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BLADE_San_Andreas

Your opinion on GTA V radio

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BLADE_San_Andreas

If you really ask me this radio is pretty bad, but hey thats just my opinion.

The only one i really listen to is Self Radio

 

I mean where's Ozzy Osbourne and Halls & Oates

I used to love Radio X,Bounce FM,K-DST,Radio Los Santos,Flash FM, Emotion 98.3 etc.

 

And you cant say "well listen to Los Santos Rock Radio" because i don't have a drug addicted DJ or a weird one and music is just waaay more different i mean i cant sing along Hold The Line and Running Down The Dream anymore

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Cutter De Blanc

There's something missing that I can't put my finger on. There aren't as many songs where you stop and go, "Wow, they used THIS for a gta song?"

 

I dunno it's like they let really old people pick the music or something. Can't quite describe it.

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RetroMystic

Every radio station has overly obnoxious DJ's which makes listening to the radio in-between songs a torture.

 

The only station I liked was Radio Mirror Park, every other radio station was just...boring? Sure every radio station had 1 or 2 good songs but the majority was just white noise to me. None of the music had any real flair to it imho.

 

I don't think we're ever going to get another radio station like Flash FM or Radio Los Santos (SA version).

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Cutter De Blanc

I suppose the worst part is that a lot of the songs are boring, for lack of a better term.

 

Who gets fired up to drive real fast with your smg blazing when f*cking Heartbeat by Don Johnson comes on? I know I don't.

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GTAFanClub

Good but not as memorable as Vice City or San Andreas.

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jaljax

I wouldn't say it's the best, but its alright

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psybreeze

It has it's moments. I played like a hundred hours, still find new songs, talks. :)

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Lioshenka

It's pretty rubbish, better than GTA 4, but worse than any of the Renderware GTAs.

 

The music is just pop crap that you hear on the everyday radio anyway. There are no stations that you can genuinely love, like in previous GTA - they all are just contemporary music of some teenage appealing bands. The only ones which are okay are the rock and the reggae stations, but I can easily give them up. The K-Rose is a disgrace to the K-Rose of GTA SA.

 

Talk stations are very poor compared to older GTAs, even to GTA 4. The hosts are boring as f*ck and there is not a single joke that would make me laugh. WCTR and all of the previous talk stations were absolutely hilarious with carefully written dialogues, which literally keep you smiling throughout the game.

 

I usually switch to talk radios, because there are still some bits I haven't heard and to somehow fill the silence of driving. Otherwse I see no value in GTA 5's radio stations, whoever did them made a poor job and I don't appreciate their efforts.

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Lock n' Stock

Eh, I like it. LS Rock, Soulwax FM, Radio Mirror Park have a good amount of tracks that I like. I also like Non Stop Pop (which contrary to what you said, does have a Hall & Oates song), but mostly only for the 80s and 90s stuff.

 

But yeah, compared to past soundtracks like Vice City and San Andreas, it feels lacking.

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Cutter De Blanc

Yeah, but then they pick this unusual song by them with a choppy kind of rhythm to it. It's not ideal driving music by Hall and Oates for sure.

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B Dawg

It's pretty rubbish, better than GTA 4, but worse than any of the Renderware GTAs.

 

The music is just pop crap that you hear on the everyday radio anyway. There are no stations that you can genuinely love, like in previous GTA - they all are just contemporary music of some teenage appealing bands. The only ones which are okay are the rock and the reggae stations, but I can easily give them up. The K-Rose is a disgrace to the K-Rose of GTA SA.

Rubbish, better than 4 but worse than any of Renderwares? Please. Most Renderware GTAs radios were meh, don't remember 3's radio, VC, LCS and VCS radios were meh (80s music is overrated as hell). SA radios were good but IV radios were amazing and by far the best. V's radios are also meh.

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BLADE_San_Andreas

 

It's pretty rubbish, better than GTA 4, but worse than any of the Renderware GTAs.

 

The music is just pop crap that you hear on the everyday radio anyway. There are no stations that you can genuinely love, like in previous GTA - they all are just contemporary music of some teenage appealing bands. The only ones which are okay are the rock and the reggae stations, but I can easily give them up. The K-Rose is a disgrace to the K-Rose of GTA SA.

Rubbish, better than 4 but worse than any of Renderwares? Please. Most Renderware GTAs radios were meh, don't remember 3's radio, VC, LCS and VCS radios were meh (80s music is overrated as hell). SA radios were good but IV radios were amazing and by far the best. V's radios are also meh.

 

YOU DONT REMEMBER VICE CITY RADIOS AND FLASHBACK FM FROM GTA 3?

 

Songs are not overrated but they're better than what we have today and that sh*t is for sure

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confederatestatesgta

i like it. there are some great songs in there. we finally got a country station. but i wish we had another country station. i like the rock too. and worldwide and flylo got me liking music i never knew about. its not perfect but i think its just as good as gta 4s. i do think that some of the 3d games had better radio. like san andreas vice city stories. but i still think gta 5s radio is still very good.

