Had my first taste of GTA V over the past few days. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed so far! I'm only about 7% of the way in, but I like the way they've tied it all together so far. I'm much more invested in the storey than I was in GTA IV which is nice!
On the note of
aesthetics: having been to the US recently, I find it amazing just how
well Rockstar have accurately captured the look and feel of a US city.
Admittedly, I was in Miami (so other side of the country from the city
GTA V is parodying, but everything about the city is pretty accurate;
even down to the sound of the sports cars racing down distant streets!