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Hades – Olympus is taken! Review / Games


Genre Action
Publisher Supergiant games
Developer Supergiant games
Minimum Requirements Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, DirectX 10 graphics card and 1 GB memory, such as NVIDIA GeForce GT 420 / AMD Radeon HD 5570, 15 GB per storage, internet connection, operating system Windows 7 SP1 / 8/10
Recommended Requirements Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, DirectX 11 graphics card and 2 GB memory, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7850, 20 GB storage
release date September 17, 2020
Age qualification Not determined
Platforms PC, Nintendo Switch
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Played on PC

Zagreus, the son of the ruler of the underworld, Hades, against the will of his father, is trying to escape from the kingdom of the dead – upward, into the mortal world, in order to meet with his own mother and understand why she left him immediately after birth. But to his misfortune, the dungeons separating the hero from the goal are replete with entities of different forms and talents, united by one goal: to bring the prodigal son home (the fastest way, of course, is murder). Time after time they succeed: Zagreus returns to the palaces of Hades, but only in order to make a new attempt to escape. With each sortie, he becomes stronger, more agile, acquires useful connections “above”, but most importantly – information. And now the escape becomes not an end in itself, but a way to find out the secret of his own birth, to establish relations with his father, to help mythical characters and, of course, to talk for the first time in his life with Persephone, his own mother …

How prettier Tartarus was under Hades ...

How prettier Tartarus was under Hades …

⇡ #Twelve Feats of Zagreus

The hero’s path lies through Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium and the Temple of Styx, whose rotting catacombs were chosen by unscrupulous satyrs. Each world is unique both in terms of visual implementation and in terms of game content. In the first world of Zagreus, fierce battles with mounds of skulls, spirits of scoundrels and thieves await – Tartarus also has a supply for the hero of elite enemies like the stone of death, which releases deadly rays, and damned assassins who strive to get away from a daring blow.

Asphodel promises a blazing danger – hot magma will not allow you to take a step beyond the earthen islets. Frequent Demolitions sow damage and destruction even after death, and the elite Megagorgon does what she does best – turns the hero to stone. But the coven of witches who have settled here, which can fill the entire screen with murderous clots of magic, is especially disliked.

Character design from Supergiant Games can be classified as a separate art movement

Character design from Supergiant Games can be classified as a separate art movement

Taking a breath in the ancient Greek paradise, Elysium, will not work either! The warriors who got here as a reward for glorious battles do not even think to give up their craft, trying in every possible way to defeat Zagreus. Even after the next death, their spirit still strives for weapons and if it reaches out, it will regain its combat form. The higher we go, the worse: the Temple of Styx and its rotting dungeons meet the hero with poisonous puddles and giant rats, and the previously mentioned satyrs will not welcome an uninvited guest …

The culmination of a journey through each of the worlds is the traditional boss fight for the genre. Battles with furies, the skeleton of the Lernaean hydra, famous heroes and monsters from myths are moderately difficult and always intense. Mainly due to the wide range of their attacks and abilities: here and crushing circular blows, and violent attacks, and area damage, and even invisibility.

But Zagreus – not without reason the son of the ruler of the underworld – has an impressive arsenal. In addition to the typical sword and bow, there are the more non-trivial spear and twin gloves, as well as the particularly extravagant Chaos spiked shield and adamant cannon that resembles a submachine gun welded to a grenade launcher. A funny detail: one of the supreme gods notices that if mortals find out about this weapon, then the appearance of the war will change – as he looked into the water …

Daedalus' hammer, which significantly enhances or even radically changes the specifics of weapons, is the best reward in Hades, which can decide the outcome of an escape in the player's favor

Daedalus’ hammer, which significantly enhances or even radically changes the specificity of weapons, is the best reward in Hades, which can decide the outcome of an escape in the player’s favor

However, even the innovative developments of Olympic gunsmiths do not guarantee success. Here you cannot do without divine intervention. And fortunately, the Olympians are almost always on our side …

⇡ #Gods to help

The most interesting part of Hades’ game mechanics during sorties is the acquisition and distribution of divine gifts, which can be obtained as a reward for a skirmish or bought in Charon’s shop for hard currency. First, you have to communicate with the donor deity (and at the same time a relative of Zagreus), who can both praise the heroic undertakings of the son of Hades, and reveal part of the colossal plot of this world, or leave a snide remark about a neighbor in the pantheon. The replicas, it is worth noting, are skillfully written and in a very non-trivial manner.

Before

Before “borrowing” coins of an old boatman, it is important to remember: firstly, Charon does not lend; secondly, he skillfully owns the deadly technique of striking the oar

After exchanging pleasantries, it’s time to choose a reward. Usually the assortment consists of three items, all are improvements for Zagreus’s abilities. Each mythical god has its own quirks, which are reflected in skills: the gifts of Dionysus allow you to impose the effect of poisoning on opponents; Aphrodite specializes in weakening enemies; Zeus, as befits a thunderer, grants buffs related to lightning damage; Artemis will increase the chance of inflicting critical damage and increase its multiplier; and the goddess of agriculture and fertility Demeter – appreciate the irony – gives freezing bonuses …

Since each trip promises Zagrei a meeting with different patrons, the characteristic bonuses are combined. During one run, the sword will smash enemies with a powerful circular attack, enhanced by Ares’ deadly mark, while reflecting the projectiles of opponents back with the power of Athena. And in another one will have to break through to the top with rapid – thanks to Hermes – blows of twin gloves, charged with the power of the ocean by Poseidon himself. It also happens this way: having noticed a certain gift of a colleague, an Olympian can offer a double talent that combines the bonuses of two deities. But it also happens otherwise …

