Funny, I posted this same thing on twitter yesterday. I’ll just copy and paste the tweet then add on to it.
I hold the opinion that Halo music can be any kind of music as long as we associate it with Halo. For instance, if ODST wasn’t made, I doubt anyone would consider its jazz pieces to be Halo music. Yet, I see many people calling it Halo music but 4/5’s music not Halo music. I think this has to do with Halo 4’s radical change in art style, storytelling, world building, multiplayer, and of course, the change of the devs themselves. You associate all those things with Halo so when those things are changed and the music doesn’t use the same tracks or some instruments, it seems completely foreign.
343 heard that you wanted the warthog theme back so they made the Trials in Halo 5, but if they put it in Halo 4, there would only be like one spot to put it in that actually works well. The music should be a reflection of the story. Halo’s classic uplifting, badass, and energetic soundtracks wouldn’t work with the more sad and human story Halo 4 was trying to tell.
Also, how TF do you not like 117?! REEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Ok let’s try this again. The warthog theme was never Chief’s theme, unlike Darth Vader’s Imperial March. When Darth Vader enters and exists the scene, the Imperial March plays, thus connecting the song to Vader. With the warthog theme, we hear it used when he’s running for his life in warthog, crossing a bridge with a tank, jumping on a scarab, and other badass moments. Just because Chief is there doesn’t make it his theme. If that were the case, the entire soundtrack would technically be Chief's theme. The warthog theme plays in a moment of excitement and adrenaline pumping action where you’re a huge badass and that’s what it represents. The only time it could be played in Halo 4 was when you’re in the Broadswor, but they opted to go with their original piece, 117, that conveys an image of a soldier doing his duty to protect humanity, which is one of the ways they characterize Master Chief in this: a soldier who was bred as a killing machine and has no other purpose other than to serve and protect humanity, whatever the cost.
Last thing, perhaps the soundtracks don’t stick out to you because you aren’t nostalgic for them and you don’t like the games they are in. I don’t like Reach’s soundtrack very much, but that’s because I’m not nostalgic and really am not a fan of Reach.
Edit: EpicAwe this could serve as a response to you too. I don’t know how you think Halo 4’s soundtrack is too bombastic.
I don't think i said things quite right either lol but I'll explain lol.
I think your wrong about the chief theme, well kind of. The Chiefs theme plays when he about to go into a big time situation, like you said and I agree with that. That makes it his theme. It only plays when he's about to do something like that. Hence why it should of been in 4 and 5 as well whenever he did. Even if it was just once in the game, it should be there. Instead 343I decided to do new music. It wasn't terrible, but in my opinion and many others, it doesn't fit the chief. The 117 song doesn't hold a candle too the theme that always played before when he was going into some kind of epic battle or situation (I can't think of the name of the track but you know what I mean) We had 3 games where that is what was played when big stuff was going to happen and the chief was involved.... then 343I changed it. Bad move I feel. Another example of change for the sake of change in my opinion but anyways....
So he does have a "theme" per say but it revolves around when he about to "kick butt" not when he enters a room or something like Vader.
Vadar on the other hand, theme plays when he enters or is being introduced or something. There are lots of times that vadar is in the movies doing whatever, and his theme isn't being played. So I don't agree with your example of saying the chief theme would be played threw out the entire game if they used it. It should only be played when he's about to go into a big time situation, just as Vader's theme is only played in his situations. This kind of stuff happens with lots of charaters, in movies, tv shows etc. This should be no different with the chief. So I think he does have a theme and I'm pretty sure a lot of people out there would agree with me.
Nostalgic for the old games might be a reason for some people why tracks from Halo 4/5 don't stick out, but for me I know it's not. I don't like Halo Reach really, but I really liked the soundtrack. I thought it fit perfectly. I thought the soundtracked in that game was one of the best parts of that game. Even ODST, which I didn't mind, but i didn't think it was anything crazy amazing... but some of my favorite Halo tracks are from ODST.
I don't necessarily think all Halo games have to have a certain type of sound, like some people do... BUT I definitely think Halo games that feature the master chief should. Is the music from Halo 1-3 similar to Halo Reach?? Maybe somewhat, maybe....but overall I think it's very different personally.
I think a major reason why a lot of people don't really like Halo 4/5 soundtrack is not because the music is poorly done or anything like this, it's because people feel it doesn't "fit" Halo...but I think a more appropriate thing to say would be, I think a lot of people think the music in those games doesn't fit the Master Chief Halo games. Most people have played 3 games that featured the master chief with a certain style and type of music. It only makes sense that any game featuring The Master Chief should also be in that style and type of music ana halo 4/5 should. I know that's what I meant and I should of explained that better, sorry about that.
I know it all comes down to personal opinion, but as I said i don't hate halo 4/5 soundtracks, but nothing for me really sticks out and/or makes me sing/hum away with it. I also don't hear x track and get that feeling of "oh this track! I love this track... It's that part when I did that awesome thing with the chief" and i can picture it in my mind 100% you know... that to me is what Halo 4/5 music lacks. That and as I said earlier I don't like it how they already had all these established themes, tunes, musical cues Etc. from past Master Chief Halo games that weren't used in 4 & 5. I guarantee you if they would have done that with Halo 4 and 5 soundtracks, a lot more people would have liked it. We know this too, just by how many people complained about the fact that the Halo title screen theme song wasn't in 4. It's back in 5 sorta (for 30 secs) but not really, but it's better than nothing. A lot of people have just played The Master Chief Halo games and they expect certain songs,themes and style to be in them, which i agree..... They don't care about other Halo games. Halo Reach or ODST music, people didn't complain really about this track or this theme not being in because they didn't involve the chief, so people's expectations were immediately different. That's my take on it all anyways, sorry for the long post.