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

Screenshot from The Curse of Monkey Island
A Piiiirate I was meant to be...

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.

Quake II: Quad Damage

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 30%
Slowly making progress in Quake II. The game actually has a lot of backtracking, I guess so the developers have an excuse to recycle the maps (and save on storage space). I'm currently at a creepy part in the game where you're up against bigger baddies and running through torture chambers filled with human soldiers being sliced and diced. Eeeewwww. I also now have better weapons such as the Grenade Launcher (no more manually throwing grenades for me) and the Hyperblaster.

For Honor

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 10%
Didn't play For Honor this week – had no friends to play with and wasn't keen on trying it by myself ☹.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 61%
I didn't end up playing Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption. Too busy getting nostalgic with Curse of Monkey Island 😉.

Stardew Valley

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 20%
On hold while I'm playing other games. 😊

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 😊.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 48%
I didn't end up playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Too busy getting nostalgic with Curse of Monkey Island 😉.

The Curse of Monkey Island

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 37%
Ah good ol' Curse of Monkey Island. I still remember all the puzzles… well, almost all of them – the one where you have to get rid of the cabana boy by dipping a towel in an ice bucket and then flicking him took me a bit longer than I would've liked 😉. I love all the awesome characters in this game including LeChuck, Elaine, Wally, the Voodoo Priestess and MURRAY!!! THE DEMONIC SKULL!!! (sorry, but the only way to do justice to his name is to have it in CAPS). The game is running pretty well on Steam thanks to ScummVM and I love the fact the Disney-style animation has aged well. The only issue I'm having is that text seems a bit ugly for some reason, like it's pixelated.

Voice acting is as good as I remember too, and I'm pretty sure Haggis McMutton is voiced by the same guy that does Scrooge McDuck (I just checked and there have actually been quite a few actors to voice Scrooge McDuck, but the one I was thinking of was Alan Young).

All the old jokes, puns, animations and music are as good as I remember them, such as the sea shanty "A Pirate I Was Meant to Be" as well as mini-games like insult swordfighting. What I didn't remember was the fact there was a ship combat segment to this game. It's not quite Sid Meier's Pirates! but it's alright.

I'm now up to Chapter IV and I've finally made it to Blood Island.

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