Changing the payouts, which were already way too low for all but the Martin missions,and a couple of Lester's and Ron's, was asinine. It has completely ruined a game that was already on the verge of ruin due to the epic fail we've come to know as the "passive" mode. A mode which has resulted in players spending all of their time either avoiding other players, or killing them. Nobody dares go near anybody they don't know unless they have zero dollars and don't mind getting killed. Even if they do make a new friend that doesn't gun them down, they can't just enjoy running around the game and having fun together, because some other nimrod invariably kills them when they're just trying to have some fun co-op together.
Back to my original rant about the payouts... They're so absurdly out of line with the prices of upgrades, weapons, vehicles, and services in the game, that it has resulted in many of these things never being used. For example, raise your hand if you've called in an airstrike (12.5K) or a backup helicopter (5K) from Merryweather on a mission, or even in free roam, at least more than once or twice just to test it out. (looking around at millions of players without their hands raised, including me) Of COURSE nobody uses these FUN services that everybody SHOULD be using occasionally, because it would cost WAY more to use them than you'd even make from completing all but ONE mission in the entire online game (which now pays 12.5K)! Not to mention how much you already have to spend in armor, ammo,and food just to complete most of the missions. Nobody calls in mercenaries, or airstrikes, or backup helicopters, they're just WAY too damned expensive! And if you DO see anybody using these things, you know damn well they cheated and exploited the glitches in the game to make sickening amounts of money (nobody's buying the stupid cash cards). All the while, Rockstar sits around and does nothing about it, but instead chooses to punish the HONEST players that have already been spending all of their time grinding for pennies on missions, and avoiding other players in free roam so as not to lose any of that hard earned cash.
This game is DOOMED unless Rockstar makes a VERY abrupt 180 and starts LISTENING to what the players are asking for, like they SAID they were going to do before the online version launched. I've played every GTA game since GTA 3, and even the pre GTA 3 versions that were a completely different style of game. I was as excited about the release of GTA V as anybody out there, particularly due to the online version, and I could scarcely be more disappointed in the execution of the online system. The core of the game itself is great (IE the graphics, the physics, the details, etc.), but Rockstar has completely and totally failed to implement a system that ENCOURAGES co-op gameplay, makes playing FUN, and prevents killing other players that don't WANT to be killed.
*GO BACK TO THE PRE-1.04 PAYOUTS
*REDUCE THE HOSPITAL BILL EVEN FURTHER TO $250
*AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... FIX THE PATHETIC "PASSIVE" MODE TO BE A TRUE FRIENDLY FIRE MODE! FF ON = YOU CAN KILL AND BE KILLED BY ANYBODY / FF OFF = YOU CANNOT HARM OR BE HARMED BY ANY OTHER PLAYERS IN ANY WAY, BUT YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR WEAPONS AND WREAK HAVOC AROUND THE CITY WITH OTHER PLAYERS, INCLUDING ROBBERIES!