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The Community Spotlight 2021.06.05

What are you looking forward to at E3 2021?

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best user-created offerings from the week.

Yo... E3 2021 is less than one week away. Let that sink in for a bit. In less than one week, we are all going to be sitting in front of our computer screens and judging the quality of video game announcements made by companies that have scrutinized their digital presentations for months. I, for one, am looking forward to it. However, please remember to keep things civil and calm on the site. Additionally, more details about Giant Bomb's plans are coming soon. With that in mind, let's jump into the site-related housekeeping!

E3 2021 Banner Contest!

It's that time of the year again!
It's that time of the year again!

The 12th Annual E3 Banner Contest (By: @marino)

Ah yes, it is time for the annual Giant Bomb E3 2021 banner contest. As weird as E3 2021 is bound to be this year, there's no stopping the Giant Bomb banner contest. Remember, submissions can be animated or non-animated, and creativity is encouraged. If your banner is selected, the reward is an entire month of Giant Bomb premium for FREE! Here are some of the notable submissions thus far!

Animated Banner Submissions
Non-Animated Banners



Horizon Zero Dawn’s Best Part Was A DLC Side Quest About How Corporations Suck (By: @purpleshyguy)

This "franchise" is bound to make some sort of appearance before the end of the month.

PurpleShyGuy wrote on why they think an optional side quest in DLC provides the single best mission and experience in Horizon Zero Dawn. Better yet, the mission is a massive critique of capitalism.

What's The Greatest Video Game: Super Mario World (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 has reached a new impasse in their series ranking every game they play from best to worst. The day has come for them to play Super Mario World! Read if it took their #1 spot!

Don't Call It A Comeback (By: @danielkempster)

danielkempster shares on the site what they have been up to since they last blogged, how they feel about the state of the site, and where they think they are going in the next year or so.

Indie Game of the Week 222: PuzLogic + The Dredge of Seventeen: May +

May Millennials 12: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (Outro) (By: @mento)

If only it were that easy.
If only it were that easy.

For the latest edition of their "Indie Game of the Week" series on Giant Bomb , moderator Mento looked at "PuzLogic" and discusses why there's more to the game than meets the eye. Additionally, they continue to blog about the games from 2017 they have always been meaning to play! This week they talk about One Dog Story, Faces of Illusion: The Twin Phantoms, and Far From Noise. Finally, they wrapped up their brief retrospective on Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland! Use the link to see their final recommendations for the game are positive or negative!

After Many False Alarms, Finally Time To Pick It Back Up (By: @sahalarious)

To say No Man's Sky has
To say No Man's Sky has "been through a lot" is a bit of an understatement.

After failing to do so, Sahalarious finally got back into No Man's Sky! Read why the latest update was what convinced them to give the game another solid shot instead of the earlier story expansions.

Insert NieR Pun Here: I Played Replicant ver.1.22474487139... (By: @mooseymcman)

Come one, come all, user MooseyMcMan played NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... and has a lot to say about, especially as someone who enjoyed the original game and its well-known sequel.

The Wheel of Dubious RPGs Episode 37-38: Lost Kingdoms II and Final Fantasy Type-0 (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater has revived their "Wheel of Dubious RPGs" blog feature on Giant Bomb! This time around, they played Lost Kingdoms II and Final Fantasy Type-0! Did they like either game? Read to find out!

Internet Be Damned, Lady Dimitrescu Isn't Close To Being The Best Character In Resident Evil Village[SPOILER WARNING!] (By: @zombiepie)

Why is everyone talking about vampire mommies when Village also has
Why is everyone talking about vampire mommies when Village also has "dat bara?"

Moderator ZombiePie decided to pick a fight with the internet and penned a paper on the site on why Lady Dimitrescu isn't even close to being the best character in Resident Evil Village, let alone the best villain or antagonist.

Weekly Update #31 - May 29, 2021 (By: @qreedence)

qreedence continues to whittle away at their video game backlog. This week they draft out their formative impressions of Silicon Dreams and Batman: The Telltale Series. See how they feel about either game using the link.

