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

Screenshot from Fallout 4
Awwww yeah

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 = 35%
So, I finally helped Ratbag become a Warchief but now I need to defeat three Warchiefs before I can even progress with the next main mission. I didn't quite follow how you go about it but I guess it always helps taking out more Uruk leaders right?

Did I mention how annoying it is that right click activates archery mode but is also used for countering sword attacks? I often get these two mixed up and it still happens to me every so often. One of the minor annoyances I have with the game. Besides that though, most of Shadow of Mordor is good fun.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 33%
I completed a few random quests but decided to postpone doing one when I encountered a robot called the Assaultron for the first time… man these things are lethal: once they charge up their laser it's instant death!

I decided to investigate a couple of Nick Valentine's missing people cases and found one that met an untimely end thanks to a botched job by a surgeon. The surgeon called Dr Crocker wanted to hide the evidence but I caught him in the act. Unfortunately, I couldn't convince him to turn himself in so I had to kill him in self-defence. I also managed to ambush a drug deal and acquired a huge stash of them plus a lot of cash from one of the corpses of Diamond City's elite (the guy who was actually trying to buy the drugs).

I've also finally agreed on taking back the Minuteman Castle but it's apparently on the far eastern side of the map that I haven't explored yet, so I'm slowly making my way there (but will probably end up with no ammo left by the time I finally arrive)!

And to finish off my report on Fallout 4 for this week, I thought you'd all be glad to know that I started a relationship with Piper: this rewards you with a Lover's Embrace perk where you generate slightly more XP after sleeping with your partner. Boom chikka wow wow indeed....

Quest for Glory I (EGA)

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
I finished my Thief playthrough which means I've recently finished the EGA version of Quest for Glory 1 with all three available classes! I actually almost got stuck right near the end since I actually couldn't figure out how to get past Toro – it apparently involves a combination of sneaking and then running at the last second to hide behind a rock. If you manage to make it behind the rock then you have to climb into the fortress but I apparently didn't have a high enough climbing score to do so! Thankfully, attempting to climb over the wall a few times was enough to improve my skills to the point I could infiltrate the brigand base.

Anyway, it's now time to move on to the next SCI0 adventure on the list which happens to be one I haven't played before called The Colonel's Bequest. Incidentally, I've been playing a demo of an indie adventure game called The Crimson Diamond by Julia Minamata and I get the feeling I'm going to finally see one of the game's major inspirations.

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