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

Screenshot from Police Quest II
Sonny Bonds arrives at Cotton Cove to interrogate a jogger

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 = 50%
Wow, battles are getting tougher and I thought I picked the easiest difficulty when I first started this game! I had to reload a couple of times now since coming across a group of religious zealots called God's Militia and they love their public executions. Sometimes they won't even listen to reason so you have to rush in quick and start mowing them down, but they're all equipped with powerful UMP sub-machine guns and these guns called "Wasteland Hawks" whatever they are… just checking the Wasteland 2 wiki it seems that a lot of weapons I currently have are underpowered which means I have to start spending some more dough upgrading my weapons to Tier 5 weapons since most of them are Tier 4.

I've now explored just about all I can for the areas that are safe to do so (without being melted by level 5 radiation) so I'm going to go back to Rodia to see if they have any more tasks for me. I also have two bags of Zeolite which are marked as Quest Items but I can't seem to give them to anyone, as of yet.

Lieutenant Woodson still wants cat litter, go figure.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 8%
Despite me not normally liking to craft things in open world games, I'm enjoying improving the settlements in Fallout 4 and helping the Minutemen out. Maybe it's my city builder/empire building streak coming out 😉.

I experienced a radiation storm for the first time in the game and it was pretty scary. It seems that no matter how careful you are in this game, you're still going to be exposed to some form of radiation at some point (as it should be, I guess, this is a post-apocalyptic wasteland after all). I stumbled across a particular town that wanted help in retrieving the locket that belonged to a farmer's (deceased) daughter. I managed to successfully do this so now another settlement has joined the Minutemen! I'm sure Preston Garvey would be pleased.

Police Quest II: The Vengeance

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 0%
So, it seems I have to keep backtracking because of things I forgot to do earlier on.

Firstly, it turned out that my fear about the gun sights not being adjusted properly came to pass: during a gunfight with Jessie Bains, you get mortally wounded and it's game over. So, I restored the game back to the beginning and sure enough, you actually get a point when your gun sights are adjusted correctly (however you don't get any other notification besides that… sneaky).

However, after making a bit more progress, turns out adjusting the gun sights wasn't the only thing I forgot to do. After recovering the body of the poor correctional officer, it turns out I need to retrieve some evidence although the game then notifies you something along the lines of "too bad you haven't got your field kit". It turns out that the field kit I need is off the screen at the very beginning of the game.


Oh Sierra, you never change…

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