Dead Cells

Motion Twin

Mighty Man
OpenCritic Rating
89
Top Critic Average
96%
Critics Recommend
Based on 134 critic reviews
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Dead Cells

Rating Summary

Based on 134 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

89

Top Critic Average

96%

Critics Recommend

Based on 134 critic reviews
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Dead Cells Reviews Summary

Pitch-perfect controls and combat
Challenging without being cheap
A somewhat steep difficulty curve

Summary: Motion Twin's challenging but fair take on the Metroidvania is one of 2018's most highly-praised titles and took home the Game Award for Best Action Game. A simply stunning side-scrolling adventure, it's not to be missed.

General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 7, 2018
Xbox OneAug 7, 2018
PCAug 7, 2018
Nintendo SwitchAug 7, 2018

Developer: Motion Twin

Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what's happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game. Experience a Roguevania, mixing an interconnected world, branching paths and unlockable skills with the constant adrenaline-pumping threat of permadeath. No checkpoints. You either vanquish the final boss in one go, or you try again. However, you keep some of your progress for successive runs; new paths you’ve unlocked, access to new levels, mutations, abilities and weapons. Speaking of weapons, Dead Cells features a plethora of ways to slay your enemies. A large variety of swords, bows and of course spells, but also whips, grenades and turrets, each one with its own unique twist. Plus, mutations and scrolls allow you to build and customize your character differently with each and every run. At the end of the day though, it’s YOUR skills as a player that matter most! Roguelites are about constantly sharpening your skills, until what was an insurmountable obstacle becomes a walk in the park. Patience, you’ll get better!… eventually. Features: RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, the iconic dodge roll, more than 90 weapons and spells with unique gameplay… The unforgiving action wed to the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each and every run. Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Ramparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style, or just your mood. Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air...

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Dead Cells Reviews

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A stellar action platformer with gorgeous presentation and excellent combat. Punishing but worth it.

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The Metroidvania at its best: a swaggering role-playing beat-'em-up that's very easy on the eyes and dense with secrets.

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Dead Cells fuses breakneck motion with an emphasis on risk-and-reward for an incredibly engaging action-platformer.

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One of the best made Metroidvanias of recent years, but despite all the clever inspiration taken from other games it's a shame it doesn't have more unique ideas of its own.

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Dead Cells 'The Bad Seed' expansion adds new biomes and bosses, launches in 2020

Dead Cells 'The Bad Seed' expansion adds new biomes and bosses, launches in 2020

Dead Cells is getting even bigger soon. Today, developer Motion Twin announced that the game is getting another expansion early next year. The Bad Seed brings new biomes, weapons, and bosses and only cost $5.

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Dead Cells’ giant The Bad Seed DLC sprouts in early 2020

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