Going, Going... Gone - Pile of Shame Oct.-Dec. 2021

Here we are again. It's the last quarter of 2021 and the final thread of the year. As we close out 2020 (er, 2021, does time even matter any more?) let's all take a moment and reflect on what a strange two years it's been. It's also remarkable we got new games and consoles at all.

For those new to the Pile of Shame, we have monthly threads until October and that thread goes for the rest of the year. It used to be due to the influx of new games, a lot of folks would be drawn to the new games and the pile would to a backseat. As release schedules have changed over the last 14(!) years, it's a way for me to take a bit of a break.

Some housekeeping notes.

If you're interested, trueheart78, has the 12 month 2021 pile plan thread over here.

A quick reminder, in order to be considered "Pile of Shame" the game needs to be at least three months old. Otherwise, it's just a new game you haven't gotten to playing yet.

Also, if you are curious about some of the previous threads, Picks of the Pile, etc... Please go here and check out the spreadsheet I setup.

Let's get on to the games!

The Year End Pick of the Pile is

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

"In the latest adventure in the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, teenager Miles Morales is adjusting to his new home while following in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, as a new Spider-Man. But when a fierce power struggle threatens to destroy his new home, the aspiring hero realizes that with great power, there must also come great responsibility. To save all of Marvel’s New York, Miles must take up the mantle of Spider-Man and own it." (Official Site)

A Plague Tale: Innocence - Stele
Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom - brokenclavicle
Alan Wake - iaintgotnopants
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag - Stele, bobbywatson
Assassin's Creed Valhalla - jdzappa
Beneath a Steel Sky - AUs_TBirD
Burly Men at Sea - honeycut1
Carto - charlemagne,Eleima, benign1
Child of Light - Stele
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising - AUs_TBirD
Darksiders II - brokenclavicle
Dead Space 2 - AUs_TBirD, iaintgotnopants
Death's Door - mrtomaytohead
Eastshade - Forlorn Hope
Far Cry 3 - AUs_TBirD
Final Fantasy 7 Remake - Malkroth
Frost Punk: The Last Autumn - jdzappa
Ghost of Tsushima - charlemagne
Half-Minute Hero - LastSurprise
Hob - Eleima
Horizon Zero Dawn - mrtomaytohead
The House in Fata Morgana - Forlorn Hope
Indivisible - Malkroth
Kena : Bridge of Spirits - Hemi
Lego City Undercover - AUs_TBirD
Little Nightmares - iaintgotnopants
Marvel's Avengers - Hemi
Marvel's Spider-Man - honeycut1
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - honeycut1, Hemi
Mass Effect 3 - Eleima
The Messenger - brokenclavicle
Metroid Prime - Forlorn Hope
Monster Hunter Stories - brokenclavicle
Metroid: Zero Mission - benign1
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - bobbywatson
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... - Forlorn Hope
Ori and the Will of the Wisps - mrtomaytohead
Outer Wilds - Stele
Outer Wilds - Echoes of the Eye - Eleima
The Outer Worlds - jdzappa
Panzer Dragoon Remake - AUs_TBirD
Persona 4 Golden - brokenclavicle
Prey - iaintgotnopants
Quake Remastered - AUs_TBirD
Quake: Dimension of the Machine - AUs_TBirD
Quake64 - AUs_TBirD
Resident Evil HD Remaster - Forlorn Hope
Samorost - AUs_TBirD
Samorost 2 - AUs_TBirD
The Sexy Brutale - Eleima
Silent Hill 2 - AUs_TBirD
Skyrim - jdzappa
Super Mario Galaxy - bobbywatson
Titanfall 2 - AUs_TBirD
The Touryst - brokenclavicle
Trails in the Sky: SC - JohnKillo
Transformers: Devastation - AUs_TBirD
Two Point Hospital - Eleima
Unavowed - Eleima
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action - AUs_TBirD, Eleima, benign1
The Wolf Among Us - honeycut1
Yakuza Kiwami - Forlorn Hope
Ys VIII - Lacrimosa of Dana - bobbywatson, LastSurprise, Malkroth

Cthulhu Saves the World - LastSurprise
Cyrano - Eleima
Endless Space 2 - jdzappa
Guild Wars 2: Living Story 2 - jdzappa
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - jdzappa
Half-Life: Alyx - Forlorn Hope
King's Bounty: the Legend - LastSurprise
Pony Island - AUs_TBirD

