This Pile is Hot! - Pile of Shame June 2022

Holy moly, an early thread! I may be getting my act together.

Who are we kidding? Don't get used to it. I'll keep up with both threads until June.

Ok, enough with the excuses, on to the games!

Some housekeeping notes.

If you're interested, trueheart78, has the 12 month 2022 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.

The Bureau: Xcom Declassified - brokenclavicle
Crusader Kings 3 - jdzappa
Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court Expansion - jdzappa
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - Forlorn Hope
Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster - brokenclavicle, bobbywatson
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn - jdzappa
God of War (2018) - Stele
Golf Club Wasteland - bobbywatson
Metroid: Zero Mission - Forlorn Hope
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - jdzappa
Pychonauts 2 - AUs_TBirD
Skyrim - jdzappa
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - AUs_TBirD
Subnautica Below Zero - iaintgotnopants

Inscryption - brokenclavicle
Warhammer Total War 3 - jdzappa

Astro's Playroom - bobbywatson

Nintendo Switch
Metroid Dread - AUs_TBirD

Breath of Fire 2 - JohnKillo

Declaring two of the best of yesteryear:
Psychonauts 2 (multi/PC)
Metroid Dread (Switch)

With some luck, I may be able to sneak the rest of Dragon's Crown and 1-2 small titles in as well, but we'll see how things go.

June is here and school is out for my kids. Going to travel a bit so Breath of Fire 2 for the SNES.

Nice - I'm going to get ahead of the curve here! My games:

Crusader Kings 3
Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court Expansion
Warhammer Total War 3
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

Carrying over one game from the three I'd declared in May, and adding a couple more that I've made some progress in and am thinking it's time to put the final coffin nail in.

Inscryption (PC)
Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster (PC)
The Bureau: Xcom Declassified (Multi)

With things being kinda messy at the moment, I'm only going to declare these two games for now:

Astro's Playroom (PS5)
Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster (multi)

What I am going to play after that is still in flux. Even my plan to play a day of Persona 3 each day has derailed completely, and I'm more than two weeks late.

I'm going to play Subnautica Below Zero (multi).

I was actually planning to go with another game but it could potentially be a 100+ hour game so I had to audible to a shorter game when I realized I should be getting my Steam Deck email in two weeks. Since I have a big list of games that I've held off on to play them on the Deck, I didn't want to have a longer game in progress.

Didn't finish Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis/multi...everything) in May after all, so, less than 24 hours into June, it was my first "finish" of the month.

I'm really starting to think the 16-bit Sonic games (except for Spinball) aren't for me. I played and finished Sonic 1 in 2010, and I feel like I have the same complaints about Sonic 2 that I did about the original. The hedgehog's much vaunted speed can only occasionally be safely used because obstacles and enemies are almost everywhere, and there are so many gotcha! moments (a mantis with a nearly unavoidable long range attack at the top of a jump pad was the worst!) throughout the game that I was very thankful to be playing it on the Mega Drive mini with save states. The clipping issues - usually bouncing rings that I clearly touched but didn't get, but in a few cases moving platforms that I most definitely landed on but instead just fell through - don't help.
That's not to say I don't like 2D Sonic games - I remember thinking very highly of Sonic Rush (DS), a Sonic game that actually let you use your speed, and Sonic Pocket Adventure (NGPC), which, ironically, is mostly based on Sonic 2.
I know how important Sonic 2 was in the early 90's, and I remember always wanting to like the 16-bit series back then, but...oddly, I played more Bubsy than Sonic games. Obviously there's something wrong with me then. The game IS fun when it lets you run without punishing you for it, and some of the ways Sonic interacts with the world are pretty cool (bolt-and-nut elevators, pinball-like sections obviously, etc...) - I just wish Sonic could do more of what all the marketing promised.
Finished the game with just one chaos emerald. Honestly don't care to get any more of them. In 2022, I rate the game 3/5 stars.

And Astro's Playroom (PS5) is done! I will probably go back and get the remaining trophies for the Platinum.

I'm at the final class trial in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Steam/Multi) so I'm pretty confident that this month is the month that I'll finally beat it. I'll also toss in Metroid: Zero Mission (Wii U/Multi).

