The Fall Part 2: Unbound - (Xalavier Nelson Jr)

It is terrifying to be an independent developer right now. Before, small teams might compare themselves to a soulless billion dollar industry built on games where Very Large Men shoot other Very Large Men (regardless of the merit of that claim). Now, those same big studios are bringing their absurd levels of manpower and polish to titles that are more empathetic and experimental than ever — often hiring the very indies that used to compete with them. As remasters, re-releases, and long-awaited ports hit every platform imaginable, the time of a game s release has lost all meaning. Katamari Damacy, a title originally released in 2004, can finally be played as God intended — with the power of a NVIDIA Titan RTX. We are lost in a sea of games, and Epic aims to be our new Poseidon.

…I m supposed to say my five favourite games of the year at some point, right? (more…)

Dead Cells - Messbass

Hello everyone,

We just pushed the 1.1 in the main branch!

The main changes are listed here, but if you're more a full patch notes kind of guy, go here.

Also, the whole team wishes you a Merry Christmas!

The MT Team
Dead Cells

The third of our GOTY awards goes to Motion Twin's excellent combat-heavy sidescrolling game, Dead Cells. Check out the rest of our awards and personal picks in our GOTY hub.

Phil: I'm not usually a fan of roguelikes that demand I spend time unlocking persistent skills to progress. I prefer the Spelunky method, where I don't technically need anything to complete the game, but will still throw myself against it hundreds of times, learning and improving as I go. If I'm going to die in roguelike, I prefer it be because I screwed up, not because I haven't yet unlocked the weapons and upgrades I need.

Despite this, I love Dead Cells, in large part because its combat is so good. It's satisfyingly technical, forcing you to learn attack patterns and special abilities. And executing the perfectly timed strikes and dodges required to efficiently and safely progress remains fun, even after tens of hours. Its weapons keep things interesting, too, with lots of interesting quirks designed to tempt you away from your preferred loadout. Temptation, and the risks and rewards that come with it, are the key to any good roguelike.

Steven: How does another 2D Metroidvania roguelike even make it onto one of these lists in 2018? That's the kind of cynicism I brought to Dead Cells when I first started playing it—and it only took a few minutes to see why everyone won't shut up about this game. Dead Cells is just too damn good. The combat is great, sure, but what I really dig is the sense of exploration and how Dead Cells forces players to juggle survival, exploration, and speed all at the same time. Some of the most powerful items are behind doors that will close after a certain amount of time has passed, so once I discovered one I'd dedicate a whole run just to getting there as fast as possible to grab the item before the door slammed shut. Those runs are my favorite, because I couldn't afford to be careful and slow. In those frantic sprints, there was no room for error, and that was completely thrilling.

Bo: When I started playing Dead Cells, I would die in seconds. Then my skills improved, and runs would last minutes. Then I learned enemy strategies, and unlocked some useful gear. Now I barrel through early levels, taking on ever more challenging hordes. An hour deep into a run, death is agony, but it still never stops me wanting to immediately start again.

Tom: I remember playing Dead Cells for the first time at the PC Gamer Weekender a year or so back, and the moment I started playing I knew I’d end up putting dozens of hours into it. The pixel art is beautiful and the controls are quick and crisp. The colour-coded upgrade system is so easy to grasp it takes the edge off the unusual progression system, which asks you to pour cells into unlocks that may or may not appear on future runs. The first four or five hours can be rough, but when Dead Cells opens up you’re consistently powering into later levels and casually besting enemies that once seemed unstoppable.

Want more words on Dead Cells? Check out our original review from earlier this year. 

Dead Cells - Messbass

I am the king of the woooooooooooooooorld

Good news everyone!

1.1 is stable and have been tuned to take into account the feedback we received from the brave alpha testers. We’re now hoping to see more of you jump in, share experiences with this new version, and help us improve it.

How to access the beta

What’s new?

