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The Hades 2 technical test is a trial in self-control

Key art from Hades 2 featuring the protagonist Melinoë, a young woman with bicolor eyes and green, glowing arm.
Image: Supergiant Games

Imagine the most perfect barbecue — a prolific spread of smoked meats, all the right sides, every pie, type of cookie or cake, and even your grandmother’s famous dinner rolls. But there’s a catch: most of the food is kept behind glass to be unlocked at a later date, and you are starving. That’s what it’s like playing the Hades 2 technical test.

Spoilers for the Hades 2 technical test.

Hades 2, like its predecessor, is a roguelike. You play as Melinoë, the long-lost daughter of Hades and sister of Zagreus, the first game’s protagonist. Unlike her brother, Melinoë isn’t trying to break out of hell. Instead, she’s trying to break into it as Chronos, Titan of Time, has taken over, kidnapping Melinoë’s mother, brother, and father. Reaching…

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