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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.