Now in color! Oooooh! Check first post for more sizes. If yours isn't there - request it here.
Kleptok and Comrade Drew will be added soon.
This is awesome.
Dungeon Defenders, Dungeon Defenders, Dungeon Defenders.
Hey guys I made a wallpaper with the 4 duders that i am currently using as my background and just wanted to share. If anyone wants it in a different resolution post here and I'll make one quick. There are a few resolutions already posted below.
EDIT: Thanks for all the comments everyone - I am very glad that everyone seems to like this so far. I am certainly not opposed to adding more of the crew although I can't give a timeline as to when it might be. Likely before the end of the weekend - I certainly have plenty of bombcast material to help me through the self-appointed 'work' :D
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Not sure why the black and white [1680 x 1050] doesn't show in the table. Can't get it to, either.
Day 2's coverage is live and once again everything was top notch. No surprise - however it is still impressive nonetheless.
I really feel Chop Chop got snubbed in this category, especially if you have listened to previous bombcasts that have followed the Skylander coverage. Chop Chop was thoroughly discussed on previous episodes with a lot of positivity so his loss to Drobot was a bit of a surprise for me, even with Drobot's pedigree. Plus, Chop Chop looks way cooler. We had enough dragons this year and while it's true that Skeletons are as old as time itself, Chop Chop managed to take a tired and old trope and make it feel new and fresh. I mean just look at him:
Bastion was definitely an awesome game but to me it wasn't the best debut. It has a lot of strong points but it doesn't do anything all that new. What Bastion does do, it definitely does extremely well, but it wasn't anything that pushed the envelope. That said, I gotta say the narration in Bastion is awesome. I actually was surprised by the list that ended up as the top 3 as I really didn't like L.A. Noire a whole lot. The story was a lot of fun but everything surrounding the story was bland. The game was just boring to play overall and I had to be in the right mindset anytime I approached it. I think Stacking could have easily replaced L.A. Noire, personally.
As for me I really liked Terraria. Like a lot. The game launched with so much to do and covered the adventuring, exploring, and building aspects really well and has improved about 10-fold since its release. I have sunk about 80 hours into Terraria so far and I still play it with my friends on occassion. Barring that it is fun for a wide audience. I'm a pretty 'hardcore' gamer and I think its great - meanwhile my girlfriend has played about 20 hours more of this game than I have and she rarely plays games. Terraria has sold well over a million copies over the course of the year and while this category might not be based on numbers you can't deny that such things show that Terraria had a powerful debut: keep in mind it was independently developed by a very small team in the course of a handful of months.
I didn't play WWE All Stars but I did play Dead Island. I don't feel too strongly about Dead Island, personally. It didn't engage me as much as I was led to believe it would after hearing so many people talk about it. I think people just like zombie games, really. I enjoyed it but I didn't fall in love with it and I didn't feel like I needed to go out of my way to spend time playing it. But I am curious about checking out WWE All Stars. A wrestling game that is actually good/fun? Count me in.
I really want to play Skyward Sword but having sunk in over 70 hours on Skyrim I have to agree with the choice. Skyrim is addictive if you get into the fiction. If you have been playing Bethesda's open-world RPGs then you will recognize the huge step up that Skyrim is immediately. Is that enough? Well the game is more ambitious than most games can ever hope to be. Sometimes its ambitious, massive scope works against it because it is a jack-of-all-trades in a lot of regards so no one particular thing feels 'great' but when you consider all of the pieces as the whole it is a tremendous game that offers an experience unlike any other. I normally only play multiplayer games, but Skyrim feels so massive and alive that I had no qualms about putting my time aside for it in lieu of actually playing with my friends. I expound my thoughts on Skyrim a bit more in Day 01's Best Mission/Level.
Day 2 was as good, if not better than, Day 1. I have been on Giant Bomb since day 1 and I am still surprised at how great the discussions go even for jokey categories like 'Best Sky Game' Day 3 feels forever away now. Can't wait!
