Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Build a rocket boys! (Robinsons)

Build a rocket boys! (Robinsons)
Name: 'build a rocket boys!'
Label: "...a new beer created by elbow and brewed by Robinsons. Named after their album, the band designed the beer after a series of tastings at Robinsons Unicorn Brewery in Stockport."
Brewery: Robinsons
ABV: 4.0%

Rating: "A golden ale with a rich balanced body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and fruity aroma."  I've not listened to Elbow's music much as I've always assumed it may not be my cup of tea, but that doesn't matter as this beer is certainly, er.. my cup of tea... My wife loves the band so I'm off to search for her Elbow CDs for a sneaky listen.

Game: The last post was all about what you couldn't do during Space Marines. Red Faction: Armageddon is all about what you can do. Want to get in that mech and drive it? Sure. Want to drive that Crawler? Sure. Want to fly that flyable thing? Hell yeah, get in there and do it bro!  Red Faction is essentially an over-the-shoulder third person corridor shooter but with great destructible environments. As mentioned there are some surprisingly great mech/vehicle driving sequences which contain some beefy and satisfyingly punchy weaponry at your disposal. A disintegratingly good 7.5 / 10.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ginger Tom (Robinson's)

Ginger Tom (Robinson's)
Name: Ginger Tom
Label: "A blend of Old Tom and Fentiman's famous Ginger Beer"
Brewery: Robinson's
ABV: 6.0%

Rating: "Old Tom with Ginger, is a mouth watering combination of Robinson's award winning Old Tom Ale and the famously authentic Fentiman's Ginger Beer, which uses a traditional recipe dating back to 1900. It is a superior strong ale with a peppery blast of fresh ginger and spiced herbs."  Happy New drinking Year!

Game: Not had any new beers for a while so there's a lot to catch up on. What recently springs to mind is Space Marines: Warhammer 40000. Quite a competent over-the-shoulder Gears of War clone but without the cover mechanic and some interesting differences (jetpacks!). Overall verdict though is slight disappointment. Oh cool, do I get to drive the massive Titan robot and shoot stuff? No. Do I get to pilot the ship around the planet and shoot stuff? No. Do I get to mash two buttons through another 500 Orks? Yes!  6.5 / 10.