Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-made offerings from the previous week. It was a rather chill week as the staff continue their weekly deluge of live streams for our entertainment. Just as a friendly reminder to those who continue to ask, all signs point to the staff not returning to the office before the end of the year. While that may sound like a bummer, CBSi is taking all of the appropriate pre-cautions to ensure the safety of their employees. Given the circumstances, I think we can at the very least respect their intent. With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!
- The French Abby parody account on Twitter is still pretty great.
- In response to the ballooning amount of emotes, you might have noticed a new interface for adding emotes to chat. If you have any issues with this new interface don't forget to file a report on the "Bug Reporting" Board!
- CORRECTIONS: I made an error last week in my joke about Suikoden Successor Eiyuden Chronicle! The game I wanted to compare it to was Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians.
I think Rorie's kissed me on the mouth.— Giant Bomb Out of Context (@giantbomb_ooc) August 6, 2020
- Ben Pack, 2020
We have another friendly reminder to follow the Giant Beastcast and Bombcast Clips accounts on YouTube! This week I decided to pull two food-based debates that drew battlelines from the Giant Bomb staff.
Over on Twitter jearum is giving pixel art a go and this work of art is the byproduct of their first attempt! I have to say, it's an amazing warm-up, and hopefully you agree! Regardless, don't forget to use the link to support the artist in question!
The community Path of Exile community guild, Path of Duders, just got updated! Read what has changed and how you can join the fun using the link above!
Remember when Blockbuster had exclusive console games? No? Well then you are in for a treat with imunbeatable80's blog about Freestyle Street Soccer/Urban Freestyle Soccer!
Remember when Madhouse made a Final Fantasy V OVA? No? Well moderator ZombiePie has you covered with this 4,000+ word epic of a blog all about it! Get ready to read about zombie brains, butt lasers, and child murder! FINAL FANTASY!
Moderator Mento uses their first blog to discuss why they think Jo Amon in the Yakuza franchise is consistently the most entertaining super boss in video game history. Second, Mento continues their "Indie Game of the Week" series with a blog on Mini Ghost by developer unepic_fran! Give it a read to see if they think it succeeds in inspiring them to check out the rest of the franchise.
BisonHero recently gave Carrion a shot and uses their latest blog to discuss why it reminds them of a "budget 3DS eShop game" from a few generations ago in all the wrong ways.
Bowl-of-Lentils finished Trails of Cold Steel III... all of it. Check out their exhaustive blog on the site on why they loved what they played, but cannot help but view it as falling short of the previous two games.
ValorianEndymion continues their retrospective on the Might and Magic franchise with a highly educational look at the 3DO era! Learn how the failed console informed future design decisions in the series!
Unlike a majority of the internet, moderator Gamer_152 came away from Microsoft's not E3 press conference relatively positive. Read why they were impressed by Microsoft's showing when everyone else wasn't.
Quantris recently finished Paper Mario: The Origami King and shares their unstructured thoughts and final impressions of the game on their latest blog on Giant Bomb! Feel free to share your impressions as well using the link
Rapid is back with an exhaustive look at TennoLive 2020, Heart of Deimos, and other Warframe news on their latest blog! give it a read if you want a rundown on the exciting thinks in store for the game!
LiveActionGoten played a smattering of games on their gaming backlog last month! Read all about what they thought about the games they played, which included Horizon Zero Dawn and Nier Automata!
Discussion & Threads
User regmcfly just welcomed a baby boy into his life and is seeking game recommendations while they take time to raise their infant son! Feel free to share them using the link above!
Here's a fun discussion thread on the: Which now dormant fandom do you have really fond memories of from your past? I'll start, I was super into Club Penguin when I was younger.
Spelunky 2 has a trailer and release date! Share your impressions of the teaser and new art style with the Giant Bomb community. Also, I would like to note how Rorie is the author of this thread.
Braid: Anniversary Edition was announced at Sony's State of Play! Do you like the new hand-painted art? How well do you think Braid will hold up now that more indie platformers have come out?
Rocksteady's Suicide Squad game is officially official! Are you excited? Do you think the Suicide Squad will make for a more compelling game experience than the initially rumored Rocksteady Superman game?
With more than half of the year behind us, what do you think are the most "necessary games from the first half of 2020 to play? What are some of the games you are most worried will get lost in the mix when GOTY rolls around?
Can you think of games that made you actively question what you were doing and why? A lot of users have pointed to Spec Ops: The Line as an example, but can you think of other games?
What do you make of the recently announced Pikmin 3 Deluxe for the Switch and its $60 price tag? The current community sentiment seems split between excitement and wanting a lower price.
It's only tangentially related to gaming, but Disney are pricing Mulan for $30 at Disney+ on September 4th. Is this an appropriate price to stream a single movie? Does it make more sense for larger groups of people versus individuals?
Here's an interesting "tech" discussion topic on the forums: have you ever had to deal with or even replace an OLED TV because of burn-in? Share your experiences or horror stories with the rest of the community.
With the move towards streaming and digital downloads, do you think you will be more or less conscious about your video game backlogs? Do you worry that game streaming platforms will make it more difficult to minimize gaming backlogs?
Have any of you given Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout a shot yet? Share your impressions of the colorful battle royale game with the rest of the community using the link above! Do you have any tips and tricks about placing well?
The community is still abuzz about the PlayStation 4 controller controversy. Using the link below, feel free to share your thoughts about the situation and if it is a big issue long-term.
Spider-Man is coming to Marvel's Avengers, but he will be exclusive to the PS4/PS5 version of the game. Are platform exclusive characters a big deal to you? Does this bode well for the next generation in terms of DLC and digital goods?
Splitterguy wrote a new list annotating the worst games they played during the 2010s! See which dubious games managed to crack their list by using the link above!
Hellscream isn't a huge fan of the action-adventure genre but uses their latest list on Giant Bomb to share the handful of games from the genre they felt inspired to finish!
- @darnocris uses their review of Ghost of Tsushima to articulate why they think it is a perfect action-adventure game you can sink 30+ hours into so long as you approach it with the "right" mindset.
- @junior_ain continues their review series on their most played games from the 7th generation of video game consoles with a look at Hexic, the free puzzler everyone played more than they are willing to admit!
- @riostarwind uses their review of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army to share why they think it is an "okay" first attempt at making a action RPG out of SMT.