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That’s especially true in roguelikes, where you’ll likely die hundreds of times by the end, and each death resets your progress.
It can make the genre extremely off-putting for newcomers — at least until 2020’s best game turned that potential stumbling block into its biggest strength.
The addictive roguelike loop works fantastically well in Hades. Combat is fast and fun, there’s tons of variety in enemies and abilities, and permanent upgrades make each run rewarding.
Zagreus is a denizen of the underworld, born there under circumstances that he grows to understand throughout the game. The other souls there are friends, coworkers, and lovers — even the ones who want him dead.
Everyone has a story in Hades, from the lord of the underworld himself to the disembodied gorgon head who cleans up the place.
If that sounds like too much to deal with right now, know that Hades also has the accessibility-focused God Mode, which makes Zagreus a bit more resilient each time he falls.