Hey! I'm Matthew. Halo and Xbox have been central to my gaming life for roughly the past 13/14 years, give or take. I absolutely love the series and the expanded universe. Also I started playing PlayStation 4 last year for a few exclusives Xbox doesn't have.
I'm a 25 year old, 8th year college student attending Portland State University studying English & Creative Writing Fiction. My 2nd year at PSU just ended. I previously attended Portland Community College for four and a half years; studied Computer Science, writing and math classes. I finish this December with a B.S in English w/Writing Minor. Wooooo! Seven years and one term later.
My greatest desire? To write stories/do creative design for video games; my top goal to be writing for 343 Industries. I'd love to write for other series or create whole new stories. Gaming is an art form; interactive entertainment is the most unique, and one of the most powerful, artistic mediums of our time.
As for writing I enjoy brainstorming science fiction, action adventure, fantasy, and epic stories. I'm working on my first game story and a Lara Croft fanfiction taking place after Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Halo's completed on Legendary :
Halo: Reach on Legendary Solo
Halo: Combat Evolved /Anniversary on Legendary Solo
Halo 2 /Anniversary on Legendary Solo
Halo 3 on Legendary Solo
Halo 3: ODST on Legendary Solo and Co-op
Halo 4 on Legendary Solo
Halo 5: Guardians on Legendary Solo.
Favorite Halo game: Halo 3.
What I love about Halo: Halo has something that few series have as well: the combination of an awesome story & an expanded universe with an addicting and competitive (not all of them) multiplayer. Its expanded universe is beautiful, rich, chaotic, and nearly rivals Star Wars in scale, conflict and the quality of characters; the longest book series I've read and my #2 favorite book series. Huge fan of expanded universes, Star Wars included. In fact, Halo and Star Wars are the only expanded universes I've read. I estimate I've played for almost 3,000 hours (counting up my total & approximate hours). Could be way off.
Favorite non-Sci-Fi shooter: Battlefield. I've played the original, Vietnam, 3, 4 (once or twice...caught gameplay from Twitch mostly), and 1. Great multiplayer games!
Longest Halo game played: Halo 3. Over ten years I've played this masterpiece. Halo 3 will always have a special place in my heart. Reach has the most total playtime with just over 900 hours; Halo 3 is close behind, also just over 900 hours. Whats strange is Reach is my least favorite Halo, along with Halo 4 (4's campaign is only good for the narrative, which is a solid one).
The Top Ten (eleven) best games I've ever played (can change): 1) Halo 3 -10/10 , 2) Halo 2/Anniversary - 10/10 , 3) Halo: CE/Anniversary - 9.5/10 , 4) The Last of Us - 10/10 , 5) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - 9.5/10 , 6) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Horizon Zero Dawn - 9/10 & 9.5/10 , 7) Life is Strange - 9/10 , 8) Assassins Creed: Syndicate - 8.75/10, 9) Rise of the Tomb Raider - 8.5/10, and 10) The Walking Dead Season 2 - 8.75/10.
Favorite Halo novels: Don't really have one. I've read 19 of them.
Favorite Halo quotes: "There are those who said this day would never come. What are they to say now?" "Master Chief , you mind telling me what you are doing on board that ship? -- Sir, Finishing this Fight." "Don't make a girl a promise...if you know you can't keep it." "Come on Chief...Take a girl for a ride." "If they came to hear be beg..they would be disappointed." "Were is so easy."
Favorite Halo characters: Chief, Cortana, Lasky, the rest of Blue Team, Dr. Halsey, Sgt Johnson, Veta Lopis and her Ferret Team of Spartan IIIs, Thel Vadamee, Bornstellar and the Librarian.
Favorite non-Halo characters: Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us, Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider games, the Uncharted crew - Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, Victor Sullivan, Sam Drake, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Jacob and Evie Frye from Assassins Creed, and Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn.
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