Hades

Video Game • 2020 • Action  

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The video comprises body exploration with red light and slow motion to convey to the viewer the idea of strength, power, fear and the concept of the underworld. Using electronic music, upside-down plans and timed cuts, I wanted to convey a self-image of surreality and non-conformity with reality. The title, “Hades”, makes explicit reference to the God of Death and the Underworld in Greek mythology, and serves as a guide for the planned sensations of agony, pleasure, revelation and space-time detachment. This is how I see myself, this is how I think I should be.
This video game contains 31 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
0 supporters
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ironohki
The dog is safe.
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Unanswered Triggers
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0
Are there anti-abortion themes?
24 supporters
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In special chambers (with Haades or Thanatos) there's a sound when you enter. It's not very loud but just a heads up.
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Is someone eaten?
20 supporters
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Bitbat
Yes, you need to feed a satyr sack to Cerberus in order to move to the surface.
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Is there throat mutilation?
19 supporters
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0
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
18 supporters
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0
Yes
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Are there end credit scenes?
15 supporters
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Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
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0
Are there fat suits?
15 supporters
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Abandonment
2
bbadman
(mild spoilers) The main character is searching for his mother, who left soon after he was born.
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Is an animal abandoned?
56 supporters
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0
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3
Abuse
Yes
7
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0
2
Haades is verbally abusive before you manage to get Persefone back
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Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
Yes
8
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19
7
mistersandman
Not physically. However, Hades is implied to be able to see Zagreus’ movements at all times as he can send enemies for him in a specific chamber and makes comments as you ascend levels.
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8
tollthedead
Semi-relevant, there is some verbal abuse directed at the main character from his father
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KooshaKarimi
The first boss is one of three sisters, but their deaths don't happen for spectacle's sake.
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7
Yes
35
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4
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mistersandman
(spoilers) Yes. I’m guessing this dialogue may not always occur, but upon meeting Hades again after seeing the surface for the first time, Hades will tell Zagreus he must have simply made up the entire escape in his head, among other things.
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Is a child abused?
73 supporters
Yes
34
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4
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mistersandman
Hades is verbally abusive to Zagreus, and some of the bonus dialogue you get at the beginning of runs implies this has occurred since Zagreus was a child.
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Addiction
3
GMont
Unsure if this counts but there are mentions of the River Lethe's mind-numbing influences on the shades of Elysium. One depressed character mentions considering (or having considered) drinking of it to forget the pain of his past.
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
Yes
2
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23
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ph03n_x
Multiple characters designs revolve around alcohol and are depicted as being drunk
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Yes
22
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10
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paintedrocket
Dionysus' dialogue always sounds a bit slurred as if he's intoxicated, but he's never shown outright being drunk (except [SPOILER ALERT] after the epilogue, where it's implied that he spent the entirety of a party getting blackout drunk. This scene is never shown in the game). Many of his boons inflict the "hangover" effect on enemies, but this appears as a generic poison attribute and the affected characters aren't shown to be abusing alcohol.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
75 supporters
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5
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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28
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
Yes
37
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0
7
CesiousCookies
Some of the enemies you kill in the game are rats
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Are animals abused?
119 supporters
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McGirlGal
It is mentioned that Cerberus has fought Sisyphus before, but there is none in the actual game.
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Yes
21
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3
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ironohki
This is technically yes, as the game takes place in Hades, the afterlife in Greek mythology. The animal appears alive.
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Is an animal sad?
47 supporters
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3
Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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3
Does a cat die?
107 supporters
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26
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Risu
No, but one type of enemies makes cat-like sounds
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Does a pet die?
93 supporters
Yes
0
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8
1
paintedrocket
Cerberus is safe
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Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
Yes
5
No
25
2
arcadebun
Yes, technically, but it comes back each time.
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Are there spiders?
30 supporters
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Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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33
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CesiousCookies
There are gorgons that have snakes for hair and there is a hydra that can appear slightly snake-like
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Are there bugs?