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Lioshenka

 

It's pretty rubbish, better than GTA 4, but worse than any of the Renderware GTAs.

 

The music is just pop crap that you hear on the everyday radio anyway. There are no stations that you can genuinely love, like in previous GTA - they all are just contemporary music of some teenage appealing bands. The only ones which are okay are the rock and the reggae stations, but I can easily give them up. The K-Rose is a disgrace to the K-Rose of GTA SA.

Rubbish, better than 4 but worse than any of Renderwares? Please. Most Renderware GTAs radios were meh, don't remember 3's radio, VC, LCS and VCS radios were meh (80s music is overrated as hell). SA radios were good but IV radios were amazing and by far the best. V's radios are also meh.

 

All of GTA 3 stations and a good half of SA's were masterpieces. Talk stations on VC were amazing, and the rest maybe not to my taste but picked very nicely to fit the game and don't annoy you even if you're playing for hours. Flashback FM and K-DST, how are they not the best stations ever, come on?!

 

GTA 4 only had Vladivostok FM and that Spanish stations which were bearable, but nonetheless too repetitive. Talk station was OK. The rest... Same as GTA 5, sorry - but you're entitled to your opinion of course.

 

I don't think I can quite say that GTA 5 stations are utter crap, I can certainly live with them filling the game silence, but the previous GTAs set the standard quite high, and it is nowhere as near them, unfortunately.

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AmigaMix

I only listen to VC's and VCS's radio, I was born in the wrong generation!! :(

 

While I'm not a fan of the last gen version, V's radio on xbone, ps4 and pc is pretty good.

You have a lot of variety (LSRR is lacking, though) and the amount of songs makes for a less repetitive

musical experience than some older gta's.

 

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Failure

Meh.

 

Let me start with the talk stations - they're all crap and boring. I expected V to have talk shows which rivaled VC's and SA's, but V's radio stations ended up being worse than IV's, and could easily be considered the worst in the series. They ruined Lazlow, the Fernando Show is absolute rubbish and Chakra Attack is quite possibly the worst radio segment in GTA history. There's nothing memorable in the Blaine County talk radio too. The drought of humour is well evident when the writers resorted to National Socialism and 'invading France' jokes. Why did they even bother putting Ron on the radio?

 

The music stations are mediocre at best. I always find myself listening to Self Radio. In fact, one of the first things I ever did after getting the PC version was creating a Self Radio playlist. R*'s choice of music is quite bad. Channel X is horrendous. LSRR is only worth listening because it has one song each by Survivor, ZZ Top and Starship, and Kenny Loggins is the DJ. Literally no song is memorable from Lowdown, Soulwax, Blue Ark and VBR. Rockstar probably searched for the most popular 90s hip-hop songs to create WCC. Not a bad thing, but it is a shame that they didn't feature songs from lesser known artists. I fund out some interesting East Coast hip-hop songs and artists through IV, but sadly, I couldn't do this with V. I only listen to Radio Los Santos when Kendrick Lamar or Freddie Gibbs is playing. Non-Stop Pop was good to listen to at first, but the tracks become stale after a year of listening. There's another radio station (forgot the name) which has only three good songs - Always, The Set Up and Sleepwalking. The rest all aren't worth listening to. Blonded's gotten boring within two weeks. 'Fast Life' and 'Welcome to Los Santos' are the only songs from the Lab which I bother with. Not to mention, the Lab's DJ is literally the worst in the game. Cara Delevingne wasn't that bad though.

 

I'm not a fan of country music, but I do appreciate the return of country music station though.

 

I don't want to parrot this again and again, but the radio is something in which both IV and SA outshine V.

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Journey_95

Its ok but I don't think VC's radio will ever be beaten

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EddieLTU

for it's time it was a fine music selection

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Ash_735

I actually wrote an article about the troubled development of Grand Theft Auto V's radio, titled "Radio Inconsistency" which was hosted on a website that's no longer around (GTAGaming) where I dove into how this one aspect of Grand Theft Auto V had unusual set backs and complications over development as the entire game was spread out, leading to stations being heavily revamped, genre changes, initial ideas scrapped, even cut radio stations, re-purposed the songs on stations that don't fit, etc.

 

Normally GTA games have roughly a year to put together a set list, station identity, potential choice of DJ's, etc and of course Music Licences. However for GTAV, the stations were first thought up around 2010, and as things were pushed back, it became more and more tinkered with until we got the mess that we did in 2013 (and later 2014), Non Stop Pop went through a few genre changes such as Party Pop, 80s Pop, just modern day Pop, etc, before they just jumbled it all together with whatever music licences they still had by the point of release. An entire station came into the game late (Vinewood Boulevard Radio) and stations like Soulwax FM and Worldwide FM had their mixes submitted later into the production too (literally a few weeks BEFORE going gold), stations with the most changes began to lose their usual GTA identity (something which even GTA IV kept at least despite the lackluster song choices of some of the stations) til we got where we are now where a station can just contain anything the celebrity DJ wants to play. Again, GTAV is the first GTA since the 3D era days to have cut radio stations, P.M.R (Pre-Millennium Radio), Santos Surf, another un-named Rock Station, the jazz station and the 80s station (which Non Stop Pop was at one point).

