• Tanked Up 325 – FIFA? More like FAFFA 22

    Ben played FIFA 22, courtesy of PS+. It devolved into a general discussion of FIFA, football games and the (lack of) iteration over the years in sporting games. Ben had Arbor’s Space Hardware NEIPA, Lucy Cloudwater’s West Coast IPA, and Aadil had Arbor’s Texas Sunday Morning Hazy India Pale...
  • Tanked Up 324 – A Play Date with the Steam Deck

    Lucy makes us all jealous with her first impressions of the Play Date, and “Playtris”. That is until the Steam Deck arrived. She played Strange Horticulture, ElecHead, the Apeture Desk Job, Ynglet, Swallow the Sea and Raven’s Hike. We also chat briefly about Stadia and the steam platform.  ...
  • Tanked Up 323 – Trek to Bodyhorror

    Ben talks about his initial impression of the beautiful Trek to Yomi, along with a review roundup of (minor?) complaints. Aadil played the sometimes body-horror ‘family’ game Bugsnax!   Ben has the Maple Pancake Pale Ale from Fierce, also from his recent trip to Sainsbury’s. Aadil has Arbor’s Date...
  • Tanked Up 322 – Romantik on the Rift

    It’s Ben and Aadil chatting about the games they’ve been playing. Ben touches on his time with Dorfromantik, from early access to many hours played through release. Aadil talks about the now in kickstarter Remnants of the Rift. Ben went to Sainsbury’s and picked up Unity’s Hugh Pale ale,...
  • Tanked Up 321 – Star Wars LEGO, the bricks not the games, w/craftbeerpinup

    Special Guest Kimberley Owens (@creaftbeerpinup) joins us again for a more raucous episode than the last. We start with going through Kimberley’s Star Wars beers to pick one for the episode. We talk about Kimberley’s approach to gaming and unwinding. We talk Battlefront 2 (2) , retro games before...
  • Tanked Up 320 – It’s Star Wars Day with craftbeerpinup!

    It’s May the 4th (at time of recording) and we are joined by the lovely lovely Kimberley Owens (@craftbeerpinup) to chat Star Wars beers and video games. Then Aadil can’t help gush about his time with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.   Join The Discord: https://discord.gg/JwY25Kv Visit Us...
  • Tanked Up 319 – Left the Beers in the Winter

    It’s been a minute but we are back with a catchup about Lucy’s brewery visit to Little Earth Project, and some of the games Aadil has been playing: Winter and Skábma: Snowfall.     Lucy has the Northern Monk Patrons Project 4.05 Northern Tropics Tropical Milkshake IPA. Ben has...
  • Tanked Up 318 – Mechs in the West

    It’s just one episode from us this week but it’s the joy of a longer one. We discuss the games we’ve been playing starting with mech twin-stick shooter Uragun, jumping into eldritch cowboys in Wierd West and heading back to the arcade with Astro Ace. Ben and Aadil drink...
  • Tanked Up 317 – Why don’t they make these good games anymore!?

    Just one episode this week and we are chatting about genres we miss, or styles of play within genres we would love to see again, with maybe some nostalgia in the mix as well.   Lucy has Crak’s Fresh, a DDH IPA. Aadil has Whiplash’s Quiet Crowd, a Robust...
  • Tanked Up 316 – Playstation Plus Xtreme Premium Edition Later!

    The gang talks about Playstation’s new plus offerings in comparison to Microsoft’s GamePass. The multi-tiered approach is described and dissected. Plus bonus Olivia Newton John!     Aadil has the Stout Brummie from Birmingham Brewing Company, while Lucy and Ben both have beers from Staggeringly Good. Lucy has Bru,...
  • Tanked Up 315 – Donglin’ about in our Tunic and Ring

    Ben and Lucy talk at length about the end-game of Tunic, spoiler-free. Aadil tries to just mention what it reminds him of trying a new character in Elden Ring, and the stark differences in experience the two seem to have.     Lucy has the promised A Saison Apparent...
  • Tanked Up 314 – Wearing your Tunic to the Zeitgeist Party

    On this week’s Topisode we chat a bunch about the solo-developed Zelda ”soulslike” TUNIC, as well as chatting about keeping up with the zeitgeist and when its a good, versus the normally bad, thing.   Aadil has the Stout Brummie (Salted Caramel and Almond Milk Stout) from Birmingham Brewing...
  • Tanked Up 313 – Waving through the Labyrinth at Apple Arcade

