Ever since the news broke out about the sheer size and ambition of GTA V, I've been thinking about how all of this can affect the quality of the final product.
I recently have been playing Sleeping Dogs, a game that doesn't have the biggest of cities to venture through. I enjoyed how focused it felt because we got to explore the character of Wei Shen properly as well as roam around a fantastic city that didn't feel either too large or too small. Since Sleeping Dogs was really well balanced in terms of what it was trying to do, I can't help but be worried about the grand plans Rockstar has for the next installment in the GTA franchise.
While GTA V's 3 protagonists and massive map sound really impressive, can Rockstar North really manage to pull it off so well without compromising the quality of the whole experience?
Since there is so much ambition behind the game, its much more likely that the game can suffer as a result. For example, one of the characters might turn out to be not as enjoyable to play as the other two. This can effectively damage the quality of the game as whole because GTA V is made around the idea of three key main charecters.
As for the game's map, how big is too big? I personally thought Red Dead Redemption had a big enough world that was filled with tons of things to do. Can Rockstar replicate that with a world almost five times the size of GTA IV?
It goes without saying that If any studio can manage to pull this off, then Rockstar North is indeed at the top of that list. I'm just wondering if this can be too much for even them to handle.
As a final note. If you are interested, I discuss the topic more in one of my youtube videos. It's basically a series in which I talk about weekly gaming news and rumors and express my thoughts on them. Check it out if you're interested: