What we have played | Eurogamer.net

16 September 2022

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a bit about some of the games we’ve played in the last few days. This time: laundry, guild problems and back to hell.

If you’d like to catch up on some of the older editions of What We’ve Been Playing, here’s our archive.

Arcade Paradise, PS5

Ian plays Arcade Paradise.

Apparently I’m drawn to doing worldly things. Maybe I’m boring myself. I just can’t get enough of cleaning up, folding someone’s clothes or doing their laundry. Or wash the toilet, and I never thought I’d write that. And I know that’s not really the point of Arcade Paradise – the point is to grow an arcade in the back – but it’s the mundane half of the game in the laundromat that really balances me and the game. Beautiful monotony – something to gently attach a restless mind to and occupy my hands with.

In addition, the mundane tasks are not really mundane, not like they are in real life. They are gamified. So when you pick gum, a small power meter fills and empties quickly, challenging you to stop it at the optimal time for the most pull. When you take out the bins, something similar happens; when you clean the toilet, something like that. Play permeates everything you do, even washing someone’s underpants. So while it all looks mundane – and that’s half the charm, I reckon – it’s secretly the same sort of thing as playing the arcade cabinets in the back. Tidy!

Bertie

Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus, Android

Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus trailer.

Wednesday morning this week I booted up Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus like normal and almost cried. I had been kicked out of my guild.

Those aren’t my words either. The game actually displayed a message saying “you have been kicked out of your guild”. I was first shocked, then confused. Why did they do this? I hadn’t spoken to anyone in the guild, called the Black Legion, since I joined a month ago when the game launched (more here, if you’re wondering why I started playing). I had contributed. When other players asked for in-game items, I gave them as gifts. I played every day. I took on every single boss in guild raid mode. I even joined the discord server the guild leader had set up.

The disagreement! This was surely a mistake. Someone must have pressed a button somewhere. All I had to do was go to our guilddiscord and ask what had happened.

I had also been knocked out by the disagreement.

My confusion quickly turned to anger. At least tell me I’m getting kicked out before you kick me out. Coward!

Did I say something? My only communication in the guild chat was agreeing that the last PvP event was not good due to lack of team variety. That doesn’t sound controversial to me. I didn’t speak in the disagreement – why should I? In the bleak darkness of the distant future, there is only war – not small talk.

Did the Black Legion carry me? I guess. Had they increased the minimum power level? It is now set to 22 (I took a look at my previous in-game guild to check them – maybe they had deleted the guild?). I have power level 20. Alright. Still tell me first?

I was surprised to find myself saddened by all this. At the time I was unceremoniously knocked out by the Black Legion, we had a guild raid position of 18. There are thousands of guilds on the leaderboard. We were one of the best guilds in the game.

It was pretty nice to be in a top tier video game guild. Members spoke enthusiastically about the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop and shared photos of their models in our discord. There was the occasional tactic talk – which element is best for this character? How do we defeat this impossibly hard raid boss? That kind of thing. And the rewards were great, because we were strong enough as a group to defeat high-level enemies. Now it’s all gone. Just like that. Without explanation.

As I write this, two days have passed since I was kicked out of the Black Legion. I almost quit because of what happened, but I’ve come to accept it, I think. I have joined a new guild called Sons of Sanguinius. Minimum power level one. Maybe starting over as one of the good guys is what I need right now.

Hmm. The Discord invite link is still on Black Legion’s in-game guild page. Maybe I’ll poke my head in and see if they’ve said why they kicked me out…

Wesley Yin-Poole

Hades, PC

Hades tip!

I consider myself a bit of a Nintendo. Not because I’m worth billions of dollars (I’m priceless, actually), but because I’m usually slow to jump on what’s popular or trending.

That’s why I’m playing Hades for the first time and I’m having a blast. This is the ultimate “just one more run” game for me, and when I check the clock I’ve spent four hours hacking my way through the underworld praying I don’t run into Tisiphone.

The gameplay loop is addictive and there are so many different combinations of weapons, trinkets and boons that warrant experimentation with each run. The art style is amazing and the music is also amazing. I’m a sucker for hot Greek gods and I’m not ashamed of it, okay?

I still have a long way to go with Hades – so far I’ve only managed to get out of the Underworld at 3 Heat, but I’m not complaining about spending more time on this game. As Zagreus repeats the loop of coming to the surface, I find myself falling more and more in love with Hades.

Liv Ngan

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