There was a moment several hours into playing Hades that I could feel the frustration mounting. The game's beautiful third area, Elysium, has an especially troublesome boss, in that you're tasked with facing two of them simultaneously. Their tells are tricky, and every time I faced the duo felt like an act of desperation. Even if I made it to the other side, there was no sense of victory or pride. Instead, I limped to the final area, so thoroughly beaten down and weakened that attempting the game's final area seemed pointless. Death awaited.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkdpzb/few-gaming-moments-in-2020-were-more-satisfying-than-mastering-hades