Characters of the ancient Greek epics are regularly encountered in Hades: Achilles, Orpheus, Eurydice, Theseus, Patroclus, Sisyphus and many others. You can communicate with everyone, make friends, and even help with solving problems acquired in myths, and with some you still have to fight

Characters of the ancient Greek epics are regularly encountered in Hades: Achilles, Orpheus, Eurydice, Theseus, Patroclus, Sisyphus and many others. You can communicate with everyone, make friends, even help someone with solving problems acquired in myths, and with some you still have to fight

In some halls, not one – two gifts lie enticingly! But, having made the first choice, you will have to face the fact: the Olympians are extremely jealous and cannot stand it when they honor someone else. The wrath of the rejected god naturally falls not on the chosen donor, but on Zagreus. But if you survive the terrible punishment, then the second gift can be taken away. It is fortunate that higher beings are easy-going …

But not by divine forces alone – on the way, talents from the mirror of the night located in the hero’s chambers will also be useful (they, unlike gifts, are permanent). Thanks to shards of darkness, health will become stronger, attacks in certain situations are stronger, and you can also get extra life or increase the chance of a rare or even epic gift! Here, too, variability was not without: each talent has a shape-shifter – similar, but still fundamentally different (both in color and in action). For example, if one ability gives a charge to a dash, then its reverse side will instead add an additional effect – a temporary increase in damage and a chance to dodge the attacker.

The authors have made sure that every player is comfortable. Do you want to focus on the plot -

The authors have made sure that every player is comfortable. Do you want to focus on the plot – “Divine” mode, which makes the hero sturdier and stronger, to help. And for those who like “hot”, there is a “hellish” version of the passage, in which you can insert sticks into your own wheels as much as you like

Hades has a lot of such nuances, the game is overwhelming with its combat variety: it is almost impossible to play the same set of talents twice in tens of hours. Some combinations can be especially effective against massive clusters of enemies, others will be good against single targets and bosses, but a completely non-viable combat combination will not be able to be assembled with all the desire. A case from the game: a set of talents, which at first seemed unsuccessful, ultimately defeated the final boss … By the way, as it turned out, the conditional first playthrough is not just the end, but only the beginning of a big and rich story.

⇡ #Best Loot – History

Hades is hardly a roguelike in the classical sense. Going through dungeons over and over again is motivated not so much by the opportunity to collect generous loot or pumping weapons with the blood of titans (although this, of course, too), as by the chance to find out more information about this world, see characters familiar from ancient Greek myths, communicate with divine relatives, find secret bosses or collect a particularly outlandish set of gifts.

To win over a character is not a tricky business: communication, several bottles of nectar as a gift. And in return - friendship, a souvenir that simplifies life and, at times, an exciting quest chain ...

To win over a character is not a tricky business: communication, several bottles of nectar as a gift. And in return – friendship, a souvenir that simplifies life and, at times, an exciting quest chain …

I would especially like to note the dramatic part of the game. The plot is presented very organically, in moderate doses and, most importantly, does not rush to extremes. The authors do not divide the characters into good and bad, they do not expose the heroes in only one light, but they reveal each comprehensively – with their worries, aspirations and aspirations. The legendary Orpheus, for example, has lost his inspiration and can no longer sing. Bit by bit, receiving more and more sad details from him, you understand that the root of creative decline is in the once manifested cowardice, guilt and lack of determination to accept your mistakes and try to live with them further …

Or take the title character – Aida. Although he seems to be the main antagonist, his role turns out to be much deeper and more complicated, and behind the thick skin of the angry ruler of the underworld is a vulnerable and unhappy soul. The arch of Zagrei’s adoptive mother, Nikta, turned out to be very touching, who worries about her stepson as her own son and is ready to help him in every possible way in his aspirations, even in spite of fate. But why – it’s better to find out on your own …

In Zagrei's room, you can see prophecies, level up talents at the mirror of the night, and get acquainted with the statistics of escape attempts / killed enemies. And sleep sometimes to see an important plot clue

In Zagrei’s room, you can see prophecies, level up talents at the mirror of the night, and get acquainted with the statistics of escape attempts / killed enemies. And sleep sometimes to see an important plot clue

The writers of Supergiant Games did not ignore the classic motif of the epics about the severity of fate, but developed it in an original way. However, more often Hades deals with common human problems that are close not so much to the ancient Greek gods as to ordinary people. A variety of topics are touched upon here: responsibility for actions, and the complexity of emotional seclusion, and courage to take a step towards loved ones. And they are revealed, to match the artistic style of the game, incredibly elegant!

Advantages:

  • unmatched visual style with talentedly bold use of colors and contrasts;
  • a sincere main story and lovely subplot arcs;
  • an immense amount of game content and options for passing;
  • amazingly beautiful song of Eurydice.

Disadvantages:

  • to see the real ending of the story, you have to spend a fair amount of time.

Graphics

As usual, Supergiant Games’ game is divinely beautiful.

Sound

The musical content does not abound with compositions that you want to listen to over and over again (except for the song of Eurydice, of course), as, say, in Transistor. But the music is quite appropriate and very enjoyable. The characters are impeccably voiced – the actors accurately fall into the characters and skillfully play with their voice, revealing the subtle nuances of the characters’ personalities.

Single player game

Endless combinations of weapons, talents, and gifts, as well as pacts that vary in difficulty, make Hades an almost bottomless vessel for your time. Chronos approves.

Collective game

Not provided.

General impression

Hades is an amazing piece with outstanding and incredibly varied gameplay, a subtle and soulful story, and without a doubt a stunning visual style. Pure Ambrosia!

Rating: 10/10

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