Pile of Shame Sunday - 24th October 2021

Screenshot of Speeder interior in Captain Disaster
Should be Desert Sound Shower I reckon

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 other games 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 other games this week so I didn't get time to play this.

Psychonauts 2

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 5%

I made a start on the sequel to Psychonauts this week and so far it seems superior to the original in many ways, despite the gameplay being quite similar. I love the new graphics and yet they have still managed to mimic the same art style from the original 2005 game. The controls seem more intuitive and I'm loving the exceptional, movie-quality soundtrack by Peter McConnell which even incorporates some themes and leitmotifs from the original game.

The only criticism I have is that the sequel doesn't immediately follow the events of the original Psychonauts as there is an interim VR game called Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin that details the events between the games, but if you don't have a VR headset there's little motivation to try it out. The intro does recap the events of Rhombus of Ruin but it's a pity that non-VR headset owners can't experience it first hand.

Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 33%

I've also started playing an indie point 'n' click adventure this week, thanks to the generosity of Dave Seaman (aka CaptainD) providing me a review key. I have to say I'm not such a big fan of the graphics but keep in mind this isn't a AAA title and the graphics are serviceable. The game is fully voiced though and if you're a fan of sci-fi, you won't be disappointed about the number of references they have in here: Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all get referenced and I'm only scraping the surface. The game Outrun even gets referenced which I thought was an awesome addition.

In terms of the puzzles, I actually got stuck pretty early and had to use a walkthrough (nooooo) but only because I didn't look closely enough in a certain area and I ended up wandering around for almost an hour, figuring there was something really simple I was missing. Turns out I was. It was one of those situations where you knew what you had to do next but the inventory item required wasn't in your possession yet.

Anyway, overall I'm enjoying this adventure game so far and I'll hopefully be able to complete it over the next week.

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