Music
October 2018

Tower Theme (Dungeon 2)

Tower Theme, from Phantasy Star, stopped Alan Fowler in his tracks as a young boy, and left him with vivid memories that began a love for RPGs.

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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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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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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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Ultima V, which featured Stones.
Music
April 2018

Stones

The world of Ultima was crafted to be an immersive experience, but the need to memorise Stones off by heart struck a chord with Dark Blue Monkey, and it’s stayed with him ever since.

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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
March 2018

Woodtick

While playing one of the all-time great adventure games, FatNicK discovered one of the most amazing pieces of 90s VGM – a truly groundbreaking composition of interactive music.

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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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Music
February 2018

Trust Your Heart

Daniel Driver believes that Winter Heat is still unmatched in recreating the sheer spectacle of the Winter Olympics – and Trust Your Heart was key in creating a monumentally cinematic climax.

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