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Review: Hades – The Genre Defining Roguelike Strikes Again

A roguelike for people who hate roguelikes.

What can we say about Hades that hasn’t already been said? It’s a genre-defining title that captured the hearts of millions of players around the world last year and went on to win many awards. Now, after almost an entire year since its full release, Xbox players can finally get their hands on the huge hit and see what all the fuss is about. A year on and Hades is still the masterpiece it was when it first launched, bringing some lovely enhancements over to Xbox Series X and Series S owners.

With its entry into Xbox Game Pass, there’s going to be a wave of new players clicking that download button and getting themselves settled for a new adventure. But what makes Hades so unique and great? It all comes down to how it cleverly and playfully twists the conventions of the roguelike genre, turning it into something new. Up until now, it’s been a pretty niche area of gaming that those unversed have most likely sheltered from. Hades expertly weaves its narrative into the gameplay to create a perfect entry for both genre old-timers and newcomers.

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