We need more Greek mythology video games like Hades

Greek mythology is, as everyone knows, one of the oldest folklore handed down to modern times. While there are currently an insurmountable number of works that tell these myths, often in collections of stories that tie all traditions together, he is strangely not portrayed very often in TV shows, movies, and games. modern video, and especially not 21st century pop culture loves games Underworld Is.

There are a few notable examples of modern accounts from Greek mythology that appeal to the younger generations. In video games there is of course the God of the war franchise and the story of Kratos, who tragically kills his own family and Ares, reprising his role as god of war. For those who like to read, the current Webtoon series Knowledge of Olympus mixes modernism with the mythical settings of Olympus, the Underworld and the ancient kingdom of mortals. The series was popular enough to be signed to a Netflix series, while Achilles song and Circe are some of the most beloved Greek mythological fiction novels of recent years. But for gamers, it would be great to see if more developers explored the stories of gods and goddesses in a way similar to Hell.


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The storytelling and design of Hades


From developer Supergiant, Underworld is a roguelike who sees the son of Hades, Zagreus, attempting to escape the Underworld by making his way through Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysee and the Temple of Styx before facing the final boss who , as many would guess from the title of the game, is unique to the Prince Father, the King of the Underworld. On its surface, Underworld is about getting stronger with each run, but beyond that, each run – successful or unsuccessful – also opens up the stories and tales of other characters such as Eurydice and Orpheus as well as possible romances with Zagreus.

Even as they die over and over again, players slowly learn more about Nyx and Hades’s relationship as well as each individual in the House of Hades and the other gods via perks by offering them nectar. Of course, if players want to experience the real end of Underworld, they will have to beat the game 10 times, which can be quite intimidating but rewarding nonetheless. And between the intense grinding of each procedurally generated level, there’s a lot of modern comedic relief that caters to younger generations like millennials, like the anxious Dusa and her adorable Zag crush. It’s qualities like these mixed with his skillfully crafted combat that make Underworld such a successful account of a Greek myth, but it should not be the last of its kind.

Greek myths that would make great games

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What’s ironic about Gods and Goddesses is that their drama is essentially the same as human drama – it’s all love and war, fighting and business. But that makes his material perfect for any storytelling medium. But while these tales can be as entertaining as they are beautiful or tragic, many people may want to explore them through visual, or even interactive, medium rather than opening a book full of short stories.

The story of Persephone and Hades, both the story of Underworld and the one mentioned previously Knowledge of Olympus, is one of the most popular Greek myths, probably because of its romance, as some accounts opt for a voluntary journey to the underworld by Persephone rather than an abduction. There are also many other romances in Greek mythology, such as the tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, Eros (aka Cupid) and Psyche, and the love triangle between Apollo, Zephyrus and Hyacinthus.

For more exciting stories, Pandora’s Box was used as part of the first God of the war game, lending Kratos the power to kill a god. The Titan god Prometheus challenged the other gods by stealing fire and giving it to humans for their advancement and is recognized by them as a champion. And the epic of Ulysses, who left behind his wife Penelope and their son. During her own heartbreaking adventures for twenty years, Penelope cleverly kept the throne for Odysseus’s return thanks to numerous tricks. And of course, Zeus ‘journey to become King of the Gods by freeing his siblings Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Hera, and Demeter from Kronos’ stomach would make for a perfect epic battle for a video game.

Underworld is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.

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