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

Screenshot of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games

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 Lanna. 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.

Minecraft: Story Mode

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 50%
Finished Episode 4 this week and it's by far the best episode I've played in this game yet; it also happens to be the last episode for the main story arc I believe, although I've still got four more episodes to play. There's even a rather emotional moment in this episode when one of the best characters in the game (IMHO) dies. Also, the big plot twist occurs in episode 4 although it hardly comes as any surprise (there are several obvious hints throughout the game that there's some conspiracy afoot). Another thing I like about episode 4 is that it actually has some puzzles that really feel like puzzles (although they are very easy) and at the end of the episode you get to choose a riveting speech, Commander Shepard style.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 25%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by Telltale adventures 😊.

Battlefield 1

  • Picked by Lanna
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
I haven't made any further progress on this – it's now on hold while I am distracted by Telltale adventures 😊.

Company of Heroes 2

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 93%
I intended to finish Company of Heroes 2 this week but alas I again ran out of time; gaming time is definitely at a premium nowadays and even more so with games where the stakes are high (since there's always the real of chance of failing missions and who wants to be feeling like a failure just before they go to bed? I can now understand the appeal of just watching TV or playing casual games prior to knocking off for the night). So I'll definitely have to finish the game next week and not only that, I'll have to put in a bit of time on my next pick from Luke: the classic Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

I did finish the penultimate mission in Company of Heroes 2 though which involves surrounding the German town of Halbe. I was really sloppy with this mission and several Germans managed to escape through my lines (although considering most of them were civilians, I obviously didn't feel too bad about them breaking through – again, another mission that tries to highlight the war atrocities committed by the Soviet Union). Despite the heavy resistance, I managed to successfully complete the mission although my forces guarding the exits were decimated and I wouldn't have survived another wave.


  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 29%
Peggle apparently has 55 levels so that means I'm about 29% through the game. I'm really not good at this game and my wife takes every opportunity to remind me of that (even condescendingly completing levels for me at times). I reckon if you're a good pool player (which I know from personal experience I'm terrible at) you'd be good at Peggle since it's all about lining up the shots correctly and taking advantage of the angles. If you're a similar pool player to me though, i.e. you somehow think smashing the balls as hard as possible increases your chances of winning, you might find Peggle a bit of a challenge.

I am liking how each character you choose to "equip" on the board has a different super ability which are triggered when you hit a green peg; the abilities range from multi-balls, pyramid-shaped buckets or even explosions to clear pegs within a certain radius.

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