reading reviewers who I trust--like Jeff--I was most excited to play the "heists." The idea of scoping out a location, picking your crew, choosing your entrance and exit strategies, executing however you like, switching between the protagonists at will... It all just sounded great.
And the first heist, the jewelry store, did not disappoint. I got to pick a crew, choose my methods, play as different guys, etc. It was a lot of fun.
I am 50% through the game. I have completed 52 of 69 missions. And I have yet to enjoy that same experience again. Has anyone else had this same problem with the game?
Yes, I've pulled off other heists: the minisub heist, the armored car heist, the Paleto bank robbery... But in none of those did I go as deeply as I did in the first heist. I didn't have the same number of choices for my crew, I didn't have the same depth of options for how to execute, I didn't have the need/opportunity to switch between my guys. All-in-all, it's been really disappointing. And with only 17 more missions in the "proper game," I can't imagine there are more than 2 or 3 heists to go.
It seems like Rockstar put together the jewelry store heist as a demo or proof of concept, and really put their best foot forward. But then everything else just fell flat. Am I missing something? Does anyone else feel this way? I am not looking for spoilers, so if there are a dozen more, super-awesome heists to play in the other half of the game, you don't need to tell me. I just felt the need to vent.
(Also, my earlier mention of Jeff and other reviewers that I trust was not meant to indicate that now I trust them any less. And GTA 5 is a lot of fun. I just wish that it featured more of what I believe to be its best material.)