Weekly Waves 42: Music from the Tony Hawk Games

This week’s playlist is curated by @caedwards99 and is based around music from the soundtracks for the Tony Hawk video game series.

Like a Fenix

I really feel like this year’s E 3 convention was one of the best in recent memory. We got some long awaited news on Halo 6 and the next Tomb Raider. Fallout 76 and the Division 2 were also highlights. Another great looking game was Gears of War 5. I played the original back in 2006, I almost beat it but didn’t quite get there. I also never got around to playing the sequels. Halo 3 came out and I went to finish my bachelor’s degree and never came back for the continuing adventures of Delta Squad.

Well after seeing that trailer for Gears 5 I’ve bought the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. I got it super cheap with X-box Live Gold and it’s an absolute blast. What a terrific game this was and is. The Unreal Engine still holds up incredibly well.

I was surprised at how fast you get drawn into this game, even having played it before. The art design of the creepy post Grub world and the fantastic voice cast including Joe DiMaggio of Futurama and Adventure Time fame as main protagonist, Marcus Fenix.

I’m really enjoying this remaster and looking forward to the rest of the series. If you haven’t played Gears in a while or never at all I highly recommend picking up the Ultimate Edition of the first game and all the games are backwards compatible on the X-box One. Happy weekend and happy gaming and please keep checking out Mid-American Culture, your views and likes really power us through for fresh content daily.

E3 2018 Hopes/Predictions

Some of you may have read my E3 2017 predictions a year ago, before Mid-American Culture existed. I was wrong. However, that doesn’t mean that I could do it again! The Electronic Entertainment Expo is always highly anticipated by the gaming community, It’s a cliche to say so, but it really is. Speculating is always fun, so here’s my hopes/predictions for the 2018 edition! Continue reading “E3 2018 Hopes/Predictions”

Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4: My First Impressions

Welcome back to Mid-American Culture and thank you for checking out the newest addition to the “My First Impressions” series. This is the series where I gave my initial opinion on things in popular culture long before I have had time to create any sort of legitimate thoughts or feelings about whatever I am reviewing.  Today, I will be examining the newest season of the gaming sensation Fortnite Battle Royale. As you may know, if you’ve read any of my previous content, I am a huge fan of Fortnite. The new season launched on May 1, 2018 to a great deal of hype and speculation. Epic Games did an outstanding job during Season 3 of building suspense regarding the incoming meteors and the effect they would have on the game in Season 4. In my opinion, they closed out Season 3 perfectly. That leads me into Season 4….

squad leader

The first thing I wanted to check out upon purchasing my Season 4 Battle Pass was the new skins. I found them to be hit or miss. Some of the skins are absolutely incredible. The “Squad Leader” skin  (pictured above) is 100% my favorite Battle Pass skin that the game has ever had. The outfit on the Squad Leader is epic and the sleeve of tattoos absolutely speaks to me. I have the utmost confidence that this skin will lead me to many wins in the future once I have unlocked it. Some of the other skins are cool as well. Considering it is the first skin unlocked, I also like the Carbide skin. It kind of looks like a dollar store version of Captain America but it’s solid and fits the season theme of superheroes well. I am obligated to point out that I am not a fan of the Omega skin. It is the final skin unlocked at Tier 100. It is a bitter disappointment. The Reaper skin (better known as the John Wick skin) became a sort of enigma to the Fortnite community. The Omega just looks like a blacked out version of the Carbide skin. Last season’s Dark Voyager was significantly more imposing and took virtually half the effort. Outside of that, I would say that Epic Games did a pretty good job with the skins. Along the same lines as the skins, the game also did a solid job with the other cosmetics. The new emotes, loading screens, gliders, and pickaxes are all fairly creative and well done.

divot

Moving on to what is probably the most significant change to the game, the enigmatic meteor finally struck the Fortnite map. However, it did not destroy Tilted Towers as many had speculated. Instead, it struck Dusty Depot. The impact resulted in a deep crater on the map, sprinkled with consumable crystals that give your character a sort of low gravity effect. These crystals enhance jumping capabilities for short period of time and also eliminate fall damage. I loved the concept of a meteor hitting the map and destroying a location from the very beginning. I am also glad it wasn’t Tilted Towers. Despite my love/hate relationship with Tilted, I would have been very sad to see it go. Instead, they opted to destroy part of Dusty Depot and I couldn’t be happier. You could make the case that Dusty was the worst named location on the entire map. While I wouldn’t agree with that statement, it is certainly up there. They took a massively underwhelming location and made it significantly more interesting. Kudos to you once again, Epic Games. In addition to the new Dusty Divot location, several other structures were added to the game. A new location, called Risky Reels was added. This location has a drive-in movie theatre theme. Similarly, Moisty Mire was also given a movie-themed makeover. Also, several structures that I would describe as superhero bases and lairs have also popped up around the map. I think the new locations are pretty neat. I can’t say that I love them, but I also don’t have any real complaints with them either.

royale

Overall, I think that Season 4 of Fortnite Battle Royale is very promising. Although I’m not in love with every aspect, I think the changes they made to the game will effectively keep the game new and fresh while still maintaining the basic battle royale concept that we all have grown to love. Epic Games will undoubtedly release many more updates with new additions to the game in the coming months and I look forward to all of them. I can’t wait for a Season 4 full of Victory Royales!

