Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week, and am excited to share with you a smattering of the best offerings from the Giant Bomb community from the last week. This week was a bit of a “return to normalcy,” with only a handful of groundbreaking announcements. Recent releases included ReCore as well as BioShock: The Collection, with a myriad of other games in-between. In regards to “big news,” the real surprise this week was Vinny finally “breaking.” With all of this behind us, let’s get on with the Community Spotlight!
- Are you having issues with large image galleries on Giant Bomb repeating images? Feel free to file a report and hopefully it can get fixed soon.
- Remember when Brad became a robot? If not you are in luck! The UPF where that happened has been “unlocked” for all users to enjoy!
Clip(s) of the Week
Best of Giant Bomb’s Persona 4 Endurance Run–13 (Parts 123 to 129) (By: @clagnaught)
clagnaught has another WONDERFUL video compiling the funniest moments from the Persona 4 Endurance Run! WARNING: Spoilers inbound with this video!
Forza Horizon 3 Gamertag Sharing Thread (By: @adosegnaro)
Are you excited for Forza Horizon 3? Post your GamerTag over here, and be able to play the game with Giant Bomb users on the first day.
Halo 5: Forge PC Gamertag Add Thread (By: @xeriion)
If you are interested in playing Halo 5: Forge with other Giant Bomb users on the PC, then post your Gamertag over here and hook up with users in the game.
2016 Road Warrior Events – Petit Le Mans – Sept 24 (By: @datarez)
The Giant Bomb community iRacing.com club is all set to compete during the Petit Le Mans event! Learn how you can join and help the community effort now!
Giant Bomb Destiny Clans – Updated Before Rise of Iron (By: @hestilllives19)
Are any of you excited for the Rise of Iron expansion forDestiny? If you are, here’s the list of active Giant Bomb community clans for the game.
Giant Bomb Galleria
Vinny Pencil Sketch& Dan Pencil Sketch (By: @houevil)
HouEvil is back with AWESOME pencil sketches of Vinny and Jeff this week! Check them out, and feel free to provide any pointers for the future.
The Two Best Characters From Shenmue Together Forever (By: coolbrandon)
Over on Tumblr coolbrandon decided to make one of Dan’s horrible fantasties from the Shenmue Endurance a reality. Hopefully this doesn’t give you nightmares for the rest of your life.
Best of Blogs
The Mario Party Party Tracker (By: @turboman)
Friend of the site, TurboMan, has created “The Mario Party Party Tracker!” Read all about who has collected the greatest number of stars and coins on his wonderful write-up.
Imports Only #0 – Planning a Ranking of Racers & Imports Only Vol.1 – Keep It Simple 2000, Stupid (By: @chaser324)
Fellow moderator Chaser324 has begun what I can only describe as a “folly.” Starting this week he plans on playing, as well as scientifically ranking, every single racing game that was never released in the United States. Discover how his first foray into the world of import racing games went.
On Gaming’s Haves and Have-Nots (By: @darth_navster)
Darth_Navster shares his two cents regarding the issue of “haves” and “have-nots” with the new console revisions, and the possible pitfalls of the direction consoles appear to be going.
Tokyo Game Show 2016 Trailer Roundup (By: @darkbeatdk)
DarkbeatDK went and compiled all of the big trailers from Tokyo Game Show 2016 that the internet is buzzing about in one place. Give them a watch, and debate which games look like they are shaping up the best.
A Fool-proof Guide To Solving Every Solvable Sliding Block Puzzle, Ever (By: @gkhan)
gkhan has created a guide that supposedly “solves every sliding block puzzle, ever.” Check it out, and feel free to challenge the validity of his puzzle game theory.
An Intermediate Guide to Supports, Part 1: Lucio and Mercy (By: @cav829)
If you are still playing Overwatch give Cav829’s “Intermediate Guide” on how to improve your Lúcio andMercy metagame above that of the average peon.
Weekly Flounder: Side Content (By: @theflamingo352)
TheFlamingo352 comments on why he thinks most games struggle to create compelling side content, and theorizes possible solutions to this common problem.
Pick Wright, Picross! (By: @bonbolapti)
bonbolapti sunk in some time into the latest Phoenix Wright game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, and you can read his formative opinions about why it hasn’t been “clicking” for him.
Journey for the Lords of the Battlefield Beta(?) (By: @mooseymcman)
Check out MooseyMcMan’s extensive impressions of Lords of the Fallen as well as the Battlefield 1 Beta, and the wonderful fun any of you can have with the games.
Sunday Summaries 11/09/2016: Divinity: Original Sin & Expand (By: @mento)
Mento expands on Larian’s strategic CRPG, and divines a reason or two why you might not want to play dizzying puzzle game Expand, in his weekly summary feature. Wish him luck in his endeavors to add a bunch of weird PC Engine HuCard games to the wiki also!
Join the Discussion
Giant Bomb Themed Trivia (By: @nikral)
Nikral welcomes you join him in creating Giant Bomb themed trivia for users both new and old.
ReCore Tips And Tricks Thread (By: @dharmabum)
If you have any tips or tricks related to ReCore, or you need help on a specific sequence, let out a yelp on this community discussion thread.
Halloween Games for 2016 (By: @jameboycolor)
Do you have any idea what your “Halloween Games” for 2016 are? Share what your Halloween game plan is going to be over here.
Marvel Heroes 2016 Update Discussion Thread (By: @the_ruiner)
There’s an update coming to Marvel Heroes 2016, and you should feel welcomed to share your early impressions about it.
Elusive Target Central 10: The Pharmacist September 16th (By: @pyrodactyl)
How have you tackled the latest Hitman Elusive Target? Share how you tried to take down “The Pharmacist!”
Discussion: Steam vs Windows Store (vs Origin vs …) (By: @pkmnfrk)
Whether it be Steam, GOG.com, and/or the Windows Store; discuss which digital goods marketplaces you are invested in, and why.
Good But Obscure, Overlooked, Or Low Budget Retro Games (By: @zimzamfromspace)
What are your favorite obscure, B-tier video games of the past? Join the debate with other users now.
Are You Excited To Play Bioshock: The Collection? (By: @ntm)
Do any of you plan on picking up a copy of BioShock: The Collection? Join the community debate regarding the worth and improvements of the collection.
Upcoming Mid-tier Physical Releases (By: @darkbeatdk)
The B-tier game ISN’T DEAD! Or that’s what DarkbeatDK is trying to prove on this list of “mid-tier” games that received a physical release recently.
StealthRUSH’s Top 100 Favorite Nintendo 64 / 64DD Games (By: @stealthrush)
StealthRUSH took the time to list his 100 favorite games released on the Nintendo 64/ 64DD!
Useful User Reviews
- @vert_vermillion’s Caladrius Blaze review shares why its presentation and tacky sensibilities hold back an otherwise spectacular entire bullet hell experience.
- @morecowbell24 provides his analysis of Doom (2016), and extrapolates why he found it to be a glorious all around tour de force.
- @stordoff assesses why he found Seasons After Fall to be a visually stunning, but mechanically trite, video game experience.
- @riostarwind’s Tron: Evolution review comments on why time has not been kind to game, and why it was tough to go back to even for a Tron enthusiast.
- @riostarwind comments on why he found Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment to be a vapid and empty game only for dedicated fans of the franchise...which is also vapid and empty.
Many thanks are in store for Giant Bomb user MrSensible for re-hauling and updating the wiki page for Shenmue. Now you too can learn about the magic that is Shenmue.