It’s Got Kiefer.

Hey folks, been playing some X-box this week and thought I’d share what I’ve been into.

I usually wind down with some multiplayer on Halo 5: Guardians. They have added a triple threat mode and it’s cool seeing a yellow team along with the usual red and blue. There’s a bigger battle version of Super Fiesta as well but I’m not really a fan. The maps are too big. Having a chance to mess with some vehicles is cool, but too much room to wonder around.

This week I finally got into Fallout 4 since it’s available on the X-box Game Pass. It’s a fun game and I enjoy that you can get a power suit early in the game. This game also features a dog companion that helps all that time walking around the Wasteland. The biggest downfall with this game is the screens on the Pip-boy. Lots of stuff to scroll through.

Lastly, I got Metal Gear Solid V free from X-box Live and month or so ago. Now my only real experience with this franchise was playing Metal Gear back on the original PlayStation in the late 90s. It was a challenging game and I was able to beat it, but I didn’t get the good ending.

Metal Gear V is a beautiful, amazing, and hard as fuck game. It’s soooooo hard. It took me forever just to play the opening prologue. It plays more like a movie with some super hard video game moments thrown in between scenes. I mostly grew bored after alerting the Soviets and being shot to death a million times before even completing the first mission. But hey!, Kiefer Sutherland voices like 85 people in the game. I felt like they paid for him, they we’re gonna get their money’s worth. Have a great week everyone and keep checking back for new and weird stories on Middle American Culture.

Gaming with a Baby.

Hey everyone, I’m a father of 3 great kids, I’m also a Grandpa. I told my son when he had his daughter that those early months were great for getting some serious gaming going on. You’re up at odd hours, plus your partner is usually sleeping while you’re awake. The new baby is just gonna lay in a cradle so you can plop down beside him/ her and game on. Here’s a list of games I’ve really gotten into during my youngest daughter’s first 9 months.

1. Halo:Reach

I got back into Reach the week my youngest was home from the hospital. I didn’t have too many games and it was a classic that was good to jump back in. There were even people playing Multiplayer after nearly 10 years! I also really discovered the massive trend of YouTubers doing Halo videos. Halo Follower and Uber Nick are my faves.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

I was a huge Castlevania fan in my youth. I spent as much time on the seemingly impossible Castlevania II Simon’s Quest as I did any other game. SOTN was released when I turned 20 on a console I didn’t have so I didn’t get much experience with it. However, I made up for lost time this past winter when I bought the game from the X-box Live store. I’ve gotten to the end but haven’t beat Richter yet. Plus I don’t have those damn rings. My little Lily just slept away as I battled my way through Dracula’s Castle.

Halo 5: Guardians

Yeah I’m a huge Halo fan and yes the campaign for five did suck mostly, but the Multiplayer is fantastic and much supported years out from it’s release. Lily drifted a sleep to many a super fiesta battle. She even got a Master Chief quote onsie.

My first new game of my young daughter’s life was Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. They had a season 1 ending event in which Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell was crossing over and I had to get on board. Wildlands was a super fun game and I beat the campaign with a 100% however, I haven’t killed the Predator yet. Yeah the actual Predator is in this game. It’s wild. I had over 50 hours in this campaign. Lots of Friday nights when my wife would need some sleep and Lily would snooze out beside me on the couch.

After Wildlands I tried to stay in that gaming high and after this year’s E3 event I got the Devil May Cry games and The Division, as well as revisited the first Gears of War game, however my newest gaming buddy has become mobile so it’s harder to play, hell The Division won’t even let you pause in a firefight.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down my year in having a newborn and gaming and keep up with Mid-American-Culture for fresh content daily.

Lob a Plasma Gernade For Me: The HALO Series. 

     Happy Christmas weekend everyone, I’ve been back into some serious Halo gaming on my Xbox One over the last few weeks. Love the franchise so much. Hard to believe it’s been around nearly 17 years.  I remember one of my first Black Friday shopping experiences was waiting in line at Best Buy to buy the first one for 20 bucks.  I played through the first game with one of my friends and I had developed infected tonsils near the end of the game.  We were both pretty excited to beat the game but I was running a fever and had missed work. That did not deture my friend Mike. He eventually showed up with a large coffee and we got back to it and eventually saved the galaxy.  Have you played and beat the first Halo? Man what an ending! 

     Eventually Halo 2 came along and it was the first deluxe game I had purchased. It came in a steel case which was a new idea at the time.  The game play had been ratcheted up to allow “dual weild” which was awesome.  Now Master Chief could carry two guns at the same time. Very badass.

     The best new feature of Halo 2 was the broading of the story and cast. The story for part 2 introduced us to the Arbiter. A Elite whom was stripped of his rank as a result of Master Chief’s success in the first game.  The whole story really dug into the extensive back story of the Covenant forces you’d been fighting against to give us their motivations and depth. Plus Energy Swords. Totally love Energy Swords.

     Halo 3 would come along and bring an end to the war between the Covenant and Humanity with Master Chief and his A.I. counter-part Cortana seemingly lost after the battle.  Folks who beat the game on Legendary, the hardest mode, or just watched someone else do it on YouTube knew the Chief had actually survived. 

    The franchise was growing now with  successful games, novels, comics, and toys. An Animated Anthology film called Halo Legends also came out. All giving us new characters and back story, building the Halo Universe.  

     New games were released that no longer starred  the main protagonist Master Cheif. HALO: ODST which was about the everyday troopers who weren’t Spartans and Halo Wars which was a strategy game featuring UNSC and Covenant forces. 

     The most successful of these games without Master Chief was Halo Reach. An astounding game that is often regarded as the best offering in the entire series. The game is a prequel to the series and takes place in the opening battle of the war with the Covenant on the outpost planet of Reach. You take the role of a new member of Noble Team, and elite Spartan fighting force. I’ve been replaying this game a bit lately and was surprised by how well it holds up and looks amazing  on the Xbox One console thanks to backwards capability. 

     Halo Reach would be the last game from series creators Bungie who would go onto make their own series of new games called Destiny.  Master Chief and Halo had become the face of Microsoft’s gaming platform and once Bungie was done Microsoft brought the franchise in house and 343 Studios took over. They delivered the awesome Halo 4 which dealt with a new threat to humanity, the Forerunners. Well actually it wasn’t all the Forrunners just the Didact and his crew of Promethean warriors. 

     Halo 5 Guardians has been the latest release in the series and while the multiplayer is a blast the Campaign mode is kind a meh. It’s 10 missions and you only get to be Master Chief for 3 of those. Mostly you are Spartan Locke played by Mike Colter of Luke Cage and Marvel’ s Defenders fame. For the most part your old buddy Cortana is now the big bad.  Hopefully Halo 6 will make up for 5’s story shortcomings. 

     Halo is alive and well after all this time. The community of fans is large. Microsoft named their personal assistant on their devices Cortana. Loot Crate now offers a bi-monthly Halo Crate which I’ve just subscribed too. Maybe I’ll do a review of that first crate when it arrives. Until then keep your shields up and ammo loaded and have a Merry Christmas.