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Hades is a roguelike game. Both developed and published by Supergiant Games. It falls under the action role-playing video game genre and designed to play as a single player. The game is available on Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Nintendo switch and it was released on September 17, 2020. Players play as Zagreus, the immortal son of Hades. He’s trying to escape the Underworld and reach Mount Olympus. On his way fighting the enemies Zagreus will often die but players can return to Hades’ palace and reflect in the Mirror of Night or use special abilities to gain the chances of running away.

Gameplay of Hades

Gamers will play the game being Zagreus. Zagreus is the prince of the Underworld. The mission of the game is to escape the underworld and find your mother. Before reaching the surface, you’ll need to cross the biomes Tartarus, Aspodhel, Elysium, and the Temple of Styx. After you’ve crossed all these, you’ll have to face the hardest fight once you reach the surface. You’ll face devastating attacks, your health will eventually run out but the amount of time you die the more chances you gain to become stronger.

Dying many times will also allow you to know more about your escape attempts. Every time you expire you emerge from the Pool of Styx and can start escape attempts all over again. You’ll get help from Gods like Zeus, Athena, and Ares offering abilities like thunder boons to deflection to tone down your journey. 

Characters and Weapons of Hades

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All the characters are taken from Greek mythology. Reviews are flooded stating the characters are hot, charming, and flawed. Most characters are just there for conversations. The dialogs managed to give the gamers both the sad and laughing vibe. Gods are there in two groups.

The Chthonic Gods are the Gods of the Underworld and Hades’s rule them. Some of them will provide help during Hade’s escape but their powers are limited. Next, there are Olympian Gods, sitting on Mount Olympus. They support Zagreus escaping and will help him by granting boons if he finds them. Apart from the Gods, there are few more characters like Achilles, Patroclus, Theseus, etc. 

To move forward in the game, weapons are the only mode to attack. When starting, players only have the Stygian Blade available. As the game proceeds, additional weapons can be unlocked by spending Cythonic keys in the Arsenal room. These can be upgraded eventually. All these weapons have a number of aspects and can be unlocked only by titan blood. But, to avail the aspects, players need to collect at least one titan blood and all the weapons need to be unlocked.

Where Can You Get Hades

Originally, the game was launched in Early Access on the Epic game store on December 6, 2018. Next, it came on Steam in Early Access on December 10, 2019. The game’s version 1.0 finally launched on September 17, 2020, on three platforms. There is no official confirmation regarding the game to be available on PS4.

Currently, you can only play it on the PC and Nintendo switch. There is a possibility the game might come out on PS5 later at some point. Supergiant didn’t announce anything regarding Hades launching on Xbox One. The developers stated that they are considering the opportunities to bring the game to additional platforms. 

Can You Run It?

To run Hades on your PC you’ll minimum require RAM of 4GB, Windows 7 SP1, 10 GB free disk space, 1 GB dedicated video RAM, CPU speed has to be dual-core 3.40 GHz, and 1 GB VRAM. 

It is recommended by the game’s developers to have RAM of 8 GB, 2 GB VRAM, free disk space of 16 GB, and dedicated video RAM of 2 GB. 

To run it on macOS the minimum system requirements are to have 4 GB memory, 15 GB file size, graphics card: Intel HD 5000, OS: 10.13.6+. 

Escaping Strategies and Boon Guides

You’ll soon understand how difficult it is to escape when your own father Lord Hades doesn’t want you to leave. To ensure victory with every run, you might want to check videos that showcase top tips to follow. Know how to make the most out of powerful weapons. Weapons like dash strike, Daedalus hammers are the best enhancements. The game is not only about running away, you’ve to choose the Murrow upgrade wisely. The right mirror upgrade can make you far more powerful even if you’ve taken a few runs. Don’t spend the coin until you’re near the surface, take the armored enemies seriously.

In the game, one of the most powerful upgrade gamers will come across is the boons. To win the game and escape the Underworld, you’ve to choose the right boon at the right moment. Each God can offer you multiple boons. There are special boons that only appear under special circumstances. Gamers will be benefitted if they study on boons before playing. There’s a huge list of boons that each God has to offer, explained with their type and effects.

Final Verdict

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It might seem like the game wouldn’t be that interesting. All you have to do is repeat the same thing over and over again. Zagreus will have to start every game dealing with the same enemies, the same target that is to get out of the Underworld. Yet, it is said you’ll get hooked to the game and without realizing spend hours playing it. It’s even more exciting to figure out your own escape strategies every day to help Zagreus reach the surface.