Metro Exodus – E3 2017 Gameplay Trailer.

This was another cool fucking gameplay reveal that grabbed my attention, the music was a great choice here, but the gameplay looks good and I’m hoping this will be another book series that I will get into from playing the video game version first. I’ve never played any other Metro game but that may just something I can easily catch on seeing as the redux versions of the previous games are on a steam bundle sale at the moment. And I bought them, 9$ for both. Looking forward to this game.

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The Life of the Mind, Episode One of The End of All Things: Out Now! | Whatever

The first of four novellas of the newest book in the “Old Man’s War” series is out today, with more coming soon.

I will be waiting for the audiobook version and hope its still narrated by William Dufris.

Can’t wait for this, I really wanted to learn more about the aftermath from the ending to “The Human Division” and I will definitely use an audible credit to preorder the audiobook when it’s available.

The Life of the Mind, Episode One of The End of All Things: Out Now! | Whatever

the Witcher 3 Gwent.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Let’s Talk Gwent.

Gwent is one of the things that I had no idea about prior to playing the Witcher 3 and it’s quickly become one my favorite aspects of the game. I haven’t had this much fun playing a minigame in a rpg since the various mini games in Final Fantasy 7.

A great aspect of the game and I can’t wait for the Gwent DLC now.

Also, will CD Projekt RED please do something about decoying and using medics to re use the overpowered Spy cards especially since only Northern Realms and Nilfgaard use them. I Hope they make it so Spy cards only draw 2 cards the first time you or your opponent uses them, being able to replay the Spy cards with decoys and medics gives a crazy card advantage that cannot be really overcome by any amount of strategy. It’s not a major issue since you can use a well drawn Monster deck to smash most opponents that take advantage of spies but it made that gwent tournament with Sasha super annoying matchup to win.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

So after playing pretty obsessively over the last 2 weeks, I’ve come to a conclusion that playing as Geralt in the Witcher, is probably the closest thing there is right now to playing Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.

Allow me to elaborate, Geralt fights monsters with sorcery and alchemy. Geralt’s main spells are a force field type shield (that if talent points are spent in can be used as a bubble around him, sound familiar?), a fire spell that is pretty good in combat vs anything (and I constantly and unconsciously think Fuego! very loudly in my head), and a telekinetic force spell (that I also think Forzare! very loudly in my head as I cast it.) 3 spells that Dresden uses throughout the Dresden Files series. Alchemy plays a big part in the Witcher with various potions that buff Geralt in different beneficial ways that also become toxic to him if he imbibes too many potions at the same time. Could be I’m stretching a bit here but this is the closest I felt to playing a monster fighting loner with magic and alchemy outside of generic builds in Skyrim or completely custom characters in Shadowrun returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Not to mention the obvious similarity with the Wild Hunt and the King of the Hunt being in both series.

Just another reason why The Witcher 3 is my favorite game now, moving past games like Morrowind, Red Dead Redemption, The Legacy of Kain series, Darksiders, Final Fantasy 7 and 8, Deus Ex, the Metal Gear series, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2, Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect Series, and GTA San Andreas.

It’s also, in my opinion, the best gaming Trilogy so far.

The Witcher 3. Spoilers for the Bloody Baron Quest line.

So like its been a few days since I done the quest, I wanted some time to think it over for a bit and I’m well passed that point in the game now. I am on Skellige now. Back on topic, the Bloody Baron quest line after finding out Ciri has moved onto Novigrad. Spoilers below, so if you haven’t completed it, read at your own discretion.

That is probably the best example of Tragedy done right and extremely well in a game. I haven’t seen something tragic like that since I played Red Dead Redemption.

The whole quest line is building up to it is a nice set up and each step along the way you think that you are trying to help the baron reconcile with his wife and child but at the same time you start to see how the Baron has squandered his opportunity with his family with his drinking and that he himself is the reason for nearly all the problems. Even when you hear his side of the story, you can see while it’s not entirely his fault, he is still the crux of the issue.

