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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The full map of Viridian City, from Pokémons Red and Blue.
Music
December 2017

Viridian City

VGM can instantly takes us back in time, and for N64 Jamesy, it’s the original Viridian City tune that really hammers home nostalgia – and got him through a difficult time.

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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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A captive Fox McCloud in Star Fox Adventures' LightFoot Village.
Music
November 2017

LightFoot Village

Part of the reason we play games is to unwind, and there’s nothing short of a real chill-out than with the soundtrack to Rare’s hundredth release, says N64 Jamesy.

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Music
November 2017

Target (Mechanical Man)

Frank Klepacki’s insistence on diversity in his soundtracks made one particular black-sheep song a C&C classic, argues Matt Gardner.

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Archipelagos on the Atari ST.
Music
November 2017

Archipelagos

Dark Blue Monkey explains how the solitary track from Archipelagos was the perfect accompaniment to a surprisingly horrific game – and still sets the bar for VGM today.

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What Anaconda looks like, basically
Music
November 2017

Anaconda

The music in TimeSplitters 2 was as incredibly good as the overall game, but its best track was only found by the eagle-eyed.

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Ecco the Dolphin: The Tides of Time screenshot.
Music
November 2017

Tube of Medusa

Ecco the Dolphin games is all about slow, mournful, ambient tracks, with few exceptions: including The Tides of Time’s bonkers dolphin rave.

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