Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 9th November 2022

Screenshot of Hurk in Far Cry 4
Hurk is very much the comic relief character in this game

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.

Far Cry 4

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 32%

Trying to finish this game but it seems like I have no more campaign missions, well at least none that are offered by the leaders of the Golden Path. I've done a comical mission offered by Hurk and I've done a side mission which involves racing. While I'm at the stage where I just want to breeze through the main story, I don't really have a choice but to perform some of these side missions because progress on the skill trees are locked until you've completed them. I'm of two minds about this: it's good because it at least gets you to try out some of the side missions but it's bad since it forces you to play some mini-game you probably don't care much for. Oh, and it's obviously extra grind too.

Battlefield 2042

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

I haven't experienced a freeze since they said they resolved the issue but I'm still experiencing the occasional bad framerate drop which previously tended to occur before the game froze. So while I'm thankful the game doesn't freeze anymore, performance is still suboptimal. In some good news though, my Hind's repair system has finally been unlocked (even though it should've a long time ago), so it makes the helicopter a bit more survivable whenever I'm the pilot.

Need for Speed Heat

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

I've finished the main storyline which means another review to add to my list! The game ends in an interesting manner: you and Ana basically act as kingmaker to the lesser of two evils. I guess they left the ending open because Need for Speed: Heat is basically an open world game: this allows you to keep playing the game and still encounter cops whenever you participate in illegal street racing (although the cops are now under new management).

Overall, I enjoyed the game. It's performance isn't that great on my system but there's a decent selection of old, classic and rather boring cars to pick from. The boring cars won't stay boring for long though since thanks to crazy customisation options you can beef up the performance of the vehicle along with modifying its looks. Like Need for Speed: Underground 2 you can take a rather unassuming car like a Honda Civic or Volkswagen Beetle and mod it so much it becomes a force to be reckoned with. It's hilarious, but also a lot of fun. Playing the game on easy difficulty was just right for me and although I didn't explore all aspects of the game I still played it for over 30 hours. Despite the reputation system being a thinly veiled way to add grind to the game (you can't get better performance parts for your car unless you're a higher level) I actually didn't mind racing in order to do it. Yes, police chases can be frustrating (and I've been caught a few times) but the only setback is you lose maybe $20,000. It's probably another good reason to play on Easy difficulty for this game, unless you really want to go to a whole new level, speccing your car so it's able to take more damage or improve its ability to evade cops.

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]