 

Anyway, enough about GTAV's troubled music cycle (hell even the score went through massive changes since initial conception). There's ONE thing the HD era misses from the 3D era which made them feel more unique, and that's having the DJ's be CHARACTERS, San Andreas did this best because they STILL had Celebrity DJ's but even they were playing characters (Axl Rose as Tommy "The Nightmare" Smith [K-DST], George Clinton as The Funktipus [bounce FM], Michael Bivins as Phillip Michaels [CSR 103.9], etc) and this allowed them to them to just have fun with the role without trying to be too serious and having to worry about people thinking their GTA version of them is a reflection of their real selves. Where as in the HD era, they got either celebrities OR real DJ's to host the stations under their actual names, and some of them did have a bit of fun with it (Iggy Pop springs to mind) but a lot of them feel like they're playing it safe and as some kind of serious role (and as much as people want to hate on blonded Los Santos, at least Frank and the rest of the crew embrace that GTA side and just role with the dialogue).

 

Bringing it back to GTAV's troubled development with the radio, this is even more evident when they got people back multiple times to record dialogue again when the stations song list changed, or genre shifted, etc, I think Cara Delevingne ended up having FOUR sessions over all (previous games were usually one day recording sessions per DJ and picking the best out from that), where as compared to GTA IV for example where some DJ's only had TWO sessions (those that came back for the DLC episodes). That's why it can sound a bit all over the place because in reality, one session would've covered some songs in the base game (PS3/360) AND the NG versions (songs that were initially cut but they recorded dialogue for), then another session for the songs that they got near gold on the base game AND THEN another session for the new stuff they grabbed in the NG versions. By comparison, The LAB and blonded Los Santos were put together much closer like the older games where they got the licences, got everyone in, did a session of recording and mixing it all out within a few weeks.

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straightupmenace

i think west coast classics is f*cking dope but that's just me

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anthony

I actually like every radio of almost every GTA (I didn't played Chinatown wars and LCS), except GTA 5 radio; there is not a single memorable song to me.

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naughtygawdxci

The radios aren't memorable like the older games but still are better than anything Saints Row and Watch Dogs gave us. I like all the hip hop stations,Non Stop has great 80's pop songs like "Smalltown Boy". I also like Channel X i just wished it had more songs from hardcore punk bands from other scenes. Also it would be nice to have a heavy metal/hard rock station composed of 80's metal like Glam metal and Thrash metal just like V-Rock.

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Le biatch

Its f*cken awesome. The best memory I ever had was trying to get away from the cops with 4 stars (first time being online) and having "el sonidito" blasting on the radio and not being able to change the station. It was hilarious, frustating, and a joy all at the same time.

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Wingate167

I enjoyed them. My favorite stations were Non-Stop Pop FM, WCTR and Blaine County Radio.

 

Non-Stop Pop FM reminded me of the good times in high school and college and also some songs I didn't hear in years made me realize I need to take more risks. It was also the time I was turning when GTA 5 came out. It was "Music Sounds Better with You" from Stardust when I heard it playing GTA 5 in 2013, I didn't hear that since hearing it on a school bus in high school in 1999. There were other songs too that have a nostaligia (that I realized later that what was good back then wasn't all that great)

 

WCTR and Blaine County Radio are great stations in the part of satirizing American politics, I'm American and I find them funny.

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DylRicho

My opinion on the radio is this:

 

Vice City, Vice City Stories and San Andreas have the best radios.

 

GTA V is a distant fourth, and only because there are songs on the radio that I actually know and like (Non-Stop Pop FM; Los Santos Rock Radio).

 

GTA IV radio was terrible. Not a single song that I liked or knew.

 

I never listened to the radio in GTA III or Liberty City Stories. There were odd times that it was playing in GTA III, and I'd keep it on, but again nothing really that I liked or knew.

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StangOne50

Eh couple decent tunes but overall it blows and I keep the volume at 0.

San Andreas had the best tunes.

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Gettin up

It's okay. I still keep the radio on most of the time while playing GTA Online.

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Lock n' Stock

I'll say this, the original soundtrack (on PS3 and 360) was pretty crap, but I personally feel it was drastically improved in the enhanced re-release.

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Femme Fatale

I like Channel X and the Waylon Jennings song. That's about it.

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B Dawg

Vice City, Vice City Stories and San Andreas have the best radios.

GTA IV radio was terrible. Not a single song that I liked or knew.

Lmao. Something's terribly wrong with your music taste if you think Vice City n Stories had the best, and that you didn't like anything on IV.

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