Hey everyone, TheDustinThomas here, doing my first recap! I'm taking over Fridays for bbain as he has moved on to greener pastures. I know that those are some mighty large shoes to fill, but I'll do my best.
Well...it certainly seems as though I've picked a dandy of a week to begin recapping. Dtoid has gone through (and is still going through) some changes as of late, both to the staff and front page, as well as to the community. We had a couple of pretty well known community members recently write up some exit blogs. This whole situation has really gotten me thinking about why I came to Destructoid in the first place.
I don't remember exactly when I became a member of the DToid community, it was either 2009 or 2010. I was semi-involved with another gaming community for a couple of years (kind of sounds like we were dating but mutually agreed we weren't exclusive), and while I had my fair share of fun over there, it just seemed like unless you were a very prominent community member, any blog you wrote would get little--if any--recognition. Case in point, one of the first blogs I ever wrote here on DToid was a retrospective on pro wrestling videogames. Just for fun, I also posted it on the other site, as we were still flirting with one another. On Destructoid, it gets tons of faps and positive comments, and eventually finds its way to the front page. On the other site? Like 3 comments and no love.
I also remember writing a blog over there, which was clearly written as a joke, and getting flooded with comments calling me a troll and other things that I shall not repeat. That was the moment that I realized I was done, and decided to post my writing exclusively to Destructoid. It just seemed like this community was much more in-tune with my sense of humor, and the opinions expressed by most of the staff were in line with a lot of my own. Even with guys like Jim Sterling, whom I disagree with in every non-gaming aspect of life (I'm a youth pastor, so you can probably draw your own conclusions from that), I found that I agreed with his stances on the gaming industry most of the time.
Things may have changed a little bit around here, but in my opinion, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better gaming community. I personally spend the majority of my time here on the CBlogs, I haven't jumped into the forums, and while I read the majority of posts on the front page, I only comment once in a great while. But, now that I'm a recapper, perhaps I should try to make myself a little more prominent. Our community isn't perfect, but just because a few people have decided to hit the bricks, and we wish them all the luck in their future endeavors, this opens up an opportunity for someone else to step up. So if you read the CBlogs, but don't write many, start writing! When I first started posting on DToid, I had to get over the idea of "What if no one reads it?" "What if I sound stupid?" Don't worry about that! If you write a bad blog, there's an entire community here willing to help you get better. You won't find that anywhere else.
Well, now that I've gotten all of that serious stuff out of the way, let's talk about some videogames! I feel like I'm the only person in the world who isn't playing Super Smash Bros. Despite my admitted fanboy-esque love of anything Nintendo, I've just never been a fan of the Smash games. All of my friends are trying to get me to pick it up, but I know that it'll be one of those things that I'll only play a few times and then keep on the shelf for the rest of its life. However, my 3DS is still getting plenty of use between my constant returning to Mario Golf: World Tour and working my way through Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright. Speaking of Layton v Wright, I'm not loving that game as much as I expected to. Actually, let me rephrase that, I don't love half of the game as much as I expected to. I'm a huge fan of Professor Layton, and I would consider myself a Phoenix Wright fan, but I have to be in the mood to play those games. So any time I find myself in a courtroom I'm just sitting there wandering how much longer this trial can possibly last. The Layton puzzle-solving portions are fantastic as always. The biggest downside, however, is the length. I understand some concessions needed to be made to accommodate both series', but sometimes less is more.
But the biggest news for me, gaming-wise, is that I finally joined the current generation and picked up a PlayStation 4. I had been waiting for a good bundle before I put down the money, because I live in 1987 and believe that every console should come with a game to play with it. GameStop had a pretty good bundle for the PS4, which was the system, The Last of Us Remastered, and six months of PS+ for the console price of $399. But I've already played The Last of Us, so my manager let me switch it out with Shadow of Mordor. Yes, I work part-time at a GameStop, it's actually a pretty sweet gig when you only work one day a week like I do.
Anyway, I don't know if you guys have played Shadow of Mordor yet, but it's pretty good. Like, my game of the year thus far kind of good, and I'm not a Lord of the Rings fan. I was a bit nervous about it when Chris Carter posted his review, but knowing that DToid likes to use the entire review scale, a 6.0 says to me that it's at least above average. So I picked it up and found it to be so much better than above average. I think it's fantastic. I liked it enough to go through and 100% the game, which is not something that I typically do in open-world games.
Lastly, my wife and I have been working our way through Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel together. We haven't had a chance to dig too deep, as we've been really busy as of late, but our schedules should open up as we get closer to the holidays, so I'll save my initial impressions and wait until I've been able to get a bit further.
Yay, my first Theisms! Now here's the recaps for Friday.
T - OpiumHerz has put more thought into how to improve Payday 2 than the developers have.
P - DamnGoodCookie gives us a preview of Toybox Turbos (he may also be in cahoots with Codemasters).
T - BMG123 asks why would we add content to GTA V when Red Dead did it better?
$ - Simon gives the UK DToiders a rundown of all the new releases and sales you can find across the pond.
F - GlowBear is hosting Friday Night Frights, y'all are watching Creepshow. Of course, if you're reading this on Saturday, it won't do you a whole lot of good, but you should still go watch Creepshow.
E - Number8Axel is going to the PlayStation Experience in December, if you're planning on going, how 'bout planning a meetup?
F - Again, it's kind of late to recap a Friday Night Fights, but read this is you want to join in the future.
I - His name is Shroom, it says so right there on his name tag.
P - Secret Moon Base is back, baby!
S - Agent9 continues his series by throwing us all into Limbo, which apparently enjoys enough to sleep to...creepy.
R - Our boy Luckrequired is in a bit of a pickle at his job and needs our advice!