Pile of Shame Sunday - 14th February 2021

Time to get your shit together
Yes, there is a thought you can research in order to get your shit together

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.

Disco Elysium

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 7%

So, I finally get to play Disco Elysium which my brother purchased for me as a birthday present last year (thanks bro)! At first glance, the game looks like a mix of a traditional CRPG (something like Baldur's Gate) with a point 'n' click adventure set in a strange, dystopian future. Like traditional CRPGs, the game is all about dice rolls and you've got a whole bunch of abilties you can invest your points in: these abilities are actually personified in the game and will advise you as what to do next. For example, I picked to invest points in having an encylopaedic knowledge and as a result, this part of my character's brain will offer me random bits of trivia whenever I examine items or listen to information. I'm also enjoying the cool, painted artwork style.

There is a lot of talking and investigating in this game, however. I spent a couple of hours in the game so far and I haven't even left the first area. You can even research thoughts over time that can help you stomach taking a look at a corpse (and its name, "Volumetric Shit Compressor", is basically another way of saying "pulling your shit together") and if you're very apologetic while interrogating a waitress, you unlock the ability to research the thought "Rigorous Self-Critique". It's pretty ingenious and humourous at the same time.

One thing I found annoying about the game is the fact it takes about 1 minute for the game to load, during which time you might be wondering if the game has crashed or not. Probably just an issue on a minority of setups but worth mentioning for those that are impatient.

XCOM: Chimera Squad

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 67%

Completed a couple more missions and now I'm encountering the good ol' Chryssalids - thankfully they weren't too challenging to defeat. Verge's "scars" are now completely healed but I kept him back for another three days to unlock his potential through training. I think I'm getting very close to finishing this game. It's only a matter of time.

After the last couple of missions I just mentioned, I kind of binged on XCOM: Chimera Squad this week and completed a few more. I've taken out some broadcast towers used by Sacred Coil and I'm still researching the rest of the Mastercrafted weapons: I just hope I get the opportunity to complete research on them before the game ends. I also haven't unlocked all the special talents with the agents but considering they have to spend days in training in order to do so, it sometimes feels like a waste of time when you could be using their skills right now in the field.

I eventually disabled a hyperwave beacon used by Sacred Coil and this severely hampered their efforts in coordinating their troops effectively. I also had to pick another Dark Event and it was between increasing the number of Andromedon or Android encounters. I picked Androids because I know that Patchwork is quite proficient at taking them out or even hacking them. Despite me picking this Dark Event though, I'm still encountering Andromedons every so often. They were really tough enemies to defeat in XCOM 2 and they're still a challenge in this game because just when you think they're dead, they come back to life and get a second chance.

In some good news, all my field teams have been upgraded to tier 3 in every sector, resulting in me gaining the "Friendly Neighbourhood XCOM" achievement :).

Quest for Glory II

  • Picked by Choona
  • Percentage Complete = 88%

I haven't played any Quest for Glory II this week as I've mainly spent my time playing Disco Elysium and XCOM: Chimera Squad. I intend to play Quest for Glory II next week.

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