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

Screenshot of a Piñata from Fortnite
Yes. Piñatas.

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 = 69%
Completed the third stage for the New Game+ in Cally's Caves 4. At first, the new unit they introduce seemed innocuous enough: it's a stationary platform that can fire a shell to almost anywhere on the map and hit you – but you usually can hear and see it coming so it's not that bad – plus once you get up and close to it, it's easy to take out. In fact, what's hilarious is if there's more than one mortar, the other mortar(s) might end up killing the mortar you're standing next to! So, I thought nothing of them for the first few levels, but later on, they do become a headache and there's one level that I'm pretty sure has you avoiding incoming fire from eight mortars and they're all on platforms with little room (meaning it's extra difficult to jump and land next to them). Urgh. Thankfully got past them and the boss was actually a breeze in comparison.

Hand of Fate

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 91%
On hold while I'm playing Cally's Caves 4 😊

Stardew Valley

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 20%
  • On hold while I'm playing Cally's Caves 4 😊 HLTB 49 hours

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 😊.

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 😊.


  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 41%
This week I decided to execute one of the Blacksite missions. It took me an hour but thankfully I lost no soldiers; I even encountered a new kind of enemy known as the Sectopod (it looks a bit like ED-209 from "Robocop" if you're curious). My squad made short work of the Sectopod which is how I earned the Steam achievement "Meat over Metal". NOICE! But I do have to remember not to take them on at close range since they do explode after being taken out.

Oh, I also recovered someone in a Stasis suit on the mission, similar to the one your character, the Commander, is found in. I wonder who is in the suit?

The Avatar Project progress bar has also been taken back two pips, so now it's at it's lowest level in a long time of one solitary pip! Neat!


  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 70%
Yay! I finally got to play more of the game! Unfortunately, I had to replay an old mission in order to unlock a hexagon thingy you get when you level up your Commander XP, I believe that's the right technical term (as you can tell, I'm still confused by the MMO-ness of the game). So yeah, first time I had to replay a mission in order to progress the storyline – can't say I really like that sort of grind.

Also, while the mission I replayed wasn't too difficult, it definitely was a bit more challenging without my higher-level mate around.

I really ought to try out the Battle Royale mode sometime, but I reckon I'm going to regret it if I do.

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