So last week I said that Grand Theft Auto V has amazing technology but frequently fails at game design fundamentals. A couple of people wanted to know more about what makes the technology so great. Okay then. Let's talk about that.
What we're not talking about is "graphics". Lots of games have nice graphics. Many games look just as nice as GTA V in screenshots. Having nice graphics is always appreciated, but it's not all that rare and it's certainly not what sets GTA apart.