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. With fall right around the corner, the industry heavy-hitters are just as close. Many sports fans are happily playing Madden NFL 19 with plenty of others returning to World of Warcraft. I refuse to believe anything related to Shenmue is coming out soon, but the internet seems convinced Shenmue I & II is a real thing that will be available for public consumption. I don't buy it. Nonetheless, let's address the two bits of housekeeping I have this week.
- If you haven't already seen, the Giant Bomb Emporium has two new pieces of merchandise available for pre-order/purchase. Now if only someone would explain what a "challenge coin" is, or meant to do.
- Straight from the Baer Cave, Pat Baer continued their Let's Play of the games created during the Giant ROM 5 game jam! Here's part two of their series:
Giant Bomb Galleria
AndrewGeorger watched last week's Ranking of Fighters and couldn't help but think what Giant Bomb's forefront scientists would look like as actual men of science.
Over on Twitter, HarutGaladzhyan was inspired by the current edition of Breaking Brad to whip up this work of art.
Odd_Particle created the awesome silhouetted head posters seen during the latest mailbag.
Clips Of The Week
You can always count on JeremyM to make a great Giant Bomb compilation video and this one is no different. This time, he compiled every time Vinny murders a Kerbal AND every time Alex & Austin yell "VINNY!!" in Project B.E.A.S.T!
Did you ever want to watch Giant Bomb East's attempts to pilot the X-Wing in Besiege set to John Williams' "Duel of the Fates?" Well, here you go!
If you are interested in playing Fantasy Football with the Giant Bomb Community, here's a link to our community league.
Tweets Of The Week
GiantBomb content is too powerful pic.twitter.com/72RItMHrhe— Katelyn Gadd (@antumbral) August 12, 2018
Best Of Blogs
JeremyF lists the games he cannot wait to play the next four months! Read why he thinks this might be one of the best winters for gaming in a while.
BooDoug187 played Rise of the Tomb Raider and its DLC! Check out their latest blog to see if they can recommend the "Special Edition" to newcomers and/or veterans.
MajorMitch uses their feelings about Hollow Knight as a case study on why "difficulty" should not be treated as a universal positive attribute in video games.
Are you going to PAX West 2018 and wondering which panels to attend? Are any of you confused what you should bring or do? Have no fear, Marino is back with another PAX Guide to help out newcomers to the event.
notnert427 spent most of their summer playing the HD Remaster for Red Faction: Guerrilla and laying waste to buildings to and fro, and you can read why they don't regret a single minute.
Giant Bomb user Mago is back with an updated ranking for the Capcom Pro Tour! Give it a read if you still can't stop thinking about EVO, and stay up to date with the FGC.
Moderator Gamer_152 played VA-11 HALL-A and writes why the game is a heartfelt but flawed attempt to address the societal issues posed by the cyberpunk genre.
danielkempster's first Kingdom Hearts blog details their journey through the Tarzan world and winning the Phil Cup. The second blog provides an extended look at the Lion King and Pinocchio levels.
BlackRedGaming shares their initial impressions of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4beta and wonders how the multiplayer focused game will be received. They also celebrate their 100th blog on Giant Bomb.
Mento's weekly periodical takes on the appeal of games that have no formal end state, LEGO City Undercover for Wii U, a bunch of Genesis games that came out on December 1990, and the brutal Brad (almost) breaker Volgarr the Viking.
Join The Discussion
What's your response to the announcement that Intel will be entering the video card market? The responses from the community thus far has been "anemic" at best.
We currently have a discussion thread debating if Sonic the Hedgehog is a porcupine and a hedgehog. The evidence provided in the thread is incontrovertible.
Have any of you checked out episode one of The Walking Dead - The Final Season? Most users that have seem to be positive about the episode. If you have impressions worth sharing, feel free to post them using the link above.
Do any of you plan on picking up Diablo III on the Switch? How would you implement the Switch's controller or online features? Throw in your two pennies in our discussion thread.
What are your impressions of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta? How do you feel about the health system? Whether they are positive or negative, share your thoughts over here.
Some recent news has been announced for Destiny 2's Forsaken DLC, and our official thread for the expansion has been updated. Check it out to read everything revealed and announced for the DLC.
Some users seem to be pushing back on Dead Cells's original soundtrack with a handful expressing outright hate. Where do you stand regarding Dead Cells's OST?
The Giant Bomb PC Alliance welcomes all Warframe players to share their impressions of the recently announced "Frame Fighters" addition/expansion.
L33T_HAXOR uses their latest list to show how the 6th generation was both revolutionary and one of the industry's strongest outings.
Have you ever asked yourself "Woah, that was a real game?" User SaturdayNightSpecials annotates games where they have asked that very question.
It's PAX season, which means Marino once again made sure all 67 games (and their developers) for the upcoming IndieMEGABOOTH were in our database. Don't let his hard work be in vain and go check it out.
Useful User Reviews
- @bhlaab uses their review to detail why Tales of Berseria's gameplay missteps can be forgiven because of its diverse cast and interesting story.
- @valorianendymion's review of Stranger of Sword City articulates why it's an unfortunate forgotten gem you should check out if you want a quality made dungeon crawler RPG.