  • New Custom Game Mode

Basically, this mode gives you the keys to the kingdom of Dead cells. You can pretty much configure your run how you want it to be. For instance, we think not letting the player choose it starting gear or remove items from the loot table forces people to try new strategies and to adapt to the random part of roguelites.

However, the other side of the argument is also perfectly defendable, and if you rather have your favorite combo of sword/bow/shield every when starting a new run, well now you can.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can add or remove a lot of gameplay elements to the game, load the same fixed seed with your friends to compete with the same procedural generation, decide the timer behavior and much more.

Just be warned that a great power comes with great responsibility. For instance you can unlock everything in the game, every weapon, every mutation, every skills, etc. If the progressive unlocking of the game is a important element for you, you probably won’t enjoy the game any more if you don’t have anything left to unlock.

We really hope you will take a few seconds to take a look at this new possibility and get back to us with feedback and suggestions!

  • Buffs, buffs and buffs

We took a new look on the items and mutations universally considered bad, and reworked or changed the numbers to increase their power and their usefulness. Give a new chance to the weapons you previously thought uninteresting, you may have some surprise! And again, let us know which ones you still find very subpar compared to the others.

  • A new kind of challenge:

The roguelike nature of the game means, at some point, you will probably know the first levels by heart and it won’t really be challenging anymore. We added a new kind of challenge which rewards killing 60 enemies (only 30 in the first level) without being hit.

These rewards (cells, gold and more powerful weapon will help you unlock new gear faster and can really become handy in the latter levels and final boss combat, where your survival is far from guaranteed.

  • And much more:
  • Mob Auto-Scaling mechanic removed
  • Time doors moved to in-between levels
  • More challenging Boss Cell 4
  • Recycle ability doesn’t break the economy anymore
  • Legendary items now drops from mobs and altar
  • Cooldown Reduction reworked
  • Increased HP given for each scroll you pick.
  • Damage reduction mechanic reworked
  • Elites get a additional random skill
  • Bug fixes
  • ...

Full Patch Notes

All this changes should have quite an impact of your experience. Please let us know what you think of the new balance, difficulty, challenges, etc.

The MT Team

Invocators' bullets now go through the wall \o/

Community highlights:

Mod Merger, a temporary solution to combine mods.

A wild fan art by @_audejave_

@indefinities‘s take on the prisoner

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - (The Dealer)

Is… is it over yet? Are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals finally finished? Just a couple more hours to go now, you can do it deals herald, you can get through this. You’ve got a week and a half holiday coming up soon, just get through the afternoon and then you can go and lie in a dark room and not dream about Cyber Monday graphics card deals you might have missed for the seventh night running.

Ahem. Sorry, I don’t know what came over me there. Probably the Cyber Monday PC gaming deals fatigue settling in, or the Black Friday fever dream I seem to have been living this past fortnight. But your deals herald is stronger than that. Nay, THE DEALER is stronger than that, and with a renewed sense of vigor that may in fact be frenzied despair, I thus present to you the final monolithic installment of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC deals bonanza. Gone are the deals swept away by the ever-grabbing hands of internet shoppers. All that’s left is the best of the best that are still up for grabs, from graphics cards and monitors to SSDs, gaming headsets, CPUs and mice and keyboards and more. If you’ve yet to do your Cyber Monday shopping, act fast, as these PC gaming deals won’t be around for long.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - (Katharine Castle)

I’m sure everyone’s feeling a bit of Black Friday fatigue by now (trust me, I want this all to be over just as much as you do), but in the interests of those after that one, last, final deal to end all deals, I present to you our newly refreshed Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals hub. I’ve cleared away all the deals that have been swept into oblivion by the almighty wave of discount-grabbers, leaving you with the best of the best PC gaming deals that are still available. Whether you’re after a new graphics card, monitor, SSD, gaming headset or even a new CPU, mouse and keyboard, your deals herald will provide. Here are all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals you can grab right now.


