Holy fuck, this game had my balls in a vice for a month. I was so resistant to playing this game for so long and for what??? This ended up being my favorite game that I played this year.
My first thought is that I think the story is overrated! It's not bad, and it's certainly decent enough to keep me intrigued, but it's also nothing really to write home about it imo. I think the Greek gods and goddesses hold a certain mystique in the brains of older zoomers, and younger milennials from the Percy Jackson and GOW days that makes us want to see how their characterized in new media (like Hades). But in terms of plotting and characterization, Hades is fine. Zagreus starts of delightfully charming and he learns to bond with his parents, but he doesn't really get all that much progression beyond that.
However, I'm not docking any points for the story, because this is the game that finally got me into roguelikes. I loved dying and then having enough currency to permanently upgrade my character. It made me feel like all the times I banged my head against the labyrinthian walls of Hades worth it. As Zagreus got more powerful in-game after each escape attempt, I got better with the game as well. It only took me 20 or so attempts to escape successfully, but this game was so fun, I put in another 60 hours to fully complete it, see the true ending, and beat the game on 16 Heat. It is such a true delight.