Playstation 5
Returnal - charlemagne

Playstation 4
Wattam - brokenclavicle

Playstation 2
Shadow Hearts - AUs_TBirD

Nintendo Switch
Bowser's Fury - AUs_TBirD
Fire Emblem Three Houses - LastSurprise
Golf Story - Stele
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Forlorn Hope
Monster Hunter Rise - Malkroth
New Pokemon Snap - Forlorn Hope
Super Mario 3D World - iaintgotnopants

Nintendo 3DS
Metroid Samus Returns - brokenclavicle, benign1
Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition - brokenclavicle
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy - brokenclavicle

Nintendo Super Famicom
Tengai Makyou Zero - brokenclavicle

Sega Saturn
Shining Force III Scenario 1 - brokenclavicle

Time flies, even when we're mostly confined to our homes. Well, I'll be carrying over a game, while setting myself up for failure by putting a smattering of titles I want to finish.

Monster Hunter Stories (multi)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)
Tengai Makyou Zero (Super Famicom)
Metroid Samus Returns (3DS)
Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (3DS)
The Messenger (multi)
Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (multi)
Darksiders II (multi)
Persona 4 Golden (multi)
Shining Force III Scenario 1 (Sega Saturn)
Wattam (PS4)
The Touryst (multi)

Yup. I am so not gonna fulfill that list hahaha.

Only declaring one thing for now: Ys VIII - Lacrimosa of Dana (multi). I should be done within a week or two, since I can't stop playing that thing.

We got new consoles? When? I haven't seen one yet!

Formatted list for the OP:


Beneath a Steel Sky - AUs_TBirD
Dead Space 2 - AUs_TBirD
Far Cry 3 - AUs_TBirD
Panzer Dragoon Remake - AUs_TBirD
Silent Hill 2 - AUs_TBirD
Transformers: Devastation - AUs_TBirD
VA-11 HALL-A - AUs_TBirD

Red Alert 3: Uprising - AUs_TBirD

Nintendo Switch
Bowser's Fury - AUs_TBirD

Shadow Hearts - AUs_TBirD

I really just used September to finish post-credits content of Wolfenstein II (while fun, it was a bit disappointing that there was neither a cut scene nor even any acknowledgement at all that I had finished everything), and play random things to see what would stick.

Beneath a Steel Sky (PC/multi) - For the adventure game club. Got about an hour in a year or two ago and never picked it back up again. Time to change that.

Dead Space 2 (PS3/multi) - It's Halloween time, and playing the first 30 minutes of this last year (?) blew me away.

Far Cry 3 (PC/multi) - Have really gotten into this lately. It's not the best Far Cry I've played, the controls are weird (different mouse movement speeds depending on what I'm doing), Uplay sucks, and I'm spending far too much time navigating menus, but it's still pulling me along. You can really see where some of the features of later games - even Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, etc... - got their start.

Panzer Dragoon Remake (Switch/multi) - Played a bit of this in late spring and got distracted, even though I was intrigued after the first two levels. It has been on my mind a lot since.

Silent Hill 2 (Xbox/multi) - because it's October, and it is pile thread tradition that I declare this game EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. for the end-of-year thread. Shockingly, I have actually made progress since I last declared it in January.

Transformers: Devastation (PC/multi) - I've waited to play this game until my oldest was of an age where he could appreciate it as well. It's a Platinum-Games style brawler homage to G1 Transformers, and it's pretty great. We've gotten over 1/3 through the game, with the kiddo navigating stages, and me fighting Decepticons. Got stuck on a tougher Insecticon fight and haven't been back in two weeks. That needs to change.

VA-11 HALL-A (PC/multi) - For the adventure game club. Haven't started it yet.

Red Alert 3: Uprising (PC) - The last expansion for the last Command&Conquer game I have. I finished the base game in 2014, but somehow never got into Uprising. Having played the first 3 missions, it's not very accessible, and that's probably why. I remember Red Alert 3 as being much more fun. Still, I want this off the pile, and I also want to see more of the live action videos, especially the ones with Ric Flair.

Bowser's Fury (Switch) - started playing this with my oldest earlier in the year, but he got distracted by other things. Hoping to finish this up with him.

Shadow Hearts (PS2) - Played and finished its sequel, Shadow Hearts: Covenant 13 years ago, and its prequel, Koudelka, in July. Now I want to see the story in between those two. Already a few hours in, and it's really strange in mostly good ways.

Mostly just trying to finish games that I started this year but here's my list..

