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

Screenshot from Police Quest 1 EGA version
Sonny Bonds arrives at the scene of the crime

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.

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 31%
So, I actually had to restore the game since I totally stuffed up when meeting the Diamondback Militia (I somehow got into a fight with them, even when I wanted to go the peaceful route). They seem to fashion themselves as the Eastern Arizona Rangers, but they don't seem any better than the crazy nuclear-obsessed monks either – in fact, it turns out they're probably worse since I came across water merchants that were robbed, not by Raiders (who are the usual culprits) but the Diamondback Militia (or at least, so it seems).

Anyway, I've finally got three containers of radioactive sludge so my "tribute" is ready to go.

Homefront: The Revolution

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 42%
I've taken over the Holloway Red Zone and also hacked the monorail which allowed me to take an empty train to a new zone called Ashgate, where the "collaborators" live. I've raised Hearts and Minds to 100% in the area but it somehow hasn't registered yet. I've yet to completely recover Seeker Drone parts in order to help a brilliant engineer called Heather figure out how the Goliath brain works, so maybe starting the revolution in the zone is tied to the main mission.

I tried using the crossbow and it's not too bad for silent takedowns but the range is pretty poor. I also used an RC car to hack an internal door mechanism for the first time: apparently you have no option but to use them for particular buildings (so just as well I had enough points to unlock the ability).

Police Quest

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 75%
Wow. You really have to be so specific sometimes in order to get things done in this game. For example, when trying to convince Marie to help me out with an operation at the Hotel Delphoria, I can't just say "ask for help with operation" I have to say "can you help me with operation". Geeze. Unfortunately, this means I had to resort to using a walkthrough in order to figure this out. Also, once you're at the hotel you need to phone your boss and a taxi company to pick up Marie. Now, in this digital age where everyone has a mobile phone and you don't require to remember phone numbers (since they're either in your phone's address book or you can Google them online) I was actually stumped on how to figure out what the phone numbers were. Turns out that the phone directory can be accessed dialling 411 and in retrospect, I knew this was the number you'd dial if you were in America to get that sort of information, but it's something I've completely forgotten. I can't even remember the last time I used a landline to make external calls (besides my work phone, of course).

I'm now at the stage of the game where I have to play five-card draw poker with the villains and I suspect there will be more save scumming! It wouldn't be a proper Sierra AGI adventure with out some form of gambling, right? 😉

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