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Top 10 Radio References In Computer Games

From the eclectic radio stations in GTA to the enigmatic DJ Three Dog, here's the top 10 radio references in computer games.

Phil Dean

by Phil Dean in Culture

Last updated 19.09.2023

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Radio has been an integral part of popular culture for decades. So it's no surprise that it has made its mark in the gaming world. If you've got an interest in both, then keep reading. Here are our top 10 radio references in computer games.

10. Killer Frequency

If running a real-life radio station is too relaxed for you, then playing Killer Frequency will guarantee thrills. In this first-person VR game, players have control of a radio host when a serial killer is on the loose. The radio host takes calls from endangered town residents, and has to secure their safety by solving puzzles.

9. Life is Strange: True Colours

Life is Strange: True Colours has a downloadable add-on called Wavelengths. In Wavelengths, players get to play Steph, a year before Alex comes to town. Steph gets a job as a radio host and managing a record store. Players get to read ads, talk calls, and select the music.

8. The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable revolves around a narrator guiding the player's actions. The narrator communicates through a radio, and players can choose to defy or obey his instructions, leading to hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.

7. Left 4 Dead

The Left 4 Dead series uses radio transmissions to deliver important information to players during intense zombie encounters. These broadcasts heighten the sense of urgency and teamwork as players fight to survive the apocalypse.

6. Far Cry 3

In Far Cry 3, the antagonist Vaas Montenegro occasionally takes over the in-game radio waves with his deranged monologues. These moments give players an unsettling insight into his character and add to the game's intensity.

A still of the character Vaas Montenegro, from the game Far Cry 3. Vaas Montenegro is seemingly in a rainforest or jungle and is holding a handgun up.
The world is a diagonal... I am the balancing point.

5. Silent Hill 2

Silent Hill 2 uses radio transmissions to instill fear in players. The radio emits static noise whenever monsters are nearby, creating an intense atmosphere of dread as players explore the foggy, haunted town.

4. Max Payne Series

In its eponymous game, the character Max Payne breaks the fourth wall by addressing the player directly. And this is through in-game radio broadcasts. This adds a layer of depth and immersion to the game's gritty narrative.

3. Fallout Series

In the post-apocalyptic world of the Fallout series, the radio is your companion. The enigmatic DJ Three Dog in Fallout 3 broadcasts the latest news, plays classic tunes, and provides witty commentary that adds depth to the desolate wasteland.

A still of the character, DJ Three Dog - a black man with glasses - from the game Fallout.
"Because one dog ain't enough, and two is too low, it's me, Three Dog!"

2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution

In the futuristic world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, players can tune into a radio talk show hosted by a conspiracy theorist. The show explores themes central to the game's narrative and offers a unique perspective on the dystopian future.

1. Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Series

The radio stations in the Grand Theft Auto series partly make up the legend of the game. Players can flit between stations with both fictional and real DJ hosts like Iggy Pop & DJ Pooh. GTAs stations rival the diversity of real life stations. So every player has the right soundtrack or chat for their nefarious quests. From the iconic "Vice City FM" to "Radio Los Santos," these radio stations enhance the immersive experience of the game.

What Would Be On Your List?

Being the radio nerds we are, we get a kick out of any radio reference in another medium. And we're sure there are dozens more, so what would be on your list? Let us know over on Instagram, Twitter (or X, whatever you to call it these days), Facebook, or TikTok.

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