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS4/Multi)
Yakuza Kiwami (PC/Multi)
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... (PS4/Multi)
Half-Life: Alyx (PC)
Eastshade (PC/Multi)
New Pokemon Snap (Switch)
The House in Fata Morgana (PC/Multi)
Metroid Prime (Gamecube/Multi)

Wish me luck..I'm going to need it.

I'm going to, once again, carry forward Super Mario 3D World. I'm going to call it done after world 8. I'll be playing the extra levels but it'll probably take me another year. I'm probably going to avoid declaring console games in the future since it takes me so long to finish them. Maybe eventually I'll get some new joy-cons so I can play the damn thing in handheld mode again.

I had a bunch of games that I wanted to play for October but Deathloop's going to take me a long time. It's supposed to be a 15 hour game but I'm already at 23 and wouldn't be surprised if I end up in the 40-50 range just because of the way I play it. I think I'm going to stick to my planned game order for the rest of the year anyway. So, Dead Space 2, Little Nightmares, Alan Wake, and Prey.

I'll do the formatted list thing:


Alan Wake - iaintgotnopants
Dead Space 2 - iaintgotnopants
Little Nightmares - iaintgotnopants
Prey - iaintgotnopants

Nintendo Switch
Super Mario 3D World - iaintgotnopants

Alright, I'm finally going to say I'm done with Super Mario 3D World after, like, nine months. There's some fun levels in there but I hate how the 3D Mario games (specifically the ones with 3D in the title) control. Everything is too floaty and slide-y. I also hate that they'll have a star that requires a cat suit but you haven't seen a cat suit in three or four levels. And, the few stars that required you to play as a different character with no warning whatsoever that that will be the case.

I'll start with The Sexy Brutale (Multi) and VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (Multi) which I couldn't get to last month. And since Extra Life 2021 is just around the corner, let's go nuts. I'll add Outer Wilds - Echoes of the Eye (Multi), Control (Multi), Cyrano (PC), Ōkami (Multi), Mass Effect 3 (Multi), Two Point Hospital (Multi), Hob (Multi), Unavowed (Multi).

I finished nothing last month, so for the month ahead I'm going to re-declare everything I didn't get to: Cthulhu Saves the World (PC), Half-Minute Hero (PC), Fire Emblem Three Houses (Switch), King's Bounty: the Legend (PC), and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Multi).

For now I'll declare Returnal (PS5) and Carto (PC), a.k.a., the game I'm currently playing and the change of pace game I plan to play afterwards.

And Metroid Prime is done! Still a fantastic game and it was fun revisiting it with a friend who watched me stream it. Now I need to play Zero Mission, Samus Returns and Fusion so I'm caught up on the lore for Dread. Probably a next year thing since I want to focus on finishing these backlog games.

Next up will be Resident Evil HD Remaster since it's spooky month. I'm finding it pretty hard even on easy difficulty but the atmosphere is great.

I finished The Sexy Brutale this evening!! Really liked it, it’s going on my list of GITY potentials.

Returnal done! I learned after hitting the credits that there is more stuff to do for those who want it, but I'm pretty done. Amazing game though.

Ys VIII is now complete, and I loved it!

Metroid Samus Returns is done. Took me a little under 15 hours by the game clock, which is likely anywhere between 17 and 20 hours of real time.

I finished up Burly Men at Sea on Vita.

I'm hoping to finish up Marvel's Spider-Man on PS4 (new game +), Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (new game), and The Wolf Among Us on Vita. Depending on how I do I'll add more.

Well Metroid Dread is done so it will never reach the pile. Not sure what to start next.

I did play some Assassin's Creed Black Flag (Switch, multi) recently. Maybe I'll stick with that first.

I forgot to add my list:

Assassin's Creed: Ragnarok
Endless Space 2
Frostpunk: Last Autumn
Guild Wars 2: Living Story 2
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
The Outer Worlds

I've been playing Marvel's Avengers using Xbox cloud gaming. I own it on PS4/PS5, but I'm using Gamepass.

I think i might have a problem...

Forlorn Hope wrote:

Mostly just trying to finish games that I started this year but here's my list..

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS4/Multi)
Yakuza Kiwami (PC/Multi)
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... (PS4/Multi)
Half-Life: Alyx (PC)
Eastshade (PC/Multi)
New Pokemon Snap (Switch)
The House in Fata Morgana (PC/Multi)
Metroid Prime (Gamecube/Multi)

Wish me luck..I'm going to need it. :D

That's a good list.

As for me. More Trails in the Sky SC.

Carto complete! I will have to peruse my backlog and decide on what else I want to knock off this year. Hm...