    On this week’s tupisode we chat about Onde, Aerial Knights, Rayman mini, Gibbon: Beyond the Trees and Labyrinth City. We also chat about Apple Arcade and Netflix Games.   Lucy has the Yankie Brummie (APA) from Birmingham Brewing Co., Ben has Polly’s Beginning Futures (DDH IPA), and Aadil has...
  • Tanked Up 312 – Touch My Elden Ring, or Lucy Goes for a walk

    This week’s topisode is all about Elden Ring. It’s Aadil’s first Souls game and Lucy is 70 odd hours in. Ben sadly waits on the sidelines currently. The focus is first impressions and what makes this game special. Ben has Left-Handed Giant’s Export Porter, and Aadil has the Nesta...
  • Tanked Up 311 – We all love Shame and Dark Mode

    On this week’s games roundup we talk about Far: Changing Tides (and its predecessor), Atelier Sophie 2 (and not its predecessor), and Wordbreaker by POWGI. Aadil had Beatnikz Republic’s Ekuanot Silhouette NEIPA, and Ben had Polly’s Bleur Orion IPA.   Join The Discord: https://discord.gg/JwY25Kv Visit Us On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outoflivesnetwork...
  • Tanked Up 310 – Martha is not quite on the PS Store

    On this week’s topisode we start out with Aadil’s time with the psychological horror game “Martha is Dead”. We then move to a discussion of the developer releasing a version of the game without certain graphic scenes and ‘inappropriate imagery’ as to Sony’s request. Chat about censorship, gore in...
  • Tanked Up 309 – Horizon For-gibbon West

    On this week’s tupisode we talk about the games that we’ve been playing this week. Lucy played and enjoyed both Gibbon beyond the trees and Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective. Ben let’s us know what his first few days with Horizon: Forbidden West is going. Lucy has the...
  • Tanked Up 308 – Why play if you can watch?

    On this week’s Topicsode we chat about upcoming TV and movie adaptations of your favourite, and not so favourite, videogame franchises. We talk Cuphead, Bioshock, Disco Elysium amongst other upcoming projects from Netflix and Amazon Prime.   Ben has Left Handed Giant x Uitje collaboration Woodland Creatures Milk Stout,...
  • Tanked Up 307 – Dying for a good open world

    It’s just Ben and Aadil this episode and they talk extensively about Ben’s time with Dying Light 2, which prompts a discussion of what we want out of an open world, inevitably leading to the latest scoops about Elden Ring and its glowing reviews. Aadil also gives a short...
  • Tanked Up – The Hidden Depths of a Canadian Breakfast

    On this week’s Topicsode we start with Ben’s first impressions of Submerged: Hidden Depths, the sequel to the relaxploration game he played several years ago. We also touch on sequels and what we expect from them as both new to the franchise players, and those who are eager to...
  • Tanked Up 305 – The Life and Suffering of a Grappled Dog in Canada

    On this week’s Tupisode we talk about the games we have been playing, with a nice selection from Lucy and Aadil’s return to First Looks. We touch on Please Touch the Artwork, Grappledog,  Castelevania Circle of the Moon, Infernax, and dive into the narrative and mechanics of The Life...
  • Tanked Up 304 – A new Gaming & Beer podcast? Like Putty in all our hands

    Tom Maya joins us once again for this week’s topical episode. This week to talk event beers and Tom’s New podcast @GameOverBeer.   We all are having the 2021 Putty, a yearly DIPA from Verdant.   Apologies for Lucy’s mic once again.   Join The Discord: https://discord.gg/JwY25Kv Visit Us...
  • Tanked Up 303 – Loops, tricks, and multijumps

    This week we are joined by @GameOverBeer’s own Tom Maya. We chat about the game’s we have been playing, which are: Celeste, Loop Hero, Olliolli World, and Pump BMX amongst others. We also talk tough games of our youth and how they birthed the rogue-like genres.   Tom has...
  • Tanked Up 302 – We’ve acquired another episode!

