GTA: Vice City – Why It Is The Greatest Gaming Soundtrack Of All Time

GTA: Vice City is one of our favourite video games ever, and is also the greatest soundtrack in gaming history.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, where to start? Quite possibly the greatest GTA franchise game ever, if not right behind San Andreas. Everything about this game sparked a revolution, a movement and a large fan base, but a deeper look into Vice City reveals it wasn’t just the Scarface imitation missions and the flair of the 80s that made it so special, it was also the soundtrack.

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Right from the get go, the developers got it spot on. We know the GTA franchise is notorious for their tasteless and politically incorrect advertisements via the radio stations, but they are also known to match the correct music with the era the games are set in. The 80s brought us great musical artists such as Michael Jackson, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and even a self-created band titled ‘Love Fist’.

I would have to say nothing compares to cruising down Vice Beach in your Cheetah, blaring the great love ballads brought to you by Emotion 98.3 or the hottest commercial tunes on Flash FM. Maybe even shake it up with some pure rock and roll from V-Rock! Critics will say that the GTA franchise negatively affects people through the unparalleled violence, relentless swearing and glorification of drug use, but I would have to disagree.

GTA: Vice City sparked my love for the 80s paraphernalia, sparked my intrigue to the inspiration behind the game, and more importantly opened me up to a style of music I’d never even heard of. Still to this day, when I come across a song that I’ve heard on GTA: Vice City, I have nostalgic flashbacks of playing my PS2 with the wired controllers, 64mb memory cards and poor quality TVs. All fond memories that leave me with a sense of knowledge and education for the era that was the 1980s.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – I Salute You.

Here are my favourite five tracks on Vice City for your listening pleasure:

1. Foreigner – I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You
2. Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
3. Toto – Africa
4. Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
5. Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night

Have I left any out? Let me know!

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Grace Kirkby

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