What I've Been Playing This Week (aka Pile of Shame Sunday)


Screenshot from Fortnite cinematic
Rescue Trooper Ramirez from Fortnite defends some civilians

The following post is part of a series of posts that are published every Sunday to update readers on what Mark G has been up to with respect to finishing off games on his "Pile of Shame". The games to target are picked by Choicest Games contributors Choona, Luke and myself. As I'll be talking about my progress through these games, there may be spoilers ahead, especially for games containing a narrative. Consider yourself warned.

Cally’s Caves 4

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 38%
The game was officially released this week and looks like Steam Achievements are now working ๐Ÿ˜Š. It seems that I’m almost half-way through the game since I just finished the boss for Zone 3 and am now on Zone 4 (there are 8 bosses in total according to the Achievements). I also just unlocked a new weapon: the flamethrower! It has pretty limited range but seems to do well against all the flying drones. Enjoying this game so far.

Oh, despite the game saying it has partial controller support, I tried it on the Steam Link with my Logitech F710 and am pleased to say it actually works!

Hand of Fate

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 91%
On hold while I’m playing Cally’s Caves 4 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Stardew Valley

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 19%
On hold while I’m playing Cally’s Caves 4 ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 25%
I haven’t made any further progress on this – it’s now on hold while I am distracted by… well… a lot of other games ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Battlefield 1

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
I haven’t made any further progress on this – it’s now on hold while I am distracted by… well… a lot of other games ๐Ÿ˜Š.

XCOM 2

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 35%
I couldn’t quite get the 2 hours I had hoped for this week for XCOM 2 but I did manage to play a couple of missions with the increased squad size of six squad members… AWWW YEAH. I’ve also upgraded all my soldiers with more powerful Mag Rifles, Mag Shotguns and Mag Pistols. Not sure what you need to research in order to upgrade the Autocannons or sniper rifles (or even if you can upgrade them) but I’m currently researching better armour ๐Ÿ˜Š. Shadow Chamber is still under construction and I’m hoping to eventually increase my comms capacity (since I’ll need to in order to gain access to the next blacksite mission).

Fortnite

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
Thanks to Choona giving me a key for Fortnite I dabbled a little bit with the PvE side of the game. I spent a good half hour in the tutorial before I finally got a chance to play with humans (which turned out to be a mate plus a random). Overall, it’s good fun; I think it channels your inner-child in wanting to build pillow forts to fight off against hordes of invaders (in this case, zombies).

The only issues I have with the game are that like with many MMO games (or ones with MMO elements), it feels grindy – especially since you have to collect resources in order to craft things (another thing I don’t actually enjoy too much). Also, why does everything have to come in a lootbox /piรฑata nowadays?

LINK:
[ The Pile of Shame ]

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