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The Community Spotlight 2021.09.11

The Community Spotlight is your one stop shop for yelling about fat Thor, retractable claws, old RPGs, U.S. citizenship, sealed games, and George Foreman. You know... a usual Saturday.

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

Drew is doing his yearly video game charity stream for the National MS Society! Here's the donation link with more details but also, donate what you can! The stream starts at 12 pm Pacific on 9/11/2021, but even if you miss the stream, the donation page should stay up for a while!

Also, Danny O'Dwyer passed his civics exam and is now a citizen of the United States. Congratulate him when you have the time on Twitter!

In regards to premium programming, the big news is that the PowerBombcast is BACK! And not only is it back, but it also features Derek (aka TurboMan) as a guest! Anyway, here's your outline of premium content in case you missed something:

Videos

Fast & Bombastic (By: @kone)

After dealing with a quick issue on YouTube, kone has re-uploaded their Fast & Furious tribute to Giant Bomb and the staff that left earlier this year! I'm not going to lie, when the music kicked in, I could help but get emotional.

Tweets

Activities

Anyone having fun with this?
Anyone having fun with this?

Aliens: Fireteam Elite PS4 & PS5 Online Hookup Thread (By: @lenny)

Are there any users playing Aliens: Fireteam Elite on PS4 or PS5? If you want to hook up with others users online, here's the link for you! Also, if you are interested in different platforms, please consider making a different thread

Blogs

Some Thoughts on Oddworld: Soulstorm (By: @danielkempster)

I am of the controversial opinion Golden Sun 2's story is BETTER if you do not link your save data with Golden Sun 1.
I am of the controversial opinion Golden Sun 2's story is BETTER if you do not link your save data with Golden Sun 1.

danielkempster has been a huge fan of the Oddworld franchise over the years, so, they decided to give Oddworld: Soulstorm a shot! Discover why the heightened production values and updated gameplay this time around really resonated with them!

My Favourite Games: Golden Sun & Golden Sun: The Lost Age (By: @brendan)

Check out Brendan's MASSIVE blog post on Giant Bomb paying tribute to Golden Sun & Golden Sun: The Lost Age which explains why both games still stand as some of their personal favorite JRPGs ever made.

Get Chrono Crossed: Part #4: Help... No Seriously, Help Me! I Don't Understand The Story In This Game! (By: @zombiepie)

This game goes
This game goes "places."

After a short hiatus, Moderator ZombiePie's retrospective on Chrono Cross continues with an exhaustive look at the first half of the game's second disc. Be warned, this is where shit gets really really really convoluted.

The Wheel of Dubious FPSes Episode 01-02: Daikatana and Red Faction II (By: @arbitrarywater)

ArbitraryWater debuted a new blog series on the site where they look at "dubious FPS games!" The first episode reviews their time with Daikatana and Red Faction II! See which game they enjoyed the most using the link above!

Conan Exiles Is Now On Xbox Game Pass & It's A Pass From Me (By: @gla55jaw)

Conan Exiles became available on Game Pass a while back and Giant Bomb user gla55jAw used that as an excuse to give it a shot! Use the link above to read why they wished they hadn't.

What's the Greatest Video Game: Thomas Was Alone (By: @imunbeatable80)

Modern-day John Romero seems like a pretty chill guy. His Twitter is definitely worth following.
Modern-day John Romero seems like a pretty chill guy. His Twitter is definitely worth following.

imunbeatable80 checked out Thomas Was Alone for the latest episode of their "What's the Greatest Video Game" series on the site! See why they enjoyed the game despite a few shortcomings.

Indie Game of the Week 236: Super Win the Game +

Mega Archive: Part XXVIII: From George Foreman's KO Boxing to Hit the Ice (By: @mento)

First, Mento's latest "Indie Game of the Week" is all about Super Win the Game! Read why they found it to be a fun stage-based "explormer" similar to Order of Ecclesia and Demon's Crest! Second, they are mixing things up for their Mega Archive blog series! As they continue to look at every game that ever released on the Mega Drive/Genesis, see how they have improved their retrospective on the legendary console!

