What Is Hades And Why Should You Play It

Because it’s good and horny 

You might have seen people talking about Hades and be wondering “what is Hades?”. In short, Hades is an Early Access roguelike from the Supergiant Games, the creators of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. You might notice that all three of those games are absurdly good, Hades is no different. You take control of Zagreus, the son of Hades, who you might know as being the lord of the dead. You’ve decided that you’d quite like to make your way out of the underworld, actually, but you dear old Dad is less enticed by the idea. Therein lies the game itself, and you’re tasked with hacking, slashing, shooting, and just generally wreaking havoc as you ascend through hell and make your way to the surface.

As you go, you get to pick up new abilities, each of which is gifted to you by the gods themselves as they attempt to assist in your escape. You can end up with some incredibly powerful builds if you pick your abilities right, but then again that’s standard roguelike stuff. What makes Hades stand apart from other roguelikes is the way it intertwines its story with the gameplay. Each boss tells you something more about the world, and your death is a natural part of things as you’re playing as an immortal god. Every character is fully voiced too, so you get to listen to gods arguing amongst themselves, or cower as Hades uses the full dad voice on you when you start doing well.

Better yet, it looks absolutely divine and sounds even better. The music of Darren Korb is something we’ve written about before, and Hades continues the tradition of sounding far better than we probably deserve. It’s an astounding game all around, and the fact that it’s still in Early Access is almost hard to grasp when you realise how polished it already is. Plus, on top of all of that, it’s still getting regular updates as it moves towards a full release, that means a constant slew of new content, new story, new weapons, and new enemies. Honestly, jumping into Hades at any point is worth your time, but there’s really no reason to wait at all.

Oh, also everyone is hot.

Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.

Jason Coles

Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He's a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.