Hades has finally arrived on the Microsoft and PlayStation consoles, optimized for the new hardware (though still available for the old), almost a year after launching on PC and the Nintendo Switch. It received much critical acclaim and for good reason – it’s one of the rare roguelikes that manage to blend a strong narrative component into their repetition-based gameplay loop.
Hades has everything you’d expect from the genre: upgrades, RNG buffs, a strong focus on character-build, randomized layout, and tough-as-nail boss fights. However, coming from Supergiant Games, you’re also guaranteed great writing, excellent voice-work, and stylish visuals.
Zagreus is surprisingly humble, kind, protective, and appreciates humour, making him an easy character to root for
…completing a run was only the beginning, and there’s reason to do it another half-dozen times to see the main story to its endpoint.
Hades is a blast to play and has dozens of interconnected systems you might not even realize exist for the first few runs.
These [bosses] are, initially, difficulty spikes that’ll put your skills to the test in fast, furious, and chaotic battles.
When you combine weapon-specific combos, the myriad available boons, character upgrades, and equippable passives, there are dozens of potential builds.
Enjoys games with awesome stories and characters, along with new and interesting hardware. Dislikes day-one patches and driver updates.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
13 August 2021
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