Would like to add Golf Club Wasteland (multi) to my list. No idea when I'm going to play it, but it's pretty short, so I'm confident I can finish it in June.

Well I started God Of War (PS5, multi?). We'll see how long that takes.

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is done. It went on a bit too long at times and I hated the monokubs but it also did some interesting things. So I'm glad that I played it.

Got back into town yesterday. Think the list should be current.

Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster has been beaten! Now I need to figure out what to play next.

I want to cross off the following games as finished. I figured that by forming an empire and earning the survivor achievement I can move them off the pile.

Crusader Kings 3
Crusader Kings 3: Royal Court

I will be finishing Final Fantasy 6 Pixel Remaster (multi) this month. Probably all I have time for though.

Speak of the devil! I literally just rolled the credits on Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster. One game down, two to go on this month's official pile!

God of War is finished! Wow, still a great game 4 years late to the party. But hey I got to play it on PS5 in 60FPS and it looked fantastic. Definitely setup for the sequel but still pretty fun on its own.

I'm still working on Subnautica Below Zero. I was going to try to just speed through the story stuff I had left this weekend but I made the mistake of deciding that I wanted to build a cool base. So, I spent most of the weekend trying to find all the titanium in existence. I should get it done next weekend.

I wanted to get that finished up as soon as possible because I finally got a Steam Deck and I have a big backlog of controller based games that I was saving for it. I went back to Death's Door which I had started a few months ago but decided to wait on. Game immediately feels better as a handheld experience.

The Bureau: Xcom Declassified has bit the dust. 2 picks down, 1 to go!

brokenclavicle wrote:

The Bureau: Xcom Declassified has bit the dust. 2 picks down, 1 to go!

As you finished it, I assume it's worth a playthrough? It's been on my pile since I got it 8 years ago.

AUs_TBirD wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

The Bureau: Xcom Declassified has bit the dust. 2 picks down, 1 to go!

As you finished it, I assume it's worth a playthrough? It's been on my pile since I got it 8 years ago.

Well, it depends. I enjoyed it by spacing it out in one hour chunks, but the gameplay isn't all that engaging or varied. It's a cover shooter, and it does that well, but it's nothing to write home about. The setting and story are what I liked best, although this isn't particularly stellar, either. Personally, I'm a huge nut for retro-alien-sci-fi, so this was right in my ballpark, but I wouldn't say that it's going to win anyone over.

If this sort of setting is up your alley, give it a go. It may take about 3 hours or so before the story beats really kick in, but if you enjoy it that far, you may as well stick with it.

So, I have rolled the credits on Inscryption and, well, I have thoughts... Going to need to mull those over before I share them, though.

That's 3 for 3 for the month, and seeing as I still have about a week left in June, I'm going to declare a fourth game:

The Adventure Pals (multi)

I think this lighthearted platformer - which I started a while ago - should go down nicely.

Finished Subnautica Below Zero.

At first, I liked it a lot more than the original game due to the small map and quicker start (it's so much easier to find resources and important blueprints early). As the game went on, I realized that none of the biomes were actually all that interesting. That brought down my opinion of it a bit and then I had to do the on-land stuff. Holy sh*t, the on-land stuff is terrible. Whoever put that in the game needs to be fired and get a different career. Navigating same-y looking environments without a map with "weather" that gives you whiteout conditions every thirty seconds or pitch black night (the lighting, in general, was a lot worse in this one than the original) are not fun. The land vehicle was next to useless. I just ended up using the Prawn suit to explore all of it which made the temperature mechanic a joke (there's no way they didn't intend you to do that either with all the ore deposits). One big positive, was that the base building stuff was much more fun since it was easier to accumulate resources for it. Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be any really cool environments to build in that didn't have a leviathan so I ended up putting my big base pretty close to the drop pod.

Overall, if I ignore the absolutely terrible land areas, I liked it a little more than the original Subnautica.

Still working on Death's Door. Pretty sure I know what I'm going to play next for my main pc game but I'm not going to declare it because it's going to take forever to play. Hell, I might not finish installing mods until it's July.

And I finished Final Fantasy 6: Pixel Remaster with just under a week to spare! It was fun revisiting an old game I played a ton as a kid but never actually completed. The game is a lot easier than I remember it being though.