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Far Cry 5: My First Impressions

Far Cry 5 was the most excited I’ve been for a new video game since the release of Mafia 3 in 2016. Despite my excitement, I was skeptical. Mafia 2 was one of my favorite games of all time and Mafia 3’s attempt to follow it up had fallen horrendously short and left me immensely disappointed. Far Cry 5 is in an almost identical situation: following up one of my favorite games of all time (Far Cry 4) and facing great expectations from the gaming community. The setup could not be better for Far Cry 5 to be a failure as well.

With that being said, I do not consider Far Cry 5 to be a failure at this point. It does, however, have some noteworthy problems. At the time of writing this article, I am approximately 4 hours of play time into the game. I have encountered several bugs that forced me to either manually restart missions or led me to an inevitable death that forced me to restart at a prior checkpoint. I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating this is, especially considering my next gripe with the game. The combat is very very challenging. While I must point out that I am used to Fortnite combat, which is a far cry different than that of Far Cry 5 (pun intended). But regardless, I found myself dying far more than I ever should as early as I was into the game. Perhaps the combat will get easier as I become more familiar. I simply wouldn’t be honest in giving my initial thoughts of the game if I didn’t mention that. My only other significant complaint about the game thus far is that the open-world concept that the game employs may be a little too open world, if that makes any sort of sense. The missions are entirely spread out throughout the immense map as of this point, the game doesn’t feel linear in the slightest. I feel as if I could do these quests in any order and the game would make just as much sense as it does now. It is worth mentioning again that I am only around 4 hours into a campaign that is said to be able to last up to 25 hours, so the story may line up more as time progresses.

Now that my issues with the game are out of the way, I can talk about the good. First off, I absolutely love the game’s concept. The idea of fighting a right-wing religious cult in the heartland of America speaks to me on a subconscious level. This fresh concept paired with the current real-world political climate make the game that much more enthralling. In addition to this, I find the game’s main protagonists, the 4 members of the Seed family, to be utterly brilliant. Each has their own twisted, semi-psychotic characteristics. This makes them extremely easy to hate, a quality which they share with Far Cry 4’s protagonist Pagan Min. The story, elevated by these great protagonists, has potential to be fantastic if executed properly. I look forward to seeing if the campaign meets its full potential. Before I wrap up my favorite parts of the game, I feel like I have to mention the Pee Tape mission. Early on in my play-through, I encountered a certain familiar CIA agent from past games in the series who had been tasked with recovering a videotape that was said to be greatly embarrassing to the in-game President of the United States. The subtle innuendos and references to the so called “Pee Tape” which is rumored to contain video proof of Russian prostitutes urinating on President Donald Trump are absolutely hilarious. I was so glad the game included a real-world reference like this, especially given its parallel to our current political climate. I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I feel that the game has a lot of potential. With bug fixes certain to be coming in the form of updates and further plot development, it could really be something special. It may even have what it takes to beat out its predecessor. Once I finish the game, I will post a full review and give my final thoughts on it. This may come as early as next Wednesday, or as late as the following Wednesday. Regardless, you can rest assured that it is coming. In the meantime, check out some of the other great content put out by the Mid-American Culture crew. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next Wednesday.

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Halo Tactical Legendary Crate.

Hey folks, I received my second Halo Crate this week and it was awesome! Way better than my first one. You can find that earlier blog on the site if you wish. Let’s get started.

The theme of this crate was Tactical and featured heavily from Halo 2, my favorite Halo game.

The art created for the box focused on Sgt. Johnson. The UNSC Marine was also this months collector figure.

Very cool little guy in a neat post leaning on the Guilty Spark. He looks neat next to last boxes Master Chief.

We also got coffee mug that I assume Johnson would have loved. It has an “I ❤️ tanks” motif with the fun as hell to drive Scorpion. I’m bound to enjoy lots of coffee in that mug.

We also got the every box weapon pin, this time a Brute rifle.

Apparently there was a gold variant.

Now we get to what made the crate for me. I love the Arbiter, almost as much as Master Chief and we got to super cool items that celebrate Thel ‘Vadam. First we got these crazy cool socks that look like the Arbiter’s armor. The box even suggest walking on your tip toes like the Sangheili do. Hahaha

Love these socks! Love them so much I hate to wear them because I wanna have them forever.

Lastly we got the shirt, again very Arbiter specific, but it’s like a deep cut from one of your favorite bands.

It’s the Arbiter Mark of Shame he received at the beginning of Halo 2. Simple but iconic. Love it!

So just a fantastic subscription box from Loot Crate. The next box is in May and it’s Arena themed.