Pile of Shame Sunday - 21st June 2020

Screenshot of Camelot from Conquests of Camelot
Camelot! Camelot! (It's only a model) Shhhhh!

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.

Far Cry 3

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Well looks like I finished two games this week: first it was Conquests of Camelot then this. Somehow Jason manages to black out at times where he just dominates and ends up slaughtering several mercenaries but he does manage to find his younger brother Riley before returning to where the rest of his friends were holed up by helicopter (which includes a humourous helicopter combat sequence complete with "Ride of the Valkyries" as background music). Unfortunately, it turns out that Jason's friends are captured by the local Rakyat people and he then has to head to the temple to get them. There, Citra, leader of the Rakyat, drugs Jason and almost has him unwittingly slaughtering his friends while in a trance. This is when you get a choice between two endings: save your friends or slaughter them so you can have sex with Citra.

Anyway, with Far Cry 3 out of the way, I can finally move on to Far Cry 4... once I have some space on my hard drive... if not, I may need to look at a smaller game to try out in the meantime.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 54%
Didn't get into any combat encounters this week. This week, it was all about busywork: getting the Courser Chip decrypted by the Railroad and then fast travelling to Virgil's cave where he managed to give me the blueprints for a teleportation device. The device required four components to be built along with a lot of power generators but thankfully, I seemed to have enough resources to build all of them without needing to scrounge around for more crafting resources (one of the reasons I hate open world games).

More importantly though, I had to pick one of the three factions (i.e. the Minutemen, the Brotherhood of Steel or the Railroad) to assist me in developing the teleporter. While in previous iterations of Fallout I would've joined the Brotherhood of Steel without question, Fallout 4's version of the Brotherhood of Steel seem a bit too fanatical for my liking (as they're willing to wipe out not only Super Mutants but synths as well). It could've easily gone either way between the Railroad and the Minutemen but as I invested most of my time with Preston Garvey and his lot, I ended up siding with the Minutemen in the end. It will be interesting to see if this has any repercussions later on.

Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 100%
Woohoo! Another game finished this week! I didn't even need a walkthrough for the last part although reviewing the walkthrough after completing the game revealed the fact I forgot to eat an apple prior to the final battle with the Saracen. I get the feeling the battle would've been much easier if I did as it took me several tries to defeat him.

Overall, Conquests of Camelot was an enjoyable experience although it does rely heavily on having the manual so in effect has a few times in the game where you're doing the old school using-the-manual-for-copyright-protection trick.

I think that's about it with respect to SCI0 adventures, so with the completion of Conquests of Camelot it's now time for me to move on to SCI1 with a favourite game of mine: Quest for Glory 2 (although despite being an SCI1 adventure, it still looks like an SCI0 adventure if I were to be honest).

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