Pile of Shame Sunday - 12th April 2020

Screenshot from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Torvin takes a dig at Talion's rank in Shadow of Mordor

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 = 56%
Torvin the Dwarf has given me some pointers on how to fight a Caragor and how to easily mount one. He also gave some pointers on how to fight Graugs and Talion eventually learns how to control one itself. The mission is a blast to play as you control this hulk of a monster as it tramples and eats any Orcs that comes in its path. I also learned a little bit more lore about Lord of the Rings that I didn't know about before which is one of the best aspects of this game and what sets it apart from Assassin's Creed and Far Cry.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 40%
I didn't actually make any progress in this session. I spent most of my caps upgrading a weapons store, hoping I would get better ammo but turns out that isn't the case. I also upgraded my sniper rifle and spent most of my time planting crops, building water pumps, assembling beds and building guard posts in Sunshine Tidings Co-op since the colony was lacking in a lot of areas except settlers, which it has 13 of now! It's the largest settlement I've seen in the game yet so I guess they really like those settlement beacons…

While at the settlement I also came across a Deathclaw just outside it but since it was close to the settlement, I had a lot of backup, which is just as well, since Deathclaws aren't easy to kill. I also encountered a behemoth while I was on the way for my first Railroad mission but it made short work of me, so I decided to call it a day there.

The Colonel's Bequest

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 25%
I've decided to follow a walkthrough and quite glad I did since you're missing so much of the game if you don't discover the secret passages! There are eight acts in total in this game and I've so far completed two. As is typical for a Sierra adventure, there are some ridiculous puzzles in this such as Laura having to walk around the whole chapel before you find a loose floorboard to pry open with a crowbar, or realising that you had to oil the helmet on a suit of armour in order to get a metal rod from inside it.... and if that wasn't bad enough the clock is always ticking so if you miss your window of opportunity, the game enters an unwinnable state!

The game is obviously much more interesting now that I have learned about the spying mechanic but it's something that can be easily overlooked, such as the time I didn't realise there were a whole bunch of catacombs to explore in Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption.

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