“Weekly Witcher” – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Stream Series

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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.

Stream Schedule:

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

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Tech Specs:

PS4 Pro
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.

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Beagle Point – Elite Dangerous (PS4)

I finally made it to Beagle Point last night! I made it through the Abyss with no issues… Yay Anaconda jump range!

All in all it took me around 27 hours to get there from Sol. I took almost a direct route – though I swung around Sag A* then back towards Beagle Point once I got closer to the Abyss.

Route in Google Drive

If you were to follow my route, I went to bookmark #45 then switched to to plots on the 2nd tab (“Modified at BM 45”). I had no issues at all crossing the Abyss with a jump range of 56.5Ly, and I believe you would be safe around 45-50, though it may add a few extra jumps while crossing the Abyss. Note: I claim no responsibility if its not safe, but I have seen posts on Reddit were people with a jump range of around 47 not encountering any problems. Note on plotting routes: I filtered only scoopable stars – though a few of my bookmarks brought me to brown dwarfs, I had no issues plotting across the Abyss with these filters.

If you look at my route on Google Drive, you will notice two things – first, the third tab has me going to Colonia then to Sol. Also, it has me starting from a system that is not Beagle Point. That system has been dubbed the “Treehouse” and is where I am heading next before beginning the long journey home. I have already checked plotting and I will have no issues getting there, though it will take me 22-23 jumps to go the 750Ly.

I am choosing to go to Colonia simply because a) I don’t want to follow the exact same route going back to the Bubble, b) it is closer then the Bubble (got to turn in that cartography!), and c) looking at the Neutron Router I was having issues getting plots from a certain patch of space. Plus, there is a good chance that due to time, I may be hitting Colonia around the time patch 2.4 hits, though hopefully I will be able to get completely back to the Bubble before then.

One neat feature of Horizons is the multi-crew feature and I was able to bring altlesjo into Beagle Point so he could see:

The first picture there is obviously my holo-me and his, the second was taken by Joe.

If you a deathly bored, feel free to check out the entire 27 hour journey –


As I return, more videos will be added. I plan on streaming the entire return trip just like I did the journey out there.

To all of those who stopped by while I was streaming to keep me company, I am very thankful for the support!

Fly safe Commanders! o7

Elite Dangerous – 18,000Ly from Beagle Point

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So, here I am, 18,000Ly from Beagle Point, 48,300Ly away from Sol… which means I am roughly 48,000Ly away from any civilization.

I will soon reach the Abyss – a portion of the galaxy between me and Beagle Point where the density of stars is very low. I am pretty confident… yet still anxious… that I can make it across with no real issues. The plan today is to do some jumping this afternoon, trying to get to around 10,000Ly away from Beagle Point before tonight – essentially putting me right on the edge of the Abyss. The plan from there is to cross it tonight and reach Beagle Point, but we will see!

I will be streaming this afternoon (with no commentary, but I will be in the stream chat) and then again tonight starting at or around 7:30pm Eastern (with commentary). If I get to the point where I know I will get to Beagle Point, I will make sure I tweet it out so everyone knows.

Be sure to follow me on twitter for updates as well as YouTube.

 

Middle of the Year Update – JZH Gaming

With the release of Elite Dangerous on PS4, and the new raid coming to FFXIV, it looks like we have some games to keep up busy.

Next week the first turns of the new raid in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will be released, with the savage versions released two weeks after that.  In terms of streaming, i probably wont stream, but will more then likely upload some videos of runs and completions as they come. I’m pretty much where I want to be until the raid drops on Tuesday, though altlesjo and I may be putting in some more pug attempts on the two extreme trials this weekend.

Elite Dangerous has gotten off to a pretty good start so far:

The plan is to stream whenever I am on Elite Dangerous. A lot of these streams will not have an voice commentary, but I will be paying attention to  any chat comments and answering when I’m not avoiding stars, space stations or our good friend Boyle. I will have some streams with commentary and Q&A, and those will (hopefully) be announced. Both Voidkraken and I have set up private groups, but the idea is to stick with Voidkraken’s as our main (at the moment at least) so we can have a good place for PvE action with all of those in the H’Star community who decide to play, as well as other friends.

I will be making a page here for Elite Dangerous that will have some links that I have found useful as well as some other YouTube streamers who are playing it on PS4 (as well as other platforms) – so far I have met some pretty cool folks streaking Elite on PS4.

