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. 3: Emotion 98.3 presents DJ Fernando Martinez, a wannabe Latin lover who plays an authentic set of power ballads, love songs, and soft rock from the '80s, the era in which GTA: Vice City is set. The volume's standout tracks include John Waite's "Missing You," Squeeze's "Tempted," the ultimate power ballad (Night Ranger's "Sister Christian"), and Jan Hammer's "Crockett's Theme," which is a clever way to pay homage to one of the game's inspirations, Michael Mann's classic TV series Miami Vice. Toto, Foreigner, Mister Mister, and REO Speedwagon are some of the other usual suspects included on the soundtrack, adding even more authenticity to the set. Though this volume of the soundtrack might be the hardest to actually listen to, it certainly does showcase the game attention to all the musical details of the '80s. However, the commercials for "Knife After Dark," a slasher flick, and "Petstuffers," a taxidermy service for house pets, do add to the collection's sense of humor. 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. 3: Emotion 98.3's cheat code unlocks the self-explanatory Chicks With Guns Cheat, which makes the player's gang into chicks with guns, offering even more proof that love hurts.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares