Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 12th January 2022

Screenshot from Horizon Chase Turbo Summer Vibes DLC

The following post is part of a series of posts that are published every Wednesday to update readers on what I've been playing during the week (this also includes games on my "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 = 48%

Yes! I'm finally back to playing Disco Elysium! I haven't made too much progress but I did come across another dead body. I decided to let other detectives at the precinct handle it. I also met a bunch of alcoholics that knew Harry while he was on his drunken rampage resulting in him ditching his car into the river.

One thing that annoys me about this game is the map doesn't seem to work properly. Ideally it'd be nice to teleport around the map but instead I have to end up travelling on foot all the time (and it takes ages. Just about every game nowadays has waypoints and fast travel). I'm not sure if this is intentional or a bug. I do like how talking to certain characters makes reference to what sort of cop you are. For example, my cop is apparently a "sorry cop" who always apologises and one of the characters in the game called Idiot Doom Spiral mentions this (that's his name, I kid you not). I also love it how there are so many NPCs in this game with fully fleshed out background stories, moreso than any other game I've played before.

Mini Motorways

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 33%

I've been playing more of Mini Motorways over the past week, another game by Dinosaur Polo Club where you get to design transport networks. Mini Metro had you designing train networks but in this you're, as the name implies, designing road and motorway networks. The game is very similar to its predecessor in that it offers daily and weekly challenges. Also like its predecessor there's the weekly dilemmas determining which tiles to pick since you don't want to be caught short of road tiles, bridges or tunnels. Still not sure if traffic lights help or hinder traffic (and from what I've read on some websites online, my hesitancy to use them might be well placed) and the same goes with roundabouts (although these don't seem as bad). Motorways are definitely the way to go as they can go over buildings and provide a quick expressway for cars to travel from the suburbs to their intended destinations.

Another way this game is similar to Mini Metro is that I'm not very good at it. I very rarely make the top 50% when it comes to the scoreboard but something compels me to keep returning to the game to give it another shot.

Loot Box Quest

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

Just like the previous game by Going Loud Studios, DLC Quest, this game is a satire about the ridiculous state of loot boxes in the game industry. But is the game making fun of the underhanded practices from large game publishers? Or is the real fool the player who plays games like Loot Box Quest, clicking multiple times for little gain.

Also, many of the practices the game makes fun of were probably novel and also outrageous to the gaming public maybe 5 years ago but not so much nowadays as lots of these practices are now commonplace. Maybe the game is mocking the players after all for being stupid enough to buy into the deceit?

Anyway, like any good satire it's funny and yet makes you think. The only annoying thing about the "game" (if you can call clicker/idle games, games) is that it takes a long time to unlock things towards the end of the game, but thankfully since it is an idle game after all, you can just run the game in the background as you do your own thing.

Horizon Chase Turbo - Summer Vibes DLC

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

Like Loot Box Quest, this is another game that my brother gifted to me for Christmas. It's a very short DLC to the arcade racing game Horizon Chase Turbo as it only took me 45 minutes to complete. It does give you a new campaign though with 12 tracks and a Ferrari F50 with its roof off. I suspect this is a reference to Outrun but if that were the case, where is the Ferrari Testarossa? There are 5 skins you can unlock for the Ferrari F50 including a "Miami Vice" inspired skin.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]