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Dead Cells

Dead Cells review

What a handsome rogue

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2 months ago

Dead Cells’ new update adds explosive barrels and explosive mimics

Everyone loves a good distillery tour, right? Gawk at the big barrels, sample the products and all. Not so much in the latest update to Dead Cells, which adds an area called the Derelict Distillery. In this house of horrors the barrels explode and the products are death—your death specifically. The new update is out now, adding new enemies, weapons, and mimics—oh my!

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3 months ago

Dead Cells gets a big update, celebrates 3 million sales

We don't really post about big numbers, but sometimes a game lots of us really like boasts about a really really big one. Three million people have bought Dead Cells since it came out on early access in 2017, which is frankly ridiculous. That's three times this many dots, except every dot is a human who chose to sacrifice precious money* so they could enjoy…

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5 months ago

Dead Cells buffs out its Bestiary in this week’s free update

Please don't touch the exhibits. Stab 'em, shoot 'em, or trap 'em with poisoned arrows? Sure, but please do not touch them. They're riled up enough as is. This week's free Bestiary Update brings nasty new foes to roguelite slash 'em up Dead Cells, alongside new tools to face them with and an overhaul to The Bad Seed's botanical wing. But once again, please. No…

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8 months ago

Dead Cells visits a greenhouse today in its Bad Seed DLC

Splendid 'n' deadly roguelikelike platformer Dead Cells today launches its first paid add-on, Bad Seed. Rather than increasing the length of the game, Bad Seed increases its breadth, adding two new levels as alternatives to two early-game murderzones. The verdant Arboretum and sour Swamp have their own new monsters too. The DLC also adds weapons like a honking great scythe and... is that a lute…

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11 months ago

Dead Cells’ Corrupted Update is a guaranteed way to get cursed

Motion Twin could probably stop developing side-on pixel slicer Dead Cells and everything would be just fine. It would leave behind an "Overwhelmingly Positive" review tag on Steam and a beautiful corpse. But they’re still fiddling with it, and the 15th update has just gone live. A new biome has been added, along with a new rune, a new meta upgrade, and more.

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1 year ago

Dead Cells’ new mini-bosses will teach you how to fight the big bads

Though 2D combat classic Dead Cells was built to be tough, it could also be frustrating. In particular, a player can have a strong run swiped from them by a boss fight they were never prepared for in the levels leading up to it. That’s what Update 14: Who’s The Boss hopes to address, adding six new mini-bosses that prepare you for the big (oh…

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2 years ago

Dead Cells: Rise Of The Giant launches this week

If you thought twitchy roguelike platformer Dead Cells was hard before, you're in for a hell of a time when the free Rise Of The Giant expansion launches this Thursday, March 28th. While daring players can opt in to a testing build now, the major, story-focused update to the game will officially roll out soon. It adds more enemies, weapons, zones, boss fights and multiple…

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Dead Cells documentary features a peek at the Rise Of The Giant DLC

We've known there's free DLC on the way for rogue-ish metroidvania Dead Cells for a while - daring players have been playing a pre-release build for days. This somewhat dulls Red Bull Gaming's boast that their little Dead Cells documentary contains "exclusive footage" from the DLC, but it's still worth a watch because developers Motion Twin seem like lovely people. There's some talk about their challenges making…

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Dead Cells getting customisable Custom Mode, teasing first DLC

A 'Custom Mode' letting goofolk choose their gear and mysterious new pretties are among goodies planned for future updates to Dead Cells, the roguelikelike stab-o-platformer which I'd say has a fair chance of scooping our much-coveted "Bestest best game best of the best year best best" award in December. Developers Motion Twin have been taking it easy, sleazy since Dead Cells launched out of early…

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Dead Cells has now oozed out of early access

After fourteen months in early access, Dead Cells officially launched today. We declared the roguelikelike platformer our favourite game of 2017 even in its early access state, and our Brendan's Dead Cells review yesterday will tell you it's now even sharper. A good video game. But if you've not been persuaded by our baby-and-a-half of squawking, instead waiting for the full launch, today's your lucky…

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Metroidvania roguelike Dead Cells busts out of early access August 7th

RPS have watched platform roguelike Dead Cells like some sort of many-headed nightmare hawk. Excellent even in its first early access release and steadily improved by patches, its deep combat and huge number of viable play-styles making each run feel fresh enough to keep us coming back. We even declared it the best game of 2017 in a fit of communal enthusiasm.After a great many updates, it's just…

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Dead Cells loots mod support, leaps onto Mac and Linux

With Dead Cells nearing its exit from early access, developers Motion Twin have ticked off a few big boxes on their to-do list for the rad roguelikelike metroidvania. Today brings Mac and Linux versions, "experimental" mod support, and final confirmation that the price will go up by $5 ahead of its August launch. But heck, Dead Cells was our favourite game of 2017 even in…

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Modding tools will inject new life into Dead Cells

Roguey romp Dead Cells - one of the best games of 2017 - is getting mod support, possibly as soon as this month. It’s been requested frequently, so the announcement still comes as a pleasant surprise, mentioned at the end of a brief update post yesterday. The early access game is also now available on Linux and Mac - just pick those versions in the…

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The “Not a Metroidvania” bundle includes 4 great Metroidvanias

If only you could have heard the RPS treehouse chat a few months ago, during the great Metroidvania debate of 2017. Battle lines were drawn. On the one side: John, insisting that of course Dead Cells isn't a Metroidvania. On the other side: everyone else, calling John an old fogey for insisting on overly strict and out-dated genre boundaries. On the other other side: the…

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Unworthy is a minimalist monochrome Dark Souls

There are only three colours in Unworthy - black, white and blood. It’s an upcoming minimalist monochrome Metroidvania that isn’t so much “inspired” by Dark Souls as it is a pixel demake of it. In one sense, it's very derivative. The health and stamina bars, the slow and deliberate attacks, the “sin” you collect from kills (and drop on death), the depressed ramblings of NPCs.…

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Dead Cells feasts upon ‘Baguette’ update

The splendid roguelikelike metroidvania Dead Cells--our favourite game of 2017, don't you know--has taken a big step towards leaving early access with the launch of the update codenamed 'Baguette'. It's a biggun, overhauling how persistent weapon upgrades work, letting us reroll the modifiers on particular weapons to shoot for something nicer, replacing the UI, adding new Legendary weapons... lots of good stuff.

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3 years ago

Dead Cells’ final stretch starts as Update 6 leaves beta

Last week, we reported that metroidvania-ish platform roguelike Dead Cells had pushed its sixth major update - The Hand Of The King - to public beta testing. Having identified and smoothed out a few initial issues, developers Motion Twin have officially released the new content for all, along with their plans for the future of the game.I said that the new Castle zone and the…

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The Hand Of The King shakes you in Dead Cells update 6

We've covered Dead Cells a lot over the past year, and with good reason. It might still be in Early Access, but even from its early days, it was clearly shaping up to be one of the slickest, most satisfying platform-roguelikes yet, blending stylish melee combat with Metroid-esque progression.While developers Motion Twin aren't quite ready to call it done, the sixth major update for the…

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Dead Cells gets even tougher with The Brutality Update

Dead Cells was a tough game to begin with, and apparently the "RogueVania action-platformer" is getting even more brutaler. The Brutal Update adds new levels, abilities, weapons and enemies as well as a re-working of the upgrade system. It's designed to make your choices harder, you see, putting more demand on both your fingers and your decision making skills. The early access update is live…

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Feature: The best bargains

Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations - both general tips and some newly added…

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