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IDredMan
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:59 PM Edited by IDredMan, 02 January 2014 - 07:42 PM.

Okay, don't get me wrong... I like the theme, but it's sub-par compared to the previous games' themes.

Now why exactly is that?

I mean, the tunes are as good, arguably better than the tunes of IV and San Andreas. And they fit the "Sun-soaked city" vibe of the game. So what's wrong?

Well you see, what they got wrong was, as probably thought before, the pacing.

The pacing, the pacing, the pacing ...Oh why, oh why, Rockstar?

 

I mean, let's take a look at the themes of San Andreas and IV.

5-10 seconds of soothing build-up.

Then it quickly, yet gradually turns into a cross between medium and hard tunes.

Then it slowly introduces new instruments, notes and stuff until it's acceptably loud, hard and fast.

Then a welcome dip into medium, then back up again... Until it slowly goes back to soft tunes until the song ends.

 

Now, what did V do?

3 seconds of build-up.

Instant shift into loud and hard.

It then introduces new instruments over the already loud ones. Not unacceptable but .. Kinda confusing to a first-time-listener.

After some time like that, a quick dip back into the soft, then it goes back up to medium, then back to soft and then it ends.

 

It feels like the theme would have been a lot better, maybe even the best GTA theme if the pacing was done right.

 

Yeah, I'm not really a musical genius, this is just me sharing my thoughts, sorry if all the "Soft, loud, hard" crap confused you.

 

Now, this would be the time where you share your thoughts ..Or not.

 

Just in case anyone hasn't heard it, here's the theme. It plays right after the North Yankton sequence and Michael walks out of his Therapist's office:


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:09 AM

Y'all are big meanies.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:29 AM Edited by gtarules_95, 02 January 2014 - 11:30 AM.

Yeah I agree with you after IV's awesome theme I thought that nothing could go wrong and then we got this soft sh*t

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:31 AM

I think it's the best intro theme yet. It's appropriate to the game. 

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:36 AM

You confused me. Are you talking about this.. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=J9lTTMvAqd0  or this http://www.youtube.c...h?v=EwMjazrwPak? I think both themes do the game justice. They both represent a certain relaxed, laid-back style, especially the latter. The build-up in the first track could've been slower, but I'm not complaining. The latter track is quite possibly going to find its place in my MP3 player for my regular sundown walks next summer.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:37 AM

The intoduction to new instruments happens. ..but then the instrument is never used again for the rest of the song. A triangle or bassoon solo tossed in without it coming back for a proper crescendo.

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:48 PM

V has a theme? o.O
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:28 PM

I didn't know v had a theme, did it ever play in the game, nothing plays at the end of missions. Was it that song before micheal tells frank and Lamar where the beach house is? Someoneost a link please

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:33 PM

I didn't know v had a theme, did it ever play in the game, nothing plays at the end of missions. Was it that song before micheal tells frank and Lamar where the beach house is? Someoneost a link please

Yes it's that one.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

Yeah I feel like they really dropped the ball with the theme of GTA V, we all know the themes of GTA III and Vice City and San An and such. But no one really seems to know what theme of V is.

 

I mean, is this it? Because it doesn't play in the start-up of the game like all the other GTAs. I believe it only plays in the Opening cutscene. We all remember loading the old GTAs and hearing those amazing songs. It ain't in GTA V. If they were to add that theme song to the start-up sequence, it would be a bit more nostalgic.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:49 PM

GTA IV has the best theme out of the entire franchise. Nothing comes close to beating it, okay, maybe GTA Vice City, and GTA III a close 2nd.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:52 PM

This should've been the theme song

 


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:53 PM Edited by cldd, 02 January 2014 - 04:53 PM.

North Yankton memories is the theme, if that doesn't ring any bells think about the gameplay video opening music. It also plays throughout the game. 

 


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:57 PM

Yeah I feel like they really dropped the ball with the theme of GTA V, we all know the themes of GTA III and Vice City and San An and such. But no one really seems to know what theme of V is.

 

I mean, is this it? Because it doesn't play in the start-up of the game like all the other GTAs. I believe it only plays in the Opening cutscene. We all remember loading the old GTAs and hearing those amazing songs. It ain't in GTA V. If they were to add that theme song to the start-up sequence, it would be a bit more nostalgic.

Well, same thing with TBOGT and TLAD intros, and they all turned out to be the theme too. This is defo the theme.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 07:43 PM

Edited the OP, now includes the theme.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 08:53 PM

Do you guys have to criticize everything about GTA V?

Welcome To Los Santos is one of my favourite tracks on the whole soundtrack I love it, I put it as my ringtone too. ^.^

And confusing to first time listeners? The first time I heard this I instantly was jamming to it. I actually didn't want the characters to speak over it at the beginning of the game. This song never even gets old I jam every time I listen to it. I want to learn how to play that sick bass line too.


Btw, I'm not saying you're opinions not right or anything I was just not expecting the back lash on the theme song


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:46 AM

Every theme ever made should go bow chikka wow wow like porn music.





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