Hell, This is one of the latest additions to the great catalog we have in Xbox Game Pass. Their creators, Supergiant gamesIt is a small independent studio which has already surprised a long time ago with another little gem; Bastion. After years of working with excellence, polishing diamonds, the team hit the key with Underworld. A game that has come to take advantage of the popularity of roguelike titles and bring them to their maximum. Something they have achieved and more than enough as they have demonstrated through the endless awards and accolades they have received Hell.
Without a doubt, we are facing a game that was on the podium of the best games of the year 2020 and is now arriving on our consoles. As if that were not enough, as we had already anticipated in the previous paragraph, Underworld debuts day one on Xbox Game Pass. A golden opportunity to experience an adventure that broke all the barriers of the genre. If you want to learn more about this game and how it got to Xbox, don’t miss our review.
The story of the underworld
Certainly, one of the weakest points of titles like this has always been the narrative. A point that has always been a bit on the sidelines of what was happening on our screens and which has never been integrated at all. It is something that Underworld Not only did he decide to change, he succeeded. And he did it in such a way that the many attempts that we will need to overcome our adventure will be rewarded with new information about our protagonist, the gods of Olympus or the inhabitants of the Underworld. Indeed, whenever we die, we will return to the Underworld, where we will be able to interact with a large number of characters, such as Hades himself, Cerberus, Dusa, Nicte and many others.
And it is that, our task is not simple at all. In this game, we take control of Zagreus, son of the god Hades, who makes us the prince of the Underworld.
The story seems mostly straightforward, but it has a really good plotline that will play out as we make more attempts. In reality, Everything is worked very well, so to get to the end of the game we will have to devote a good number of hours. Of course, we already expect each of them to be very nice.
However, in addition to this main story, the game has a wide range of secondary characters that we can interact with. Thus appearing characters as legendary as Achilles himself. As we die, we can strike up a conversation with them, getting to know their stories better or even getting another optional assignment.
Likewise, we can improve our relationship with these characters as long as we grant them certain items. Once we do, we’ll see how these characters have a greater affinity with Zagreo. In this way, we will start to see how everything is going on in the world of Underworld is related to each other, the characters are not mere actors who serve to give us missions to improve our character. The storytelling in this game goes much deeper and invites you to continue exploring and uncovering the details of each of these legendary characters.
All of this is accompanied by well-crafted dialogues that arrive in perfect Spanish. Ultimately, Underworld He became an exponent on how to incorporate the story into a game like this.
A unique artistic section
Leaving aside the narrative aspect, we must enter fully into other of the most striking points of Hell. And that’s it, The artistic section of this game not only dazzles from the first moment, it achieves something very important in this world and that is to feel unique. Once you see the art of Underworld You know, it’s unlike any other game I’ve ever played.
Thanks to its isometric view, the team has created a totally unique world, full of details that surprises by the color of its effects, by its enemies and by the good work of its levels. On top of that, the title surprises with its fantastic character designs. These designs are not limited to reproducing these mythological characters in a stereotypical way, but rather the study took the opportunity to give it its personal touch.
To accompany all this, there is a sound section that not only meets, but also stands out. Its soundtrack is very well done and is the perfect skin for its frenzied combat system.. Likewise, as we have already mentioned, the title has texts very well suited to Spanish and superb dubbing in English. The latter was something to be expected since we are dealing with a freelance title that was developed by a team of around 50 employees.
Try to escape
On the other hand, everything we’ve mentioned so far is a great foundation for creating an unforgettable game. However, we can not forget that we are talking about a game, so its playability must also be worked very well to get the player to exploit everything that has been achieved in the previous points. In this case, don’t worry, the game of Underworld It is a point as solid as everything I have told you throughout this text.
In essence, its playable premise is pretty straightforward, we have a quick attack, another special attack, dodge, and a ranged attack in which we use our own blood. With these simple points it has been possible to create a terribly addicting game that will make you want to never stop playing. Completing one attempt will inevitably lead you to start another almost without realizing it. And this happens thanks to the simplicity and speed with which the action of Underworld envelops you.
It is worth noting that the game has its own formula for offering variety in its action and this premise can get a bit more complex. For this, the game will not only offer us a good number of weapons, each one being very different from the previous one, but we will also have access to the powers of the Olympian gods.
Kill, die and repeat
Once we get our hands on the mechanics of Hell, We will realize that we will die many times. This is something very common and one that we shouldn’t worry about too much, because although the game is difficult, it gives us plenty of ways to try to overcome your adventure.. Whenever we die, we will bring back with us to the Underworld the items we took from our run, which will allow us to buy upgrades for the different areas, such as rest points or to upgrade our character..
Even with all this, we can’t kid ourselves Underworld This is not a country walk. We’re up against a tough game but it’s not frustrating, although its boss fights will more than once put us on the ropes or take us to the Underworld. However, with all that Underworld he always manages to find the perfect balance between challenge, fun and gratification.
That said, the version we find on our consoles is the same one that PC and Switch users have been enjoying for some time. This, yes, in the X series it is possible to enjoy this adventure in 4K and 60 FPS, which makes the experience a real wonder. Thanks to the work done by the team with this version, we are facing an experience that will undoubtedly become unforgettable. Perhaps the only downside that can be put to Underworld is that we are playing a version that arrives without any additional additions beyond the aforementioned technical improvement or the ability to share the progress with PC. And that’s a shame, because maybe adding a little more content would have been the perfect excuse to come back and enjoy Zagreo’s travels.
Finally, from there, all we can do is invite you to give this fantastic adventure a chance if you haven’t already.
- His art is absolutely unique
- Frantic and totally addictive action
- A fantastic marriage between gameplay and storytelling
- On Xbox Series X, it looks spectacular
- Wonderful soundtrack that will accompany us during our adventure
- Not being able to share progress with other platforms
- It might have been a great opportunity to add some additional content