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 as we look back on the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb Community! With Jeff out “on assignment,” it was a relatively quiet week, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t games worth discussing! Rage 2 launched and of course, we cannot forget about Bubsy: Paws on Fire! Even with new releases as sparse as they were, our forums had several rewarding discussions about the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Super Mario Maker 2. And we cannot forget about the looming Sword of Damocles that is E3 2019! With that in mind, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping!
Giant Bomb Galleria
BANNER – Giant Bomb x Invader Zim (By: @jea_rum)
Over on Twitter, jea_rum mixed two of their favorite things into one work of art: Invader Zim and Giant Bomb!
Giant Bomb Crime Crew (By: @kone)
Check out this AWESOME GTA-themed artwork kone created for the Giant Bomb Crime Crew! Abby, Dan, Vinny, and Alex are all represented magnificently!
Clips Of The Week
The Best Of Giant Bomb’s Steal My Sunshine Episode 3 – There Is No God (By: Minos83)
Over on YouTube, Minos83 returns to compiling their favorite moments from Giant Bomb East’s “Steal My Sunshine” video series after a brief hiatus! Give it a watch and enjoy!
Giant Bomb – The Saga of the Pogi Boys (By: RetroHelix)
It was a bit of a quick joke last week, but over on YouTube, someone went ahead and compiled every time Jan reference or ranted about “the Pogi Boys” during the 05/10/2019 UPF.
Tweets Of The Week
PC – Giant Bomb Alliance – (2019-4-05) – Plains of Eidolon Remaster (By: @rapid)
Giant Bomb’s Playdate of Warframe is currently unlocked for everyone check out! If you end up watching their tomfoolery in the game and are interested in joining the fun, don’t forget, our PC Clan is always open to newcomers!
Best Of Blogs
Fighting Final Fantasy XII – Episode 3: Hey Internet, Why Is FF12 Set In The Same Universe As Tactics? (By: @zombiepie)
After a month-long hiatus, moderator ZombiePie returns to Ivalice and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age with a 7,000+ word essay on why it has one of the worst middle acts they have ever seen in a video game.
Recent Wiki Edits – Skinnerbox Edition (By: @daavpuke)
Daavpuke provides an update on their efforts to make Giant Bomb’s wiki better than it already is! Give their blog a read to learn about their efforts, but be warned, there is anime in this blog.
May Millennials 2: Severance: Blade of Darkness (Intro) +
May Millennials 2: Severance: Blade of Darkness (Outro) +
Indie Game of the Week 120: The Tiny Bang Story (By: @mento)
Not a lot of people remember Blade of Darkness, but moderator Mento hosted a quick retrospective on the game and you can catch their first and second episodes about the 3D action game. Additionally, Mento continued their “Indie Game of the Week” blog series with a deep look at The Tiny Bang Story! Read why the chill puzzle game ended up providing exactly what they wanted from it, but nothing more.
DMC5: “Having Fun Isn’t Hard” (By: @jeremyf)
JeremyF uses their latest blog to talk about Devil May Cry 5 and why a lack of difficulty and level variety severely prevented them from enjoying their time with the game.
Just for One Year – Ode to UNIST’s EVO 2019 Featured Title Inclusion (By: @infinitespark)
Giant Bomb user and FGC aficionado InfiniteSpark shares why the one-time EVO main event inclusion of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] has them incredibly excited!
Join The Discussion
Rage 2 Discussion Thread (By: @pompouspizza)
Now that the game has been out for a bit, here’s a link to our community discussion thread about Rage 2! If you bought the game, feel free to drop a comment with your impressions of the game!
Open World Games And The New Generation Of Consoles (By: @sintes)
Here’s an interesting discussion thread hopefully every Giant Bomb user can participate in! Do you think “open world” games or the current approach to open world game design will continue into the next generation of consoles?
Mortal Kombat Dream Kast (By: @watchmen877)
With the recent announcement of a James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat movie, what is your “dream cast” for a modern-day Mortal Kombat movie? How would your dream cast prevent the game-to-movie adaptation from meeting the same fate as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation?
Anyone Here Going To Play This Game? How Is It? (By: @ntm)
A Plague Tale: Innocence might be living in the shadows of some heavy-hitters this week, but you can learn more about the game, and share your impressions if you bought it, by joining our community discussion thread about it!
Thrall’s Return To World Of Warcraft Discussion Thread (By: @rorie)
Calling all users who play or follow World of Warcraft! What’s your reaction to the announcement Thrall is back to fight for the Horde? Use the link below to join our discussion!
Sony & Microsoft Announce Partnership For Cloud Gaming (By: @jesus_phish)
What are your impressions of the recently announced cloud-based gaming partnership between Sony and Microsoft? Do you think this alliance suggests anything about each company’s outlook in the console market?
Epic Game Store First Big Sale Hijinks (By: @jesus_phish)
It appears the Epic Games Store’s first attempt at a big sale did not go without a hitch. Learn what happened and share your impressions of the mishap. How much do you chalk this up to being a “rookie mistake?”
Which Xbox Property Would You Like To See Revived? (By: @liquiddragon)
Microsoft has hinted they will have a lot of games to show off and reveal at E3 2019, therefore, are there any games from their “back-catalog” you’d like to see get a reboot? Viva Piñata, Perfect Dark, Amped, and Fable are the current front-runners, but what do you say?
Infinity: Battlescape Now Has A Steam Page And Early Access Release Target (By: @selbie)
The procedurally-generated space-combat game, Infinity: Battlescaperecently made its Steam page public as well as announced when it will enter Steam Early Access. Does this get you excited about the game? Join our discussion thread and share your thoughts!
Best Way To Play The Legend Of Zelda (NES) (By: @bondfish)
Here’s a fun discussion thread on the forums! What’s the “best” way to play the original NES version of The Legend of Zelda? How does one track down the original? Is emulation the only “viable” option?
More Ghost Recon Is On Its Way! (By: @rorie)
Are any of you excited to play more Ghost Recon? Share your gut-reaction about the reveal/teaser trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint using the link above.
Final Fantasy Characters Named After Types Of Weather (By: @japanimation)
Here’s an AWESOME user-created list which needs It’s titled “Final Fantasy characters named after types of weather,” and the author admits they don’t have every example pinpointed right now Help them out if you can!
My Ranking Of 2D Castlevanias (By: @majormitch)
MajorMitch originally thought about ranking every Castlevania game made, but instead elected to only rank the 2D games “scientifically.” See how the science ranked your favorite game in the series!
Useful User Reviews
- @selphie1999 uses their review of Mortal Kombat 11 to explain why they think the game’s story and gameplay improvements are sadly being overshadowed by its business structure.
- @guip1408 looks back at God of War III in their latest user-review and articulates why it represents “the end of a cycle,” in video game history.
- @natesolo22 finally played and reviewed Fortnite after avoiding the game for the better part of a year. Read why they called the game “the literal definition of style over substance.”
One Way Heroics & Tales of Link
As seen in Daavpuke’s blog this week, they did some AWESOME things on Giant Bomb’s wiki! As I said before, just make sure you have a high tolerance for anime when checking out some of their wiki pages.