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

Screenshot from Police Quest II: The Vengeance
Like the first Police Quest, there's always a mention of how hot Sonny's girlfriend Marie is.

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 = 48%
Okay, I've cleared Angel Oracle of all threats. It's a bit silly since a lot of quests are bugged: for example, I can help rescue people but I won't get rewarded because technically all civilians are hostile to me. Also, despite rescuing a guy who is condemned to death, he was still hostile after I rescued him too! Very strange.

Anyway, the good news is I managed to "acquire" a microscope from the hospital and I took it back to Rodia. Now the doctor there wants us to examine the town's well for parasites. The Desert Rangers get all the fun jobs, don't they?

Homefront: The Revolution

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Hah. I just knew I was close to the end since only after playing the game for another 30 minutes it is finally off my Pile of Shame! Hoorah!

It's interesting to note that just prior to the credits rolling, the developer leaves a note describing how tumultuous the development cycle was for Homefront: The Revolution and how they lost a lot of staff along the way. I suspect this is true when it comes to the development of many games but it's good for the public to be reminded every so often that games are created by people.

So, somehow, at the end of the game, despite you and Parrish being both half-dead, and Dana heroically sacrificing herself by destroying a Goliath attack vehicle, you manage to successfully disable all the "dusters" meaning that the SAMs had a clear shot at destroying the airships.

So now that Homefront: The Revolution is out of the way, it's time to move on to Fallout 4!

Police Quest II: The Vengeance

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 4%
Now it's time to play my first SCI adventure on the Pile of Shame: Police Quest II! Not much has happened yet in Police Quest II but you gotta love that exuberant soundtrack – it sounds like it would fit perfectly as a 1980s cop show intro.

I'm currently at the Lytton Police Department's shooting range and trying to adjust the sights of the gun. I'm not sure when enough is enough with respect to adjusting the sights so I just hope the game lets me know when I'm done. Unfortunately, I'm out of ammo clips for my gun though so I hope to God I can get more (or else I'll have to restore the game for the first time).

As is the norm with Police Quest games, it can get quite pedantic with what actions you have to take. For example, you have to explicitly specify to take the keys out of the ignition when you first arrive at the station!

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