19 supporters
Yes
25
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8
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paintedrocket
One of the enemies in Elysium is an orb that sends butterflies after you, but the butterflies are small and not very detailed. Two of the keepsakes you can get are also based on bugs (A butterfly and an ant)
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
19 supporters
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3
Is there pedophilia?
70 supporters
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6
Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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0
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6
Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
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5
Yes
12
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3
SF442
Zagreus can be restrained by enemies that are floating hands with chains attached. Passing mentions of the myth of Sisyphus binding Thanatos with his own chains and hiding him from the other gods for a time, as well as even vaguer mentions of the myth of Ares being bound and trapped in a pot. Both Sisyphus and Thanatos are reoccurring (mostly) friendly characters.
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SF442
Further spoilers? Though many of the Olympian gods have many instances of sexual assault in their mythology, it is never directly brought up, nor are we led to assume that that level of abuse is necessarily part of their character, though Zeus and Poseidon in particular are still portrayed as slightly out of touch, abrasive, "ladies men" types to some degree.
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6
Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
22 supporters
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
1 supporters
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3
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22
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0
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5
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Sibelos
One of the characters (Desa) is a floating head though.
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Is there cannibalism?
26 supporters
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18
Yes
7
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pommywhirl
there is an enemy in the 2nd area that slams down from above and attempts to crush the player. it is possible to die from this, but it is not at all graphic.
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CesiousCookies
Your character can step into lava and die this way, but the animation is the same as getting hit by other enemies.
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2
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26
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SF442
One of the various deaths Zagerus is said to experience upon successfully completing the game has him getting killed by an avalanche. This is depicted only through text, very non-graphically.
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Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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0
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5
Is there amputation?
17 supporters
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1
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25
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CarnivorousJellybean
One of the boss fights requires cutting off a skeleton Hydra's heads but they just turn into piles of dust, there is no severing animation
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autonomousTirade
in a loose interpretation of the question, there is an enemy in Asphodel that is a big rock that floats around and falls down to crush the main character. there is no animation that depicts this explicitly but one could argue that the main characters head would have been squashed
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arcadebun
no, however there is an Achilles
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Is there a hanging?
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27
Does someone asphyxiate?
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5
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1
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23
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Risu
There's an NPC that can give you a tooth as a token of affection, but it's done without any harm.
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Does someone become unconscious?
3 supporters
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5
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2
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1
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arcadebun
There are skeletons whose bones break when they're killed but no living characters break their bones.
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Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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27
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
51 supporters
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0
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13
Is there finger/toe mutilation?
33 supporters
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0
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26
Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
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18
No
15
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CarnivorousJellybean
Not on-screen but the first main bosses are implied to be torturers (the fury sisters), one in particular talks obsessively about it.
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Does someone fall down stairs?
5 supporters
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0
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7
5
Risu
SPOILERS-POST CREDITS CONTENT; mentions of variety of death reasons, (played for comedy to assure the gameplay loop isn't interrupted) that aren't actually depicted other than voice over and its subtitles, including falling to death
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arcadebun
There are some enemies that resemble eyes in Elysium, but there aren't any animations of them being mutilated.
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11
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arcadebun
There's a lot of blood and bones but it's all stylized and none of it is very extreme.
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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5
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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1
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23
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morganyu
No, but the original myth of how Zagreus was reborn as Dionysus after being torn to shreds by the Titans as a child is mentioned as part of a song sung by one of the characters, however it is nonsense and meant to be contradictory to what actually happens in the game.
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Is a minor sexualized?
65 supporters
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0
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5
Death
2
GingerThree
An item you can gain later in the game allows you to summon a character to serve as a decoy/distraction, which he does willingly until he dies. He respawns each time though, and takes death very lightly.
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Does a non-human character die?
16 supporters
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Yes
6
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0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
24 supporters
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0
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9
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
10 supporters
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0
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6
Family
Yes
10
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Retr0Pillow
Something that happened in the past is discussed and compared to a kidnapping
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Does a parent die?
