1. Strider Review
STRIDER TAKES THE BEST PARTS OF ITS LINEAGE TO HEART
Penance notwithstanding, Strider takes most of the best parts of its lineage to heart. Double Helix has built a game that captures the wide-eyed exploration of 8-bit adventures and marries it to razor-sharp side-scrolling combat. It's not that Strider ever felt like it needed that combat sophistication — but it is all the better and more vital for it.
8.5 out of 10
2. The Last of Us: Left Behind Review
LEFT BEHIND IS SMALL BUT FOCUSES IN ON THE BEST ELEMENTS OF THE LAST OF US
That sequence aside (a forced wave after wave combat), Left Behind feels like an important step for Naughty Dog. It's aware of its own shortcomings and largely willing to focus on its strengths. It embraces the developer's impressive character development capabilities, and inches away from including elements that feel arbitrarily shoved in "because it's a game." Left Behind is small and quiet, but it's also confident in a way The Last of Us never quite achieved.
8 out of 10
3. Irrational Games, Bioshock Developer, Shutting Down
Irrational Games, the studio that makes BioShock, is shutting down. BioShock creator Ken Levine said today that he plans to move on to smaller, narrative-heavy games that will be released digitally.
Levine, who ran Irrational, announced the news on the Irrational Games website today, noting that he'll be starting "a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two" and laying off all but 15 people.
4. Firehouse Games Offering Free Office Space to Those Laid off by Irrational
Rock Band Blitz co-developer Firehose Games is offering free office space to laid off developers in the Boston area who have decided to go indie.
In the wake of a number of developer layoffs across Boston, culminating in the news of BioShock developer Irrational Games winding down, Firehose will offer desk space and basic equipment for free. Those interested in applying are asked to email the developer with information on their indie plans and why they should receive aid.
5. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Review
The two games in Tales of Symphonia Chronicles definitely feel their age, but that’s far outweighed by the charm and engaging battle system of the original Tales of Symphonia. The best I can say about Dawn of the New World is that it’s a nice extra, but it’s clear which is the better game here. Still, Chronicles as a whole is incredibly enjoyable and certainly a worthy HD port of a beloved JRPG.
8 out of 10
6. Doom 4 Beta Available for Those who Pre-Order Wolfenstein
Wolfenstein: The New Order will be available on May 20 in North America, May 22 in Australia and May 23 in Europe according to an action-packed new trailer.
Bethesda's upcoming shooter will be available on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on that date, according to the video below.
But that's not the most exciting part. Additionally, pre-ordering the game will grant you access to the beta for the long-absent Doom 4, which has apparently been retitled "Doom".
7. Mega Man X Stage Select Acapella
8. Street Fighter: The Ride Demo
9. Golden Axe Series Retrospective
10. Best of Spooking With Scoops
11. Peach's Cake Recipe
1.5 oz Strawberry Creme Liqueur (Qream used)
1 oz Peach Schnapps
1 oz Malibu Caribbean Rum
1 oz Milk or Cream