tl;dr - One of the biggest problems in gaming today is that everything is designed by committees and focus groups (where have we heard this before, huh?), and as a result many games (especially these 'open world' ones) end up trying to do EVERYTHING, and end up doing nothing well. Keep aiming for that lowest common denominator, and this is what you get! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZbXWb4TmE
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