|General Vargas from Wasteland 2|
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.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
- Picked by Me
- Percentage Complete = 100%
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut
- Picked by Me
- Percentage Complete = 8%
Anyway, after Wasteland 2: Director's Cut was installed I finally got some time to try the game out and so far, so good! The game has a lot I liked about gaming in the 90s such as FMV intros! Text parsers (although, it's redundant in this game since you can still converse by selecting buttons)! More stats than you can poke a radioactive stick at (including a perks system like the original Fallout, as you'd expect, since Fallout was in fact inspired by the original Wasteland)!
I love the soundtrack in this game and you can immediately tell that Mark Morgan is the game's composer since it has that Fallout 1 feel to it. I also love the many different decisions you have to make which is great at increasing replay value for an RPG and is also pretty much the reason we play RPGs, right? We want to be given tough choices and want the narrative to change depending on the choices we make: Wasteland 2 definitely gives you lots of choices, like which towns to save first, which people to recruit in your party not to mention you can invest skill points in different conversational styles which open up different dialogue options based on either intimidation, charisma or intelligence.
There have been some issues I've noticed though, usually revolving around music not playing or audio playing at the wrong time (e.g. characters introducing you to a new location when you've already visited it). I also think the character appearance customisation options are a bit naff, especially considering you have different ethnicities yet only Anglo-Saxon faces being available.
But at least the game has Computer Science as a legit skill choice. You read that right: COMPUTER SCIENCE!
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Picked by Luke
- Percentage Complete = 86%
I also progressed the campaign a bit further where you finally get to remove Hornigold from the picture. I felt a bit sorry for him as it seems like he's conflicted between his loyalty to the crown and to the concept of freedom in general (which is why he became a pirate in the first place). I guess that's why he ends up siding with the Templars as he finally figures he prefers Order over Chaos.
Space Quest I
- Picked by Choona
- Percentage Complete = 22%
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