11 supporters
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24
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0
7
McGirlGal
You can "kill" your dad, but he immediately comes back as he is literally Hades.
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
8
No
19
6
CesiousCookies
Due the game containing the Greek gods, Zeus has cheated on Hera multiple times, along with other other gods cheating on their significant others but this is not addressed in game
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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0
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21
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
34 supporters
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0
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Yes
1
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GMont
Not unless you count the Aphrodite boon that causes enemies to fight for you (one character expresses distress at this).
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Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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36
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0
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Retr0Pillow
The story is in the Underworld and “dead people” (shades) are shown as ghosts and are pretty much everywhere. They are not spooky though.
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Are there clowns?
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27
Are there razors?
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8 supporters
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0
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5
Is there a shower scene?
7 supporters
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0
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28
Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
12 supporters
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0
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11
Does someone vomit?
0 supporters
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0
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25
Is there on-screen pooping?
23 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
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19
No
12
3
CarnivorousJellybean
One of the enemies in Styx (satyrs) makes spitting noises whenever they attack
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
Yes
19
No
3
3
mistersandman
Not really. Some squelch/splatter noises are heard in the Temple of Styx, however, these are largely drowned out by the hitting sound effects and screeching the monsters do.
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Large-scale Violence
Yes
0
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10
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GingerThree
Considering the game takes place in Ancient Greece, it would be a bit out of place.
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
Yes
0
No
14
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paintedrocket
No police or police-adjacent force are present in the game
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LGBTQ+
3
Demeter calls Persefone 'Kore' which in the game is her birth name. Persefone does not like being called that.
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Are there transphobic slurs?
34 supporters
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0
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4
Yes
0
No
3
Yes
0
No
8
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paintedrocket
Zagreus can date both Meg and Thanatos, and this is shown to be a mutually consensual polyamorous relationship. Meg herself even states that this is common for gods.
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Medical
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0
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29
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paintedrocket
Zeus' boons often come with lightning effects that electrocute enemies, but it is not used in the context of electro-therapy
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Are needles/syringes used?
21 supporters
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0
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25
Is there a mental institution scene?
20 supporters
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0
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27
Is there a hospital scene?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
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26
Does someone have cancer?
12 supporters
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0
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27
Mental Health
Yes
2
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7
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SF442
The idea is toyed with via Achilles and Patroclus, but is never explicitly called PTSD, nor is it very deeply explored. Both make comments, usually in passing, about the effect of the ten year war in which they fought, and which killed them both.
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2
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27
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bumble
There's no self harm. However, when Zagreus dashes and attacks, he leaves gashes in the ground. When he dashes, they're particularly long and straight. When a bunch appear, it can make for an uncomfortable sight.
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Is autism misrepresented?
23 supporters
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0
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3
Yes
14
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0
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paintedrocket
Tisiphone is implied to be mentally unstable, and she's devoted to her job of torturing souls and attempting to murder Zagreus.
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
13 supporters
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0
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5
Yes
0
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6
Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
Yes
9
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0
1
frootsnak
Throughout the 4th area of the game there's a enemy type that make hacking/spitting noises whenever they attack, there's sometimes multiple of them doing it at once
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Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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0
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5
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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0
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26
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paintedrocket
Some of Patroclus' lines could allude to suicidal ideation, but it's not explicit and he's already dead
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Are there anxiety attacks?
21 supporters
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0
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26
Yes
20
No
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opeka
There's a single fight that has a mechanic that makes the boss room it occurs in progressively smaller until your movement is fairly limited. This might be a gray area and is only a single, if reoccurring instance.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
26 supporters
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0
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27
Yes
0
No
26
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paintedrocket
Some autistic people have expressed discomfort with the way hypnos is treated in the game (there is a common fan interpretation that he may be autistic), but he is not confirmed to be autistic. It could still be uncomfortable for those that have experience being mistreated because of being autistic, so proceed with caution.
