Should You Play Monster Hunter?

2018 was a great year for Monster Hunter fans – two new titles, and more on the horizon! If the latest games in the series are on your radar but you’re unsure if you want to dive in head-first, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to have a little look at what makes the series worth playing, where you should start, and what you can expect!

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videogameinhd - Resident Evil 4

I can’t remember how many days Resident Evil 4 takes place over. Most of the game plays out under cover of night, but the amount of times Leon ends up knocked out leaves me clueless - my guess is it’s somewhere between a full work week and one day. I think what’s really more disorienting is that Leon manages to survive on a diet of noxious looking plants, and some suspiciously raw eggs. Now that’s what I call an all-day breakfast!

leon, hard boiled, with the shell on

The Worst Simpsons Video Games

One of the biggest television shows since television began is that funny yellow family we all know and love, The Simpsons. They have just recently been renewed for 2 new seasons taking it up to season 32. Through all the seasons we have had a multitude of merch that stems from alarm clocks, soaps (on a rope sometimes), figures, foods, drinks, doormats and even actual real life Duff beer!

Not all of it was good however, especially in the interactive form! Join me on a journey as we go through The Worst Simpson Video Games!

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videogameinhd - Final Fantasy 9

Wow! A comic about an extremely esoteric event in Final Fantasy 9! What a twist!

There’s a moment a few hours into the story that allows you choose Princess Garnet’s nickname, and this really should be trivial decision, in the end it’s just a name. For some reason the cutscene preceding your choice really tries to guide you to a specific name, to the point where naming her anything else makes it seem like you’re the crazy one for wanting to have some agency over a character’s name.

Otherwise, I’ve been enjoying the Switch version of FF9 since it dropped after the last Nintendo Direct, though the fact it’s a port of the mobile version is a little disappointing. Regardless, it’s still my favourite Final Fantasy title, and hopefully they’ll give the game the attention it deserves.

final fantasy 9, but especially that bit where you name garnet

6 Albums From 2004 That You Should Listen to Again

This week, we thought we’d do something a little bit different for the UDS blog. The idea started with a random year chosen by our own Neale, and as you’ve probably guessed from the title, the year chosen was 2004. We then each chose 2 albums from the year 2004 that we think people should go and check out again. The albums we’ve selected are a reasonably eclectic bunch, ranging from Metal to Glam-Pop to Japanese Alternative Rock and all sorts in between. So, without further ado, here are 6 albums from 2004 that we think you should go and listen to again!

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videogameinhd - Euro Truck Simulator

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).

crash test, dummy

videogameinhd - NEW COMIC COLUMN

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?

myacecombat7review

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Monster Magnet + Puppy at Electric Brixton Review

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.

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The Teal Album by Weezer Review

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’

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Lesser Known Chris Cornell Songs You Should Listen To

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.

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