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. Well, it appears the "Winter Game Onslaught" has officially begun. With Marvel's Spider-Man behind us and many playing around with Shadow of the Tomb Raider this week, things are looking hectic for video games. For those of you who have been with us for the long haul, this week marks the six-year anniversary of Brad joining the Mile-High club in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. With all of this in mind, let's talk about the one big piece of housekeeping we need to talk about....
Extra-Life 2018 - Can't Stop Won't Stop Doing It for the Kids
Giant Bomb's 2018 Extra-Life is November 3rd and the team is officially accepting members! Learn how to join over here, and spread the word wherever you are, and see if anyone you know is willing to donate!
Get every possible detail you could possibly need on Matt's Extra-Life thread. Check out the FAQ if you do not understand how to join the team, or how you can help. Feel free to use the thread to link to your donation page!
If you know you can join the effort, feel free to add yourself to the team RIGHT NOW! The team has already raised over $3,237, but new members would be greatly appreciated!
Giant Bomb Galleria
Don't adjust your computer monitors! This artwork is indeed over a year old, but the artist behind the works, B0nd07, finally got around to creating a thread showcasing their work. So, if you have enjoyed the return of Blue Bombin' you can thank B0nd07 for the awesome banners.
Just a friendly reminder, if you are returning to Destiny 2 because of the new expansion, our community Clans and Groupings Thread has been updated! Learn how to join the fun by clicking the link above!
Tweets Of The Week
In the middle of working on this 3D cutie pic.twitter.com/r8KGxEdyRB— Dan Auer (@danauer) September 15, 2018
Best Of Blogs
Redhotchilimist wrote what can only be described as the most exhaustive review of Marvel's Spider-Man! Give it a read, and see how the game treats its source material.
If you wanted a Google Sheet version of Giant Bomb's "Ranking of Fighters" series, user TonicBH has you covered! Every game is on it and you can read how their ranking has evolved throughout the series. Check it out and marvel at the SCIENCE!
norm9's latest blog details why first-person-shooter multiplayer botmatches should make a comeback, and how bots allow them to enjoy multiplayer as a single-player gamer.
JeremyF blogs about the 9/13 Nintendo Direct, the several upcoming Nintendo Switch games they cannot wait to play, and their absolute hatred of the current state of the Switch's online service.
xanadu recently completed Marvel's Spider-Man and discusses why the game lacks a critical aspect of its comic book roots.
Justin258 recently replayed Metroid Prime and shares why they still consider it a console first-person shooter worth playing. Do you have any fond memories of the game?
This week, Gamer_152 reviewed the last three years of Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer changes, everything from Firefight to the breakfast mode. If you wanted a comprehensive breakdown of the current state of Halo multiplayer listing the good, the bad, and the ugly; look no further.
Mento offers a suggestion for the Ranking of Fighters feature, tackles the final half of Metal Gear Rising, details Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire's ship combat, and checks out the Indie collectathon platformer Skylar & Plux.
Join The Discussion
Our big community discussion today relates to playing video games on a budget. How do YOU process the glut of games releasing today without hurting your bank account?
Are you still reeling from the 9/13 Nintendo Direct? Here's a forum thread with a complete listing of everything announced and feel free to share your impressions of Isabelle coming to Smash or Luigi's Mansion 3.
Have any of you finished Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age's main story? If you have, here's a link to our ending discussion thread, and be warned if you plan to check it out, SPOILERS ABOUND!
Polls were wildly popular this week and this one is decidedly straight-forward: what's your preferred (American) delivery pizza chain? Vote and defend your pick, and if you must know, I LOVE Little Caesars.
The other big community poll of the week was even more split! Do you miss start/select buttons? The results thus far are all over the place, so feel free to join the frenzy.
Would you legitimately watch an Alan Wake TV series? How literal should the show adapt the source material? Share your two cents' worth about this potential new series over here.
What's your gut reaction to the recently announced Assassin's Creed III remaster? Is it a great move, or a case of "too soon?" Some are even using this to talk about the underrated nature of the original game.
Every month means RioStarwind has a reason to check out more games they normally would not, and here is a list of his quick takes on the ones they played in August.
Useful User Reviews
- @thefakepsychic uses their review of Marvel's Spider-Man to assess why Insomniac's take on Spider-Man is a refreshing change of pace compared to previous comic book games.
- Everyone is talking about the new Spider-Man game, but @riostarwind decided to give Spider-Man: The Movie on the PS2 a shot and see how well it holds up today.
- @moonlightmoth wrote a review of Wadjet's Unavowed! Give it a read and learn why they think it's an excellent addition to a genre overflowing with quality titles.
- @moonlightmoth also wrote a Conan Exiles review which is largely positive about the game's story and visuals, but critical of its gameplay and lack of legitimate survival.
- @bhlaab gave Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and reviews why the game fails to blend its gameplay trappings with its interesting setting and lore.
- @guip1408 finally got around to playing God of War (2018) and reviews why it's their 2018 Game of the Year front-runner.
- @wemibelle's Observer review articulates how the game is a beautiful love letter to the aesthetics of cyberpunk, but nothing more.
The HD remaster for Zone of the Enders came out and you should feel free to check out our awesome wiki page for the game in case you have no idea what the hype is all about.
Our wiki page for Dragon Quest XI has a fun section breaking down the differences between the game's MANY releases. Give it a read and learn more about what makes this game so special.