The barn from the gloriously terrible Hard Drivin'.
Mega DriveSega
May 2018

Hard Drivin’

Some games are so bad, they’re good. In the case of Hard Drivin’, Matt Gardner needed a few years to realise that it was an experience that aged beautifully, even if it remained utterly terrible.

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Trance Kuja, whose fight is tabbed with The Darkness of Eternity.
Music
May 2018

The Darkness of Eternity

Matt Gardner’s FFIX experience was capped off with a truly special final battle, which gave him his favourite song in the game – but the game didn’t get the finale it deserved.

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The barrel of doom.
Music
March 2018

Carnival Night Zone

For GameTripper’s 50th piece, editor Matt Gardner discusses Sonic 3’s most playful and cleverly composed VGM, for a stage which forced most gamers to tear their hair out in frustration.

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Music
February 2018

Simon Gruber (Quay)

What better music to accompany a truly mad boss level than the cheesiest cock-rock music known to man? Matt Gardner looks at one of Die Hard Trilogy’s little-heard tracks.

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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
SonyPlayStation
February 2018

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Matt Gardner remembers how an early brush with piracy led to a Resident Evil 3 experience like no other – at least, for a British gamer.

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Gaius in Shadow of the Colossus.
Music
February 2018

The End of the Battle

The most beautiful piece of music in Shadow of the Colossus is one of the shortest – and, as the game develops, saddest – on the soundtrack, says Matt Gardner.

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St Francis' Folly, which featured "A Friend Since Gone"
Music
January 2018

A Friend Since Gone (St Francis’ Folly)

Music is at the heart of meaningful gaming experiences, but as Tomb Raider proved, you didn’t need a long tune to make a huge mark.

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Mickey Mouse in Toyland.
Music
December 2017

Toyland Part 1

Toyland’s marching music pushed gamers to overcome the level’s climbing challenge – and it also helped Matt Gardner overcome a personal test.

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Bust a Groove's character selection screen featuring Gas-O, whose track is Chemical Love
Music
December 2017

Chemical Love

Matt Gardner learns that doing some research into a banging tune can often lead to it becoming a little unpalatable.

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Gare d'Europa, the best place to listen to Body in Motion by CoLD SToRAGE.
Music
December 2017

Body in Motion

PS1 game demos didn’t offer you much freedom of choice. But as Matt Gardner says, Wipeout 2097’s demo made the best choice for you.

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