Hades is one of my favorite games. First off, the gameplay structure is fantastic. You start each run in the House of Hades where you get to meet all kinds of interesting characters from the underworld in Greek mythology.
When you start your escape from the underworld a random assortment of the Greek gods will give you powers to use against the monsters that are trying to keep you trapped. Each time you die you end up back in the House of Hades. Then you start your escape attempt all over again with different Greek Gods sending you powers. Each run for the surface feels different and trying out different combinations of powers is one of the best parts of the game.
The characters are the real driving force behind the game’s charm. This interpretation of the Heroes and Gods from Greek Mythology feels incredibly well researched. In the House of Hades, you meet some of the underworld gods like Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Nyx (goddess of night) but also fallen heroes like Achilles and Orpheus. Each of these characters you can form a bond with and help them mend friendships or reach out to a lost love who resides somewhere out in the underworld. The story unfolds the more you interact with these characters so you can choose which characters you get to know first.
This is the perfect game to do a quick run for the surface and then put down and come back later. It has a few scenes that are on the longer side, but for the most part, the story parts and each run feel face-paced and interesting. Switching up which of the gods’ powers you get keeps things from feeling frustrating when you die a lot in the beginning.
I love the music in this game. With characters like Orpheus and Eurydice in the mix, I had some high expectations for the music they would add, and I was in awe of how amazing every song sounds. I highly recommend buying the soundtrack after you play the game.
All in all, I give this game an 8/10. My only criticism is that some of the powers from the gods are basically useless, but when you get higher in level you can refresh the choices to get a chance at better powers so that helps. Also, the gun weapon choice makes no sense and it’s terrible. The Twin Fists of Malphon are clearly the best weapon choice, fight me.