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

Screenshot from The Curse of Monkey Island
True that.

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%
I played quite a bit of The Curse of Monkey Island this week so I didn't get to play Quake II as much as I should've. I've now got access to the rocket launcher though and I'm up to the fourth "unit" (or stage) in the game out of 10…. Consequently, I'm not as far through the game as I originally thought, hence why the percentage complete has remained at 30%. It seems like the campaign is actually quite substantial in duration then, which is quite a bit different to many modern FPSs where campaigns only last for a few hours.

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 = 71%
Yay! I saved one of my classmates! Thankfully, I was able to recruit the help of Moira (coz she's a badass paladin) which meant I didn't need to kill an undead boss a second time since the first time was hard enough: every time he hit me it would take at least a third of my health and this was while I had many buffs including a Null Stone active! I quaffed many a potion to defeat him that first time; I also had to sneak around the catacombs to even get a chance at finding him, so now I'm worried I won't be powerful enough for any future encounters in the game…. Guess we'll soon find out.

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 = 52%
So, it turns out that James Kidd is actually an Assassin! Looks like I'm not going to get killed by them (at least for now). I'm also wondering where I need to go in order to complete another Templar Hunt mission; I can't seem to find any more towns and all the ones in the south seem to be protected by forts. Maybe I need to try and take down some Level 1 forts before I try my hand against the more heavily defended ones in the south….

The Curse of Monkey Island

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Aaaaand it's done. After playing for just over 6 hours, I've finally completed The Curse of Monkey Island, and it's just as awesome as I remember it, such as causing a lactose intolerant volcano to erupt by dropping in some cheese (yes, that's actually a puzzle solution). I also got reacquainted with several characters, not only ones from earlier in the game such as Murray, but ones from previous Monkey Island games such as Stan (who is into life insurance in The Curse of Monkey Island) and Lemonhead (one of the Cannibals from the original Monkey Island).

The only criticism I have with The Curse of Monkey Island is that the ending seems very rushed. The final chapter is basically just a four-room puzzle using only three new items; once you've solved it, the epilogue is just a short cutscene with no talking whatsoever. There is a post-credits cutscene though hinting towards a sequel (because remember kids, true evil can never be defeated).

Now to wait for Choona to pick another Pile of Shame game for me to complete 😊.

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