Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host. The weather is certainly getting hotter and the only thing we have to help us is anime. That's right, if you do not like anime, this is not the Spotlight for you. Between Jeff and Dan appearing on an anime panel to multiple blogs about Pokémon, there's a good amount of anime in this Spotlight. With that in mind, let's jump into the site related housekeeping.
- Last week marked the five year anniversary of Ryan's passing. Many thanks to everyone sharing their favorite memories of Ryan, and being civil and composed on the forums. I think Vinny said it best on Twitter:
Seeing a lot of fun Ryan moments passing through my timeline. Still think about him a lot and his perspective on life. His passing did teach me that living forever really means being part of everyone's most cherished memories and I am forever grateful to him for it.— Vincent Caravella (@VinnyCaravella) July 3, 2018
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Giant Bomb user kone photoshopped Jeff to the Dragonball: Evolution movie poster. Sorry, not sorry, if this work of "art" ends up haunting your dreams!
Clips Of The Week
Here's every time Jeff, Dan, Victoria, and a couple audience members said "anime" during the Giant Bomb X Crunchyroll AX 2018 panel!
Did you ever want to watch a compilation video of Giant Bomb staff acting like goofballs while listening to Corona's "Rhythm of the Night?" Well, here you go!
Tweets Of The Week
For those of you not "in the know" on why Jeff and Dan have been photoshopped into various anime, site engineer Dan Tweeted this on Thursday and the internet just ran with it. If you enjoy what I selected for this edition of the Spotlight, click the link to Dan Auer's original Tweet and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Are any of you playing BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle? If so, here's a link to our community thread for the game in case you wanted to play the game with fellow users.
Some users picked up Hunt: Showdown during the Steam Summer sale and are looking to play the online modes with other Giant bomb users. If that sounds interesting to you, check out the link above.
Best Of Blogs
devise22 wants to like Pokémon games more than they do. Read what shortcomings always end up holding back his enjoyment.
Speaking of Pokémon, generic_username is one of those "Poké Maniacs" who goes out of their way to hunt for shiny Pokémon. Read why they do it on their latest blog.
Sam_lfcfan loves the FIFA World Cup but writes why they think the event deserves better video games than what EA contributes every four years.
TheMist997 continues their "scientific" ranking of the Assassin's Creed franchise with a deep examination of Assassin's Creed II. See how Ezio's first outing fares against hard science. Additionally, There are five games TheMist997 can't wait to play this month. See why they cannot wait to play Octopath Traveler and Pool Panicthis month.
aiomon questions if the influx of games set during World War II is due for another industry crash like last time. Check out their thoughts and share your own.
JeremyF finally bought a Nintendo Switch and shares why they deliberately had Picross S function as their introduction to the platform.
Inspired by the recent events of CEO 2018, Giant Bomb user Mago updated the CPT Global Leaderboard with passing observations included.
Giant Bomb user dogbox blogs, in excruciating detail mind you, why Umi-Bozu from Nioh is the worst boss in the game. Don't deny it. THE. WORST.
Mento talks about the Nintendo Switch as an "eternal" platform, riding in cabs with Kazuma Kiryu, taking in some more Sega Mega Drive history, movie sequels that hate movie sequels, and - because it's the theme this week - checking out the anime visual novel Fault Milestone One.
Join The Discussion
Will we see Sony support/allow cross play before the end of this generation? That's the topic of this community poll and discussion thread! Here are the results thus far.
In the past year, how many Games with Gold/PS+ free games have you played to completion? How many of the free games from either service have you played for more than four hours?
Giant Bomb user thebalch has avoided RPGs, and in particular JRPGs, for much of their life and doesn't know how to best learn "the basics" of the genre. Help them out!
Last week, everyone threw a fit over the amount of promoted user-created Funko artwork. So, let's settle this with a poll! Vote where you stand regarding Funko Pops!
The Resident Evil 2 remakes seems to have impressed the E3 judges this year as it swept several awards. Did that impress you enough to play the original?
Moderator RioStarwind finally got around to playing every game in the Zero Escape franchise. With this list they ranked each game from best to worst.
guip1408 rates what they consider the "Best Games of 1996" on their latest list. Check it out and see which games made the cut.
Useful User Reviews
- @meestero finally got around to playing LISA after leaving it in their collection untouched for three years. Read why they regret not getting around to it sooner.
- @pistolpackinpoet's Celeste review details how it wonderfully provides a rewarding challenge while telling a story of a character overcoming her personal obstacles.
- @megabite10164 played the Switch port of Pocket Rumble and reviews why it's great value for any Switch owner.
- @moonlightmoth's Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire review extrapolates why it is a highly rewarding role-playing game not for the faint of heart.