Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 19, 2018)

by Game Informer Staff on Apr 19, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Blog Herding is back this week with thoughtful musings from readers about A Way Out, Pokemon Go, Bravely Default, and more. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For April 5 – April 18:

Opinion: Ghost Recon Wildland's Persistent Performance Problems Present Barrier To Entry
Boo is here to write about Wildlands, which really interested me after I got hooked on The Division (I picked it up post-updates for roughly $20). Boo got to try Wildlands while it was free to play, and... the blogger isn't impressed. "If I don't want to play your game for free, what makes you think I would want to buy the full product?" Ouch.

Golden Sun Needs to Rise Again
When you see a blog about Golden Sun, you read it. Why? Because just like MightyMagikarp writes in his post, this series is good – and Nintendo needs to bring it back. My brother and I own every game in the series (he's since given me his games because he's nice like that), and I replay each one from time to time, even if just a little. And forget Dark Dawn. I want a real sequel on the Switch. Okay, I'm being silly there, but surely the developers had something else in mind for their grand series?

The List
Game Informer's top 300 games list was always going to be joyful, painful, and more, for everyone who reads it. For Psydswipe, not one of his personal top 10 games made the list. I can't remember what is all on the list, and I know a lot of my favorites didn't make it, but I am surprised some of these weren't on there. What games do you think deserved a spot in the 300?

A Way Out's Unapologetic Vision is Refreshing
MightyMagikarp has totally grabbed my attention with this write-up on A Way Out. I knew nothing about it until this blog, and though I had to skip the part about the ending, it sounds like a good game, especially with the unique, co-op-only mechanic.

The Underground: Pokémon Sinnoh Region
Sometimes a mini-game can absorb you more than the main game (here's looking at you, Triple Triad and Blitzball). In Dawson's case, it was the underground in Pearl and Diamond. I didn't partake in it too much, but I do have fond memories of this part of the game.

The Best Games Period – Episode 94 – Pokémon Go
Jack Gardner and company talk about Go, which is only two years old, as being quite the achievement. I think it deserves a spot on this list simply because my coworker, who has never played Pokémon before, plays it daily. Plus, her names for Eevee's evolutions are the best: water dog, fire dog, and lighting dog.

Community Reviews:

Detective Pikachu
I don't even understand this game yet, but Zack Burrows is here to shed some light on the insanity. I impulse-bought this and the overly larger amiibo (yes, those are still a thing) after watching a preview late one night. I still haven't played it, mostly because I wish Danny DeVito voiced the character like in the fan-made trailer. It sounds like Zack likes it, but it's an imperfect side-story in the long pantheon of Pokémon games that exist just because someone had a crazy whim. Nintendo is weird.

Bravely Default – The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Insane_Buffoon gives us a review on a fantastic JRPG that can never be written about enough. It may not be perfect, and very rarely is any JRPG, but it's a great game for those looking for something more akin to early-day Final Fantasy.

I hope you enjoy the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with any blog news or playdate suggestions.