The best in-game radio stations and TV shows
In-game TV shows and radio stations can enhance our enjoyment of living their world. They can make these places feel like they live beyond what we see on screen, suggesting cultural history or allowing them to reflect modern entertainment. And sometimes it’s just good to listen to absolutely punchy tunes, because the publisher in question has incredibly deep pockets.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite radio stations and TV shows from internal games.
Max Payne 2 unknown address
Damn, I love the number of TV shows in Max Payne 2. I stopped and watched each of them in my first two games. The unknown address is probably the most notable, as it is in part an homage to Twin Peaks, alongside Max Payne himself, with the heavy-handed monologues and the setting of “ Black York ”.
“ John Mirra, ” the villain of the play, is even referenced in the game’s theme song, Poets of the Fall’s “ Late Goodbye, ” and one of the game’s most memorable levels takes place in a theme park based on fictional television. show.
Lords and Ladies is no slouch either, and there are four shows in total. Each mimics Max’s journey in different ways, with key episodes relating to his relationship with Mona and his poor decision to turn to a major ally. – Samuel Roberts
Watch Dogs: Legion’s The Bug
Watch Dogs: Legion goes even further than most virtual radio shows. Ubisoft hired real political podcasters to create fictional commentary shows about its (somewhat more) dystopian post-Brexit Britain. There are a few different shows, but the best is The insect. This is a fictional version of the real world podcast The bugle, originally created by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman in 2007. In Watch Dogs Legion, The Bug is presented by Zaltzman with his Bugle co-host Alice Fraser.
With the mandated objective of ‘nibbling away the decaying corpse of a once free Britain’, The Bug is a sharp, swift and fierce mockery of the fascist corporate government of the Legion – the security firm Albion. Each of The Bug’s eight episodes deals with a different facet of society, ranging from medicine to mass surveillance. It’s a terribly professional creation, full of scathing humor and delivered so naturally by its hosts that it’s often hard to tell if it’s scripted or not. –Rick lane
Alan Wake’s Nocturnal Springs
Alan Wake is all about the titular author’s work coming to life, and as a result, the game is a fun pastiche of a whole bunch of works, including Twin Peaks and the work of Stephen King. Another direct tribute comes in the form of Night Springs, the anthology of horror shows as close to The Twilight Zone as The scary door is. In the DLC ‘The Writer’, the series was even adapted in-game. This level of effort gives Alan Wake’s world so much extra life. Like in Max Payne 2, I always have to stop and watch the damn things. – Samuel Roberts
Chatterbox FM from GTA 3
Talk radio stations are a bit mixed up in GTA 4 and 5, and Chatterbox FM from GTA 3 remains my favorite. Later on, the GTAs are facing you a lot more with jokes, innuendos, and loud satire, while Chatterbox is actually just weird residents calling Lazlow out for nonsense. It’s not really a commentary on anything other than the weird nature of local radio, the calling quirks, and the ridiculous commercials I feel like I hear in every airport cab after I land in the States- United. It’s a much funnier and more specific target than politicians or tech companies.
“If you had seen what I saw, and heard what I heard, you would never brush your teeth again,” a man calls about a conspiracy involving toothpaste. “Everyone knows women are made of sand,” said another. Meanwhile, Lazlow shamelessly plays for the drug companies, interviews a ‘love guru’ who hasn’t paid his advertising bills, and occasionally pauses for Kyle MacLachlan’s Donald Love to make it clear that you listen to a Love Media station. I love Chatterbox and wish all of GTA’s humor-focused radio stations had a similar tone. – Samuel Roberts
Fallout 3 Enclave Radio
There is something so unsettling about the constant Enclave Radio propaganda of “President” John Henry Eden (played by Malcolm McDowell), interspersed with tracks like “Stars and Stripes Forever.” I feel like it enhances the somber tone of Fallout 3 and creates a sense of foreboding ahead of your inevitable encounter with Eden at the end of the game. As far as the directing goes, it did a lot of work for me in the Bethesda RPG, and out of guilt, I probably listened to it more than Galaxy News Radio. I love dystopian vibes. – Samuel Roberts
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines’ The Deb of Night
Overall, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is a lonely RPG experience. But one companion you can always count on is The Deb of Night. Deb is a late night talk show host on Bloodlines Radio, describing herself as “The one girl who’ll spend the night with you and leave early in the morning.” Brilliantly played by actress Karis Campbell, Deb plays psychedelic club music and gets calls from the eclectic crowd of Los Angeles night owls, ranging from conspiracy theorists to men desperately trying to impress Deb by pretending to own a yacht. .
The Deb of Night embodies the dark and sultry tone of Bloodlines. Deb is a fantastic, charming, witty and undeniably sexy host. Her voice is a calming presence in the dark and dangerous night of LA. Meanwhile, his conversations with callers are interrupted with commercials for products like “Friggin” Chicken, ”highlighting the more absurd side of the game. It’s a bit of an efficient world-building and an enjoyable spectacle even. without the game for the context. If you want to test this for yourself, you can listen to it all here. –Rick lane
Fallout 4’s The Silver Shroud
Radio stations feel much more than an afterthought in Bethesda’s Fallout games. Indeed, the shows of The Silver Shroud, a luscious radio show meant to evoke people like The Shadow, which first aired in the 1930s, relate to what is probably my favorite Fallout 4 quest. You can hear the shows themselves and then become the character at the center of it all, patrolling Goodne Neighborhood, and correcting the wrongs (mostly by doing more wrong with your guns). – Samuel Roberts
Chakra attack from GTA 5
To echo Samuel above, GTA’s radio skits often feel forced. But I think West Coast Talk Radio’s Chakra Attack is an exception. Hosted by Ray De Angelo Harris, the fictional talk show host randomly explores spirituality, relaxation and the concept of duality with hilarious effect. Harris is voiced by American actor, comedian and writer JB Smoove – who is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
For me, Smoove’s voice alone is enough to make me laugh and his performance on Chakra Attack is as offbeat as it gets. —Joe Donnelly