Perhaps one of the (negative) things I read more before playing this game,was how slow / plodding / deliberate was the game with the animations. In fact it was one of the reasons that scared me away of even trying the game. I couldn’t imagine liking it.
It’s now when I’m finally playing when I can say, that it feels… appropriate. In fact, now I see how this type of realistic animations is the missing factor in many games that are of the photorealistic type, but where the illusion only works in cutscenes, once the gameplay starts, it breaks easily with ‘gamey’ animations.
I respect Rockstar’s commitment to this kind of more deliberate experience, from start to end.
Of course, it also helps the game is a pleasure for the eyes. It’s a rare mix of great technical prowess, fantastic art and expensive production values that makes a world that is a treat to slowly go from A to B.