5. Expanded Upgrade System
Honestly, there's not a whole lot you can spend money on in GTA IV. Sure, you can buy some weapons or armor or what have you, but at the end of the day you will probably be swimming in cash that you don't know what to do with. First of all, I'd like to see something more "Godfather-like" in terms of how the game handles cash. I'd like to pay off cops, buy property, purchase competing crime lords, and much more. Secondly, I want the stat system to become more RPG-like, perhaps also like The Godfather. I'd like to earn new weapons as I level up, get the ability to call in a hit squad, and maybe even make the infamous "spawn a tank" code an actual unlockable skill that I can earn.
4. Mid-Mission Checkpoints
I still can't believe that GTA hasn't thought of this. You know those long multi-part missions that have you driving a car through the streets and then assassinating a target or something? Well, if you botch the assassination, you have to do the driving part all over again. This is boring and tedious and very few people enjoy starting hard missions all over from the beginning. The DLC episodes were some of the first GTA games to give us mid-mission checkpoints, and it's about time the main game caught up.
3. More/Better Cars
Am I the only one who feels like every car in the GTA universe handles like complete ass? You know why I never drive on right side of the road in GTA? Because it's impossible. This makes it really hard to play those missions where I'm not supposed to get caught by the cops. (You know, like pretty much every mission in the game.) We know how to drive in real life; why is it that we can't drive effectively in GTA without our cars getting banged up or destroyed? Sure, high-speed chases should wreck our rides and cause some explosions, but simply getting where we need to go on a lazy Sunday shouldn't cause a five-car pile-up.
Side note: It would be cool if they added a semi-fast travel mode which automatically drives you at the speed limit to your destination but still lets you take control if you see a cool mission to partake in.
GTA IV was pretty grim, and that's fine, but I want to bring it back to the GTA days of old. I want to spawn a tank and go on a rampage. I want to strap on a jet pack and mow down my enemies with a Tommy gun from the sky. I want to hang glide over a river while sinking boats with a rocket launcher. Bring goofy back!
1. A Female Protagonist
I'd like to leave you with a simple request. In all these years, there has never been a female GTA protagonist. Girls can be just as bad as guys, and I want to see a female felon take the main stage. That's it. Just let me shoot up some cops with the best non-prostitute female lead Rockstar can give us.
By Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*