2004 brought some truly extraordinary events. Movies were top-notch, music was at a high peak and video games began to revolutionize the entertainment world. Out of the great selection, one game stood out and kept its word. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
was the most epic adventure ever brought to any gaming console in the world. Considered one of the greatest video games of all time, still counting, and many key elements make it what it is. The soundtrack is purely based around 15 + hours of old-skool gangsta rap, rock, hilarious talk stations and acid jazz. While San Andreas didn't just spawn a city, it created a country to explore. A visual landscape or down-sized replica of three famous American cities. Traveling to these cities is time-consuming, so what better way to pass time than pop on the radio station?
Each intelligent (or, mostly intelligent) radio station consists of driving hip-hop and rocks most memorable songs. Many artists make an appearance, from the Chronic-crunch of Dr. Dre
to the political anger of Rage Against The Machine
. Ozzy Osbourne
, Kool & The Gang
, Bobby Brown
, The Who
, Public Enemy
, Slick Rick
, Cypress Hill
, Guns N Roses
... and thats just the tip of the iceberg. Every player should find their own slice of pie in one of the radio stations, as it varies in different genres rather than just the classics in Vice City
. Unfortunately, the songs can't be taken in by one trip through the countryside, so you'll be hearing most of the same stuff. The talk station, WCTR, is hilarious, performing skits from the vocal talents of Columbus Short and even Chris Rock. It often touches on commercials advertising fake boob implants, aliens shooting at drunken hillbillies in the mountains and shock therapy about guys who still live with their mothers. Its genius, but not as funny as hoped. Nevertheless, it will have you in stitches during long missions.
I can't think of anything bad to mention about the soundtrack, except for K-Rose and its awful country classics. Wait, I do. "All My Ex's Live In Texas". Apart from that, you'll find a solid soundtrack to the core. It doesn't capture the action in any way, though, which is the only letdown. You might be doing the most serious mission in the game while country music is cracking out your speakers. Not exactly a fashionable trend. There is a lot to look forward to, a lot to hate, but in the end it cares for all genres, like it or not.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
pushed the envelope of remarkable video games, and the soundtrack is absolute perfection. Don't like it? The X-Box and PC versions accomidate your own custom tracks. Your own radio station might never grow tiring, but you'll still be yearning to listen to some of the games own stations from time to time. Epic soundtrack... End.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But A G Thang
San Andreas Main Theme
Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name
Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swingin'
2Pac - I Don't Give A F*ck
N.W.A. - Express Yourself
Faith No More - Midlife Crisis
Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle