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Rock Paper Shotgun's Game of the Year is Hades
 

 
At last we come to the final door of the RPS Advent Calendar. Behind this is our game of the year, and you know what? Itís been a tough journey to get here. Weíve been through several different realms. Many beasts and several family friends have attacked us. Our dad has been weirdly unsupportive about the whole thing. But you know what? It feels like thereís a real boon waiting behind door 24Ö


ItísÖ Hades!

This time last year I was snuggled up on my at my parents house, blasting out runs of Hades while it was still in early access. Itís mad to think that back then this gorgeous mythological roguelike wasnít even finished. Each run I completed was met with snarky jokes about Zagreusí fate, and how Iíd have to wait just a little bit longer to find out the rest of his storyÖ Then it hit its 1.0 release this summer, I found what Zag was looking for, and it made me a bit teary.

I donít think a roguelike has ever gotten me so emotionally invested. Zagreus is such a lovely boy with one goal: escape from hell. But his journey becomes intertwined with the journeys of so many others, thereís just so much more feeling in it than I couldíve imagined. It inspires so much determination to complete every run Ė not just to find out more about this mysterious ending Supergiant has you chasing for so long, but to absorb yourself in every aspect of the world theyíve created.

Even now, long after Iíve finished the main storyline, I canít stop playing it. Hades is never-ending in the most wonderful way: thereís somehow still so much more to hear from all my chthonic pals. I feel personally attacked when Eurydice doesnít invite me in for a bite to eat in Asphodel; or when my husband, death Incarnate, doesnít drop by Tartarus to help me beat up some wretches.

I think the little stories you come across in Hades are so compelling because the storytelling is baked into the gameplay, in a way I donít think many games do. My favourite example of this is one of Hadesí boss f*ghts. After tons of runs, these particular bosses started to change their tone during their pre-brawl banter. I didnít think much of it at the time, until a few runs later it became clear theyíd resolved their character arc and their move set permanently changed to reflect it. And they k*lled me almost immediately! I was so used to their old sequences that it properly caught me off guard. Naturally, I jumped straight back in to find and f*ght them again.

Hadesí ability to continue to surprise and encourage is unlike any roguelike Iíve played. Even when you fail runs youíre rewarded with fun exchanges between brilliant characters back in your underworld mansion. Hades makes failure fun and success so incredibly inspiring. Please, play this game.

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 10 months ago '12        #2
Faythung  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1 OP
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 10 months ago '17        #3
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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This game is slowly teetering into overrated territory

 10 months ago '16        #4
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 SPdaGOAT said
This game is slowly teetering into overrated territory
That’s unfair to say. If the award is deserved against its competitors then...


If they started saying it’s the best game ever created now that is another story

 10 months ago '17        #5
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 Ravishing said
Thatís unfair to say. If the award is deserved against its competitors then...


If they started saying itís the best game ever created now that is another story
Thats the thing I dont think it deserves game of the year. Its the indie darling of the year tho

Its just like when people were saying Celeste was game of the year in 2018. I love that game and still play it, but its not fu*king with red dead or God of war
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 10 months ago '04        #6
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Well deserved.
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 10 months ago '12        #7
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 kulabear said
Well deserved.

 10 months ago '20        #8
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Pandering.

Game isn’t better than TLOU2.
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 10 months ago '05        #9
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Supergiant Games are da gawds!!
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 10 months ago '16        #10
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 SPdaGOAT said
Thats the thing I dont think it deserves game of the year. Its the indie darling of the year tho

Its just like when people were saying Celeste was game of the year in 2018. I love that game and still play it, but its not fu*king with red dead or God of war
Ah, who wouldíve given it to? Iíve seen Hades and TLOU II as winners for GOTY honors. May have seen an Animal Crossing winner but not sure

 10 months ago '10        #11
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 Piss Wizard said
Pandering.

Game isnít better than TLOU2.
Let's be real... even Cyberpunk in it's current state is better than TLOU
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 10 months ago '17        #12
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 Ravishing said
Ah, who wouldíve given it to? Iíve seen Hades and TLOU II as winners for GOTY honors. May have seen an Animal Crossing winner but not sure
TLOU 2 or Half Life Alyx. I feel like those two pushed video games forward for the future and deserve the recognition. Hades is a great game tho, so it is what it is

 10 months ago '17        #13
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 KJHARDY said
Let's be real... even Cyberpunk in it's current state is better than TLOU
Cyberpunk doesn't have one redeeming quality outside of graphics
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 10 months ago '10        #14
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 SPdaGOAT said
Cyberpunk doesn't have one redeeming quality outside of graphics
Another person who can't even play the game.
















































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 10 months ago '17        #15
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 KJHARDY said
Another person who can't even play the game.
















































I just beat this garbage lmao

 10 months ago '10        #16
KJHARDY 
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 SPdaGOAT said
I just beat this garbage lmao
Uh huh, I believe you.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm actually going to play the game instead of talking about it on Boxden like the rest of you peasants.




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 10 months ago '17        #17
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 KJHARDY said
Uh huh, I believe you.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm actually going to play the game instead of talking about it on Boxden like the rest of you peasants.


I donít really care if you believe me. I beat this sh*t and found it garbage. Not even top 10 of this year, much less holding a candle to TLOU2
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 10 months ago '10        #18
KJHARDY 
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 SPdaGOAT said
I donít really care if you believe me. I beat this sh*t and found it garbage. Not even top 10 of this year, much less holding a candle to TLOU2
TLOU 2 not even in any conversation.


Hades GOTY

Back to actually playing games.
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 10 months ago '17        #19
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 KJHARDY said
TLOU 2 not even in any conversation.


Hades GOTY

Back to actually playing games.
It won GOTY at TGA lmfao.

Iíll get back to playing GREAT games
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 10 months ago '10        #20
KJHARDY 
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 SPdaGOAT said
It won GOTY at TGA lmfao.

Iíll get back to playing GREAT games
Everyone knows that sh*t is paid for.
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 10 months ago '17        #21
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 KJHARDY said
Everyone knows that sh*t is paid for.
There are plenty others but I guess they paid for all of them.

How much CDPR paying you tho cause you shilling for a mediocre a*s game.

 10 months ago '04        #22
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 SPdaGOAT said
It won GOTY at TGA lmfao.

Iíll get back to playing GREAT games
You mean petitioning harder to change TLOU2's ending.

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 10 months ago '17        #23
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 kulabear said
You mean petitioning harder to change TLOU2's ending.


 10 months ago '04        #24
kulabear 
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 SPdaGOAT said
You tried that whats matters.


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 10 months ago '17        #25
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 kulabear said
You tried that whats matters.


I have no idea what point youíre trying to make



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