Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host again! Now that the insanity of PAX West 2018 has subsided, the site seems to be back in the swing of things. Hopefully you enjoyed the many informative and hilarious panels hosted during PAX. I have a few links for some of the panels Giant Bomb staffers attended that are not on the site. Likewise, with big-named releases like Marvel's Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider coming out this week, users seem to be excited about video games! Additionally, with the release of Destiny 2's latest DLC, many appear to be returning to Bungie's massively online shooter. However, without further ado, let's address the site related housekeeping.
- If you missed the League of Heels "West Coast Wishes" show, here's a link to the archive. Let's just say "stuff" happened.
- Moderator @marino attended PAX West 2018 at took HUNDREDS OF PICTURES including panels such as Giant Bomb, Let's Rank It, Waypoint Radio, and The Improvised Postmortem! He took 45 pictures of Giant Bomb's panel alone.
- @patbaer hosted two PAX West panels that featured Giant Bomb staff members. The first being "The Improvised Postmortem PAX West 2018" which is a hilarious showcase of improvisational comedy from Dave Lang, Abby Russell, Ben Pack, and Jeff Gerstmann. Pat also hosted "Build With Baer Workshop LEGO Challenge," and if you wanted to watch Abby build things out of LEGOs that is the stream for you.
- Someone on YouTube created a playlist titled "Jeff Gerstmann Rants," and it is a hilarious trip down memory lane. If you need a good laugh, feel free to check it out.
Clips Of The Week
The best thing about JeremyM's montages is that they don't require any additional explanation. That said I'm starting to get concerned about his health. Two compilation videos in a week seems like a lot of work in a short span of time.
Calling all PS4 Rocket League fans! We now have a PS4 Rocket League Club for Giant Bomb users you can join RIGHT NOW!
The Giant Bomb Destiny 2 community group wishes to remind anyone playing Destiny 2's latest DLC to join their community Discord! ALL PLATFORMS ARE WELCOMED! Learn how to join by clicking the link above.
Calling all users! Are any of you playing Pro Evolution Soccer 2019? If so, there's a community attempt to make an online clan for the game over here!
Tweets Of The Week
Best Of Blogs
Are you interested in listening to a two hour podcast about grown adults talking about Final Fantasy XII? I know there are some Gambit System defenders out there! What if I told you Mr. Rorie made a guest appearance?
Moderator Sweep shares their early impressions of Artifact and Valve's recent comments on what the game is all about. In it, Sweep shares some grave concerns about its un-moderated player chat and microtransactions.
Giant Bomb user guip1408 shares their early impressions of the Battlefield V beta, and welcomes you to share yours, on their latest blog. guip1408 enjoyed their time but is skeptical of a few of the game's design decisions.
This week moderator Gamer_152 wrote about Mad Max (2015), how it complements the films, and the well-known Avalanche stage. Give it a read and learn more about the unfortunately forgotten buried treasure.
Giant Bomb user BrotherBran wrote a guide for anyone wanting to return to Destiny 2 in light of the new Forsaken DLC. Give it a read if some of the changes have you overwhelmed.
MajorMitch looks back on Super Mario RPG for their latest "Gaming Memories" blog! Check it out and read why they think the game is a timeless classic. Also, feel free to share your memories of the game.
Mago has another updated Capcom Pro Tour rankings list! Check it out, thank them for making it, and get up to date on recent FGC goings-on!
Mento talks about Giant Bomb's new review format, and also discusses Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire's smart combat AI, Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!'s easygoing charm, a Europe-only SNES platformer, and more in their weekly column.
Join The Discussion
CALLING ALL USERS! There's a community effort to list and annotate every podcast guest appearance of a Giant Bomb staff member! Check out the list thus far, and feel free to chime in with more examples.
Marvel's Spider-Man is without a doubt the biggest release of the week. Here's a link to our community discussion thread about the game. It doesn't matter if you like or hate it, feel free to share your impressions.
What are YOUR impressions of the Battlefield V beta? Did it leave you excited or disappointed? Regardless where you land, feel free to join our discussion using the link above.
What are some gaming design decisions that drive you up the wall? Share your gaming pet peeves over here. Unskippable cutscenes and encumbrance systems are the current frontrunners.
Do any of you plan on picking up a copy of Shadow of the Tomb Raider? How do you envision the conclusion of the series? Will this game lead to a newly rebooted mainline Tomb Raider game? I know everyone "loves Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness!
What are your early impressions of the trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new "Battle Royale Blackout" mode? Is it an interesting step for a Call of Duty game, or is it a shameless attempt to copy the success of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?
What do you make of Sid Meier's Civilization VI coming to the Switch? How would you map the game's controls? Will it do as well as the iPad port? Should this port even be attempted in the first place?
What do YOU make of the shutdown of NCsoft's WildStar? Was the shutdown a foregone conclusion? What do you make of NCsoft's current MMO portfolio?
guip1408's most recent list plays around with a fun idea you should consider trying out. They went through the years and annotated the "most underrated" game of every year.