Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 16th March 2022

Screenshot of Harry and Kim on a boat in Disco Elysium
On a boat with a boombox

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 = 96%

Wow. Everything in the game is coming together. There was a climactic fight that went really badly thanks to me rolling really bad dice rolls. Also, big spoiler, but I love it how you discover that the phasmid is real! For the longest time, I just thought it was a Macguffin but the devs had us fooled in this regard. I'm definitely enjoying the end-game since it gets pretty exciting and feels more like a detective game.

Also, considering Harry DuBois is a middle-aged protagonist, I think this evokes more feelings of sympathy from me and the gamer demographic in general nowadays (the average age of gamers is going up: the last time I checked, it was somewhere in the mid-30s). Just like movies catering for Baby Boomers, it seems games are starting to cater for the elder millennial cohort. A lot of themes and issues that Harry has to deal with, such as loss, failure and a broken marriage will resonate with many who are middle-aged. The game evokes feelings of sympathy for the protagonist and his struggle to keep persevering with life and doing the right thing, despite a lot of emotional baggage and a crazy reputation.

Battlefield 2042

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 51%

I've now unlocked the M5C Bolte (which is based off a real-life unmanned ground combat vehicle used by the US Army called the Ripsaw). I'm pretty terrible at it and it doesn't really seem that much better than the buggy - i.e. they seem to both be fast glass cannons (once they're fully upgraded of course), so I don't really see how it's any better. Although you can eventually unlock a TOW missile launcher on the M5C Bolte which is insane. Pretty sure you can't unlock that on the buggy… but the buggy gets a 50mm cannon and the M5C Bolte (which is meant to be a tank) does not. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Besides the Hovercraft also gets a TOW missile launcher so what is the point of the Bolte? Especially when you can be easily sniped out of them?

I'm also still trying to level up Sundance to Level 1 Mastery. They're a very situational kind of operator since they obviously are good on maps with skyscrapers but not so much on maps where there isn't much in the way of tall structures. I did eventually try the anti-armour drone grenade on a tank and wow, it packed quite a punch. I don't know if that's because the tank was already damaged or not but I'm not going to underestimate that grenade ever again.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 96%

Not much to report with Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!. I'm so close to getting a 5 star rating but the game is becoming somewhat of a chore now. I really don't know what else there is to do besides unlock more decor for the restaurant and menu options. The game is definitely as good as the original, perhaps a bit more frustrating at times, but it does have the Zen mode which is really good for kids.

Jazz Jackrabbit Collection

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 14%

At one stage, I didn't have access to my usual gaming PC so I pulled out my really low spec but lightweight laptop to see if there was a game I could play on it. The hard disk is tiny at only 32GB which means there's only a few gigs to spare for anything else. I mean check out the specs below:

D330-10IGM Lenovo Ideapad - Type 81H3
1x Intel® Celeron® N4000 Processor(Celeron N4000)
1x 4GB LPDDR4 2133
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64
Hard Drive
1x 32GB
1x Intel® UHD 600
10.1" 1280x800

Pretty low spec right? Well I figured the thing should at least be able to play DOS games so I thought I'd finally give Jazz Jackrabbit a try. So, I accessed my GOG library and downloaded it.

I played the first chapter. There appears to be a few levels per chapter. The game reminds me of Sonic the Hedgehog but equipped with a gun. It's not a bad game but at the same time it doesn't seem that revolutionary (I mean, it's mimicking platformers of the 80s and 90s) but at least even platformer n00bs like me can play the game and have fun. The tracker-style music is definitely a highlight thanks to the efforts of Robert A. Allen.

The typical damsel in distress plot is used in the game which seems pretty damn lazy by today's standards but was probably used by 90% of the games back in the day.

You can jump and fire your weapon in this game and also switch what type of ammunition the gun uses. Like Sonic, you can stumble across caches of extra goodies via secret tunnels. I also like how you sometimes get cool power-ups like a parrot that assists you in shooting enemies or even using a hoverboard to travel around (hoverboards were a big thing back in the late 80s and early 90s hey? I'm looking at you "Back to the Future II").

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]