Beep Block Skyway.
Music
November 2018

Beep Block Skyway

Despite ageing incredible well, the legacy of Beep Block Skyway has been tainted by something a lot less wholesome – as Matt Gardner learned to his horror.

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Music
October 2018

Naked Glow

For Matt Gardner, Ridge Racer Type 4 provided the emblematic song of the 1999 school holidays: the warm, carefree Naked Glow.

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Under attack in Alien Storm.
Mega DriveSega
August 2018

Alien Storm

While his friends were busy playing more famous 2D beat ‘em ups, Matt Gardner was happier with Alien Storm – though he twice had to overcome his own body’s betrayal just to try it.

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Sonic in Wing Fortress Zone.
Music
August 2018

Wing Fortress Zone

Wing Fortress Zone’s music combined a steady pace with an unnerving composition to create an unforgettable song that took Sonic 2 to a whole new level, Matt Gardner argues.

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Music
July 2018

Words Drowned by Fireworks

FFVII’s Words Drowned by Fireworks had a bigger impact on Matt Gardner than the more universally revered Aerith’s Theme, but it took him a long time to realise it.

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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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