To start off, FiveM compared to other platforms is probably the most fun and easiest to understand(at least for me), started playing randomly in 2017 then I started creating my own server in 2018 and joining the forums then.
As someone that has 900 hours in GTA Online,
FiveM is giving me a better experience than those hours in online, it gives you the opportunity to play something different or something that Rockstar Games will never put in their game(like dlcs, updates and other), of course you can say that the “quality” is not as Rockstar, true, very true, but I’ve seen more creative players and developers from a modding platform than Rockstar developers. I have explored a lot of the platform and in the end roleplaying is my favorite, most public servers are 3/10 or very bad, but if you join private servers or servers with people that actually care its a wonderful experience(for me if you like screwing around not caring about hardcore RP its okay too we are in a free nation).
Now about that uhm “technical problems”, FiveM can run very smooth but also very BAD OH MY GOD THE TIMES I WANTED TO SMASH MY SCREEN, the game can ruin a good RP experience with a crash making you lose a lot of progress.
Now I mentioned that I have server, yep, I do and it is fun and depressing at the same time, being a beginner is the depressing part, I know there the docs and whatever, but if someone just started from 0 (and excuse my language) but those docs don’t do shit, I learned more by looking a already made script, modifying them, reading them or at least try to create something similar to have practice and memory on what to do.
Also scripts can be very fragile, one thing like a freaking ( and everything JUST DIES, also for someone that is pro C# I personally dislike lua and I think is very old feeling I suggest using C# for performance and less flaws overall.
Vehicles can also be touchy especially emergency vehicles, non-els and els the thing of the maximum of kb and all of that is annoying and kind of wastes your time(again this all my opinion you can think whatever you want). FiveM has its many flaws and problems at least I hope OneSync and all the future projects will fix what is going on right now because some of the crashes, errors and problems in general are stupid and ridiculous(and annoying).
Also some of the things in Patreon are to be looked at, I get maybe the early access and OneSync but 20 to 50 dollars A MONTH? WHATTA? Is this Comcast services or a GTA5 modding platform? I mean my name is not corporate commander but jesus at least the expensive stuff make it one time payment, heck I can get a full cad/mdt like doj for $10 one time payment, this is kind of absurd and a big spending for just a modding platform which the base of the game is of another company(I get it that there are donations, but I don’t you I don’t have many mini-rockefellers that give me $50 each), my suggestion will be lower the prices or keep these and make it one time payment(maybe just the 50 dollar one), also because in one year with the $50 dollar option I would pay $600, bruh. Like I specified this a honest opinion and you can think whatever you want, to finish that patreon thing and I know very well so I am not pushing for it I am just thinking that is better, things like EUP and like the colored name should be free and a given and not behind a pay wall, please at least those small things.
To summarize and conclude everything, fun platform, many modes, maybe RP is becoming overdone(I like it anyway or else I wouldn’t open a server), some bugs and problems are hilarious and annoying at the same time I hope there will be a large fix(you know mexico-rose-crap errors), looking forward to OneSync, patreon needs a look and a fix to prices, maybe development should be explained more for new people, those docs don’t help at all I’m sorry but they really don’t(maybe some people don’t have problems just my opinion), so maybe video tutorials could be something, lots of people learning other programs prefer watching youtube tutorials then reading an essay that seems rocket science which is not.
Maybe releasing EUP and other small things to all servers once and for all and maybe update it in the long run but don’t make it wait, because by judging from OCRP and other popular servers don’t seem to have problems(lets be real now).And yeah it was a long review, but at least I spoke my voice, still having a great time despite the current problems for client and server.
My final verdict for the current FiveM 3/11/2019 will be a 7.5/10 it has its potential and I am sure things like OneSync and other big updates can raise it to a good 8/10 or 9/10. I am open to any comments, this was my honest opinion about FiveM.