I don’t think anyone’s booted up Euro Truck Sim for the first time and not made a huge mistake that led to the infrastructure of a small shipping port shutting down. It turns out that the line between ‘everythings fine’ and ‘potential economic collapse’ is about 3 inches between a local’s car and a lorry driver with 30 minutes experience (most of which was spent not stopping fast enough for red lights and driving 56mph in a 30mph zone).
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It's been 12 years since the first Crackdown game hit the Xbox 360, and the third instalment in the series - after 5 years of development hell - is finally here.
But is it any good?
Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ is an album I often revisit, and was one of my favourite albums of 2016. Yet, in 2019, I feel like it’s an album that really doesn’t seem to get the love I think it deserves. Why is that?Read More
Lets try something different! A new type of column with one BIG picture instead of lots of little words. This big picture is about Ace Combat 7, and how much fun I had crashing into the ground a lot. It’s more satisfying than Microsoft Flight Sim 98 for causing unnecessary damage to your aircraft, and maybe that’s what really matters.
Was that a review? Yeah, sure, why not?
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This past Tuesday (29th Jan), I attended Monster Magnet’s lone UK date of their ‘Mindf****r’ tour at London’s Electric Brixton, a gig that in many ways was 12 years in the making. Their 2007 album ‘4-Way Diablo’ was one of the first albums I ever owned myself, rather than stealing from my dad’s CD collection or a compilation of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 soundtrack. Now, you’d be forgiven in thinking the 13 tracks that comprise ‘4-Way Diablo’, and indeed the wider Monster Magnet discography, are nothing more than self indulgent, over the top and derivative; but it was (and still is) for these reasons that I fell completely in love with the band. Yes, their leather-clad, rockstar schtick might be passé, but it’s entirely self aware and serves as a love letter to a bygone era of the genre. I’d never consider myself a stick in the mud, and I genuinely believe we live in one of the most exciting periods for alternative music in a good long while, but at a time where there’s a few too many ‘Oli Sykes’ types dominating headlines, it can’t hurt to have a few Dave Wyndorfs.Read More
The curious case of an unexpected album release I see! Not only that, it is a cover album I hear! I hope they have covered songs that I know! Oh well might as well just put it on without seeing the tracklist and hope I can sing along. In all seriousness though, despite all my mixed feelings (spoiler) on the album, I would recommend putting this on and being surprised by what they play. Read on to find out more thoughts and feeling on Weezer’s ‘The Teal Album’Read More
My aim today is to share some of the songs that Chris Cornell has had a hand in creating that I think more people should listen to, and hopefully open people’s eyes to an artist they may never have given a second thought about. This is neither a beginner’s guide nor a deep cuts collection. These are songs that maybe didn’t get as much radio airplay, album tracks that I think could have been put forward for the masses, and a couple of singles that are often overlooked. So, if you’ve ever found yourself grooving along to ‘Spoonman’ or headbanging to the outrageous noise of ‘Cochise’ but have never thought to go beyond the songs fed to you on a platter, this might just be the list for you.Read More
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2019, more like 20-fine-teen amirite?
The new year sees the release of some brand new games for everyone's favourite console - the Nintendo Switch. In this video, we run down some of the highlights, including:
* Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
* New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
* Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
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Intro music: “The Vagtastic Voyage” by Mexicofallz
Nineteen years. Nineteen years! Six thousand, six hundred and thirty two days ago since Unbreakable was released in the USA. The “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” as it has come to be known is such an anomaly in the film world right now. We have had so many studios chasing Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) trying to release multiple movies in a singular year. Whether it is the mishandled DC Extended Universe, the ill-fated “Dark Universe” Cinematic Universe that got off to a non-start with Mr. Cruise’s The Mummy or even Fox’s “sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss” X-Men Universe which seems to be slowly (and sadly) getting shut down with the Disney merger.
I’m a big fan of comic books and the movies that are made around them. So to have something that is so different from the MCU I believe should be applauded. It takes restraint to create three movies over NINETEEN YEARS when in perspective that is Marvel’s output for a single year. It’s obvious that there is money to be made in superheroes and after all these years it could be argued that the universe being created here was not for the sake of making money but was actually a carefully thought out trilogy by M. Night Shyamalan. With all that time to refine does that make it a good movie however?Read More
Ah another year and another Mario title. What better way to ring in 2019 than by jumping on mushrooms, dodging carnivorous plants and sliding down bare pipe. All of which and more you can do in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Arguably the last big Wii U release to be ported to the Switch, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has some big boots to fill coming off the monumental triumph of 2017’s Mario Odyssey.Read More
Did you know we’re living in the future? The future is NOW! Whatever you’re up to today, it’s almost certainly very cool and futuristic.
Ok, so 2019 might not be the future everyone was expecting, but that doesn’t mean bleak visions of the future have gone away. People have been dreaming of dreary cities full of film noir charm for the last few decades, so at least we’ve still got that to tide us over until the machine uprising grants us the true future we’re all desperate to die in poverty from.
Hey let’s look at some cool cyberpunk anime.Read More
Doctor Who is my favourite TV show, through and through. So why is it that Series 11 has left me feeling so conflicted about my love for the show? Am I having some form of crisis? Is the show all of a sudden really bad? Have I grown up? I don’t think it’s any of these things. Join me, as I take a look at some of the things I liked and disliked in Series 11 of Doctor Who in an effort to find some clarity.Read More
Hello everyone, you join us here for another year in the bag. 2018 somehow went by in a flash and also seemed to take forever to get to the stunning conclusion of the Brexit saga (we definitely aren’t going to hear anything about Brexit in 2019 right?). Whilst the news of the year has been mostly grim as the world’s leaders still deny climate change and it seems we are on the brink of our own extinction, the entertainment industry has had a truly fabulous year to help us forget our somewhat saddening existence.
