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.
Another week of gaming is under our belt since last weeks “State of Things” post, and I’d like to share where everything is at with the website here as well as the YouTube channel.
Altlesjo and I are both playing Final Fantasy XIV – currently in it’s Heavenward expansion with the Stormblood expansion coming in the 3rd week of June. Altlesjo has just started and I have finally reached level 60 and currently working on raising my ilvl and finishing up the main story quests involved with Heavensward so I can be ready for Stormblood at launch (hopefully pre-launch with the pre-order). I have shared some content already, and I will continue to have random streams and video uploads of FFXIV game play, but nothing set in stone at the moment. My plan moving forward is to stick with FFXIV, and offset down time with that with other games, such as Star Trek Online and eventually Elite Dangerous. I cannot speak too much towards altlesjo’s intentions, except I can say with confidence that neither one of us will play a F2P MMO ever again.
If you are interested in FFXIV and would like to be able to play with either one of us – doesn’t matter if you are new or not, we play in the North American (Primal) Data Center on the Brynhildr Server. The great thing about this game is that no matter if you are on PC or PS4, as long as we are on the same server, we can all play together. On top of that, for raids there is cross-server capability.
Streaming Schedule (Current Plan)
- Mondays – 10pm Eastern – The J&J Show (note: we will be starting it up again soon, we let everyone know when.
- Tuesday – Thursday – 8pm Eastern – FFXIV – Random streams, will not happen every night most likely
- Friday – 7pm Eastern – Star Trek Online – Elite Queue runs, Battlezones, etc
- Friday – 8:30/9pm Eastern – FFXIV
- Saturday – 7pm Eastern – Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer – Dependent on participation, if no one available, I will stream FFXIV
- Saturday – 8:30/9pm Eastern – Final Fantasy XIV Game Play
- Sunday – No Streams Planned
So, main nights for streaming will be Friday and Saturday – beginning with STO and ME:A respectively, then switching gears to FFXIV. The main drive, currently, for making videos other then streams will be FFXIV, followed by builds, etc for STO.
This week, I plan on making a page of links for FFXIV. This will contain YouTube channels I have been following as well as links to guides and discussions that I have found helpful – for all classes and jobs. The Star Trek Online page will also have some updates with YouTube channels and specifically important videos moving forward.
Lastly, thanks to all! If there is anything you would like to see in the games/streams listed above, let me know and I will see if I can make it happen.