    It’s our weekly topic episode, and we are talking the big, and I mean BIG, acquisitions. Microsoft acquired Activision-Blizzard-King for 69 (nice) bill, Sony nabbed Bungie for 3.6 billion, and most importantly the New York Times broke through and got Wordle for ”low-six-figures”. We talk around it all, but...
  • Tanked Up 301- New Format, Same Fools

    A new centenary and a new format. Ben, Lucy, and Aadil chat about the games they have been playing over a tasty pint (hopefully) in the first episode of the week. We chatted Vampire Survivors, Dungeons and Puzzles, Press Restart, and Ender Lillies, all while trying vociferously not to...
  • Tanked Up 300 – Into the Canadian wilderness

    Aadil is back! And to celebrate episode 300 we had him join us from the frozen north. We go all over the shop this episode discussing Brewdog and the current business practices. Aadil’s been on the word games including Wordle, Lewdle, and Absurdle. Lucy chats Vampire Survivors and Ben...
  • Tanked Up 299 – The Company of Darkness

    Despite the dark title and the image you have in your head of Bobby Kotick we have a jolly old time not chatting about the ActiBlizz purchase. Lucy kicks off the show with thoughts on The Company Man, the 2D action platformer from Forust Studio. Ben then delves into...
  • Tanked Up 298 – Infinite, Dying Open Worlds

    This week we are joined by a returning Stephen (points_of_brew) to chat about getting back into gaming and what he has been playing. There is Fortnite chat, Far Cry 6, big thoughts on Halo Infinite and a discussion on open worlds and game length including the news of Dying...
  • Tanked Up 297 – The games we want from 2022

    As is customary for our first episode of the year we discuss the upcoming games we are looking forward to. As Aadil is in Canada we’re joined by Adam. We also chat Elite Dangerous, Blasphemous, Aspire: Inas Tale and Wytchwood. To drink Lucy has a traditional ale from Lymestone...
  • Tanked Up 296 – 2021 Games of the Year Spectacular

    We’ve got our top 10 games of this year! As always they are the games we played this year, and maybe not all ones that came out in 2021. We start out with a quick honorable mentions, much to Ben’s timing chagrin, and then hit those juicy top 10s....
  • TUP 295 – Babbling about Adam’s TUP 10

    This week we are joined by the every lovely Adam Thomas. We start the episode off with some solid Chivalry 2 and Forza Horizon 2 chats, before Lucy convinces us all to try out Babble Royale, and maybe The Gunk too. We then get into the real nitty gritty...
  • Tanked Up 294 – A NitroSurge of Inscryption

    In the first half of the show Lucy talks about her growing addiction to Chivalry 2, a nonsense large-scale first person battler with unpredictable results. Ben returned back to megaquarium and is still enjoying Resi 8, while Aadil got sucked into the curse of optimisation and completion with cooking...
  • Tanked Up 293 – Lucy’s Back, Ben’s the most XBox & Aadil the least Tetris

    We chat Untapped, tracking what we drink and the usefulness of beer ratings in general. Lucy tells tails of opinions on the new halo resulting in a shutdown of the halo subreddit. Aadil updates with forza and moonglow bay, despite his claims to do otherwise last week. Ben chats...
  • Tanked Up 292 – Finite time & Mastering Brews

    Ben and Aadil are sans Lucy again this week and kick things off with a discussion of time, gaming lulls and changing your perspective on the hobby versions finishing. This leads to an update on Aadil’s continued fun, and (mild) fury, with Moonglow Bay as well as an in-depth...
  • Tanked Up 291 – Two guys, Some Beer, and a Dino Park

    It’s just Ben and Aadil on a Will-Smithisode, with Lucy out with a mysterious (non-COVID) illness. Aadil played a fair few hours of the latest Jurassic Park (World Evolution 2) game and both compared it to their experiences with the first. Mostly positive stuff, quite an deep dive on...
  • Tanked Up 290 – Ben get Inscryption already

    This week we chat Giant’s Uprising, now in early access, and Lucy and Aadil convince Ben to just buy Inscryption already. Don’t worry spoilers are avoided, but really go play it. Aadil gives a brief update on Hermitage: Strange Case Files. The gang chats Forza Horizon 5, with Lucy...
  • Tanked Up 289 – Wii Pups on Crusade

    Ben, Lucy, and Aadil are joined by returning Guest Adam Thomas to talk about beer, games and… anime. Adam has been playing a lot of Crusader Kings 3, and almost convinces Lucy and Aadil to not just fondly listen to stories and patchnotes from it. Aadil relays the pains...
  • Tanked Up 288 – Unpacking game completion and strange blazes

