Hades - Nintendo Switch
- BATTLE OUT OF HELL - As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you'll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead himself.
- UNLEASH THE FURY OF OLYMPUS - The Olympians have your back! Meet Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and many more, and choose from their dozens of powerful Boons that enhance your abilities.
- BEFRIEND GODS, GHOSTS, AND MONSTERS - A fully-voiced cast of colorful, larger-than-life characters is waiting to meet you! Grow your relationships with them.
- BUILT FOR REPLAYABILITY - New surprises await each time you delve into the ever-shifting Underworld, whose guardian bosses will remember you.
- Region/Version: USA
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Defy the god of the dead as you hack and slash out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor
Battle Out of Hell
As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you'll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead himself, while growing stronger and unraveling more of the story with each unique escape attempt.
Unleash the Fury of Olympus
The Olympians have your back! Meet Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and many more, and choose from their dozens of powerful Boons that enhance your abilities. There are thousands of viable character builds to discover as you go.
Befriend Gods, Ghosts, and Monsters
A fully-voiced cast of colorful, larger-than-life characters is waiting to meet you! Grow your relationships with them, and experience thousands of unique story events as you learn about what's really at stake for this big, dysfunctional family.
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The game is a work of art, is challenging, has a great story and is (most importantly) fun to play.
The hype is real, you owe it to yourself to check it out and you won't be sorry you did.
A masterpiece. Truly.
Hades is all about this iterative, incremental growth, so much so that the entire story is built around it. You play as Zagreus, the rebellious son of Hades, who wants nothing more than to escape the underworld and make it to the world above. The problem is that the underworld is designed to be inescapable, and it does a pretty good job of thwarting Zagreus's attempt to reach the surface. But Zagreus is both stubborn and immortal: every time he's 'killed', he emerges from a pool back home in the depths of the underworld, with nothing wounded but his pride.
And here in the palace, the story unfolds a bit more with each visit: you'll learn about Zagreus's motivations, his troubled relationship with his father, and about the others present who want to help or hinder his attempts. Zagreus is also aided by the Olympian pantheon, who've heard of his plight and offer little boons of aid, while various others await within the various levels of the underground to help Zagreus along or to get in his way. Every interaction, every conversation, fills in a little more of the story, and the amount of unique dialogue is staggering: 100 hours in and I've rarely heard a repeat line.
As you discover more of the story, you'll also unlock more weapons, more upgrades, and more customization features that help make each attempted escape feel exciting and unique.
Zagreus controls beautifully, zipping across the battlefield with a satisfying fluidity few games can match. Make no mistake, however: as is befitting a roguelike, Hades is brutally difficult—but here, too, the developers have devised a brilliant solution to accessibility: In among the options is a 'God Mode' setting, which, when activated, serves to make Zagreus slightly more resilient with each successive defeat. The feature can be toggled off and on at will, and, when deactivated, remembers your accrued damage reduction for when it is needed again. Using the feature adds a little 'God Mode' badge next to your completion time but otherwise changes absolutely nothing about the play experience or story.
And what a story: the developers paid close, close attention to the Greek Mythological source material. While I admit to being more amateur mythographer than a professional, my interest in the subject borders on obsession—I have read on mythology and Ancient Greece extensively since childhood and have even written and taught on the subject. While, like any retelling, Hades takes some liberties with its source material (if variations on a longstanding and varied mythological tradition with no authoritative 'source' can be said to be 'liberties' rather than 'different interpretations'), but the references and nods to mythology are widespread and sometimes surprisingly esoteric. It is clear that the developers hold a deep love and reverence for their source material and that they did their homework: just wait until you see their playful explanation for the Orphic Mysteries. Characters are well-rounded and complex, and you'll come to care deeply about the families, friendships, and even romances (both Zag's and others') that come to light as the story unfolds. Apart from the conspicuous omission of one major member of the Pantheon, most everyone you'd expect to have an interest in the unfolding drama in the underworld (and some you wouldn't) are present and accounted for, and characterized brilliantly. I had lamented for years that there was no game that really captured the Greek Myths the way I wanted to experience them. In the past year or so a few stellar answers to this need have surfaced, and Hades is among the absolute best.
Finally, it's worth mentioning that both the artwork and the music for this game are phenomenal: and that matters for this release, because it comes bundled with both a lovely little 32-page art book showcasing most of the cast and a download code for the complete soundtrack.
In short, this game is stellar: every step of each attempted escape from the underworld is an absolute joy. And once Zagreus reaches the surface—well, you'll just have go make the journey for yourself and see. You won't be disappointed.
Reviewed in the United States on 20 March 2021