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! While many would have assumed this week would be quieter than previous ones, the opposite was true. With the launch of Mortal Kombat 11 and a steady supply of video content, the community was as busy as if we were in the middle of the Winter gaming onslaught! Hopefully the forums and wiki this week were as fun for you as they were for me! So, without further ado, let's jump into the site related housekeeping!
- If you liked the Giantbomb Community Endurance Run, you will love Waypoint's Save Point community fundraiser running from 05/02/19 - 05/05/19! Austin Walker and team are going to put on a great show for a great cause: Trans Lifeline!
- Are you still having issues with the Giant Bomb Newsletter? A few of you commented last week you were having issues, so feel free to drop a comment here and I'll see if I can direct you to the necessary support to get hooked up! Here's a link to the guide on how to set you account to get the newsletter in case you missed it last week.
Clips Of The Week
This week we are doing things slightly different with the video section of the Spotlight. This week, I'll be showcasing some of the archives and highlights from the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run from three weeks ago. If you were a participant in this event and I somehow missed you, feel free to drop a comment with a link to your archive and I will happily include it next week. For those who are still interested in donating, here's a link to the team page.
Tweets Of The Week
how avengers endgame should start pic.twitter.com/vDE88uwlem— Mohammed Abdullah (@Mystic_Mile) April 24, 2019
It took 3 weeks and the creation of over 140 new @giantbomb wiki pages, but I've finally applied all of my #PAXEast photos to their appropriate game pages and company pages.— Brad Lynch (@MarinoV1) April 21, 2019
I saw 455 games at PAX. I played 4.
Link to Photos: https://t.co/4VndaUHxPd pic.twitter.com/lwu5NpB1HJ
Calling all Giant Bomb users who picked up a copy of Mortal Kombat 11! The Giant Bomb FGC has already set up a weekly fighting tournament for the PS4 version! Learn how you can join the fun using the link above!
The staff seem to be having a fun time with Media Molecule's Dreams, and we now have a Giant Bomb Community Group for the game! Learn all about it using the link below!
Here's a really fun community group I hope more people can join: ! Even if you are a total newcomer, get some tips on how to start by joining the group RIGHT NOW!
Best Of Blogs
After playing the 2018 reboot and original for a bit, BigSocrates decided to play God of War II and uses their latest blog to contemplate where the series could have gone.
Mento has two blogs this week. The first is another fun edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" series and this episode examines cyberpunk RPG Dex. Additionally, part two of their series on World of Final Fantasy is available for your reading pleasure! Read all about how their interactions with Squall and Vivi treated them in the game!
basicallyolly continues their retrospective on the history of video game consoles with a look at the modern-day rebirth of consoles and how streaming and Google's Stadia could change the video game industry.
ChangeTheL1ghts finally got around to playing Dragon's Dogma and uses one of their first blogs on the site to discuss how it provides the best sense of adventure of any modern-era game they have played.
Moderator ZombiePie looks back on their efforts during the ninth edition of the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run and reviews what they learned from the event and the three games they played during the event.
Join The Discussion
As mentioned earlier, Mortal Kombat 11 is the big video game release of the week. Therefore, what are your impressions of its gameplay changes? Have you enjoyed the new customization options? What have been your experiences with the netcode? Does it compare favorably or negative to Mortal Kombat X or Mortal Kombat?
Speaking of Mortal Kombat 11, what are your impressions of NetherRealm Studios' promises to "fix" complaints about the in-game economy? What do you think are the most significant issues with the game?
We have an interesting forum thread debating if the contents in Mortal Kombat 11's Krypt count as "lootboxes." What do you think? Share your stance in our community thread using the link below!
Okay everyone, this is a disclaimer every Giant Bomb user needs to be aware of from this point forward. If you absolutely want to talk about Endgame spoilers, here's a link to our community spoiler discussion thread.
Here's our community discussion debating the challenge Epic's Tim Sweeney directed at Steam. The driving question is if this an example of "healthy competition," or the dawn of a new "platform wars."
Here's a fun poll for anyone who owns a Nintendo Switch! What are the go-to JRPGs for the platform? Here are the options on the survey, and feel free to discuss your pick.
Did any of you read Polygon's report on Epic Games' use of "perma-crunch" following the success of Fortnite? What's your reaction to the news? Is this news another rallying cry for unionization in game development?
Have any of you picked up Katana Zero? If you did, are you playing the Switch or PC release? Have you enjoyed playing the neon-drenched samurai action game from Askiisoft?
Here's a problem I know everyone has experienced, but probably not thought about all that much. How do you handle different console ports having completely different button layouts for the same gameplay inputs? The example provided by the first post involve Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! but there are many more examples of this modern gaming annoyance.
Giant Bomb user JonathanTrojan makes their user-created list debut with a fun annotation of their all-time fifteen favorite games. Give it a read and think about which games would top your list!
guip1408 uses one of their lists this week to highlight what they think are the ten best uses of technical graphics from the fourth generation of consoles (i.e., SNES, Genesis, ect).
Useful User Reviews
- @riostarwind returns to video game reviews after exhausting themselves during the Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run with a review of
Pikuniku, a game they feel does 100% of what it sets out to do.
- @jeffrud uses their review of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan to judge if the game deserves its "bought this on my trip to Japan!!!" cult status.
- @guip1408's brief review of Iron Fisticle details how it provides a wonderful "throwback" experience with fulfilling co-op trappings!
- @faith12 uses their review of Crackdown 3 to describe why they had a fun time with the game throughout a single weekend, but does not plan on playing it any time soon.
To no one's surprise, the tradition of Giant Bomb's database having in-depth wiki coverage of Mortal Kombat games continues with Mortal Kombat 11! This page talks about many of the changes from 10 to 11 and reviews every playable and story significant character.
Giant Bomb user Daavpuke announced their return to the wiki last week and here we have a testament of their hard work. After sinking in 300+ points on the Anno 1800 wiki page, it's looking vastly better than it originally did.