Practically a 12 months after developer Supergiant Video games launched game-of-the-year roguelike Hades on Nintendo Change and PC, PlayStation and Xbox homeowners can lastly expertise Zagreus’ rebellious journey via the Greek underworld. For me, it’s an opportunity to as soon as once more humiliate my dad, ol’ Hades himself, and to turn into the god of fishing that I couldn’t be on Change.
See, after greater than 140 hours of playtime (and greater than 140 escape makes an attempt) on the Change model of Hades, I by no means as soon as caught a legendary (aka very uncommon) fish after dozens of makes an attempt. Replaying the sport on PlayStation 5, nonetheless, my second catch after buying my Rod of Fishing was a legendary Seamare. My third? A Scyllascion. I’ve a two-fish legendary catch streak going, and all proof factors to me turning into an unstoppable angler demigod.
Or slightly, the DualSense is solely a greater, extra responsive controller than the usual Pleasure-Cons that include the Change, and never having to wrestle with the lag, drift, and misplaced connections that plague Nintendo’s removable controllers makes Hades a lot extra pleasurable. For as a lot as I cherished taking part in Hades on the Change, I like it much more on PS5.
Past that, I’ve little so as to add that may shock you in regards to the PS5 model of Hades that I’ve been taking part in this week. It’s practically similar to its beforehand launched counterparts: It’s nonetheless the identical amazingly addictive roguelike action-adventure that made Hades Polygon’s 2020 recreation of the 12 months. (Although it’s actually good to see Hades load extra shortly and look sharper on PS5.)
The act of taking part in it once more has actually been completely different. I blitzed via a lot of its story revelations this go spherical, which felt bittersweet. As a still-underpowered Zagreus, I managed to finest Hades and escape the Underworld on my thirteenth try. Then once more on my 14th try. What as soon as felt like a problem now seems like a speedrun. I’m zooming via the sport’s wealthy dialogue and natural character improvement, unexpectedly uncovering truths about Zagreus’ historical past and befriending each Olympian in file time.
However, it’s been a nice shock to see Hades’ completely paced gameplay mechanics unfurl once more on a brand new playthrough. They occur quicker than anticipated; I used to be sure going again into the sport that I’d be barely bored reacquiring all of Zagreus’ skills, weapons, trinkets, and different facets of the sport. However I’m proper again within the thick of it, simply 18 escape makes an attempt in, already making issues tougher for myself with the sport’s Pact of Punishment and different self-imposed challenges. Maybe this time, armed with a greater controller, I’ll even handle to topple the sport’s true last boss, Charon.
Hades is accessible now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X, and is playable via Xbox Sport Go.