HITMAN™ - (Katharine Castle)

Black Friday is almost over here in the UK, but the deals train is still going strong for all you folk over in the US. It seems like forever ago that I boarded at Deals Station Central, but there’s still a fair old time before we all reach our final destination that is the culmination of November’s online deals frenzy, Cyber Monday. Thus, it falls to me, your ever faithful deals herald to continue striving away at the deals-based coal face to bring you the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals around.

Now, I’m not saying you should just spend a load of money for the sake of it. Indeed, you should only really partake of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals madness if you really need to upgrade to something. I ended up buying a laptop today, not because it was cheap (although that was certainly a factor), but because the battery on my current workhorse is practically bursting out from beneath my touchpad. Or at least I think it’s my battery. Either way, it’s getting on a bit and I could do with a new one. So, if you are> thinking about upgrading your PC, Black Friday and its accompanying deals jamboree Cyber Monday can be a great time to pick up some deals on the cheap, whether it’s a new graphics card, CPU, SSD, headset, or mouse and keyboard. So let’s dive straight in and see what bargains this year’s Black Friday has to offer.


HITMAN™ - (Katharine Castle)

Can you taste the Black Friday deals turkey yet? (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way, to those celebrating) Can you smell those sweet, sweet discounts wafting through the cracks in your screen that tell you, yes, it is> time to buy a new gaming monitor, and maybe find a deal on a new graphics card, CPU, SSD and literally every other PC component under the sun? Yes, you say? Me too! And have I got the best PC gaming deals for you this fine Black Friday eve.

For I, your trusted deals herald, have been beavering away this past week (month, year, it seems so long ago) to bring you the best Black Friday deals the internet has to offer. You’ll find everything here for building a new PC, including all the best Black Friday graphics card deals, monitor deals, SSD deals, gaming laptop deals, CPU deals, headset deals and please send help because I actually can’t stop saying the word ‘deals’ (DEALS).


HITMAN™ - (Katharine Castle)

Despite it being only Wednesday, the Black Friday deals jamboree is well and truly under way. With more deals than you can shake a stick of RAM at, now is the time to get some tasty PC gaming deals on the cheap, especially if you’re after some nice new hardware. To help you make sense of all the deals madness, I’m here to help, as I’ve gone and gathered up all the best PC gaming Black Friday deals I can find, including deals on graphics cards, gaming monitors, SSDs, laptops and more. Yes, my soul is now nothing more than a withered husk, but at least it saves you the trouble of trawling through the internet yourself in search of the best savings. On that note, let’s get down to the business of all them deals, shall we? Here are the best Black Friday deals the internet has to offer.


Dead Cells

The developer of Dead Cells, one of our highest reviewed games of 2018 so far, has added custom dungeon runs and a massive balancing update to its alpha branch. 

The changes—which include both weapon tweaks and overhauls of entire features, such as the way level scaling works—will remain in alpha "for quite some time" so that the team can make adjustments with community input, Motion Twin said.

Custom games, announced in September, are probably the biggest single addition. They let you change the loot table to ban certain weapons, choose your starting gear and apply gameplay modifiers or timer settings. 

In another major change, mobs will no longer auto-scale to your level: their difficulty is fixed, which means "you'll have to be really careful to be properly equipped before getting to late levels". It'll completely change the pace of play, and encourage proper planning and caution. 

Bosses no longer drop legendary items, and you'll instead get one weapon and one active skill. You can only get legendary items as random loot in the world, or if you poke your head in a challenge door that appears after you defeat a boss. Walking through these doors will trigger another boss fight, and if you kill them without taking damage they'll drop legendary gear.

Cooldown reduction has also been rethought—mutations that granted automatic reduction have been axed, and replaced with mutations that will reduce cooldown when you perform a specific action, such as killing enemies or parrying. 

If you're interested, you should really browse through the full patch notes, which contain around 90 tweaks to specific skills, weapons and items. It'll fix plenty of bugs that have been flagged since the full release in August, too, and you can expect lots of graphics and UI tweaks.


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