I also completed Carto (Multi) the other day, which I hadn't planned on but which was an absolute delight!!

This evening I wrapped up Cyrano (PC) which I also very much enjoyed.

It took many nights of staying up too late, but Far Cry 3 is in the books!
I think I preferred Far Cry 2, but not by all that much. At least in 3, cleared out areas don't repopulate enemies as soon as you're 10 feet away, so that's a huge improvement. Constantly being eaten by tigers while trying to stealth-assault a compound? Not so much.

Loved Vass as the antagonist. That was a quality performance!

Frostpunk: Last Autumn is done. I'm not proud of how I beat it since in the end I resorted to cocaine pills, forced prison labor, and a broth... err house of pleasure. But it's off the pile!

Resident Evil HD Remaster bites the dust. Next up is Yakuza Kiwami if I can give up on maxing out the Majima Everywhere ranking.

I will declare Tales of Phantasia (multi, playing on PS1). I'm about 3.5 hours in, and I like it enough to keep going. We'll see if it can keep my interest for the next 37 or so.

I will also declare New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (multi).

Forgot to look for this thread earlier, but I have not finished anything yet so everything is fine...
My goals for the end quarter are a couple of games I have been chipping away at all year and the Q4 game for the JRPG club.
Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana (multi)
Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PS4)
Monster Hunter Rise (switch)

Ok! Time to declare Ghost of Tsushima (PS5).

I finished Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action last night.

Cross-posting my review from the relevant adventure game club thread:

Got the good ending (and two character endings) yesterday. Went back and played Anna's demo (which made way more sense now) and Anna's "story" afterwards.

I really enjoyed this and am a bit bummed that the sequel has been in development limbo for apparently four years now. I did start referencing a guide at times because I made a big mistake - this is also my biggest piece of advice to new players:
Make notes of what drinks your clients - especially the regulars - order or talk about. You will need that knowledge later!
Especially because the game is so long (around 20 hours for me), I just couldn't remember what many clients wanted anymore when they stopped being specific.
Now for my second tip:
You can add ingredients with the QWERT keys....and REMOVE them with Shift-(key)! - I did not realize this until I was 3/4 through the game.

Overall, even though the game is light on actual gameplay, being primarily a visual novel, I really, REALLY enjoyed my time with it, connecting with the various characters and really digging the very direct, yet natural dialogue. It was a game I could play while my kids were around because it didn't really interest them, and at the same time I could only play it around them because neither can read yet. It's really saucy at times including frank discussions of some rather taboo sexual practices!

It also contains many, many fun pop culture references, of which I only caught a fraction.


Seinfeld, Lou Bega, The Rock, Kanye West, Chapelle Show, innumerable anime references that I barely got....

I loved the branching dialog paths depending on what you served/how much karmotrine they had consumed (really, how screwed up is the world if they don't even have real alcohol anymore), and the topics discussed were almost always interesting.

Towards the end, I stopped buying the daily "wishlist item" because I was too worried about being able to pay my bills. Honestly, it didn't make much difference except that - like trueheart said - you need to be on your toes and focus for Jill. The last few days are some of the best income-wise, so I had enough cash left over to splurge at the end.

The only two "complaints" I really have are that at the beginning of the game, you need to know to buy a specific item (there is no hint that you should do this), otherwise you are already unable to get one character ending. The other is that as great as the soundtrack is, I eventually got a bit tired of it (20 hours!). It didn't help that I never figured out how to get the final 15 or so songs for my playlist until after the game, when I realized it's part of New Game+.

I'm not ruling out that I will try to speed through New Game+ eventually. I wonder if some of the threads that are left open will be wrapped up then, but if not, I'm ok with that. Some people just come and go and leave no lasting impact.

All in all, an experience I highly recommend. Thanks to everyone who voted for it!

Finished up some undeclared stuff recently: squeezed in Carto (Multi) before it disappeared from Game Pass and played through Metroid: Zero Mission (Multi) to stave off the desire to buy Dread.

I'll declare VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (Multi) and Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS). Still need to look at what I hoped to get to this year and see what else I can realistically accomplish.

I just beat New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. It was... OK. Maybe I was just not in the mood for 2D Mario at the moment. The new acorn powerup felt completely useless. (So are the concept of lives, score, and time limits, but that's a different post.) Somehow I stumbled upon a shortcut that allowed me to skip two entire worlds. Not sure if I will go back to complete them. Super Luigi is also included on the cart. I might give it a try.