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Hades First Impressions

Welcome all to the underworld...and abandon all hope for those who enter...the House of Hades.

A game that has really drawn me in recently is Hades from Supergiant Games. The latest offering from the team behind Bastion and Transistor is a roguelike game that is currently in early access. As soon as I heard about this game, I had to check it out, being from Supergiant (I loved Bastion and Transistor previously) and having had an interest in the Ancient Greek world since I was younger.

You play the role of Zagreus, prince of the Underworld and son of Hades. Zagreus is attempting to escape the underworld and reach Mount Olympus, but all manner of spirits and other well known beings from the the Greek Underworld such as the Furies are trying to stop him and send him home. There is also ‘The Storyteller’ who comments at times as a voiceover...then revealed that Zagreus can hear him too just for a twist!

This being a roguelike, every time you ‘die’ you lose your blessings and end up back in the House of Hades facing dear old daddy Hades again along with other helpful beings such as Achilles, Nyx, Cerberus and Dusa.

Each time you start a new escape attempt and exit the house, you receive your first blessing from one of the olympians (Such as Zeus, Poseidon etc) which offers you a powerup to one of your abilities, or a health boost. You can gain more as you travel through the underworld. But as mentioned above, if you ‘die’ you lose all the blessings and have to start again. Along the way you also can pick up pieces of darkness that you can use to upgrade permanent upgrades you can unlock, keys that you can use to unlock weapons or new upgrades.

The art style in this game is quite frankly beautiful, with the isometric views like Bastion and Transistor, there’s one shot in the House of Hades where you can look out over Tartarus which just shows off the art style.

The voice acting carries on with the same love that has been in the previous games, with all the conversations having full voice acting. Following on another tradition, Logan Cunningham (who has provided voices in all previous Supergiant Games) returns to voice a number of characters including Lord Hades, Poseidon, Achilles and The Storyteller.

Darren Korb returns to provide original music for the game, The soundtrack slowly being released on youtube...the below is just one of the pieces, that plays during a boss fight. They fit the game perfectly and good pieces to listen to even when not playing the game. The soundtrack will be a ‘shut up and take my money!’ when it is released.

Overall even for a game in early access, it feels polished, it plays well and looks brilliant. No two runs feel the same, with the rooms randomising each run though. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of their other games or if you’re a fan of roguelikes.

It’s one of the games that regularly appears on my stream, as it’s just so enjoyable to play (If not so frustrating at times!) If you’d like to see some of the gameplay, you can check out the latest VOD from my stream here.
If you've played the game, I would love to know your views on it, either in the comments below or over on the RunJumpStomp discord (See link at the top of the site)

Hades is currently in Early Access and is available on the Epic Games Store here on PC.
Price: £15.49/$19.99 (Thanks Paco on the RunJumpStomp discord for helping me get the US price!)

Now then...time for another escape attempt I think!

Kodiak is an editor at RunJumpStomp, as well as a Twitch streamer, be sure to check it out, click his name above for more info!

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