If you pay attention to what’s going on in the world of gaming, then there’s a very high chance that you’ve at least heard of Hades. The latest game from Supergiant, the creators of the almighty Bastion, Transistor, and the incredibly underrated but equally exceptional Pyre, brings all of the incredible flair and masterful gameplay that the devs are known for and wrangles it into a roguelike.
Now, roguelike is an off-putting word for a lot of people, because it calls to mind the idea of endless repetition, struggle, and a general feeling of smashing your head into a wall. It’s not a genre that’s for everyone, and that’s completely understandable, but it’s also something that I implore you to push past or ignore to make sure you give Hades a try.
A tall tale
Hades is a roguelike, sure, but it’s also probably the most revolutionary one in the genre’s history. While it does still have you blitzing through enemies and dying a lot, the suffering isn’t the point. Instead, the point is to live through and experience the story of Zagreus, the son of the god of the underworld and titular character, Hades.
Poor old Zag’s had a bit of a rough hand dealt to him, and alongside not being able to find a job he likes, his dad’s also kind of a douche. You can try and escape, of course, but it’s no easy feat getting out of the underworld, especially given that everything there seems intent on trying to stop you.
I’m not going to spoil anything here, but the more you play the game the more the story reveals itself, and it’s not just the overarching plotline either, but the individual characters you meet all have lives to live, and you can try and help all of them as you fight your way through the world.
Also, everyone is hot
There are a lot of really fascinating characters in the game, largely due to the heady mix of Greek mythology and Supergiant’s excellent writing, and you can build up relationships with all of them. Also, everyone you meet is hot, and that helps.
The combat’s also to die for, with different weapons offering completely different experiences. You can also play things out in amazingly diverse ways thanks to the powers you can find in each run too. There are even variations on the enemies and bosses you’ll find, and just in case you’re still not sold, a God Mode that makes you stronger every time you die.
The aim here is for everyone to be able to play Hades however they want, and not just by brute-forcing their way through it. It’s not just the game design that’s accessible either, Hades is finally available on PC, Switch, PlayStation, and even Xbox Game Pass, and that means there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t check out this incredible game. If you’ve got the right hardware like a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S you can even play it in 4K in the comfort of your own living room.
Hades is one of the best games of the last few years, and you owe it to yourself to try it out at least once, but ideally for a fair few more times than that.