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  • Summary: Defy the god of death as you hack and slash your way out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 58
  3. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Feb 17, 2021
    Hades is a roguelike action RPG developed and published by Supergiant Games. It set a new bar for roguelike games with amazing visuals, character development, and storyline. Hades does have a few minor issues that plague most roguelikes. But these don’t impact the overall experience of an amazingly great game.
  2. Sep 17, 2020
    Hades is, to put it plainly, a masterpiece. It has a refreshingly unique trajectory, tells a compelling story with an alluring cast, and has such a good handle on moment-to-moment play that it is never anything less than genuinely excellent. It’s a game that grows the more you play it, as opposed to being something that suffers from a slow descent into tedium. And for that reason, it is a genuine forever game.
  3. Sep 24, 2020
    Hades is everything great about the roguelite genre all but perfected. Few games aim as high, and fewer still reach their goals. Hades does, exceeding even the loftiest expectations.
  4. Sep 19, 2020
    Hades is an absolute must-have if you like the genre, but even if you’re not a big fan of roguelikes, Superiant Games’ latest work deserves an opportunity.
  5. Nov 4, 2020
    Supergiant Games has done it again. They have managed to perfectly mix amazing storytelling and great action to create another compelling title. Even if you are not a fan of roguelikes you should definitely try Hades out - it’s a challenge, it has a great story, and it’s a hell of a ride.
  6. Sep 30, 2020
    Hades takes the hated cycle of retrying the same checkpoint over and over again, flips it on its head with rewarding progression, and makes the player genuinely look forward to starting over with new abilities and upgrades.
  7. Sep 25, 2020
    There’s around eight different forms of in-game currency alone, and enough upgrades and modifiers to give even Euclid a headache trying to track all the variables. However once you fall under Hades’ spell after a couple of runs the near limitless combinations of character builds becomes bewitching.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 348
  1. Sep 18, 2020
    A "revolution" in the roguelite genre, thanks to an always progressing character driven narrative that deepens as you loop (die) over andA "revolution" in the roguelite genre, thanks to an always progressing character driven narrative that deepens as you loop (die) over and over. Familiarizing yourself with the symbols attached to the paths made available as you go, means you don't feel like your runs are being dictated by RNG alone, and that means you can slightly guide yourself to some amazing builds within the gameplay loop. Boons (power ups) come by way of the many Olympic deities you call family, and that personal touch will likely result in you playing favorites... which can come with it's own surprises.

    Probably Supergiant's best, and most accessible, game to-date. (Though Pyre remains my favorite.)
  2. Jan 16, 2022
    Visuals: 10/10

    - Quality: A pretty fast-paced and cluttered game, yet it is easy to make sense of what is happening. The different
    Visuals: 10/10

    - Quality: A pretty fast-paced and cluttered game, yet it is easy to make sense of what is happening. The different abilities and weapons all have nice animations. Each location has a unique look and enemies. (10/10)
    - Style (-uniqueness): The game has a cartoonish but very stylish look. The menus have this usual Greek feel to them. (10/10)
    - User Interface: Everything is fairly easy to see and understand by a glance. (10/10)

    Sound: 10/10

    - Voice acting: This is one of the best parts of the game. The voice acting is amazing, and every character has a very suiting voice that conveys their personality. (10/10)
    - Music: There are incredible hits in this game with and without vocals. My favourite little thing is that after you clear the room, all the instruments stop except the bass. (10/10)
    - Sound effects: Every little thing has its own sound effect, my favourite is that every god has their own little effect when you get a boon from them. (10/10)

    Gameplay: 8.8/10

    - Controls (ease of use): The most important part of the game. I tried keyboard and controller as well, I like the controller better. You have to dodge a lot in this game and there’s a lot of button smashing, I feel like just holding down the button should elicit the same result – yes, one of my favourite buff. (9/10)
    - Unique systems: Well, standard rouglite-deckbuilding formula. You get stronger and stronger as you progress. You can also get temporary buffs & debuffs. It is possible to create nice combos, but I wouldn’t say there’s much very surprising. The delightful thing is that there are a lot of weapons that you can also edit. A lot of variety here. (8/10)
    - Difficulty (settings, scaling, etc.): I think there is a steep learning curve here, but after you understand all the enemies and bosses you can feel quite competent. I heard that there is also a “god mode” so if you are only interested in the story, it is possible to just enjoy that. You can also make the game more difficult later on, so fair play to the developers here. (10/10)
    - Grind: There is a lot of content here that you CAN grind for. I think that completing the main story takes a bit too much time, but I never really had to grind for anything. (8/10)

    Story/Lore/World: 9.8/10

    - Characters: All the characters are from Greek mythology and I think they are all fleshed-out pretty well. Their personalities are well reflected in all aspects of the game, e.g., in the case of gods, even their boons reflect their personalities. (10/10)
    - Writing quality: Incredible and smart writing. The mythology really comes alive, the characters and the world feel alive. (10/10)
    - World design: I think it was really clever how the developers could fit a rougelike game in the Underworld, you really feel like you are progressing through it in an attempt to escape. I would have preferred more locations. (9/10)
    - Story/Lore: Greek mythology, what else do you want? Of course, there is a lot of material to work here, and I think the developers have done a fairly good job of showcasing the Underworld. There are a lot of stories and lore here (10/10).

