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

Screenshot from Fallout 4
My character wearing an intimidating suit of Power Armour

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.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 26%
I finished another main mission which features Gollum. It seems like the Wraith may have been quite an important Elf in a past life. I also encountered ghuls for the first time which seem to be creatures created solely for the game as I've never encountered them before in other "Lord of the Rings" media.
I also performed a lot of side quests such as finding artifacts and killing Uruk captains for runes. It'll hopefully hold me in good stead when I take on tougher missions in the future.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 31%
I cashed in my last quest with Elder Maxson and now he wants me to continue pursuing my lead that synth gumshoe Valentine originally suggested. I also ended up clearing another settlement for Preston Garvey, although it took a couple of tries since one of the Raiders was using a Fat Man launcher meaning thermonuclear disaster every time he fired nukes at me. At the rate I'm liberating villages for the Commonwealth, it won't be long before the Minuteman run the whole show…

What I spent most time doing in my last session though weren't quests, but building power infrastructure so the settlement of Sanctuary could finally have its first home with electric lighting! Yes, it must be my City Builder streak.

Quest for Glory I (EGA)

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Alright, I've now freed the Baronet as a mage despite it taking me several attempts to defeat the kobold. The process usually ended up being attempt to kill kobold, die, restore, level myself up a bit more, rinse, repeat. I also had to acquire a magic potion which isn't cheap at the beginning of the game (they're 60 silvers a pop)! It was worth it in the end though since not only did I receive a generous reward from the Baron (as I did when I played as a Fighter) but I also used my magic to find an invisible treasure chest the kobold hid in the cave. In fact, I've got so much money now I don't know what to do with it since at least with the Fighter you could buy better armour and with the Thief, more throwing knives. The only thing I could possibly do is buy more magic potions since I've already got all spells unlocked.

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