Pile of Shame Sunday - 10th May 2020

Screenshot from Conquests of Camelot
Conquests of Camelot apparently has Monty Python. Who knew?

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 = 65%
Shadow of Mordor was quite frustrating this week. I had to defeat an Elite Warlord called Buth the Destroyer but he is invulnerable to almost everything except explosions and usually goes around with a huge number of followers. One of these followers is an annoying bodyguard that keeps becoming tougher each time I lose a fight to them.

I tried five times to defeat Buth with no success so I finally decided to instead focus on eliminating one of the bodyguards to at least give myself a chance. Of course, Buth will probably recruit another bodyguard by the time I face him again but hopefully the new bodyguard will be less of a challenge.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 46%
I just completed a Railroad mission where you help escort a synth to this pretty trendy apartment safehouse called Ticonderoga (at least by post-apocalyptic standards). Opposition wasn't too difficult which was a relief (especially after playing a frustrating game of Shadow of Mordor).

Turns out Doctor Carrington wants me to perform another mission where I have to check on some of the Railroad's other safehouses (yay more sidequests).

Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 3%
Okay. On to another SCI0 adventure with Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail! Like The Colonel's Bequest it seems that this game is a bit different in terms of gameplay to traditional Sierra adventures such as King's Quest, Space Quest or Police Quest.

In the game you play the role of King Arthur on his quest for the Holy Grail. It seems that Sir Gawain, Galahad and Lancelot have gone missing so it falls upon you to complete the quest and save your kingdom. You apparently have to gain a certain number of points in skill, wisdom and soul to progress through the game. I apparently angered the gods though since I died as soon as I attempted to leave Camelot, thanks to the portcullis falling on top of me and slicing me in two! Guess I'll have to rethink what I'm doing. I also have to read the manual… it might have important information in there.

Oh, and I've already come across a Monty Python reference while playing this…. Guinevere refers to the Lady of the Lake as (you guessed it) "a watery tart". I wonder if there are any more in the game?

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