Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and once again I, @zombiepie, am honored to be your host this week. With the commencement of December we prepare for winter-time merriment and gluttony. However, it is not all doom and gloom as the chlorophyll producing centers of our deciduous wilt away, instead the winter game onslaught is starting. With the release of Final Fantasy XV this week the community is practically drooling about a number of pending releases. With that, let's move on to the proper Community Spotlight.
- A few months back @lionheart377 recorded a podcast with Alex and this week he managed to record a podcast with Adam Boyes where the two discussed games and the Giant Bomb community.
- A kind soul on Twitter named "tsiro," went ahead and created a Twitter account called "Giant Bomb History," which looks back on three videos from Giant Bomb's back catalog. Here's one example Tweet:
Extra Life 2014 - Day 3: Part 05 (Dec 03, 2013, 3 years ago) https://t.co/jUZLXOxC3V— Giant Bomb History (@ThisDayInGB) December 3, 2016
Clip(s) Of The Week
Mepsipax merged the Giant Beastcast's most recent discussion about the Death Stranding trailer with the trailer itself in the video clip.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Here's Monkeyman04's recent illustrator practice on the Giant Bomb logo. Share your tips on how it might be improved.
The Giant Bomb Pokemon League is returning for Pokémon Sun/Moon! Join the planning process, or indicate if you are interested in joining the fun over here.
The next Giant Bomb community Street Fighter V tournament is all set for December 10th! Learn how you too can join the fun NOW!
Best of Blogs
Sam_lfcfan breaks down the highest of highs and the lowest of lows the 2016 Game Awards subjected to audiences.
Rise of the Tomb Raider and Titanfall 2 defined a majority of MooseyMcMan's November. Read all about it over here.
While most are having fun with Final Fantasy XV, ZombiePie is stuck playing Final Fantasy IX. Read all about the Sisyphean torment he has been subjecting himself to.
Generic_username dabbled in the dark arts of mobile FTP JRPG spin-offs with Tales of Link. Learn more about the game and its mobile trappings.
Darth_Navster extrapolates upon his connection with Forza Horizon 2, and how the game taps into his love for road trips. Darth_Navster also discusses the "Clockwork Worlds Content Problem," and how Hitman avoids it.
MikeLemmer decided to give Dragon's Crown on PS3 a shot, and shares why he doesn't entirely regret his decision to play it.
danielkempster is attempting the "Nuzlocke Challenge" in Pokémon Sun! See how the first day went, and which pocket monsters he is rocking.
TheFlamingo352 pontificates on what the "correct" level of interaction between developers and games critics is, and where that relationship currently is.
Egge briefly comments on the technical issues and interesting character moments he has had with Dishonored 2.
Sunday Summaries 27/10/2016: Hitman Episode 1 & Axiom Verge & Born to Clean. World is a Mess. Burn it all 1989. I am trash man. 410,757,864,530 Cleaned Up Viscera & Welcome to Go! Go! GOTY! 2016 (Day 1: Inside, Day 2: Headlander) (By: @mento)
Mento certainly isn't relaxing this December, as he hits men, verges axioms, cleans up viscera and takes on a last ditch effort to clear his 2016 backlog in time for GOTY. (How is the title section longer than this explanation paragraph?)
Join The Discussion
It's the biggest release of the week, and I would be bereft to not include this discussion thread this week. So, what are your early impressions of Final Fantasy XV for those of you that picked up the game?
What is the game released prior to 2016 that absorbed your time the most? Share and discuss your favorite game this year that may be sprouting a few gray hairs, but whose age isn't a concern for you.
Is Mario Maker 3DS still worth it despite no online level sharing? Join our community debate related to the matter over here.
Can a franchise lose something when streamlined/simplified? Share your perspective in this recent community case study.
Inspired by Alex's recent foray into the Mega Man franchise we now have a poll for your favorite Mega Man game from the mainline series. Feel free to vote for Mega Man 1 through 6 over here.
What are your impressions of the latest patch for No Man's Sky? Will base development draw you back into the game, or is it still a disappointment? Share your thoughts with our community.
Amishzambie has not yet decided on which games will grace his 2016 GOTY list, but here are his articulate musings related to the games he managed to play this year.
Bucking the trend for end of year lists, Mento instead produces a modified version of his 2015 GOTY list from last December that now includes all the 2015 games he's played since then. Find out what got pushed where, and perhaps consider your own updated top tens of yesteryear.
Useful User Reviews
- @lazyaza completed Rise of the Tomb Raider and explains why the whole game has brilliant pacing and escalation.
- @pistolpackinpoet's Titanfall 2 review highlights why he thoroughly enjoyed the game's campaign and fluid combat.
- @bassman2112's Titanfall 2 review is one of the strongest and easiest recommendations he has ever made for a video game.
- @riostarwind extrapolates why he is firmly "Team Jeff" when it comes to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on this review.
It comes as no surprise that our wiki page for Final Fantasy XV is nothing short of amazing. Please check it out and learn all about its long, interesting history.