Will the Extra Day Even Matter? - Pile of Shame February 2024

Leap Year! One more day to purchase a new game that will be added to the pile. Wait, that's not right...

One more day to finish, yes, finish a game! Think positive, my friends.

Some housekeeping notes.

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.

If you're interested, trueheart78, has the 12 month 2024 pile plan thread over here.

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.

This month's Pick of the Pile is

Civilization 6


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"Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game." (Official Site)

Multi-Platform
The Baconing - brokenclavicle
Baldurs Gate 3 - jdzappa
Civilization 6 - jdzappa
Crusader Kings 3: Tours and Tourneys - [i]jdzappa[i]
Crusader Kings 3: Wards and Wardens - [i]jdzappa[i]
Dear Esther - brokenclavicle
Evil West - mrtomaytohead
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn - jdzappa
Jusant - bobbywatson
The Legend of Dragoon - brokenclavicle
Monster Hunter World - mrtomaytohead
Severed Steel - AUs_TBirD
Silpheed - AUs_TBirD
South Park: The Stick of Truth - AUs_TBirD

PC
Dark Fall: The Journal - AUs_TBirD

Switch
Pokemon Legends: Arceus - TheMostRad
Super Mario Bros. Wonder - brokenclavicle

Turbografx-16
Cyber Core - AUs_TBirD

I think this month I'll be declaring Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Switch). I'm feeling good about the amount I've enjoyed over my first 8-10 hours and can see myself rolling credits before the month is through.

Formatted list:

Spoiler:

Multi-Platform
Severed Steel - AUs_TBirD
Silpheed - AUs_TBirD
South Park: The Stick of Truth - AUs_TBirD

PC
Dark Fall: The Journal - AUs_TBirD

Turbografx-16
Cyber Core - AUs_TBirD

Declaring:
Cyber Core - (Turbografx-16) - This bug-themed horizontally scrolling shmup is the main reason I wanted a Turbografx in the early 90's. I've now owned it over 20 years, but never finished it.
Dark Fall: The Journal - (PC) - Another game I've had about 20 years and never finished. Wanted to play through it last month in part because of the title's similarity to Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, which I played through in January, but things didn't quite work out that way.
Silpheed - (SegaCD/multi) - One of my favorite SegaCD games, but one I was never able to beat in the 90's. Made it pretty far though as I recall.
South Park: The Stick of Truth - (PC/multi) - I really got into this for a few hours in 2016. That's how long it has been installed on now 3 different computers, but the save game is still from 2016. Spring cleaning is coming early this year!

Declaring and also declaring finished:
Severed Steel - (PC/multi) - The GWJ Action Game Club's first pick was a pretty rad way to spend 3-ish hours. This is the first game of its type that I've played, and it has certainly moved Superhot and Ghostrunner (also in my pile) near the front of the line.

Well, February is going to be interesting for various reasons, but I intend to squeeze as much gaming time as I possibly can.

The Legend of Dragoon (multi)
The Baconing (multi)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Switch)
Dear Esther (multi)

That ought to keep me in the loop.

Ooh new month!

Here’s what I got

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
Civilization 6
Baldurs Gate 3

Declaring Jusant (multi) only for now. The rest of the month will probably spent replaying the first 3 Tomb Raider games thanks to the Remaster, and I can't declare that considering I've beaten all 3 games multiple times in the past.

I've kept to my word and finished Pokemon Legends: Arceus! I'll spend some time meandering & sampling before my next declaration, but BG3 is looking like a potential candidate now that I'm getting into Act 2.

I actually beat a game this month. Dear Esther. With any luck, I'll knock out all the other three picks before the finish line!

Late to the game but I have two DLC to post:

Crusader Kings 3: Tours and Tourneys
Crusader Kings 3: Wards and Wardens

I rolled credits on 2 undeclared games since I woke up. Evil West (PC/Multi), which I've only been sitting on since December, and Monster Hunter World (PC/Multi), which came with my GTX 1070Ti card back in 2018 and I had completely stalled on for a long time. I actually thought I wouldn't finish anything this month as a week and a half ago I was primarily focused on Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, but my wife took over the Switch a few nights and I ended up focusing on PC games. XC will be my target for next month.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder is down. What ride! It was pretty fun and I swear someone on the team at the very least got really into reading about psychedelics. In any case, game done. Fun times. No one can take Super Mario World's crown yet - fight me, SMB 3 peeps! - and I am happy with that. World still has the best end credits and end of world scenes ever in any Mario game, but this might be in contention for second.

Actually, the extra day DID matter in my case, as I just banished the evil in Dark Fall: The Journal, which is still pretty effective at creating a creepy atmosphere and sense of place, but the gameplay and navigation hurt the experience.
The game relies far too much on pixel hunting, most times I was stuck, I just hadn't found the one specific spot I needed to click on. This is not limited to finding items and solving puzzles, but even occasionally trips you up in simple navigation - the only reason I found the cellar door, is because a walkthrough told me there was one in a specific location. The graphics gave no real hint that I was looking at anything other than a wooden panel. The same goes for a path behind a fence - there was no real way to know that I could go through one specific open spot in a fence out of three.
The order you do things also matters. Near the end of the game, after I had been bumbling about the hotel for well over 8 hours already, I got into Polly&Nigel's room. This was stuffed to the brim with clues and outright answers to many things I had solved - or at least worked on at length - already. I was pretty miffed at that.
Glad to have this off the pile, but it will likely be some time before I get to the sequel: Lights Out.

Also finished South Park: The Stick of Truth a week ago, which is still quite fun to play a decade after release, and the story really tries to hit as many South Park highlights as it can. I can see myself starting The Fractured but Whole in the not-so-distant future.

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Worked on Cyber Core and Silpheed, but didn't manage to finish in time. I will carry them over.

No March thread up yet, is there? Stopping by to see if there's any activity. Will carry over The Baconing and The Legend of Dragoon, anyhow. Doubt they'll be done before mid-month, since I'm traveling right now and won't be home until the 16th hehehe.

I'll finally be able to declare Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition in the thread for March as I'm getting close... or maybe I'm not. Depends on the DLC length as I just remembered that was the justification for picking it up and I have not idea how much time that will take.

EDIT: Nevermind, new thread is up here.