Pile of Shame Sunday - 28th June 2020

Screenshot of the Hydrals from The Last Federation
Yep, you're the bad guy... or are you?

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.

The Last Federation

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

This week I didn't end up getting any time to play the other two games on this list as I invested all of my time into a game that my brother purchased for me several years back as a gift: The Last Federation. I was originally planning on playing Far Cry 4 but I'll have to clear quite a bit of disk space before I can do that, so in the meantime, I'm playing games that don't take a lot of space that also happen to be ones received as gifts (since I feel doubly guilty for not having tried them out yet).

So, after about three hours I completed a game on the easiest difficulty in The Last Federation and it took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on, even with the tutorial hints. The game has some interesting lore, that's for sure, and you play the role of a space dragon or hydra that is the last of their species. While all the races of the galaxy tend to be mistrustful of your motives, your goal is to bring unity to the galaxy through the formation of a galactic federation of races. While the game does seem like a 4X game such as Master of Orion to the casual observer, it's actually quite a bit different since you're only truly responsible for your character's decisions and despite you having quite a powerful ship, you're not going to be able to forge an empire on your own. It seems that you have to meddle in the politics of all sentient races to either convince them all to unite as a Federation or at least wipe out any empires that decide to oppose it. So, the game actually has elements of an RPG as well as a MOBA to a degree (since just like in MOBAs, you control a hero unit that doesn't really have direct control over the mobs. You can only influence the campaign but not directly control all forces).

Many elements of the game I find confusing though. A lot of the game is explained with walls of text, not to mention a barrage of notifications, and I never quite understood what I was doing during combat sequences. The game's strategic layer isn't that much better as you'll find yourself travelling between planets, then fast forwarding time as you grind influence points and credits in order to enact your plans across the galaxy – not very exciting if you ask me.

I'm not terribly impressed with the game at the moment but I might give it another shot and see if I'll change my mind.

Fallout 4

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 54%

I didn't play any Fallout 4 this week. I'll be sure to next week.

Quest for Glory II

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 0%

I didn't play any Quest for Glory II this week but will give it a go soon.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]