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    dkirschner's Dead Cells (PC)

    [May 31, 2020 09:28:38 AM]
    Pretty neat roguelike that I nonetheless quickly tired of playing. It's very repetitive and difficult. While I've come to appreciate this genre, I enjoy a steady sense of progression. This one seems to require you to grind out upgrades before progressing. I would like to experience more of the story because the setting is interesting and the few characters I've met, including the main character, are intriguing. There's some sort of disease called "the malaise" that's infecting people, and I gather that you can be infected too, but I didn't make it that far.

    Right, so the pixel art is great, the combat is smooth and responsive. One problem I have is that the screen quickly becomes an utter mess of status effects. I can't differentiate between what are my fire/poison/ice effects on the ground and what are the enemies'. You'll also quickly (by the second or third area) have upwards of 10 enemies right up on you. It quickly becomes chaotic and too much for me to track.

    There seems to be a good variety of weapons with all sorts of modifiers, from bleeds to freezing to dropping grenades on attack. You can equip two "normal" weapons (ranged or melee), two "special" weapons (like traps or grenades), and an amulet (passive effect). So you have four attacks too, which can be wildly different, and since you're changing weapons throughout a run and from run to run (because weapons are all random), keeping track of which button uses which attack, and which attacks you even have, can be a bit daunting.

    One thing I liked about the game was the merging of genres. It's not a standard roguelike, but incorporates elements of metroidvanias and soulslikes. You collect "cells" from enemies and use them to purchase upgrades. When you die, you lose all of your souls--I mean cells--and restart from the beginning of the game (yes, the beginning of the WHOLE GAME). It makes upgrades feel like you've really earned them and makes death meaningful (even though it often feels cheap). But, minus points for the title of this game, a clear aping of Dark Souls. Dark Souls, Dead Cells. Dank Seals, Doom Sails...The D--- S/C--- formula is gold.

    All in all, neat game, some cool ideas, definitely fun for a while and chaotic combat. Worth a shot, especially if you like roguelikes, and you'll probably come away with something memorable even if you don't stick it out.
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    dkirschner's Dead Cells (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got frustrated

    GameLog started on: Friday 29 May, 2020

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 31 May, 2020

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Interesting blend of genres. I already like some things and dislike others. Nice controls though. ----------- Very difficult, randomness sucks, but still enjoyable.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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