Hades 2 early access review

Hades 2 has grabbed me with everything it’s got. It’s sunk its teeth, hooks, and claws into me alongside any other lacerating appendage that Greek mythology can think up. Developer Supergiant Games presents the genre’s ‘one more run’ loop so impeccably that I don’t want to be at work, I don’t want to go to bed, I just want to take on Chronos again. And yet, for all that, it’s hard to pin down what makes this roguelike sequel so impressive.

Fast Facts

Release date: May 6, 2024
Platform(s): PC
Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Supergiant Games

In part, that’s because it will be instantly familiar to any fan of the original game. Within moments of starting the Hades 2 Early Access offering, I could feel my muscle memory of the original game flowing back into my fingers. New protagonist Melinoë isn’t a carbon copy of brother Zagreus, but she dashes and slices her way through the hordes of the underworld in such a way that the family resemblance isn’t difficult to see. Different weapons allow for different styles – from a blisteringly fast dagger and sickle combo to a slow but devastating axe – and divine boons further diverge distinct playstyles, but the roguelike DNA at the heart of this sequel remains as tight and cutthroat as its predecessor.

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