For you it is, for me it is. Not sure about the average GTA fanatic.It's fun for a whole lot of 5 minutes.
Fun is the reward (at least to the people who enjoy this thing). And the game doesn't want to be too strict to get in the way of "fun".Yes, GTA makes it in such a way that you can survive but to say there are benefits to going on a rampage is completely false. It is meant to kill you, period. If you survive and manage to evade the police, good for you but the system isn't designed to reward you, it is meant to kill you.
And I'd be fine with it as long as there are realistic consequences for that. You wanna play as a psycho? Fine, but say goodbye to fixers, gigs and most of the story-relevant characters. Say hello to MaxTac.No, you could potentially role play as a psycho (cyberpsycho maybe?) or a terrorist ior an anarchist who hates the police/government/institutions in an extremely serious role playing game. The villain role is present in almost all table top RPGs and unluckily in real life too.