I just got done consuming all of Day 1's goodness and I am once again impressed by Giant Bomb's freshness. After listening to the articles, watching the podcast, and reading the videos I felt compelled to use the blog feature and share my thoughts... Gotta hand it to Whiskey Media, the presentation of everything has been absolutely amazing and I am really looking forward to the rest of the end-year content. Thanks for everything, guys!
I think that StarCraft 2 is the perfect choice for this category. StarCraft 2 does a lot more than just exist as a game - it pushes the envelope on what multiplayer games will be like as more and more games are developed. The game is revered for its multiplayer scene and it seems more people end up watching the high tier matches than actually playing the game. StarCraft 2 marks a point where Western gamers were ready to start embracing the idea of games as an "e-sport" by hitting a much larger and varied audience than any game has been able to in the past. Can you think of any other games that have had such wild success that they would inspire their own, completely themed events at sports bars across the US?
I have not played the level in question in Saints Row: The Third but having seen the video I can understand why it won. That said, my favorite mission/level of the year that I actually played for myself comes courtesy of Skyrim. The mission in question is in the Thieves Guild and while I can't remember the name of the quest, it is the quest in which you must complete many trials to become a fabled Nightingale. I did not even complete this mission until around 50 hours in and I think that says something for it to have such an impact that late in the game. I felt like I had really found out the truth to something that was never supposed to get out. The fact that it was all amongst thieves just added to the mystique of the whole story. Everything from finding out you had been duped by the REAL 'bad guy' to the escape from a watery-grave made this mission great... not to mention the way they play up the treasure, how it had all been expertly stolen, and the fact you are joining a secret covenant of the best of the best. All of these components were expertly meshed together to create a mission that really makes you forget you're playing a game and instead makes you feel like you're living out a real adventure.
Wheatley? I'm not gonna argue with that choice.
Disclaimer: I'm not Dave Snider. That said I was shocked he didn't pick The Witcher 2, however, his argument was spot on. Although no one cares about Crono's Eastern Bloc Game of the Year I would have picked The Witcher 2, personally. I only played Dead Island and The Witcher 2 out of the whole list but The Witcher 2 offered a complete experience, with amazing fiction, fun missions, and a world that you could get lost in. The characters are deep, the game is fun at its core, and there is no shortage of things to do. Meanwhile, I got bored of Dead Island rather quickly and it didn't have enough to keep me interested.
Bastion is an excellent choice. This category is extremely difficult for me because I like so many different tracks across so many games. Like in the discussions about Skyrim's music - I feel the same way as the guys do. It was inspiring and got you pumped - it was thematic and perfect for the game. I really enjoyed the Saint's Row menu music as well... for me it got me in the mood for a crazy ass 'gangster fantasy' as they put it. I didn't play Rayman: Origins (do intend to at some point) but it sounds really awesome. I know that the Uncharted music is rehashed but I have to give a shout out to it anyway... the music on the title screen is so great. Much like Skyrim's music, its thematic and perfectly aligned with the feel and style of the game - it gets me excited every time I boot the game up.
I found myself agreeing a lot with the decisions on today's categories. Usually I am a lot more opinionated but it was hard to argue with a lot of the major points and decisions. I just wanna say again how awesome all of the content has been - including the guest articles - and while the videos more than speak for themselves I have to reiterate: They are fucking awesome. Once again, thanks Giant Bomb, I am really looking forward to tomorrow's update.
I celebrate Festivus. It's great because it comes 2 whole days before Christmas. I experienced a true Festivus miracle on the 23rd, too. I was out - needed a carton of eggs - and when I got in line, there was no one in front of me! I got straight to the counter and checked-out without any hustle nor bustle. Truly miraculous.
@Crono: Jeff mentions this game regularly in the bombcast. He has one of the most used servers IN THE WORLD !!!
Thanks man... I feel like an idiot for not getting this on my own now, haha.
You don't listen to the bombcast or watch the TNTs do you.
TNT, no. Bombcast, yes. I don't know why I couldn't recall the connection to dubstep :(
Use your keyboard!
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