When you finally track down his daughter you begin to see that its irreconcilable with his daughter already and that nothing the baron can do or promise to do will change it.

The climax is when you figure out what’s happened with his wife and what she has promised to the Crones, whom have the reputation of being malicious even when helpful and while they stick to the letter of there agreements they clearly don’t hold with the spirit of the agreement. Thus, the baron’s wife is tragically bound to the crones for a period of time and at the whim of their mercy.

Freeing her from there grasp, they prove its unwise to make deals with them because they curse the baron’s wife to death.

The baron, having lost his wife and being irreconcilable with his own daughter hangs himself as a result. His men, now under the command of the sergeant promise to bring new order to the land in a very ominous way.

Proving that even with the best intentions things don’t always work out in the way you hoped or intended, and sometimes things just go wrong in the end.

At the end of the summary cinematic Geralt says:

 “If I am to choose between a greater or lesser evil, I’d rather not choose at all. Usually though, the stakes are just too damn high. Sometimes in choosing the greater evil, you do good, albeit in a small way. When I chose to save the orphans of the swamp, I couldn’t know Anna would die. And I never thought the baron would leave her where she lay, find a rope and hang himself. Most Times, you make your choice, and never look back.”

The “make your choice and never look back” bit is what stayed with me, after that quest and quote, that’s exactly how I approach every choice and how I play the game now. Before that quest, especially in other games, I would play games to get the best perceived outcome. 

That quest changed how I approach and view choice in games now, this game is now the new benchmark for games in both story and choice.

The Witcher 3 is definitely the best game I’ve played in my life so far.

Audible.

So with nearly all my time spent playing the Witcher 3, I took some time off today watching movies and tv shows. For those curious, the movies were Predator 2 and Predators, the TV shows being Deadwood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Back on topic, while in between movies and tv shows I was checking out reddit and came across a interesting post about The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski on Audible (the North American version, its on different countries Audible sites for a while now.) Right now they only have Blood of Elves but they list 3 books in the series so far and all narrated by Peter Kenny. So hopefully this means more of the english versions of the audiobooks soon. I am definitely picking this up this month when my 2 audible credits are in and I will also probably pick up Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

What I’m reading/listening to, watching, and playing for June.

So for this month I will be reading the graphic novels for Black Widow written by Richard K Morgan, Homecoming and The Things They Say About Her, of which I was very lucky to pick up because those 2 were out of print and extremely hard to find. Luckily, my local comic shop Comic Encounters had both in stock and I was able to pick up both for about 25$ each. A pretty good deal because with shipping and other hassles if I had ordered them from some online retailers through amazon I would have paid 150$ for one and 100$ for the other plus shipping (7$ each) as well as any cost to bring them across the border. Also, while at Comic Encounters, I picked up the first 2 books in the Fables series, Legends in Exile and Animal Farm. Ever since I playing Telltale’s “The Wolf Among Us” I wanted to get into the story in more depth and I found the books were reasonably priced enough and decided to pick up 2 per month until I read the complete series. Which is going to be 22 books over 11 months, a pretty good diversion from how focused on audiobooks I am currently.

On the Audible front, I picked up with my 2 credits Charles Stross’ “Halting State” and “Rule 34.″ I am about 2 and a ½ hours into “Halting State” and starting to get into it now. I was initially a little off put by the multiple Point of View Characters (3) told in a first person perspective but after a couple hours into it, I am getting used to it. Seems its better fitted to actual reading than an audiobook but now that I’m into it I can deal. I’m liking the gaming focus so far. I should be able to get through them quickly but for the Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 was quite worth the wait, its a great game and will be the measuring stick for the RPG genre for a long time. I’m playing crazy amounts of time and still finding my play style to be enjoyable. The Just Jules approach is nice for this game. I’ll be playing this for the next couple months for sure. I don’t see any other games of this quality on the horizon for a long time and I want to enjoy every bit of it.

As for what I’m watching this month, I’m gonna do a rewatch of a couple of my favorite TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Deadwood. It’ll be a good way to start off the summer.