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Hades – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Hades.

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Ah, ancient mythology, the wonderful gift from our ancestors that ensures pretentious writers will never be shy of a free idea bucket. Hey, is there any reason we can’t make up more mythology? Like if I wanted to invent Maurice the god of consumer electronics, or Rumblecrag the god of small utensils that get jammed in the kitchen drawer, can I do that, or do I have to paint them on a vase and wait a thousand years for it to count? Video games have always gotten a lot of mileage out of mythology, but it’s disappointing how it only ever seems to fall back on either Greek or Norse. I already know way too much about Greek and Norse mythology, why don’t you ever make games about Zoroastrianism? I don’t know anything about Zarathustra. I know that he spake once. Hades is a “new” game fresh off the fiery grill of early access, and as the title suggests, is themed around Greek mythology boo. But it’s by Supergiant Games, yay, so I guess I can forgive it. Supergiant Games have a very distinct style. You know you’re playing a Supergiant Game if it’s got colourful handpainted graphics, isometric gameplay, very strong writing focussed on worldbuilding and characters, and all the voice acting sounds like it’s coming from very sexy people.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.