Discussion Threads

PlayStation Showcase 2021 Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

People sound excited to use their PlayStations! What say you?
People sound excited to use their PlayStations! What say you?

What were your impressions of the PlayStation Showcase 2021? Does it get you excited about the future of the PlayStation brand? What do you think were the highlights?

When You "Drop" TV Shows, Movie Series, Games, Etc. Do You Ever Intend To Go Back When They Complete? (By: @topcyclist)

As the title suggests, when you "drop" a show or game, is the plan to get back and finish it? What does a game or show have to do for you to give up mid-way and not want to go back?

Nintendo Offering Refunds For Sonic Colors On Switch (By: @hizang)

This is probably my favorite design from Dan Auer.
This is probably my favorite design from Dan Auer.

Nintendo is reportedly offering refunds for Sonic Colors Ultimate on Switch. What do you make of Colors Ultimate's state and do you think Nintendo will reform its refund policy?

The (Website) Engineer Appreciation Thread (By: @seriuzbiznus)

Inspired by a Tweet from Dan Auer, we have a discussion thread discussing your favorite design and engineering work on Giant Bomb. Also, let's give Dan a big "THANK YOU" for their years of hard work on Giant Bomb!

Gran Turismo 7 And Next God Of War Upgrade From PS4 To PS5 Version Costs $10 USD, Are You Okay With That? (By: @gtxforza)

I never trust Gran Turismo release dates until the game finally comes out.
I never trust Gran Turismo release dates until the game finally comes out.

Gran Turismo 7 and God of War: Ragnarök will both have an upgrade program from PS4 to PS5 that costs $10 USD. How do you feel about this? Do you think Sony will ever budge on that price point or do you think that is the best we are going to get?

Move And Then Throw Out? Throw Out And Then Move? What Happened The Last Time You Moved? (By: @turtlefish)

Inspired by Jeff's latest batch of Garage Streams, for those of you who have had to move, do you prefer to move and then throw out junk? Or, do you like to throw out junk and then move? Share your moving hot takes!

Are Reviews Still Relevant? (By: @topcyclist)

I also like this Thor design. It definitely has bara energy.
I also like this Thor design. It definitely has bara energy.

Do you still find game reviews relevant? Are there certain genres that force you to seek out reviews whereas others day-one reviews feel irrelevant? If this is a topic you are passionate about, check out this poll and discussion thread!

Gran Turismo 7 Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

Are there any Giant Bomb users excited about the recent Gran Turismo 7 news and trailer? Are you just happy to see something from Polyphony Digital? Do you trust the announced release date?

Lists

The Grand 2021 Master System Spree (By: @daavpuke)

If you don't have the Best Buy exclusive Tap Pad, why even play?
If you don't have the Best Buy exclusive Tap Pad, why even play?

Daavpuke did something a little different this week and compiled a list of all the Sega Master System games they have played. If you have ever been interested to see which games on the platform are worth checking out, this is the list for you!

Factory Sealed Retirement Plan (By: @marino)

With all these sealed games selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, Marino decided to compile a list of his unopened games that will surely let him retire early. Like a factory sealed copy of Chrono Trigger... on DS. Or the Best Buy Exclusive Edition of Let's Tap.

Rare Replay, Ranked (By: @jeremyf)

jeremyf is giving Rare Replay another go and this time is ranking every game from the compilation from best to worst! See which games, thus far, at least, have risen to the top.

Top 10 The Best Mortal Kombat Games (By: @kamikaiz3)

Kamikaiz3 is a recent convert to the Mortal Kombat franchise so, their list of their ten favorite games from the series might look differently to most. Nonetheless, give it a read and don't forget to think about making a list of your own.

User Reviews

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  • @yyninja's Paper Mario: The Origami King review on Giant Bomb discusses why the game's charm was not enough to distract them from what they found to be shallow mechanics.
  • @davesf returns to reviewing games on Giant Bomb with a look at Naraka Bladepoint! Read why they found it to be a great B-Tier game throwback but on modern platforms!
  • @dinoracha's Superliminal review shares why the game's story does it no favors, but its gameplay does a decent job of carrying the rest of the experience.