Pile of Shame Sunday - 17th May 2020

Screenshot of knights dancing in Conquests of Camelot
On second thought let's not go to Camelot, 'tis a silly place

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 = 69%
I'm now trying to level up my character as much as I can before I finally take on the Warchiefs so I'm doing a lot of side quests. One thing I love about this game is how some of the artifacts you discover ties in with events from the books and movies. For example, one scroll you find chronicles an Orc talking about their defeat at the Battle of the Five Armies and how the Humans, Dwarves and Elves were rescued by "damned giant Eagles to slaughter thousands of our brethren in what we should all be calling the battle to unfairly gang up on the Orcs". Those giant Eagles are a bit of a deus ex machina aren't they?

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 48%
I just completed a mission for the Railroad where I had to investigate whether the Augusta Safehouse was still active but it was sadly overrun by a whole bunch of Raiders. I also managed to level up again and added another point in Intelligence (as I'd like to eventually unlock the Nuclear Physicist perk).

Now I have a mission to clear an area so that the Railroad can create a new safehouse... I get a feeling this is very similar to the missions the Minutemen give for clearing new settlements, i.e. Radiant Quests. I think I'll pass...

I'm also running out of ammo again… probably didn't help that I encountered a Deathclaw in the basement of what was formerly the Augusta Safehouse!

Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 11%
Surprise, surprise, I decided to use a walkthrough. I read the manual hoping it would make some more sense about what I had to do in the game but it didn't. The manual even had a hints section for the beginning of the game and after reading that, it made me worry that in typical Sierra fashion, the solution to many of the puzzles wouldn't make sense.

However, after starting to read the walkthrough I was quite relieved to find I wasn't that far off in solving the first part of the game prior to King Arthur leaving Camelot. I did everything I needed to do with Guinevere, I did everything I needed to do with Merlin, I did everything I needed to do in the Treasury although I didn't provide proper offerings at the altars. So, the game is actually not too convoluted as of yet despite the hints in the manual making it out to be that way.

One thing I do love about this game are the references to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". For example, there's an easter egg where if you type "ham and jam and spam a lot" in the Treasury, you get treated to some knights dancing to the tune "Knights of the Round Table". I hope I don't have to push the PRAM A LOOOOOT.

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