Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 19th January 2022

Screenshot of Concrete Jungle
Concrete Jungle is like a mix of SimCity, Tetris and card games

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 = 59%

I think I've explored almost all the areas there is to explore. Now it's just a matter of retrying the white checks. I totally forgot that I have certain clothes that can confer benefits to your stats so I've started using these to give me an edge on the aforementioned white checks.

I encountered a rather sad tale about a cryptozoologist and his wife searching for an elusive cryptid that the wife apparently observed in her youth. You really start to care about the characters you meet in Disco Elysium and it's not many games that do that.

Mini Motorways

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

I unlocked all the cities. You usually have to complete a certain number of commuter trips before you get a chance at attempting the next one. After I accomplished this feat I returned to the first city (Los Angeles) and completed 1,000 trips in order to unlock the city-specific challenges for it. I tried my hand at one of them where you only get one motorway, more traffic lights and more traffic.

I think I've played enough of Mini Motorways now that I'm prepared to give it a review, so stay tuned for one in the near future.

Concrete Jungle

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 9%

This game is more difficult than it looks. I'm only a few missions in and already unable to get a maximum of three stars on each level. It has an addictive appeal to it by being a mix of a card game, Tetris and SimCity. The game looks bright, colourful and pretty too like older versions of SimCity. It has a fully voiced campaign too where the incompetent mayor trope gets played. Plenty of humour with respect to the bureaucracy too.

Battlefield 2042

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = ??%

Portal mode is fun. Not an exact facsimile to the original games like Bad Company 2 or Battlefield 3 but close enough. It's a pity that they are splitting the game again though between competing interests. There's a lot of interest in Portal mode and it actually has a server browser and classes are great! But just makes you feel like BF2042 is lacking even more (no server browser, no classes) plus you can't make progress on your BF2042 unlocks if you're not playing BF2042.

Unfortunately, squads are still stuffed. You're often not placed in the same game and it takes ages to find one in BF2042 despite there being bots now.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]