Nioh Sub-Mission – The Red Oni of Li (Montage)


A Hack N' Slash Worth Your Time?“Nioh” has a beloved place in my heart.  I cannot quite quantify why it stands out to me in the current pantheon of Soulsborne titles, but…it does…

I am a huge fan of “Demon’s Souls,” which was further compounded by Sony announcing a “Demon’s Souls” remaster via Bluepoint Games during their PlayStation 5 reveal event. However, I never latched onto the “Dark Souls” trilogy or “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (yet), but I do quite enjoy “Bloodborne.” The only ‘x-factor’ that I can determine contributing towards my affinity for “Nioh,” “Demon’s Souls,” and “Bloodborne” is that they are more action and offensive-based, rather than the more defensive and parry-based combat presented in the others.

I digress– one of my main goals for this year (gaming-wise) was to finally finish the first “Nioh” in its entirety. I have played through the first region or two an innumerable amount of times now, but never quite got a round to finishing it.  However, just a few weeks before writing this I accomplished my goal! I finished “Nioh,” dived headlong into the DLC, and quickly purchased the collector’s edition of “Nioh 2.”

ii-naomasaThis video encompasses some of the footage that I gathered, while finishing my run of the original “Nioh.” Later in the campaign, the training room, otherwise known as the ‘Dojo,’ advancing and includes duels that you can partake in with NPCs to help unlock new skills to learn. Essentially, your player-character proves his worth and thus gains new abilities to better equip yourself for the future onslaught of difficult enemy types and bosses.

This is one such battle. I montaged my failed attempts with my successful one to help showcase a small vertical slice of my editing skills as well as how “Nioh” plays and some of the more difficult duels that are present throughout the game.

The combat really lends itself to these encounters, and I think helps accentuate the game’s stellar mechanics, visually.

Enjoy the ride, and hopefully you get a good laugh at my failed attempts and maybe a couple ‘wow’ moments as particular moves are pulled off or the fluidity of the combat in a three-year old game.

Now onto the montage!

Bloodborne – Old Yharnam


I am have not been interested in Dark Souls.  As much as I have tried…the series has never gotten its “hooks” into like it has for so many others.  The medieval mythology and the more-defensive nature of the series never really piqued my interest, which is unusual because the setting and game mechanics seem as-if they would be right up my alley.

To note, I also (in the next room) have the collector’s edition of Demon’s Souls, which is an incredibly similar experience but somehow still cuts its own path and is not quite the same as its successor.  There is a “something” there that differentiates Demon Souls from the Dark Souls trilogy, that I have not quite been able to put my finger on and may warrant further discussion on social media, or perhaps a posting of its own?

I digress.  I may not enjoy what Dark Souls offers, but I do greatly enjoying the fast-paced, frenetic combat of both Bloodborne and its sister companion, Nioh.  I have regularly played both of those titles since they released and always find myself returning to them.  Blatantly, pointing out the difference in the combat mechanics and speed at which they are delivered normally would answer my above inquiry, but–even if it does in part–I still cannot wholly explain why I prefer Bloodborne and Nioh over the Dark Souls trilogy.  Under normal circumstances I would absolutely love a medieval set game and most-likely shy away from a Japanese-inspired setting akin to Nioh.

Like I mentioned, maybe this is a good place to stop and collect myself, and reconvene at a later date to better dissect the differences between these games and seriously get into the root cause.

Without further ado, I give you the ASInquisitor premiere of my ongoing Bloodborne series, while will be featured in rotation on Twitch and YouTube in what will be a long running series only releasing and streamed on the weekends!

 

Fallout 76 – The One Where We Go Back to the Cranberry Bogs


There is definitely an Easter egg hidden within my Fallout 76 YouTube videos.  I have not discussed it publicly or made any special note of it, but it does exist and was conversed about in ad naseum during the inception of ASInquisitor’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

In essence…there was intention.

My wife and I absolutely love certain TV shows.  We have watched them over-and-over, again.  As white noise, they are on in the background as we drift off to sleep, and they have persisted as a familial zeitgeist of pop-culture in the Schultz household.  Two such TV shows arise to the top of the pack:  The cult, animated science fiction series, Futurama, and the (now) classic NBC sitcom, Friends, set in 1990’s New York City.

Every title for every Fallout 76 video that I have produced for YouTube is a named as-if it were a Friends episode.  I thought it would be amazing to take the ridiculous world of Fallout and somehow tie it to the more grounded, television show, Friends.  And, the only thing that came to mind…was the title!  All Friends’ episode titles are a derivative of “The One Where…,” which honestly makes complete sense and is incredibly clever, because when people discuss TV shows or movies we often begin telling someone (who has usually seen it, as well), “You know?  The one where…”

Anyways, I thought this would be an amusing anecdote to share, before we get into ASI’s newest episode of Fallout 76, The One Where We Go Back to the Cranberry Bogs.  Tomorrow, I will be sharing the newest installment to my Days Gone in survival mode series.  It is also a full stream with minimal editing, however, Days Gone (in particular) seems to do well in that format on YouTube.  Afterwards, I will be sharing some shorter and more-heavily edited videos, that should be easier to consume in our busy lives.

 

Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show folks!

Fallout 76 – The One Where We Explore Some More


This was one of my first streams when I started on Twitch back in the spring of this year (2019).  As I have been working on buttoning the ASInquisitor YouTube channel by having seven-day uploads, an intro and an outro clip, and at least a week ahead in video editing, I have focused on bringing a new level of polish to ASI.

This video is a throwback for two reasons: 1.) I had it in the external storage of all ASI footage and needed to free up some space for future streams and raw video files, and 2.) It’s Fallout 76.  It is better than people realize and it is just growing day-by-day and month-by-month.

I hope you enjoy!

“Rory Winters” in the “Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1.”


A while back I got to know a fantastic writer, publisher, web designer/developer, editor and all around entrepreneur via Twitter by the name of Faydra D. Fields.  She is an amazingly talented individual, and I have had the pleasure of working with her off and on for about a year or so now.

She has an impressive resume, that recently expanded, with her production of the “Independent Author Index Short Compilation.”  Faydra is the creator of the Independent Author Index website and network, and recently furthered this endeavor with a regularly published anthology of short stories.  I was lucky enough to submit and be featured in the first volume with my short dubbed, “Rory Winters.”

“Rory Winter” is a tale of rival treasure hunters stalking the same mysterious artifact. Their fates are intertwined at a level that they cannot even imagine, but how far will the rabbit hole take them before it finally releases its grip?

This, essentially, was a homage to all of the wonderful action/adventure stories set in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The very same ones that George Lucas pulled from to create the “Indiana” Jones” tetralogy.  This project was particularly close to my heart because it plays into several past times of mine, and if you are grabbed by these genres just as I am, don’t fret–I have plans to serialize Rory and Ashe’s adventures into a long running series that will (hopefully) develop into an anthology of novellas.

You can purchase the “Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1” via Amazon by clicking the cover image below, or you can visit my short story’s page on the Independent Author Index’s website by clicking the “Rory Winters” cover.

If anything, check out this collection of short stories to get a feel for all of the wonderful material that indie authors are producing today.

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