The Community Spotlight 2021.05.29



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 wonderful things the community has been up to the past week.

Holy shit! It is finally starting to hit me that . I don’t know about you, but I don’t know if I am emotionally or physically ready for it. It’s been a long year, and I know everyone is tired of hearing that, but even if E3 2021 will be all digital, I cannot help but think about everything that comes with the “E3 bundle” regardless of which version you are getting. Similar to last week, the staff and site are still shoring up their plans for the event. As you can hopefully tell from the screencap above, it will be an interesting affair for all involved. With that in mind, let’s jump into the site-related housekeeping!



Previous Giant Bomb E3 Banner Winners (By: @marino)

As shared in the housekeeping and Tweets sections, Giant Bomb’s annual E3 Banner Contest is all set to start on June 2nd! If you want a taste of which banners have taken the crown to grace the official press conference stickied threads, here’s a series of compilation images brought to you by Marino!

Full Gallery of Winners


The Most Ideal Burrito | The Jeff Gerstmann Experience | 3/16/2010 (By: VinnCo Archive)

Here’s another blast from the past brought to you by the VinnCo Archive account on YouTube! This episode features a long forgotten episode of Jeff’s old car streams in which he and Ryan discuss their “most ideal burrito.”


Finding The Right Meta For Your Overwatch Skins! (By: @bonbolapti)

Learn all about the state of skins in Overwatch!
Learn all about the state of skins in Overwatch!

bonbolapti reviews how Overwatch has managed to sustain itself for over five years with a look the the current state of skins and their meta. Give it a read and learn all about how hard it is to maintain balance as always-online games persist.

My Thoughts on Final Fantasy I (By: @hybrid_aries)

hybrid_aries decided to go back and play the PSP Remake of Final Fantasy. How does the game’s “Vancian combat” hold up? Is it still a recommendation? And before you ask, I agree with a lot they say in their blog.

Jeremy Plays Oddworld, Dies Inside. More at 11 (By: @jeremyf)

How well does Oddworld hold up? Read jeremyf's latest blog to see what they think!
How well does Oddworld hold up? Read jeremyf’s latest blog to see what they think!

After avoiding Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for a long while, jeremyf finally allotted a month to finish the game. Read why their time with the game was not as “wonderful” as they had hoped.

Really Enjoying Rogue Legacy 2 A Lot, Now Seems Like A Good Time To Jump In (By: @atheistpreacher)

AtheistPreacher has spent a good amount of their time this week playing Rogue Legacy 2 and shares why they think it improves on the original in a handful of important ways!

What’s the Greatest Video Game(s): Ganbare!, Glass Masquerade, and Minesweeper Genius +

What’s the Greatest Video Game: Marvel’s Spiderman (By: @imunbeatable80)

imunbeatable80 has a three-for-one deal where they look at Ganbare! Super Strikers, Glass Masquerade, and Minesweeper Genius for one of their “What’s the Greatest Video Game(s)” blogs. Additionally, imunbeatable80 finally got around to playing Marvel’s Spider-Man and shares why they think it is an instant classic and a hard stop, great game.

May Millennials 12: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (Intro) +

Indie Game of the Week 221: The Way+

May Millennials 11: Painkiller: Black Edition (Outro) (By: MENTO)

Is Rogue Legacy 2 as big a deal as its predecessor? Join the conversation on AtheistPreacher's blog about the game!
Is Rogue Legacy 2 as big a deal as its predecessor? Join the conversation on AtheistPreacher’s blog about the game!

First, during the month of May, Mento managed to go from Tales of Graces F to Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland. Check out their first impressions of which one they recommend. Additionally, Mento has a new episode of their “Indie Game of the Week” and this one looks at the 2D puzzle platformer, The Way! Use the link to read why they struggle to think of it as a great or amazing game. Finally, they wrapped up their brief retrospective on Painkiller: Black Edition and you can read why they still think Painkiller‘s level variety an ingenuity still holds up.

Raid Log #03 – Sire Denathrius, Part 3+

Weekly Update #30 – May 23, 2021 (By: @qreedence)

Instant classic? imunbeatable80 sure thinks so!
Instant classic? imunbeatable80 sure thinks so!

qreedence has another highly entertaining update on their attempt to get back into raiding in World of Warcraft! See how things in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands have been treating them! Likewise, they provide another fun “update” on the games they have been playing recently and this write-up is all about Little Nightmares Nightmares, Persona 5 Strikers, and Final Fantasy XV!

Discussion Threads

Podcast Recommendations For Beastcast Fans (By: @harinosho)

E3 2017 banner by @forteexe21
E3 2017 banner by @forteexe21

A lot of Giant Bomb users are looking for podcasts that scratch the same itch as the Beastcast. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share them using the link above. Common suggestions include the Fire Escape Podcast, Waypoint Radio, and Idle Thumbs. If you can think of any other podcasts, link away!

Is It Still Worth Jumping Into Smash Ultimate? (By: @mightyduck)

E3 2016 banner by tovan
E3 2016 banner by tovan

MightyDuck shares that they only recently picked up a Switch and while they are interested in playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, they need help in figuring out where to start with the game’s inordinate amount of DLC and myriad of modes.

How Did You Feel About What Happened To Ethan? [SPOILERS!] (By: @giant_gamer)

For those of you that have finished Resident Evil Village, how do you feel about what the game does with Ethan Winters? Dis you enjoy or hate his story arc? What are your impressions of the game’s last hour?

Sounds Like Valve Is Prototyping A Handheld Steam Console (By: @franzlska)

E3 2015 banner by pickassoreborn
E3 2015 banner by pickassoreborn

What is your reaction to the news that Valve might be prototyping a handheld Steam console? What would Valve need to do for you to buy it? Does the ghost of the Steam Link haunt your enthusiasm for this possible project?

New Gameplay Trailer For Dying Light 2: Stay Human (By: @rorie)

E3 2014 banner by aurahack
E3 2014 banner by aurahack

Dying Light 2: Stay Human got a new gameplay trailer! Do you like what they have shown of the game thus far? Give the video a watch and join the community discussion about how it is looking and if you think the game will make its most recent release date.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End PC Port Announcement Discussion Thread (By: @gtxforza)

What is YOUR reaction to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End coming to PC? Are you hoping this means more Sony-only console titles come to PC? Do you think the previous Uncharted games have any hope of coming to PC?

Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne; Some Info On The PC Port (At Launch, Anyway) (By: @jasonr86)

This is a banner I made that got disqualified when it should have won.
This is a banner I made that got disqualified when it should have won.

Are there any community members that have checked out the re-release of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne? Some users are disappointed at the game being locked at 30 FPS or the inconsistent retouched graphics, but others love it


Crappy Tutorials in Games (By: @warcat777)

Real talk, is this the hardest starting
Real talk, is this the hardest starting “level” in video game history?

warcat777 published the first draft of their list of “Crappy Tutorials in Games” Read what they have so far on Giant Bomb, and feel free to share more suggestions! But before you ask, yes, the OG Driver parking garage tutorial is on the list!

User Reviews

Man... remember when the AVGN made this game YouTube's biggest punching bag?
Man… remember when the AVGN made this game YouTube’s biggest punching bag?
  • @infantpipoc‘s NieR Replicant review discusses why they are satisfied with the game, despite its bumps and bruises, and recommend it for most people.
  • @danryback remembers whenTransformers: Convoy no Nazo was a frequent target during the early days of YouTube when everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs about bad video games. However, they wanted to know if it was really that bad.
  • @yyninja‘s SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech review on tthe site articulates why they found the addition of card collection and deck creation to be an unneeded addition to the SteamWorld formula.

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