In Celebration of Violence is a fantasy action roguelike of exploration and murder. The methodical combat requires that you plan your attacks, dodges, blocks, and parries while considering your opponents and the environment. Death is permanent but you can improve your stats and purchase items to aid future lives.
Deliberate, methodical combat. Every attack is meaningful; every dodge and parry is crucial.
Large procedurally generated and interconnected areas that encourage exploration. Wide open plains, dense forests, cramped dungeons, caves, towns, castles, even mazes.
A huge amount of variety between characters, weapons, items, magic, and enhancements. The rules of gameplay, the AI, how the player interacts with the world can all change dramatically over the course of one playthrough.
Imbalanced. The world does not bend to accommodate you. A conscious lack of normalized stability forces players to plan their trek and consider their battles.
An air of mystery covers everything from game mechanics to lore. Achievements and unlockables are only hinted at through snippets of text discovered while exploring.
A strong emphasis on risk versus reward gameplay. Every decision is your own responsibility and opening one door may close another.