Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, ZombiePie, am once again honored to be your host this week. As the first month of the already chaotic year we call 2017 comes to a close, a number of you managed to start the year off with a bang. Many of you fastidiously tackled your gaming backlogs, and others are participating in community events which tap into your creative skills. If anything, this all warms the heart of this respective cantankerous moderator rather personally. With this heart-to-heart complete, let's move on to the site related housekeeping:
- Friend of the site Dave Lang has been having a blast running through the Giant Bomb community contracts in Hitman. Unfortunately, he's close to running out of new ones and has let out an all call to the entire community to create more.
Giant ROM 4 - The Giant Bomb Game Jam Encore (By: ZandraVandra)
The Giant Bomb Game Jam, Giant ROM 4, is the "true" highlight this week. If you are not aware, community leader ZandraVandra organizes a Giant Bomb user led Game Jam every year for the past four years. The themes for this year are "East Versus West" and "One Big Chomp." Support and participate in the community effort NOW!
The Giant Bomb unOFFICIAL Classic Wing (By: embryo69)
Are you still having fun with Elite: Dangerous? Learn how to join the Giant Bomb Community (un)Official Private Group for Elite: Dangerous by clicking the link above!
Clips Of The Week
We will talk more about the "Caravella Conundrum" later, but right now I wanted to showcase how this Hitman "expert" managed to speedrun the contract in around four minutes. That is a level of savagery Shiek Zanzibar could respect!
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Banner - Today's This Is the Run (By: ZandraVandra)
The most recent batch of episodes for "This Is the Run" have certainly proven Vinny's boldness in fighting the alien menace. As such, ZandraVandra felt inspired to illustrate this FACT!
Nintendo's Stinky Brick (By: Mathey)
Giant Bomb user Mathey had fun illustrating Jeff's "Stinky Brick Console" conversation from the 01.17.2017 Bombcast.
Best Of Blogs
I Suck At Fighting Games: Skullgirls 2nd Encore+ (By: PerfidiousSinn)
PerfidiousSinn shares how he built his patience and confidence playing Skullgirls, and how enriching it was in his overall life.
An Impossible Start to the New Year (January Progress Report) (By: morecowbell24)
In the first month of 2017, morecowbell24 managed to complete seventeen games. Learn what they were and what he thought of them!
Beautiful Apocalypse: Thoughts on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (By: Darth_Navster)
D-Man123's latest blogging offerings tackle two enormous dragons facing the gaming industry. First, he question's the industry's emphasis of higher resolution graphics rather than other pressing issues. Second, he looks at the continuation of the voice actors strike.
Playing The Witcher Again After Reading The Books (Spoilers) (By: ll_Exile_ll)
ll_Exile_ll recently replayed The Witcher after reading the books the game is based on. Check out his blog to see where the book and game compliment and clash.
An Overview Of Marvel Heroes' "Biggest Update Ever" (By: Wemibelle)
If you enjoy playing Marvel Heroes 2016 check out Wemibelle's post on the myriad of changes that hit the game last week, and what they mean for players.
danielkempster continues to chip away at his gaming backlog with the likes of Grandia and Borderlands this week. Read all about his progress with his gaming backlog this month. danielkempster also published the latest chapter of his Pokémon Sun/Moon Nuzlocke Challenge blog series for your viewing pleasure!
My Favorite Games! 8: King's Field II (By: JasonR86)
JasonR86 defends King's Field II as one of his all-time favorite video games, and spends a fair amount of time detailing why the game is still emotionally resonant to him to this day.
All-New Saturday Summaries 2017-01-28 (By: MENTO)
Mento's weekly round-up includes links to regular installments of the PS2-focused "The Top Shelf" and backlog-clearing "Indie Game of the Week". He also elaborates on Xenoblade Chronicles X's assortment of sapient alien races.
Join The Discussion
The Caravella Conundrum Discussion Thread (By: Yabico)
Right then, let's unpack the "Caravella Conundrum!" It is a community creation which the fine men and women at IO Interactive decided to showcase for all the world to see. Speaking of which, how did you fare in your attempt to tackle the Caravella Conundrum "Featured Contract" in Hitman? Whether it went as smoothly as a knife through butter, or so difficult that you have an axe to grind, be sure to tell the community how you did.
Are you excited for the "Professional Difficulty" in Hitman? Join our discussion for the Jan. 31st update with the rest of our wetwork enthusiast sub-community.
What are your two-cents related to the Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire crowdfunding campaign? Whether it be positive or negative feel free to share it over here.
Injustice 2 Online Beta Impressions and Feedback Thread (By: inevpatoria)
Resident Evil 7 Impressions (By: IVDAMKE)
Do any of you have early impressions related to Resident Evil 7 biohazard? Is the most recent entry in the series a franchise savior, or a step in the wrong direction?
Most Anticipated Games of 2017 (By: Siphillis)
User Siphillis lists and annotates the games he is most looking forward to playing, and they run the gamut when it comes to platforms and genres.
Useful User Reviews
- redbullet685's Resident Evil 7 biohazard review details how it manages to capably breathe life back into the series.
There's a lot to "unpack" in Kingdom Hearts HD II.8: Final Chapter Prologue. Our wiki page is a major help for any of you "heartless" types.
It has been re-released on the 3DS recently, so check out our MASSIVE wiki page for Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King to learn everything there is to know about the game.