If you’re a fan of roguelike games, then you really ought to play Hades. It puts you in the roles of Zagreus, son of the titular Hades. He’s Prince of the Underworld, but he’s unhappy; he longs to be free, to leave the Underworld behind forever. He wants to find his mother – but doing so means fighting his way through several layers of the Underworld, with bigger and deadlier threats waiting for him at each turn. If he fails – which he will, multiple times – it’s right back to the start, where he’ll have to dust himself off and try again.
Like any roguelike game, Hades relies on you repeating similar battles, learning the ropes, mastering weapons and gradually improving yourself through each attempt. But unlike most games in the genre, Hades also doubles down on a fascinating narrative and excellent world-building. Talking to the characters in the Underworld reveals a deep story which only unravels as you keep playing. It’s a fantastic game, and undoubtedly one of the best single player experiences available on Xbox Game Pass.