Giant Bomb Owns GameSpot

Wow, I haven't been here for 9 months, and I come back and I see all these cool achievements added onto the site's community features on top of the unique stuff they already had. I'm a frequent GameSpot user, but now I see that Giant Bomb officially owns GameSpot features-wise. I mean if everyone I know from GameSpot used Giant Bomb, I would stop using GameSpot. 
 
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Reviews

I've written over 150 reviews on GameSpot.com, and I had only put a few of them here on Giant Bomb. I just added a lot of reviews (just the ones I put considerable time and effort into) and now there are just under 50 of them here. Check them out, comment on them, recommend them, or whatever you feel like. I hope you enjoy them and that they're helpful!


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Dang It!

I just submitted a question and accidentally completed it before I was finished, and the answer is totally wrong! Can I delete questions I've submitted?

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Game Progress for July 2008

I just realized how little I actually talk about the games I'm playing and how I'm doing with them in my blogs and I thought I'd like to do gaming progress blogs like tancred8120 and pspitus do (on GameSpot, at least). It gives me a view of what I've accomplished and lets you guys know as well. I don't know how often I'll do these, once a month seems to be the obvious way to do it, but I may do it more often than that. So I'll just do some progress from July:

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: I played this game for about 36-ish hours this month, especially on vacation. I cleared somewhere between 110 and 120 quests (long way to go), but I'm on the last story chapter. I may get back to playing that more in the future.

Zelda Phantom Hourglass: Beat the first 4 dungeons and got to the ice dungeon, collected a bunch of gems and stuff. I have power upgraded at 10 gems and I'm currently really close to getting wisdom upgraded.

Song Summoner: I started the game and played a few battles, made a few troopers, and the like. Haven't been playing that much lately though.

Guitar Hero III: I'm pretty sure I did this stuff last month. I beat Cult of Personality, Cliffs of Dover, and Number of the Beast on Expert (I have no idea how I did Cliffs of Dover, that song is insane) and I'm currently stuck on One and Raining Blood. It'll be a while... oh, and I also got 99% on the songs When You Were Young and Miss Murder on Expert only missed a note or two on one or two parts!

Geometry Wars Galaxies: Got a few more gold medals.

I think that just about sums it up, I can't remember what else I did if anything. Hope you enjoyed it, next month's will probably be better .

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Dying Franchise Warnings Ep. 3: Not What It Used To Be

                                                   

Sonic the Hedgehog is without a doubt one of the most loved, respected series of all time. His debut games on the SEGA Genesis were huge hits and people still enjoy them today. Speaking of today, what's been happening with everyone's favorite hedgehog lately? That's what I'm here to talk about.

Sonic the Hedgehog has gone from being one of the most respected franchises out there to a series most are very cautious with due to a bad streak of mediocre-at-best games on consoles this gen.
                          

Sonic was a very well-liked series for a very long time. Hit after hit came with his first three titles for the SEGA Genesis and more acclaimed 2-D platformers in later years. Then Sonic went 3-D on consoles with Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, the first having a GameRankings.com average of 88% and the sequel an 89% on Metacritic. These two games were loved by the fans as well (including me, especially Adventure 2) and they were both remade on GameCube.
 
                                                                       

Then came Sonic Heroes, which was great but equality with Sonic's previous 3-D outings was certainly not achieved and the game was critically much less acclaimed than the Adventure titles. And then Sonic's dark side was revealed in Shadow the Hedgehog, which was recieved pretty poorly by the critics, yet still managed to do well on the sales charts. It was criticized for numbers of reasons, such as the overuse of profanity, yet was also praised for its sky high replay value. Despite the fans' bits of praise for the game, I consider this to be the real beginning of Sonic's downfall. Next came Sonic Riders, which wasn't recieved all that well by the critics with an average of 62% (on GameCube, the highest rated of the three versions). Personally, I thought it was great, and clearly it was good enough for SEGA to release a sequel, because they did.

                                                                               

All the while, Sonic's works on the DS were going strong. Sonic Rush was a great platformer that was given several high scores from the critics and was also very well-recieved by fans. Sonic Rush Adventure was also well-recieved with an 80% GameRankings average, and a Sonic Rush 3 is tentatively planned for release in 2009.

