As the title says, what a weekend! For the entire community, the “Whisper” quest brings in the Whisper of the Worm sniper rifle, aka the Black Spindle. For the Average Joes Clan it brought us our first Prestige Leviathan clear as a group.
We spent around 8 hours the first day it was out with no luck – but we came close a couple of times. Saturday we all got it on our first runs.
Prestige Leviathan has been one of those things that has been a nemesis, mainly because we have had an issue getting a 6th person in who could help us. Saturday night we were able to get it done.
Not only were we able to get it done but we were able to one phase Calus, with the Whisper of the Worm of course!
Next up for us as a group is to complete Spire of Stars as well as finish the catalyst on our WotW. Stay tuned to YouTube to watch our progress.
All five boss fights for Escalation Protocol
Last Friday, April 20, night I was excited. God of War for Playstation 4 was being released, and though I was never a huge God of War fan, this game looked incredible. IGN gave it a 10/10, and everywhere else was reviewing it high as well. I had already planned on starting a weekly Witcher 3 stream for Saturday mornings and I was concerned that God of War would make me want to cancel those weekly streams so I could showcase God of War. It turns out my fears were unfounded, or rather, misplaced.
I started my new save on April 21 and I haven’t looked back since. Yes, God of War is amazing – graphically awesome, gameplay and mechanics are wonderful, the story – so far – is pretty good, but The Witcher 3 proved once again that it is my favorite game of all time (and that is saying a lot, I have been playing video games for over thirty years).
Even though I have several playthroughs and a foray into the New Game+, the world on a new save still feels as vibrant and inviting as always. Even though I know how the story goes, even though there isn’t a lot left for me to spoil for myself, I keep finding areas that I somehow missed, I still find the story itself engaging. I can still remember starting up TW3 on my Playstation 4 almost two years ago, I still remember one of my sons shocked face when he saw Keira Metz naked – in my defense I thought he had gone to bed but he had silently sat on our couch. I still remember the first time I found the frying pan for the old lady on the way to meet the Nilgaardians, and I still remember playing some really tough rounds of Gwent. I also remember being tied up by Triss Merigold and Yennefer and realizing that the life I had planned for Yen and Geralt was over. Every decision mattered, every seemed to have consequences, every word chosen to speak was important.
Few games stick with me for a long period of time. Final Fantasy XII has, but simply because it was the last game I played with my “dad” before he had a stroke and eventually died. Thus why it is my favorite Final Fantasy game. The Witcher 3 is one of those games I longed to get back into, but with my penchant for playing MMOs and new games that came out, I could never find the time. A part of me also knew that once I sat foot back into Geralt’s world, I’d never want to leave, and so far, that has been the case once again.
I tried to think back whey I even left in the first place, after putting so much time and effort into my initial playthroughs, and I remembered I had a vacation back to Georgia, Elder Scrolls Online came to console, Destiny: The Taken King came out. I don’t feel bad for leaving Geralt hanging, but I am glad he was excited when I found him again. The depth of the story is amazing, from the Bloody Baron to the search for Ciri to the end, it is the best, in my opinion, hand down story of any video game in existence. Graphically pleasing and awe inspiring with good game mechanics, I find myself enthralled with the living and breathing game world every time I start it up. For a game that came out May 19, 2015, it has not only aged well, but still gets updated for consoles such as the PS4 Pro.
If you have not had a chance to play The Witcher 3, and you are a fan of action/adventure role playing games, I suggest you pick it up and give it a shot. Be warned, its bloody, sexy and down right addicting.
This game looks, and plays, amazing. I am only around two hours in – just made it to the dwarf’s little outpost, and so far I agree with what virtually everyone else is saying. This game is amazing.
Unfortunately, after spending just over two hours on release day, I haven’t gone back because I have been playing The Witcher 3. However, with the time I have spent so far, the game is really good. Graphics: A+, Game play A+ and story: A so far.
New weekly stream coming, starting this Saturday at 8:00am Eastern – The Witcher 3.
This game is in my top five all time favorite games, and i will be starting a fresh save and playing at least every Saturday morning and streaming every kill, death and Gwent match. It has been awhile since I have played The Witcher 3, so it will be a learning experience at first, but hopefully I will be able to showcase what an amazing game this is. Feel free to stop in and watch, comment and ask questions during the streams. As always, if you catch up after the stream is over, I will do my best to respond to any comments you have.
April 21 – 8:00am ET – “Weekly Witcher” – The Beginning (Pt. 1.0)
– Throughout the week: 1.1, 1.2, etc if I stream
April 28 – 8:00am ET – “Weekly Witcher” – Current Quest (Pt. 2.0)
All streams to be on my YouTube Channel
Elgato HD 60S – For capture
Alienware 17R4 – For streaming
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Windows 10 Pro (64bit)
I will be streaming both with Elgato and through the PS4 – depending on my setup at the time. The plan is for all Saturday streams to be through the capture device and any additional streams to be through the PS4.
It’s been awhile since I have really done any streaming or videos, but that is about to change! I am currently in the process of moving my entire operation into its on separate room (getting out of the living room, which will make my wife happy). Currently, I have been playing a lot of The Division, running through all of the Global Events with Lightstorm89, getting all of the classified gear and optimizing builds. The plan is to continue with The Division, but also play some Star Wars Battlefront while we all wait for the Destiny 2 “expansion” in May. I also plan on getting on the Nintendo Switch for some Breath of the Wild action which once I get my setup completed by the middle of April I will be able to stream as well.
There are a lot of games I want to go back and get in to, some to finish and some to simply play again:
- Elite: Dangerous
- Stuck somewhere near Colonia in my Anaconda after my trip to Beagle Point. Need to get back to Sol, etc, etc.
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Need to load up that DLC (Frozen Wilds). Absolutely loved this game, was the GOTY in my opinion, though after playing Breath of the Wild I can see why it got beat out.
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Spectacular game that I simply need to finish.
- The Witcher 3
- My all time favorite game (still), just want to get back into the world.
- Gran Turismo: Sport
- I am upgrading to 4k, so I want to see it in 4k. Looks stunning in “normal” HD, so looking forward to seeing it with the step up.
Notice none of these are MMORPGs – I still have Final Fantasy 14 and even Elder Scrolls Online on my radar, but i just don’t know if I want to sink the time in either one of them to both catch up and be solid in end game. There is also Diablo III – which I haven’t logged into since seasons and Necromancer came to consoles, and though I’d love to get back into it, I need some of my buddies to hop back in on it as well (so much fun rampaging through Rifts and such.
In short, there are a lot of games i want to get back to, but The Division, along with Destiny 2 (if May works out) will be the two games i plan on prioritizing for awhile. Games I am looking forward to are Dragon Quest XI (Sept. 4) and Red Dead Redemption 2 (Oct. 26). Obviously The Division 2, but we have no idea release dates and wont until E3 this June.
If there is a game I listed here that you want to watch, just let me know. There is also the possibility that I may pop No Man’s Sky back in as well, especially with the big update coming this Summer.