When comparing Mark of the Old Ones vs Dead Cells, the Slant community recommends Dead Cells for most people. In the question“What are the best metroidvania games for the PC?” Dead Cells is ranked 4th while Mark of the Old Ones is ranked 15th.
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Pro Unique, inverse kinematics-based control scheme that allows rarely seen freedom of control
By utilizing an inverse kinematics-based control scheme there is zero need for pre rendered animations for the character. It is animated real time.
Pro Immersive, HP Lovecraft-inspired aesthetic
Mark of the Old Ones has a HP Lovecraft inspired aesthetics and graphics with the protagonist being a tendril laden creature who traverse landscapes that look fitting for any lovecraftian themed title.
Pro Free of restrictive DRM
Without having DRM loaded into the game users can not only play the game without an internet connection but also play it on as many of their compatible devices as they like. On top of this it can also be shared with friends, just as one would have back before DRM existed.
Pro Beautiful pixelart graphics
Pro Brilliant game design
All the little details come together to make Dead Cells incredibly rewarding to play with very little frustration. You die a lot, but you're constantly permanently progressing as well. Also every level is procedural generated, so even when you die and have to restart it feels unique and different every time.
Pro Satisfying combat
The hits are impactful, the controls are super-responsive, and it's overall very fluid.
Pro Combat has a good amount of depth to it
The game has a good variety of weapons, skills and enemies that all change how the game plays out. Some weapons work best if the enemy is bleeding, some skills hurl enemies at you, some enemies are immune to attacks from the front. Which items you find and decide to keep will change what approach to combat you need to take.
Pro Presents a good challenge
Making one mistake can mean death, which makes the game challenging but also fun as you learn how to take on certain enemies with different sets of weapons and skills.
Con Limited architecture support
Mark of the Old Ones has no plans to create or support a 32bit version of the game which will limited people who are still using older 32bit systems.
Con Difficult without a controller
Pretty awkward to play with a keyboard.
Con No real Metroidvania
Not a real metroidvania, just a 2D-Souls Game.
Con Still in early access
Can be a pro, considering how good it is now, knowing that there will be more content is great.
Already worth it for many people, but many early access games have failed, so time will tell.