    Back with a full regular house for beers and gaming chats. Ben and Lucy have played Unpacking and unpack their feelings about this excellent puzzle game, and Lucy has also been putting out fires in Nuclear Blaze. Aadil completed a game! Whilst there is light talk of said game,...
  • Tanked Up 287 – Strange Loops and Recursive Pours with Bit Rot Games

    This week we’re joined by Curtis and Chad from Bit Rot Games. We talk about their upcoming game “Recursive Ruin”, the concept of Strange Loops, their gaming history, and learn a whole bunch about music in games and in general. We also chat Caves of Qud, Manifold Garden, Oxenfree,...
  • Tanked Up 286 – Haacht Beers Over Books, Gates and Gloom

    This week we’re sponsored by Haacht Brewery and share some of their beers whilst chatting games. Ben and Aadil give thoughts on Lemnis Gate, a new tactical looping shooter. Lucy wants to be the truffle lady in Book of Travels and has also played A Jugglers Tale. Aadil finishes...
  • Tanked Up 285 – Battlefield Dread

    Ben and Lucy are here to deep dive into two games this week. Lucy has smashed through Metroid Dread, whilst Ben had a little time with the Battlefield 2042 open beta. Lucy sinks three beers, starting with Fractal from Equilibrium, then Stur from Beak Brewery and finally Left Handed...
  • Tanked Up 284 – A Teacup full of words

    The gang chat some new game releases over a few choice beers. Lucy has been playing with words in Vitriol from Charlene Putney and Martin Pichlmair. Ben loops through Arkane Studios newest shooter Deathloop and Aadil has had a relaxing time with mini games and tea in Teacup from...
  • Tanked Up 283 – It’s A Me, Aadil

    Aadil is back and jumps straight in wanting to discuss the casting for the newly announced Mario movie. Lucy then gives us the rundown on a few games including Teacup, Bonfire Peaks and The Rewinder. Ben has put a few hours into Kena Bridge of Spirits so gives his...
  • Tanked Up 282 – Beers with Pillbugs

    Ben is joined by Sean and Dave from Pill Bug Interactive to chat about their newly released Making It Home, a vehicle building game. We chat the changes between early access and final release, what they’ve both been playing recently and what may be next for Pill Bug. To...
  • Tanked Up 281 – Exploring the Lake on Road 96, A Photo Adventure

    Lucy and Ben have a chilled episode this week and kick back discussing a few chilled games. They start with Toem, A Photo Adventure which they’ve both relaxed with. Ben then gives thoughts on Road 96 an at times relaxed but at times tense narrative adventure. There’s light Deathloop...
  • Tanked Up 280 – A chat with Auroch Digital

    This week Ben and Lucy are joined by Peter and Andres from Auroch Digital to chat about the Bristol game dev studio and their upcoming game Brewmaster, a chemistry-based home brewing sim. We delve into Brewmaster, its inspirations, the scientific approach and what to expect from the game. We...
  • Tanked Up 279 – The Ghost of Glasgow Golfs

    Adam is back, again, and is here to chat more Ghost of Tsushima. As usual, Lucy brings the games with her thoughts on Quake Remastered, AM2R and new releases Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery and Golf Club Wasteland. Ben has been playing The Big Con and joins Adam...
  • Tanked Up 278 – A Wild Callum Appears

    Ben is joined by Callum this week to share a beer and catch up. Callum chats Game Pass Ultimate and the games he has played through it including Humankind, Doom Eternal and Hades. Ben has also played Humankind and gives a few early thoughts. Callum also chats Splitgate and...
  • Tanked Up 277 – Weapons everywhere!

    Ben and Lucy are joined by Adam to chat through the few games they’ve played in the last week. Adam kicks us off with more chat on Samurai Warriors 5 and the history of Dynasty Warriors. Ben chats Boyfriend Dungeon from Kitfox Games and a little of the absurd...
  • Tanked Up 276 – When quests don’t proc you feel a Hollow Knight

    This week Lucy and Ben delve into what they’ve been playing. Lucy kicks off the show chatting Hollow Knight, then talks Unavowed, Omno, Inbento and Within the Blade. Both Lucy and Ben have played a little of The Ramp and Ben has been blasting through Gravity Rush 2. They...