Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week! As Summer draws ever so close to ending, the video game releases are still coming down to just a few notable releases. Tacoma was the big notable release from the previous week, and Hellblade appears to be the anticipated release of this upcoming week. With that in mind let's talk about the one housekeeping item I have this week before jumping into the latest Community Spotlight!
- @benpack asked users on Twitter to send him your favorite Giant Bomb related images. He received over three-hundred replies and images. Join the community effort if you have a Twitter account.
what are some of your favorite giant bomb-related images?— Ben Pack (@PackBenPack) August 5, 2017
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Dan has taken what could best be described as a "commanding lead" in the Steal My Sunshine premium video series. Luckily we can all agree this sketch by JDavidsen is something we can all agree is great!
A while back PlatonicWaffles crafted an AMAZING Giant Bomb staff Alignment chart using the Giant Bomb staff from a few years back. Here's the updated version, and it is as perfect as the first!
Ozzie has been working on a handful of projects, and one was to display the Giant Bomb logo on a small OLED screen!
I mean... is there anyone who disagrees with the content of this t-shirt?
Dilbrad (By: odd_particle)
Dota 2 and new roommates and puppies, oh my! The new episodes of Dilbrad are a fun read if you have a few minutes to spare.
Join our community effort to create an "Ultimate" Playerunknown's BattlegroundsTips and Advice Guide! Share your tips and tricks for other community members to learn from!
Clips Of The Week
Many thanks to clagnaught for his wonderful "Best Of" videos for the Deadly Premonition ER! The last episode is up and is as hilarious as you would expect.
Best Of Blogs
Who would have thought the canon for Arms goes back to the Ancient Egyptians? DrM2theJ had a fun time deciphering the Japanese promotional content for Arms to discover its surprisingly deep backstory.
MabaseSlums made a "political compass" but for video games! Read how he divided games based on in-game motivation and mechanics.
ThePickle compiled the stats of every bet from Steal My Sunshine! For those who have been following the series, you know Abby's betting record of six to thirteen has significantly impacted her shine score.
TheMist997 wrote about the five games set to release this August he's excited to play, and you might be surprised to see his #1 pick.
Notkcots published a retrospective blog post on the Sniper Elite franchise. Read why the polarizing series is one of his personal favorites.
Whether it be Danganronpa or Horizon: Zero Dawn, ArbitraryWater had tons of fun this Summer! Read all about what he managed to play this season.
BigSocrates articulates why he thinks Aloy's characterization and story is the weakest aspect of Horizon Zero Dawn's greater narrative.
New episodes of The Top Shelf and Indie Game of the Week await those who visit Mento's summary blog this week, along with his list of the more appreciated small touches of Tales of Zestiria.
Giant Bomb moderator ZombiePie wrote a 7,000-word blog which attempted to make sense of Final Fantasy X's plot twist. He failed horribly.
Join The Discussion
The International is this week, so remember our "official" community discussion thread for The International 2017 can be found right here! Talk about any upsets or great matches!
Can you think of games with fun tutorials you enjoyed playing? Top community picks currently include Dustforce, Persona 5, and Breath of the Wild.
Would you raise a child to play video games using inverted controls? Vote and discuss the matter on this community poll and thread.
The Long Dark exited Early Access recently, and you can join our community discussion about the how the final game shaped up.
With all the talk surrounding Persona 5 this year, do you think it has "dethroned" previous entries in the series as the "best?" Vote and discuss your favorite Persona game.
Do you enjoy "Overkill" combat mechanics in RPG/JRPGs? I cannot help but recall the mechanic being used to perfection in Final Fantasy X, but feel free to share your agreements or disagreements over here.
LawBreakers is from the head designer of Unreal Tournament and development lead of Killzone, and you can read all about how the game has shaped up over the years on our wiki page for the game.
Mento created a list of games dense with optional lore that he can't imagine many players took the time to read. If you spent ten hours in Mass Effect's Citadel to find and read all those Codex entries, this list is for you.
Giant Bomb user brent not only took the time to list the ten games near and dear to his heart, but he also articulated why each game is special to him.
Useful User Reviews
- @themist997 did not enjoy his time with Not a Hero and reviews why the gameplay and writing rubbed him the wrong way.
- @themist997 also reviewed how the satirical game, The Deadly Tower of Monsters, provides a thoroughly hilarious adventure.
- @riostarwind's review of Final Fantasy XV assesses why he feels unimpressed by its many new ideas and experiments.