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

Screenshot from Fallout 4
Boston, Massachusetts

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 = 55%
I've been exploring more of Hollywood and been taking out a few more of those drug cartel thugs. What is intriguing though is that after going up one of the manholes from the sewers, I ended up in Heidi Hollander's room, the same Heidi who runs Hollywood. What was particularly intriguing was that she had a safe that contained a keycard to the Salt Labs in it... dun dun dunnnnn.

No wonder residents in Hollywood are perplexed how the hard drugs are being distributed around town and yet nothing seems to be done about it. It would seem that she is in on the whole sordid affair. Anyway, besides finding the world's stupidest passcode ("12345") I also encountered a gun shop owner called Rambeau who was shedding a tear while watching "First Blood" on VHS....

In more troubling news though, after a short chat with Mathias, leader of the Children of the Citadel (COTC), and after I refused to join his cause, he has now told us that within a few days, the COTC would be attacking Ranger Citadel in Arizona. Let's hope he is bluffing or that the Rangers can somehow hold off the attack.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 13%
Wow. Those Stingwings really do...er... sting. I've come across these giant mosquito-like creatures called Stingwings and if you come across a bunch of them, they can quite easily take you out (well, at least my character) thanks to poison quickly sapping away your health.

Anyway, I've been mainly helping settlements with raider problems and now I have to help one with a ghoul problem. I've also finally realised that you can transfer resources to workbenches and this stash of resources is available from any workbench in the Commonwealth… pretty neat and it also means I've probably solved my problem where I'm carrying random building materials all the time. However, weapons are another story and it seems that in Fallout 4, you're definitely no Doomguy. I am planning to increase my strength though so I can carry more stuff…

Police Quest II: The Vengeance

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 30%
Okay so I've now completed the Cotton Cove part and am now at the airport. Again, there were quite a few things I missed, like moving the trash can, finding the blood and extracting it into a vial as well as creating a cast of the footprints. I also managed to recover some things from the river but get this: according to the playthrough I was originally following, there is no mention that you're able to recover the body yourself, however another walkthrough states that you can (although it's tricky).

So, you always have to be careful which walkthrough you follow, it seems.

Oh, and the reason I had to read another walkthrough is because in two walkthroughs it says I have to use powder on the rear-view mirror of the suspect's car to get fingerprints, however, typing anything along those lines results in failure. It wasn't until I read a third walkthrough that it stated you had to type "dust mirror" in order to find fingerprints. Only then was I able to grab anything useful.

ARGH! This game and how specific you have to be with respect to wording...

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