Yeah, the quicksave option was a nice surprise. Some random notes:
Car handling is very twitchy. I preferred GTA IV's heavier style but I'm getting used to it pretty quickly.
On foot controls still have a weight to them as Big Brad noted but seem a bit tighter that IV.
I like the way wanted level is handled. Cops still give you a good chase but once you break line of sight you can hide out down an alley and watch them cruise past looking for you.
Options to switch aim/fire to L1 and R1 for those that prefer. I can't remember if IV had that.
New option to set the default height of the camera behind cars.
The phone interface is nice and easy to use. Goes into a full-screen view when you use the camera now and you can even flip it over to take self shots.
You can talk to nearby pedestrians like in GTA San Andreas. There's no longer a positive/negative option but it's a nice little bit of immersion.
Performance is good. Some nasty pop-in during the intro but not in the game itself. I noticed little geometry details and shadows popping in a few times but textures seem solid. I haven't seen anything like the Ars Technica article mentioned yet with billboards taking a second to load up. Maybe I haven't been driving around fast enough.
I've just played a little while mainly with Franklin but I've got no complaints with story or characters yet. Funny and well written as usual.
Originally Posted by drewTT
Something might be wrong with me. First thing I did was go to the strip club and then pick up a hooker...
Judging by your avatar I'm afraid to ask what happened to the hooker.