Pile of Shame Sunday - 17th October 2021

Screenshot of Raz's Dad while in the Meat Circus level of Psychonauts
Raz doesn't see his Dad in a favourable light

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 = 44%

I've been focusing on Psychonauts this week so I didn't get time to play this.

Pillars of Eternity

  • Picked by Luke
  • Percentage Complete = 10%

I've been focusing on Psychonauts this week so I didn't get time to play this.


  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

I finally finished Psychonauts although I must confess, the final level of the game took several attempts and I probably spent a quarter of my playtime there. As you all probably know, I hate jumping puzzles, which is probably why I never got around to finishing the game in the first place, but I persevered this time and after much swearing and tearing of hair out, I finally managed to get through. This level has been described by some as one of the most difficult levels ever in a computer game and I'd have to agree with them, especially if jumping puzzles aren't your thing.

The end of Psychonauts is open-ended which to me suggests they were always planning on making a sequel, although it took them almost two decades to release one it seems - a long wait for fans of the original game. Am I fan of this game? Yes and no. Gameplay-wise, it's not really my cup of tea, but the creativity that has gone into how each level has been designed (except the last one) along with the memorable characters and funny dialogue, are definitely strengths, and are qualities I've come to expect from Tim Schafer games.

So, I'm now ready to give its sequel a go. I wonder how it will compare?

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