Community Review: Your 2020 Pile Of Shame

Community Review: Your 2020 Pile Of Shame
Image: Desert Child
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With the amount of hours played up by 50 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began – thanks, Nvidia – there’s never been a better time to claw through the Pile of Shame.

One game I picked up over the Christmas break was Desert Child, an Aussie-made game by Oscar Brittain. It came out a few years ago, but I only noticed it when digging through my Humble Bundle subscription.

Mechanically, it’s a racing game with light RPG elements. It’s also heavily inspired by Cowboy Bebop, and combined with the lo-fi pixelart style, I knew I had to play it.

The amount of grind involved, however, meant I fell off the wagon after about a week. But with not much else to do these days, I picked the game back up again, and eventually ground the credits I needed to get my hoverbike to Mars.

I haven’t added an awful lot to my Pile of Shame this year. I’ve tried to be better about picking up and finishing things as soon as possible. It helps that I’ve focused a little more on that for work, with guides around stuff like DOOM Eternal and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as well as doing a few more indies earlier in the year.

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There’s still some games that I’d like to go back and revisit, though. I’ve wanted to replay Final Fantasy 15 for a while – moreso after FF7R – and I’ve been looking for an ARPG to scratch the co-op itch. Ion Fury is another game that I’ve had an eye on, after the fun I had with AMID EVIL and Project Warlock. But alas, even in isolation, there’s only so many hours in the day.

How has your Pile of Shame gone this year?


  • I’ve never understood the concept of a “pile of shame” but maybe that’s just because I generally get bored of a game after about two weeks and move on to another one.

  • I’ve finally got through most of Nier: Automata after several years of owning it. I can’t believe I left it this long. Instantly climbing to my top 10 (if not top 5) games. Disco Elysium or GoW next.

  • I knocked off Yakuza Kiwami 2, Ace Combat 7, Resident Evil 7 and Control. Didn’t actually finish Control because I got bored of it, but I’ll still count it as crossed off the list since I won’t be going back to it 😛

    On the home stretch of Nioh now, which should clear the decks for TLOU2 in a month or so.

  • Why am I trying to finish Days Gone? Who knows but it’s actually quite good. Some of it is quite broken though – (why did you just wait until I left the camp before calling me on the radio, I was right next to you!!). Next is FF7R, then Last of Us Part 2.

  • I got original Assassin Creed 3 back in the day part of a bundle but every time I installed it I ended up not playing it.

    Finished AC odyssey last month and I installed AC3 remastered… walkthrough it yet.

    My pile of shame is now getting remastered

  • I keep a meticulous spreadsheet of all the games I played, dates I finished them and how long it took me, as well as a short list of games I intended to play next (not exhaustive, just the top ~30), and a list of games I intend to buy, or are watching for release (where are you Granblue Fantasy: Relink???).

    Done pretty well so far this year, especally in the last 2 months. This year I’ve finished:

    Ori and the Blind Forest
    The Surge
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
    Mad Max
    Devil May Cry 5
    Titanfall 2
    Dead Space 3
    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
    Final Fantasy VII Remake
    Starlink: Battle for Atlas

    Onto Amnesia: Dark Descent now.

    • I started doing a list as a way to get myself focused on finishing stuff off that I bought and didn’t touch (way too much). Working for me too.

  • I finally sat down and player through the witcher 3 after buying it at launch and never getting around to it for various reasons. It’s an amazing game but I must admit I enjoyed the witcher 2 for the tighter, more gripping narrative (the witcher 3’s main quest line was pretty lacking – it was side quests that carried the game for me).

    • Bloody hell, I apparently own it, too. On TWO platforms. So Playnite tells me… Steam and Twitch. Crikey.

  • I’ve added to my pile based on COVID related sales… but for first time completions:

    Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3 remakes. I guess you could throw 0 HD in since I 100%’d it for the first time.

  • So, if my Steam library had to be re-bought at current day prices, it would cost me $27,000.

    The site which tracks how long it takes to finish games ( estimates that the unplayed games in my library would take 1301 days of uninterrupted playtime to complete.

    If I played 8hrs a day, 5 days a week (taking a break on weekends to do something else, like watch TV/movies, visit people, whatever) instead of working, it would take me close to ELEVEN YEARS to make it through my backlog. Just the backlog. 11yrs of never playing anything new, ever again.

    Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. Ahhhhahahaha. Hee hee. hoo hoo ho ho hihihiheeeeee

  • It feels like I’ve been trapped inside all year, with the combination of the bushfire/heatwave summer and the Covid autumn. But I have made a decent dent in the games I want to play (don’t really consider them a “pile of shame”).

    At the start of the year, I played my way through the Dragon Age games. I played Inquisition when it first came out and loved it. This time around I played Origins, II and Inquisition in a row, which was great because I got a much better understand of the world building and mythology. Plus I really loved Dragon Age II.

    After my Dragon Age runthrough, I played Horizon: Zero Dawn, which I’d never gotten around to playing before because it came out at the same time as Breath of the Wild. It was very enjoyable and worth the wait.

    Now I’m playing my way through the Assassin’s Creed games. I played Origins when it first came out and then collected the rest of the series – mostly on sale or via XBox Games with Gold. I’ve finished the first one and AC:2, and I’m currently playing Brotherhood. It’s interesting to see how the franchise has grown and changed with each game so far, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where it goes with all the games I haven’t played yet between Brotherhood and Origins. This franchise will keep me occupied for a while!

    I’ve also managed to play plenty of Animal Crossing

  • it’s hard to feel my steam library is a pile of shame, i’m pretty sure a good 60 to 80% of them are there because they came with the humble bundle

    that said I’ve been playing wildlands on and off these past month and a bit… that game is something I keep coming back to on and off… I could never really get into playing it for a long period lol

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