So many incredible games have come out this year that I’ve either come late to or missed out entirely on a bunch of them. I remember watching a few streams of Dead Cells when it came out and hearing that it was the best thing since rougelike/Castlevania sliced bread, but though I picked it up I was deep in Prey and Hollow Knight at the time and it’s been moldering in my Steam library since.
Until about two weeks ago when I installed it on a whim and holy crap this game is good. The art is stunning, the soundtrack is beautiful, the controls are super-precise, the combat is weighty and cathartic, and it just feels utterly amazing to play. And unlike some other roguelikes, it never feels like a run is doomed because you’ve taken a few bad hits.
I know I’m six months late to the party but does anyone else remember this one? It makes me sad to think that it might have gotten lost in the shuffle of 2017’s packed slate of great games.