If you are interested in joining us in Elite Dangerous, FFXIV or if you need a home for Star Trek Online for PS4, feel free to join the our Discord channel: https://discord.gg/9FYhgEB and our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/housestargaryensto/

LLAP!
jzhnutz

State of Things – JZH Gaming (4/25/17)

Hello all!

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.

LLAP,
jzhnutz

State of Things – JZH Gaming

Hello all, happy Monday – to all who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful one, and to those who don’t, I hope your weekend was wonderful as well.

As everyone who follows myself and those involved with JZH Gaming, our original focus was Star Trek Online. While the game has had its ups and downs, the STO has provided steady entertainment for a lot of people. I want to preface this site update by saying i am not leaving STO behind, though the trickle of new stuff will remain until we get the space balance update when Season 13 comes to consoles – Season 12 comes in tomorrow. That being said, I plan on having content from STO on Friday nights – which may not show up until Saturday morning – but there will be content hear and there. I am not going to write in this post what I feel the state of STO is on Playstation 4 – I will leave that for another post, but because of where I am at personally on my characters, until the space balance update – beyond making sure I have everything I need when it hits – there simply isn’t enough content in the game, even with the Season 12 update hitting tomorrow, to have me playing everyday. Saying that, I will continue to pass on news, updates and anything I come up with when it happens, so stay tuned. I will also continue to tweet out videos from PC players – i.e. Oden Knight, Snipey, SOB, etc, as they produce content that is always helpful for console and PC players alike.

I have resolved to not get into a free to play MMO ever again (note: this is not the first time I have said this), and beyond STO, in that regard, I feel i am best served playing an MMO that is either just buy up front, or buy up front and subscribe. In that vein, myself and others are eagerly awaiting the release of Elite Dangerous on PS4, and I have recently got back into playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Once I get back to the point in FFXIV, I will be sharing more content – at the moment it is mostly leveling and unlocking the dungeons, trials, etc on the way – but soon I will be having content on the channel for everyone to see. Once Elite Dangerous hits, there will be regular coontent from there as well. My plan is to play FFXIV on a regular basis, while doing what needs to be done with E:D when it comes out and as needed. For those who have known me for awhile, or for those who have played with me or asked me about MMOs in general, you will know I holed FFXIV in high regard – which I only stopped playing once Elder Scrolls Online came to PS4.

I know it appears I will be jumping around a lot – and though it seems that way, that is not the plan. STO has a very conflicted place in my heart – but it is there, and I will continue to play it until Cryptic ruins the game entirely or until it ends server wise. However, I will not be spending any money on the game – everything, from now on, will come from resources I can get in game. With that, I have spent a lot of money already, and my in game resources are decent, so from a content perspective, nothing should be lacking – except maybe playtime. Concerning Elite Dangerous – we still do not have a release date, and because of how it is set up, I do not feel like I will have to grind constantly to “keep up,” since most of the stuff is on your own and building yourself to where and what you want to be. With Final Fantasy 14, because I already have experience in the game, I am not spending a lot of time learning anything new, just essentially relearning what I already know – and therefore I feel like I can be at a place soon to provide good and constant content, which I am really looking forward to. Lastly – the plan with other games, such as Mass Effect: Andromeda, is still to have content related to multiplayer, etc on a normal, weekly basis. This, and any other single player games I play, will have content as it comes.

For now, the J&J Show is on a short hiatus – mainly because we do not have anything new to really talk about. Yes, STO has an update tomorrow, but with that, all of the information has been released already, either by Cryptic or by PC players. Obviously, if there are issues, we will make sure to pass those on to you, as well as test them out, but beyond that, there isn’t too much to say. Hopefully, once we get the space balance, there will be more to talk about. In the mean time, once Elite Dangerous gets released, we will have a show or multiple shows on that to give you our thoughts and our visions for what we want to accomplish in game. I am also thinking about doing something similar with FFXIV, but I do not have a plan at this time. For streaming schedules, Friday nights between 7-9pm Eastern will be STO (this week will have the new queues and the battlezone) and Saturday nights between 7-9pm Eastern we will have Mass Effect mulitplayer – both of these nights will be contingent on participation from other players. Beginning either later this week or next week, I plan on streaming some FFXIV – time will be around 7pm Eastern, and last for how long it lasts. I will post something on twitter once I have a better idea when and what.

