As with everything involved with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the game's soundtrack is epic in scope and incredibly detailed. Though countless games have offered soundtracks, GTA: Vice City offers a unique twist on the format: its soundtrack has seven volumes, one apiece for Vice City's radio stations. Though games such as Jet Grind Radio and Jet Set Radio Future also revolved around the concept of soundtrack-as-radio station, GTA: Vice City's soundtrack is the most ambitious -- and impressive -- realization of this idea yet, offering DJs with distinctive personalities, tailored track listings, and realistic bumpers, voice-overs, and commercials. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 1: V-Rock presents DJ Lazlow, a mullet-haired metalhead careerist, who plays an authentic set of hard rock, heavy metal, and pop metal from the mid-to-late '80s, the era in which GTA: Vice City is set. The volume's standout tracks include David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose," Autograph's "Turn Up the Radio," and Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock." Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Anthrax are some of the other usual suspects included on the soundtrack, adding even more authenticity to the set. The original content created for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 1: V-Rock emphasizes the game's warping of fantasy and reality: "Dangerous Bastard" by Rockstar's Lovefist, is a hilarious hair metal send-up that blends in perfectly with the rest of the play list, while the commercials for "Exploder," a Rambo-esque action flick, and "Thor" a self-help program from the Viking god of thunder, add to the album's satirical edge. For GTA addicts, there's an added incentive to buy the soundtracks: each disc comes with bonus multimedia content (Windows and Mac compatible), including wallpaper, screen shots, a screen saver, a movie clip, and most importantly, a special cheat code unique to each volume of the soundtrack. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 1: V-Rock's cheat code unlocks the Love Fist limo, a must for any metalhead playing the game.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares