I think storyline wise gta 4 was a little bit better. GTA 4 had an interesting story and an interesting set of characters GTAV was a good storyline but there were times where I was like "wth is going on who the hell is this" and I watched every single cutscene. Like for instance *SPOILER ALERT* at the end of the game when you kill stretch I was like "Who the hell was he?". I barely watched any cutscenes in IV during my first playthrough but I knew what was going on and who the characters were. But there is a lot of variety in V so thats a good thing.
Gameplaywise and pretty much everything else GTA V is better than 4. But 4 was longer!
Stretch was nobody important. Just a former Grove Street gangsta who turned Baller while in prison.
GTA: San Andreas took place in the 90's, while GTA V takes place in current day, so of course all that gangster stuff is not as popular / important in GTA V, just like it isn't in today's culture. (or at least it's not as focused on, anyway)
Story wise, I liked both GTA IV and V. I don't care what others said, I actually loved Niko. But, overall, I have to say I liked GTA V more. Probably because I felt the pacing was better and that it takes place back in San Andreas. (West Coast > East Coast)
Also, because I love that the game centers around heists. "Three Leaf Clover" was my favorite mission in part IV, so a GTA that focuses on big heists like that made me VERY happy.
After having a GTA that starred 3 protagonists, I
Heck, I couldn't imagine GTA V just starring Micha
All three of them is what made the game, IMO.
As for the length, I agree. GTA IV was longer, but not by much. It took me just a few more hours to complete the GTA IV story, than it did the GTA V story. But, at the same time, GTA IV sometimes felt too long / drawn out.
Now I just hope GTA V gets some DLC to expand the story, like GTA IV did with "The Lost and Damned" and "The Ballad of Gay Tony."
Cops are so friggen accurate. Hard to have fun rampages
Just call the other 2 characters to hang out.
They serve as backup and will take some of the heat off you, tho every time I go to the military base the tank shoots me 1st.