For everyone who has subscribed to the Youtube channel, and for everyone who follows me here, I appreciate everyone of you.

LLAP,
jzhnutz

 

Horizon Zero Dawn – Review

It took me a total of 51 hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds – but I got 100% completion in game. I got Platinum (all trophies / achievements) at just over 50 hours, and still lacked one side quest and one errand to do, which I found in Free Hope. Let me say this first, i enjoyed every second I played this game, and in the end, it has become one of my favorite games of all time – rivaling games such as The Witcher 3, but saying that, it doesn’t surpass TW3 in my book.

The first thing you notice as you begin playing is that the graphics and soundtrack are superb.

Graphically it beats games like The Witcher 3 simply because the FPS doesn’t drop and I found hardly any glitches whatsoever – except the occasional machine dino break dancing after death. The soundtrack only adds to the wonderful ambience, adding an element that both delights and terrifies as you trudge through the beautiful post-post apocalyptic landscape. This is simply the most beautiful game I have ever played, visually striking with a wonderful attention to detail.

Mechanically, the game borrows heavily from games such as TW3, Assassins Creed, Far Cry Primal and Tomb Raider – there is also elements of other games as well. What it does borrow it borrows really well. Everything, from climbing to shooting a bow feels natural. In fact, using the bow feels so natural that when switching to another weapon, it feels unnatural using it – but no less enjoyable. In combat, the game gives you many options – including just going all out, no stealth and blasting enemies, or the more subtle approach of setting traps and blast wires and leading machines and humans alike into a symphony of destruction as you whistle to get them to cone closer to you. Combat in this game FEELS natural – meaning it isn’t clunky or over complicated. At the same time, even being level 50 with the games end game power armor equipped, you can still easily die if you are not paying attention and dodging attacks on a regular basis.

The game is challenging enough on Normal that it provides a good experience. I have not tried it on any harder difficulty – Normal was good enough for me, providing a good balance between paying attention to the story and being challenging enough to not feel like I was rolling through enemies too fast.

Story wise, Horizon Zero Dawn tells the story of a civilization ultimately created by humanity to survive a man-made apocalypse. I’ll leave that there as the only true story spoiler – but I will say that the story was well thought out and very well told. Every element, every bit of information is important, and even though there are several side quests through out your journey, none feel like they are taking away from the main story, but in fact adding to its mystery. I will be honest, though I had an idea of how it was going to play out, the story did ultimately surprise me – and that is a good thing, with me not being able to guess all of the intricate details in the end.

Beyond the main story, we see a true human element in the side quests and little adventures that the game brings up – from finding people who are lost, helping people get revenge, clearing bandit camps and clearing dungeon like cauldrons – everything in this game feels right and again, ultimately adds to the end result, which is a well thought out and described story that brings us to the salvation of human kind.

My only complaint is that even though the game is open world, and a large one at that, I did not feel the need to actually explore. Ultimately, if you buy the “special maps,” all of the collectibles will be placed on your map. Yes, it is a general location, and I confess, Google helped me a couple of times, but the need to actually run off in a general direction simply wasn’t there. Instead, I would run off towards a particular map icon – be it a metal flower, and ancient vessel or a long neck to get my prize or open up even more of the map. This made the discovery of collectibles more like another fetch quest versus something that i actually found during the journey throughout the world. That being said, I have not discovered all of the date points, but since those do not count towards the completion percentage or the achievements, I wasn’t too concerned.

In the end, I got platinum before I got 100% completion –

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Platinum Trophy – 50 Hours In

And getting 100% completion was as simple as me finding the one location I had not yet gone to to get my last side quest and errand –

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100% at 52 Hours In

Ultimately, the game felt a little short to me – though left open ended enough for DLC or a sequel, I felt like it could have been a little more there. Essentially, knowing what I know now, I feel like I could have done everything in about 45 hours or less – and with a guide, which isn’t out until tomorrow, probably even quicker. However, I did really like that for the most part, the trophies/achievements were gained for typically though normal operations – except for the 23 training dummies – and i really appreciated that.

Over all I give it a 9/10 – Excellent game play coupled with an amazing story topped off with amazing graphics and soundtrack that only felt a little short to me. I would have loved another 10-20 hours with Aloy in her machine infested world.