The vysnc tearing is an odd one. As is the save system.
Got the 360 version today. So far, so good, other than the save system but I'll get to that.
So anyway, I must admit I'm quite impressed with it. The vsync isn't as bad as it was in the demo, thankfully, but, it's still there. In an odd way though. It seems like the lighting causes most of it. For instance, when you're indoors, and the lights are on, it can be quite prominent. If you turn the lights off though, it practically vanishes. As for outside, it mainly seems worst when there are a lot of vehicles about, but still not as bad as indoors with lights on. It's acceptable. Certainly not worth missing out on the game because of it. So, up to now, my biggest fear and main gripe with the demo isn't as bad. Frame rate is fine overall so far as well.
Which leads me to the rest of the game. Seems great. It looks great as well really to be quite honest, it really does. The vehicles handle excellent as well on simulation and the physics are superb. Sound is great. Mostly great all round so far.
Just one thing, that save system. Yeah, you can have fun. Rob a few places, make money, crush cars, add cars to the garage, get drunk, have fights, buy stuff, modify a car, etc etc but if you even get arrested it's all gone. All of it was for nothing. The game puts you back to the last save point and god knows how much stuff you could have earned or bought or stashed since then is gone.
Why? Why on earth have they made it like this? And to start you back at the last save point for just merely getting arrested? What on earth is with that? It's unquestionably one of the stupidest ideas I've ever seen. To actually force you to advance the main storyline just to make the game save is quite infuriating. I just don't know what to say.
Am I pleased I actually bought it? Yes. It could have been so much better though with one simple, simple addition, namely a manual save system of some sort. What gives 2k?