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Retr0Pillow
***SPOILER***
At some point you learn that there really isn’t no escape, yet you keep going through your certain death.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
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0
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9
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
Yes
0
No
22
2
GingerThree
There can be at times, but this can be turned off through the settings menu the moment you start the game.
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2
Cobaltxp
Damns and hells are as far as it goes
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Are there flashing lights or images?
29 supporters
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0
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21
Paranoia
Yes
10
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1
3
paintedrocket
If you have a timer because of one of the "pact of punishment" rules, Hermes will occasionally comment on it.
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
Yes
14
No
0
3
paintedrocket
[SPOILER] Persephone explains that Zagreus was stillborn and she believed he had died. The event is not shown in the game.
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Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
2
No
25
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paintedrocket
Zagreus' birth is mentioned, but never shown
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Are there abortions?
13 supporters
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0
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26
Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
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0
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8
Yes
22
No
7
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paintedrocket
[SPOILER ALERT] Persephone mentions that Zagreus was stillborn, but it is not shown in-game.
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Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
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24
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
5
seigi
nobody is misgendered, and there's a canon nonbinary character who's referred to as "my mother and my father" as well as using they pronouns in all dialogue referring to them.
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24
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Retr0Pillow
There is two characters who are in a relationship, one is black, one is white, and although both are dead, the black guy died first.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
33 supporters
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0
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29
Yes
0
No
27
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
23 supporters
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0
No
17
Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
Yes
0
No
25
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pommywhirl
no real-world hate speech against real-world minorities, but alecto refere to zagreus as a “redblood” because he is the only person in the underworld with mortal blood. theseus also calls him “hellspawn”, a “foul daemon,” or a “monster” because he was born in the underworld. zagreus jokingly says that it makes him feel insecure. theres no genuine hate speech.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
14 supporters
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0
No
5
Yes
35
No
1
15
morganyu
Zagreus is bisexual, and can die, though he returns to the House of Hades when this happens and it's treated as a normal thing by everybody with virtually no consequence. Achilles and Patroclus, who were lovers in life are now both dead after perishing in the Trojan War, but live on in the Underworld and help out Zagreus whenever he comes around.
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GMont
Some might interpret treatment of characters like Zagreus and Hypnos to carry ableist connotations due to how certain struggles they face mirror those of neurodiverse people (for example, consistently being framed as incompetent for being unable to perform tasks others perceive as simple), but nothing explicit or confirmed outright
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Are there n-words?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
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28
Is there aphobia?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Race
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
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Yes
2
No
7
Sex
Yes
28
No
0
4
McGirlGal
There are optional fade to black scenes with Meg and Than, however you have to consent. I don't think there's any negative consequences to saying no.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Are there nude scenes?
26 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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Yes
1
No
5
Are there incestuous relationships?
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58 supporters
Yes
11
No
18
9
Retr0Pillow
One of the romance option is a character that you grew up with as your half-brother, but you quickly learn you aren’t related. Some of your relatives can be a bit flirtatious with you
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Sexism
Yes
0
No
9
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Social
Is someone homeless?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Spoiler
Yes
0
No
23
0
paintedrocket
Santa is not mentioned in the game at all
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Yes
1
No
24
9
Retr0Pillow
The first time you clear the game, it’s bittersweet. Clearing the game 10 times gives you the actual conclusion of the story and it’s an happy one.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
12 supporters
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Yes
2
No
23
Does a car honk or tires screech?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Does a plane crash?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Yes
2
No
24
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Risu
Not a car, but there's a type of enemies that are speeding or exploding chariots trying to bump into you.; SPOILERS-POST CREDITS CONTENT; mentions of variety of death reasons, (played for comedy to assure the gameplay loop isn't interrupted) that aren't actually depicted other than voice over and its subtitles, including getting hit by a chariot
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is there blood/gore?
37 supporters
Yes
31
No
0
5
tollthedead
The game has stylized art, and the only depiction of gore is bright red blood
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Yes
31
No
0
3
CesiousCookies
One of the weapons that can be unlocked in the game is a gun-like weapon
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