So join me for my personal “favourite things” of the year (I will spell favourite the way we do in England, sorry Americans). Then join us from Wednesday 26th December for the beginning of the “UDS Sharkies 2018”. What a year it has been.Read More
It’s that time of year again - the Christmas tree is up, the tinsel is strung around the house, and the television is flooded with a load of rubbish films. That’s alright though, who’s actually paying attention? On Christmas day the TV is merely a vessel for background noise, something to neglect while everyone’s opening their presents, or vegging out after a particularly heavy turkey dinner.
But what if you don’t fancy slumming it with the latest drama in EastEnders or Coronation Street this year? We’ve compiled a list of a few films you might want to check out, and we’ve even gone to the trouble of coming up with some excuses for you to use in case someone says “that’s not Christmassy enough”.
It’s a big week for Marvel and its cinematic universe. A second ‘Captain Marvel’ trailer has been released to much hype, with the first trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ and the much sought after Avengers 4 trailer (and potential title reveal) finally being unveiled in the coming days. The Marvel Cinematic Universe where we stand in 2018 is an entertainment juggernaut, with millions of people embracing and holding close the characters and storylines involved. As one such person who loves this franchise, upon seeing the immersive experience ‘Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N’ was opening its doors at London’s ExCel centre, I jumped at the chance to book tickets, and went along with a quiet excitement at what might be contained within. But is this something worth attending, or just something made to capitalise on fandom? I went along to find out…Read More
What happens if you smash Lumines and Tetris together? I’m pretty sure you’d get something that looks like “Tetris Effect”. Not to say that Tetris Effect is a simple cash-in that someone has haphazardly thrown together. In terms of gameplay it is the usual Tetris that we all know and have come to love at this point. Make sure you don’t reach the top otherwise it’s game over.Read More
Hi readers, my name is Neale and I’m new to the Upside Down Shark team. I studied film at university, with Craig, focusing heavily on animation and animation production, so I thought for my first little article I’d write about a movie that had a big impact on me years ago when I first saw it, and how it changed the landscape for animated movies and science fiction.Read More
In part 1 of my introductory pair of articles, I covered my 5 favourite albums and TV shows. Here in part 2, I’m going to be covering some of my favourite video games and movies, but this time it’ll be a little bit different. Instead of writing up my ‘Top 5s’ as it were, I’ll instead be focusing on 5 video games and movies that have had the most impact on me. Sure, you’ll still be getting to know my favourites from both categories, but this time ranking isn’t going to factor in, because honestly my feelings are a lot less definitive in these areas. With that out of the way, we’ll begin with 5 of my favourite video games.Read More
Hi there. My name is Matt. Most people call me Dobbie. Either is fine, combine them both and you have my name anyway. Welcome, dear reader, to my first article for Upside Down Shark. I thought I’d take this opportunity to give everyone an idea of who I am and the sorts of things I’ll be writing about for UDS in the weeks, months and potential years ahead. Seeing as Pop Culture is the name of the game here, I feel the best way to show who I am is to give you a collection of my favourite albums, video games, TV shows and movies. I won’t go into too much detail here as we’ve got years ahead for proper dissection. In Part 1, we’ll cover my favourite albums and my favourite TV shows. So, let’s just jump into it, shall we?Read More
Pixar films are like children to me. It’s always hard for me to pick my favourite one (except for the Cars trilogy). Wall-E, Up, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3 are high up there but being somewhat of a superhero nerd I always find myself being drawn to The Incredibles. I have always found it to be the perfect Fantastic Four that was never made. Fourteen years (and another truly awful Fantastic Four film) since it was released we find ourselves with another Pixar made superhero film and I couldn’t be any happy.
The film takes place exactly where the first one finished. The Incredible family are outside a sports stadium watching the rise of the Underminer, then without missing a beat spring into action. The opening scene reminds you that the family are a well oiled machine when working together and whilst they may not have the outcome you expect from the first encounter it is very well done to set up the rest of the film.
Supers and their place in world has not changed since the first film, Supers are still outlawed but now the government has shut down the relocation programme as well, which find our heroes staying in a motel, eating takeout and wondering what to do next. Mr. Incredible & Elastigirl are offered the chance to change the perceptions of Supers and hopefully change the law so it is no longer illegal for them to be out in public.
Mr. Incredible is at home taking care of the kids whilst Elastigirl is out fighting crime. It is here where there is an entertaining balance of the film takes place, every time the main plot thickens with Elastigirl we go back to Mr. Incredible hilariously fumbling his way through parenthood mostly with Jack Jack.
In terms of new characters the Supers are hit and miss. Voyd is someone who can create portals to teleport any sort of matter through and is a strong stand out, whilst Brick is a strongman and Krushhauer can erm crush? The “weaker” Supers appear to be incredibly (no pun intended) B tier and are treated with as much screen time as necessarily to further the story but I doubt we will see the a spin-off movie starring Reflux anytime soon. Do not fear Edna and Frozone make strong appearances in the film too.
The overarching villain Screenslaver seems a bit predictable at first and may even seem a bit easy to write “Hey, we all look at screens too much” but looking deeper it also a commentary on the state of superhero films and how we are all looking for people to sweep in and save the day in reality that we comfort in films perhaps a bit too much. Whilst some of this may go over some people heads, it is important to remember that this is a superhero hero film and a kids film so try not to be too surprised when there is a happy ending.
The Incredibles 2 does more of what you love with The Incredibles and does it really well. Whilst some sequels seem half baked or a quick cash grab, time has helped the thoughts of the original Incredibles set and help mature the creation of this film that other superheroes will probably never get.