Weekly Round-Up Wednesday - 11th January 2023

Screenshot of StarBuccaneer's in Escape from Monkey Island
Gee I wonder which real life company is being parodied here?

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.

Escape from Monkey Island

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 50%

I've finally made my way to Act III where I am now stranded on Monkey Island. The puzzles look like they're going to be even trickier but we shall see how we go. I was actually very proud of my daughter for suggesting an idea for a puzzle while on Knuttin Atoll: it turned out to be the solution to the problem (so I'll make a point 'n' click adventurer out of her yet). I'm still enjoying the music, humour, script and voice acting in this game, but it really would've worked better as a 2D point 'n' click adventure.

Battlefield 2042

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 100%

Not much to report here. Still playing the game. There's been a slight drop of player numbers according to Steam as it's sitting around 8,000 - 9,000. In sort of related news (as Battlefield 2042 is the most taxing game on my PC at the moment) I'm hoping to get a new PC soon since my generous family has donated money towards a new computer as my Christmas present. It's not going to be super high-spec but I'm thinking of getting something similar to the Arrow Hurricane by Arrow Computers. I could always swap out the graphics card with the RX 6600 I'm already using.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 5%

This game is super addictive. When trying to explain to my wife what you do a lot in the game, it's similar to Elite: Dangerous I suppose in that you're basically a space trucker. Missions are rather samey and trading might seem like a dull way to grind money but somehow, I quite enjoy it. I guess everyone has a different tolerance when it comes to what they're willing to do for grind. Anyway, I've progressed the main story but not sure if my ship is up to scratch yet. I'm still flying the Platypus but don't think I can upgrade it much further except maybe some extra cargo space and more powerful weapons (although I'm going to be limited by my Level 2 powerplant). I've encountered a robot trying to sell an asteroid as a base which has piqued my interest. Provided I can save up to 50,000 credits, I'll have a home to call my own!

Horizon Chase Turbo - Senna Forever

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 40%

Not much to report here since last time. Still enjoying the game though! I now have completed two out of the five stages in the campaign.

Space Crew: Legendary Edition

  • Picked by Me
  • Percentage Complete = 5%

Seems that I'm not satisfied with just one space game as I now own two thanks to recent sales. I quite enjoyed Bomber Crew which is why I decided to try out its sequel. The sequel doesn't have glowing reviews like the original but I love sci-fi and "Star Trek" in particular and I'm definitely picking up those vibes from this game. So far, it doesn't seem too bad although there seems to be definitely more "musical chairs" involved in this game as your engineer and security chief will be switching between their usual posts and turrets quite a lot. You'll have a few dilemmas to consider in this game, such as whether to have turrets that focus on damaging shields or armour, and whether you want to divert power to shields, weapons or engines. Otherwise, the game seems quite familiar to someone who has already played Bomber Crew before and I'm enjoying it, despite Bomber Crew having the added advantage of being based on a true story (i.e. RAF Bomber Command in WWII).

LINK: [ The Pile of Shame ]