Jones said at release that he expected APB to get mediocre reviews, and as you commenters expected, he's getting another one here. If APB was just another Grand Theft Auto clone, it wouldn't be worth a second look. But because it's an MMO, it still has that chance to improve and do better. The ad-hoc versus mission mechanic is ingenious, and that customization can be intoxicating, especially when you get a clear idea of exactly what you want your character and vehicle to look like.
Those things are worth experiencing, and hopefully if Realtime Worlds can narrow its focus and land some post-launch development right where the community needs it, San Paro will eventually be a place worth visiting.