The Very Timely 2020 Anime of the Year List(By: @dochaus)

DocHaus is a bit "late" when it comes to writing their 2020 "Anime of the Year" list on the site, but considering what happened in 2020, can you blame them for being late? Regardless, give it a read and see which shows they think are worth watching from the previous year.

Coming of Age: The Storytelling of Beyond: Two Souls (By: @gamer_152)

right... this video game
right... this video game "exists"

By 2013, the gaming space was awash with titles attempting to aesthetically, narratively, and emotionally advance the medium. For this blog, Gamer_152 looked at David Cage's Beyond: Two Souls and all of its successes and failures in that field.

Discussion Threads

Those Waiting For Next Gen Consoles, Have You Given Up And Moved On? (By: @norm9)

As a Switch Lite owner, sign me the fuck up for a Switch Pro.
As a Switch Lite owner, sign me the fuck up for a Switch Pro.

For all of you that struggled to get a PS5 or Xbox Series X at launch, how have things been? Did you manage to snag a console? For those that have not, do you plan to keep trying?

Sony Is Skipping E3 2021 (By: @gtxforza)

Are there any members of the Giant Bomb community that have thoughts about Sony skipping E3 2021? Was this expected? Would you like to see them host their own digital only event during E3.

How Is The Switch Pro Going To Be? (By: @gtxforza)

What are you hoping to see in, on, or with a Switch Pro? Do you have a "Wishlist" of features that could put you over the edge and buy one? Is a new OLED display necessary to get you on-board? How about better analog sticks?

State of the Far Cry Canon (Far Cry 5 Spoilers) (By: @cleric22)

No, really, remember when Far Cry had bio-mutants?
No, really, remember when Far Cry had bio-mutants?

What is your gauge of the current Far Cry canon? Do you think Far Cry 3, 4, or 5 will connect to 6? Would you want there to be a connection? Remember how Far Cry started out as an homage to The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells?

Far Cry 6 Creators Said It "Isn't Political." Do You Believe They Are Lying? (By: @topcyclist)

Speaking of Far Cry, what's you reaction to Far Cry 6's creators saying it "isn't political?" Do you think they are lying? Is making the game "nonpolitical" even possible given the subject matter?

Two Point Campus Leaked (By: @alistercat)

It appears Two Point Campus has been leaked. Are you excited for the next title from Two Point Studios? Were you a fan of Two Point Hospital? Do you think whatever their new game might be, it will have as much DLC as their last game?

Hitman 3 - Elusive Targets Thread (June 4th - 13th The Black Hat) (By: @glots)

Speaking of which, is there any hope for a SimCity reboot?
Speaking of which, is there any hope for a SimCity reboot?

Calling all Hitman 3 fans in the Giant Bomb community, what are YOUR impressions of the new Elusive Target? For one thing, how does this version of "The Black Hat" compare to previous versions?

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered Coming To EA Play And Xbox Game Pass On June 24th, 2021 (By: @gtxforza)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is coming to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass on June 24th, 2021! Are you excited? Do you think this explains the earlier delisting of Need for Speed game?


JRPGs: Holds Up Or Folds Up? (By: @phanboy4)

I honestly wish this was the review system I used when writing about 40+ hour JRPGs on the site.
I honestly wish this was the review system I used when writing about 40+ hour JRPGs on the site.

phanboy4 is starting a new list feature on the site where they replay JRPGs from their childhood and figure out if they "Hold Up" or "Fold Up." Here's a taste of what they have thus far.

User Reviews

Is Biomutant a sign that the
Is Biomutant a sign that the "B-Tier" game is making a comeback?
  • @brg's Biomutant review shares why they did not hate the game, but also why they cannot help but view the final product as a wasted opportunity.
  • @yyninja's Hyper Light Drifter review highlights why they were enamored by its combat, but unenthused by its dialogue-free story and narrative.