Remember the days when we would hear new and exciting music from video games? Games like Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and Crazy Taxi helped define not only our generation but the console generation. When we go look back and replay those games they call back times of arguments, frustration, but also fun…pure unadulterated fun. The issue with these games is the music only provided one isolated mood which stopped these games from being dynamic. Granted they weren’t designed to make you feel a connection to your character, but when I drive a taxi into the ocean and drown to death I expect The Offspring to fade out instead of blaring in my ear regardless like Bane from The Dark Night Rises.
Then along came GTA III, IV, and now V, with their massive music libraries where even the snobbiest music enthusiast can find something they enjoy. These games showed us just how big a role music can play in immersion and mood in a game. They should be held as the pinnacle of music in games.
Now for a few side notes: I’m strictly speaking about the implementation of musical artists in video games, not their score or original soundtrack.
The vast library of musical eclecticism comprised in GTA 5 is spread accross 240 songs, the playlist below holds 179 of those tracks:
WARNING: May contain inappropriate language.
If you want the complete listing check it out here: http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/09/17/grand-theft-auto-v-gtav-radio-station-soundtrack/