In Hades, you’ll die a lot, but this compelling roguelike makes battling out of the underworld a pleasure.
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 (reviewed), Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
Release Date: August 13, 2021 (on Xbox and PlayStation)
When Hades first launched in 2020 for PC and Switch, I initially held off. The word “roguelike” usually makes me want to claw my skin off my body and run in the opposite direction. For me, the word inspires visions of endless dungeons, lost progress and a sense of patience I typically do not possess. However, I couldn’t resist the draw of developer Supergiant Games’ pedigree and signature art style on a next-gen console. After many, many attempts to escape the underworld, I’m hooked. Hades is a challenging game that will send you straight to hell again and again. But with such an interesting cast of characters and a compelling upgrade system, death doesn’t have to be a punishment. Read our full Hades review for more information.