    Technical: 10/10

    - Optimization: Never had any issues. (10/10)
    - Bugs: Never encountered any bugs. (10/10)
  3. Nov 5, 2020
    Hades is a goddamn masterpiece of a game. I HATE roguelikes, yet I love this game with all my heart. I'll be honest, I'm not the best at theseHades is a goddamn masterpiece of a game. I HATE roguelikes, yet I love this game with all my heart. I'll be honest, I'm not the best at these kinds of games, but I found Hades very approachable and enjoyable. I did eventually take advantage of the game's god mode to make thing's a little more manageable (all god mode does is reduce the damage you take) since I kept dying somewhat quickly. I had fun before I turned god mode on, but the game actually felt beatable when I turned it on. It still took me a total of 18 tries and 11 hours to beat the final boss for the first time even with this god mode on.
    One of the things I love about this game is that while you start over when you die, progression items carry over, which gives a sense of progression that no other roguelike I've played gives. In a way, dying in Hades can sometimes feel useful and rewarding, since you can now spend or save all the items you've collected while playing.
    The combat in this game is god damn amazing. The many different weapons all feel different and have their own play style. You'll very quickly get used to one of these weapons and will want to try and beat the game with it. For me though, I actually beat the game for the first time with a weapon I didn't like too much. That just goes to show though how good the game's combat is. Even with weapon's you aren't used tom, as long as you're good with them, you can succeed.
    Since this is a rougelike, there are a lot of random aspects to the game. My favorite of these random elements are the "boons" (powerups) that you can get on different floors. These are gifted by multiple gods that help you along your journey. There are SOOO many different abilities and ability combinations that It would probably take over hundreds of plays to see them all. Like the weapons, you'll find specific powerups that you like more than others and you hope they'll be there every run. But, like with the weapon, I actually won against the final boss for the first time with a super weird set of powerups. Again, it goes to show how well this games combat is set up. These random abilities can all work together so well.
    The story of the game is also a highlight. Without spoiling much, the playable character (I'll call him his nickname, Zag) is trying to escape the underworld to see the surface. It's a simple enough story at first, but every time you die, some of the story might unlock. You also get to talk to multiple gods in the house of hades, which is also where you can upgrade yourself and your weapons. These NPC's always have something interesting to say, and most of the time it's something related to your last run. Considering every line is voice acted, this is super impressive! There are so many different lines to hear, and the voice acting is just perfect.
    I really like the music in this game. It's nothing I'd listen to outside of the game, but it gets your heart pounding in those intense moments.
    The upgrades that you can unlock after dying feel worthwhile and useful. They all have different purposes, and depending on your play style, you'll end up focusing on certain upgrades more than others. The weapon upgrades also feel nice and upgrade the look of your weapon.

    My score for this game is a 10/10. This doesn't mean it's perfect, just that its a masterpiece. I barley have any problems with this game, and the ones I do have can boil down to me just being bad at the game. BUY THIS GAME!!!! I will continue to play this game until I get burnt out of it.
  4. Nov 13, 2020
    TBH I didnt like this game at first. I dont like Isaac-type games - usually because the progression is very slow and you always have to startTBH I didnt like this game at first. I dont like Isaac-type games - usually because the progression is very slow and you always have to start from the beginning, though, I liked Isaac itself and spend about 100h there. Then I read reviews majority of which was very good, decided to give it a try once more and ... and couldnt stop playing Hades until late night :D
    Seriously, I tried quite a few Isaac-type games and usually after 1-2h deinstalled it, but this - this is probably one of the best, if not the best game of this genre. The game might seem difficult at first, but rather quickly become easier with upgrades you get, and this is very good! Make no mistake though, this game is still challenging even with all upgrades, but not that crazy challenging like Isaac or SMB. Usually in such games you get no aid in your later playthroughts but your experience. Thus leads to 100+ beginnings of the same 1st level which is doesnt feel great when you have job and family. Hades is not very long if you want just to finish this game - I made it from 18th try. But this is not an end - if you want to reveal whole story, try all weapon upgrades there are even more challenges to overcome.
    Very good music, nice graphics, awesome combat system and abilities, challenging bosses. Maybe not a masterpiece, but still very very good game! 10 of 10.
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    Hades is the only Rogue-like that I have ever played and kept playing. Such beautiful characters and world, only possible through theHades is the only Rogue-like that I have ever played and kept playing. Such beautiful characters and world, only possible through the masterful work of Supergiant games. The underworld theme just Meshes so well with the genre. But the real stars are the Greek and Chthonic gods, amazing artwork, perfect writing and voice acting. This game will have you hooked and keep you engaged with constant storytelling through every aspect of the game, even combat. My full review here : https://youtu.be/hiUYhIH8S1Q Expand
  6. May 19, 2022
    Delightful. I loved the gameplay and the scenario. Dialogues were amazing. Definetly recommend.
  7. Dec 29, 2021
    It is as good as they say. Has high replay and encourages experimentation and new tactics. It will also probably get you reading up on Greek history.

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