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Hades

Developer / Publisher: Supergiant Games
17 September 2020
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After a revelation about his true parentage, Zagreus, son of Hades must try and escape his father's realm at all costs
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Certainly not a bad game but an overrated one. As a fan of the genre, played many titles and this is one of the most simple, forgiving and casual Roguelikes I've encountered. Art is single-handedly carrying the game itself despite it's expanded Bastion gameplay which is the first title of Supergiant and it doesn't seem to get far from that. Overall it's a fun game to play but nothing groundbreaking or smart about it.
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The art, sound and writing is exceptional however the only thing that's holding me back from giving it anything above 4 is the fact that you can't really break the game. that's what i like about roguelikes the most. the weapon variety is great but Hades is just too controlled.
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O1NKery 2023-08-10T02:28:43Z
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Hades has problems both with its roguelite elements and the action, in ways that often intertwine.

Zagreus feels fine to control in a vacuum, but it's only as fun as the enemies you're up against. Unfortunately most enemies are just annoying. There's enemies with armor that can't be staggered, enemies with shields that have to somehow be hit from the back, enemies that spam bullet hell amounts of projectiles, enemies that jump up above you and you have to wait for them to drop down to be able to hit them, etc. The one trait they all have in common is that they are insufferable HP sponges that take too many hits to kill.

The boss fights also suffer from HP bloat and other irritating design choices. Bosses should not have extended phases of invulnerability, and yet in Hades they do. Bosses should not bog down the fight by continuously summoning minions, yet here they do. There is just no fun to be had there.

The scope of a run involves four levels each ending with a boss, which in theory is a fine amount for a roguelike not to overstay its welcome. But in practice it doesn't take long to notice that there's a lack of enemy variety and, while there aren't many different room layouts either, the layout of a room never really matters. Regardless of shape, trap placements, or types of enemies found within, it quickly stops feeling fresh and starts feeling like a chore as yet another wave of enemies spawn in after you've defeated the last.
And every level always ends with the same type of boss. For instance, the first boss is always a Fury. There may be three of them, but it will probably take more than ten attempts to see beyond the first one at which point you're already over it. And even if the other Furies look a little different and have slightly altered moves, the way that you approach battling them does not change. The same strategies apply.

Hades isn't like Binding of Isaac where you uncover a whole floor and backtrack occasionally, nor is it like Slay the Spire where you have a map of what lies ahead and you can plan your path to the desired treasures and events along the way. Hades has no map. You go into a room, beat it, and get a choice of 1-3 rewards you would like out of the next room and then go there. There is no exploring, no planning, only reacting in the moment. Add that fact to the limited pool of rooms and enemies and this is the least varied rogue-adjacent game I've ever seen.

You can change your playstyle by unlocking and changing weapon types, but that doesn't change the underlying structural problems. In fact, it points to another larger problem.
The game has a number of currencies you collect throughout a run; darkness, gems, obols, keys, ambrosia, etc. Darknesss in the one that matters as far as the permenent progression is concerned, the rogue-LITE aspect. The effort::reward ratio is skewed such that it takes a long time to get any minor upgrade onto Zagreus because you might just not find any rooms in a run that grant darkness.
And so the problem is this; The success of your run is far more dependant on RNG determining you get a good Boon from one of the gods during your run than it is dependant on your choice of weapon, or how you've spent your darkness, or even your skills as a player.

I should love this game. I love games based on Greek mythology like The Battle of Olympus (NES) and Glory of Heracles (DS). I love games that have fishing mechanics, like the Breath of Fire series and Stardew Valley. And I love all manner of roguelikes and roguelites. But after getting a successful run in at attempt 27, all I can say is that I was bored the whole time. I was just so bored.
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Strontium 2023-05-26T03:56:01Z
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Hades is simply about escaping from your shitty dad and his dumb underworld. Zagreus's commentary at escaping the underworld often reflects the thoughts of the player. When you are first starting there is almost a feeling of "how hard can this be? I have a sword and I am the main character"

This game does not hold its punches and will humble you with how difficult it can be at times. Your father, lord hades, loves to make rude comments every time you fail, kicking you while you are down.

But as you progress you get better at the game, gain new abilities and the likes. All the game mechanics are wonderful to play but what really makes this stand out is the context around why you play the game. The Olympic gods and goddess as well as other lesser gods will generally cheer you on or sometimes if you cross them also get their jabs in.

If you want to live the life of a hot bi sexual God who's only real goal is to cross his father then this is the game for you.
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elizabeth_j_houlihan 2023-05-09T18:46:29Z
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I wasn't a big roguelike person before playing this... good induction.
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Its a game about hating your dad, fixing your dad's broken marraige, and you can romance a floating head who then politely turns you down because she would prefer to remain friends. Its good.

As Dom from Fast Saga would say, its all about Family.
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  • Marmalade88 2023-04-25 05:13:07.020287+00
    Overall fine, but this is less different from Bastion than Super Mario Bros 1 was from 3, and thats an issue
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  • m_crowley 2023-05-17 19:21:53.778105+00
    *dan vs. voice* i dont care how gay you make the minotaur i am not playing a roguelite
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  • Snappington1 2023-05-28 15:37:56.395056+00
    "mechanically the worst of the big roguelites.It is a good game dont get me wrong but it has nothing on isaac, spelunky, or dead cells"

    light years ahead of isaac. i remember when that shit was a flash game. got bored and went to play madness games on newgrounds
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  • suddenlywolf 2023-06-11 23:58:00.161101+00
    the ok computer of roguelite games
    like literally, as in, i think it's a well put together good game thats very difficult to dislike but that also doesn't have much special to it compared to other roguelite games. but i think the "special" things other roguelite games have would be more controversial while this one is just easy to get into for everyone
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    • Qwertchi 2023-06-27 19:22:38.111323+00
      my thoughts exactly
    • thatpower 2023-07-03 21:39:44.765884+00
      Yeah, both are mid
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  • DomMazzetti 2023-07-01 19:58:31.324677+00
    Dusa carried this game.
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    • to_noid_or_not_to_noid 2023-07-11 18:59:17.280098+00
      eek!
    • hopeascendchaos 2023-08-10 19:37:10.037231+00
      best character
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  • Dimonychan 2023-07-09 17:03:26.140466+00
    i love this game and i love you guys but how do you vote in a game that's not even a roguelite to the #1 spot on the roguelite chart?
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    • Dimonychan 2023-07-09 17:08:43.832042+00
      hide Flagged by users
      now that i look at it, it also has into the breach and darkest dungeon at #6 and #17 respectively. this chart needs to be seriously 1937'd.
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  • AidanAlva 2023-07-19 11:13:11.960915+00
    The type of game you can pick up 8 months since your last run and slip right back into it as though it were yesterday.
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    • to_noid_or_not_to_noid 2023-09-21 22:55:18.510939+00
      It doesn't get uninstalled from my Switch for this very reason.
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  • anhltncty 2023-07-27 03:44:48.191404+00
    amazing game but should not be above isaac on the roguelite charts
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