But at the tail end of 2006, SEGA planned to revolutionize the series with a next-gen title for the 360 and PS3, which they found so redefining that they simply named it 'Sonic the Hedgehog.' This game was NOT well-recieved or well-liked. In fact, it was hated and bashed by critics, and didn't sell nearly as well as was speculated. The question is: What happened? This was supposed to be revolutionary and awesome, yet it brought Sonic into a deep pit of disgust rather than onto a golden throne of glory for the current generation of video games.
That pretty much covers Sonic's history. The big fall was definitely in 2006 with the supposed 'revolutionary' title for 360 and PS3, yet the Secret Rings for Wii didn't help out much either. The thing about the 2006 game that made people cautious with Sonic was just how disappointing it was. Now, Sonic has a much lower reputation in the gaming world because of that one game.

So what does the future hold for Sonic? Apparantly he has quite a ways to go yet: two games are planned for release this year that could possibly bounce the series back. Sonic Unleashed is coming to consoles late this year, and I'd expect (and advise) most people to be extremely careful about buying this because of the failure of the previous major console release.

I think Sonic's best chance at redemption is in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood coming for DS this fall. A promising RPG, Chronicles is being developed by the revered Bioware, giving SEGA a break and putting Sonic in new hands for some hope.
At this point, all we can do is hope. Hope that Unleashed ends up to be a great game and Chronicles ends up being a fulfilling experience as well. For now, the future looks like it could go in either direction for the likeable Sonic the Hedgehog, and only time (and games) will tell just how long he can last out there.
                                                                        

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Music on My Profile

Tancred8120 had a playlist on his profile here and I thought that was a good idea, so I put one up there as well. It's in the 'About Me' section. Hope you enjoy it!

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Square Enix Brings About the Revolution in iPod Games

When Phase first came out for the iPod several months ago, I thought the revolution in iPod games had come. Of course, the game turned out to be less than I thought in the long run, but it's a really neat idea: using your music in a game.

Now, the idea has been taken up to a whole new level in what's easily the first truly worthy iPod game. Square Enix has made an RPG for the iPod. Just hearing that bit of news is pretty crazy: a full-on RPG on an iPod! And it can be played on the 30GB video iPod, you don't need the new ones or even a Touch or iPhone! Song Summoner is a really neat game not only because it's an RPG for the iPod, but you make your soldiers from songs! You choose a song and a soldier is created, simple as that! The whole idea is really cool and it's neat to experiment and see which songs will make the best fighter. I intend to write up a full big review for this game when I've played it enough, I think it's worthy of that. It costs $5, so if you have the right iPod I recommend you get it. I think it's worth an 8/10, but I'll see if that impression becomes my final score.

And I just wanted to say that I'm liking Giant Bomb more and more now. I've submitted a ton of stuff and am now writing bigger articles. I have written quite a lot on Rayman 3 and am going to write a lot more eventually, and I've just been adding stuff like objects, characters and such to games' pages and writing the quick descriptions on the top of the overviews... it's just so cool! I think I'll be on Giant Bomb more than GameSpot from now on, but GS is still my home site so to speak, and is where I'll be posting 100% of my reviews and blogs (I'll only be posting my long reviews and occasional blogs here). Man, the site is great and it seems like it's still improving, and the database is only getting bigger!

So yeah, that's all I have to say today. Be seeing you all around, and be sure to check out Rayman 3's page here if you have the time, because the overview stuff was all writtten by me .

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Editing Stuff

I've been going around editing some pages for stuff here and I really like doing that! It's neat that the users get to help make the site. Is there any way to start a page for a game that hasn't been added to the database yet or can we users not do that? I'd like to add some games and concepts etc. to the site's databse, I'd love to do that. I've already put up descriptions for Rayman 3 and Meteos Disney Magic, and I submitted a bunch of stuff today. Well, I'm off to do some more!

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Yet Another GameSpotter on Giant Bomb: Me!

Hi, I'm TissueShoe. I'm an active GameSpot user and I heard about this site from several people there who joined, so here I am! I don't plan on doing much here, but that could change. GameSpot is my main site, and if you want to see my profile there click here. I'll post my big reviews here, I don't want to copy and paste 100+ reviews here. So blogs here will be scarce, but you can feel free to send a friend request, comment on a blog or review, or whatever floats your boat (an expression I don't really use, but it works :P). My first impression on this site is that it has a LOT of room for improvement. I posted my review for Super Smash Bros. Brawl a minute ago, and it took a REALLY long time to copy and paste it from GameSpot, even for my super slow computer. Not to mention the fact that they rate by stars  here, I absolutely hate starred reviews and prefer to insist on my ten point scale, but I guess it's not a huge deal. Then I looked at all the user reviews for the game, and the page literally took at least 2 minutes to load because EVERY single review for the game appeared on one page. Not a smart idea. I hope things like this will get fixed in the future and that this site will become great. So yeah, that's my first blog here on Giant Bomb!

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