There’s tons of games at E3 every year, but this year, none of the other games quite captured my attention like Cuphead. There were some other close contenders, but no other single title had so many different amazing elements that were all working, coming together, and just plain awesome.
So, without further adieu, here’s 5 reasons to pay attention to Cuphead, which launches later this year on Xbox One and PC.
1) The Graphics
Just take a look at it. Cuphead blends together the animation style of yesteryear, and the look of old Mickey Mouse-era cartoons with the modern colors and vibrancy of today’s current video game systems. It even has those pops and cracks–just like old films–and even better, it’s actually being animated by hand, giving it an authentic look and feel unlike almost anything else in gaming right now.
Doesn’t it just remind you of Steamboat Willie or Pete?
Enemies explode in smoke and stars, and it really is the little details that bring everything together. Yeah, animation fans are going to feel right at home.
2) The Soundtrack
Oh man. Most videos games (read: most, not all) tend to go for classical scores. Instead, Cuphead is sticking to its theme and going with a jazz soundtrack; everything from silent-film piano tunes to more fleshed out jazzy arrangements. It’s refreshing, fits the game, and if we are really lucky, will see a release in its own right.
3) It’s really, really hard
Cuphead is cute and coloreful… but it’s also deadly. It’s hard. Really hard. I died a lot in the E3 demo. You are just going to die a lot when you play Cuphead, plain and simple. There’s no way around it.
Cuphead is more of a Donkey Kong Country-level of challenge than Super Mario World, but it may even give some of the hardest platformers a run for their money. This is going to be one tricky game, and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way.
4) Double Throwback
Just like Hi-C Ecto Cooler, everything that’s old is now new and cool again. While Cuphead is a throwback to a long-gone era of animation, it’s also a throwback to an era of gaming that. Platformers of any kind aren’t nearly as numerous as they once were, and Cuphead is managing to perform the hat trick of being a throwback within a throwback; it’s bringing together two bygone eras from two different mediums and making it work.
5) Two Player Co-Op
Cuphead will also support two player local co-op. That means that both you and whoever else is brave enough to tackle the game with you can play together, in the same room, right on the same couch. That’s not something that happens that often anymore.
Mugman joins Cuphead as the second character, and both characters will also be able to unlock other weapons and power-ups along the way. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of what Cuphead has in store come its release later this year.
Still not convinced? Check out this trailer from last year’s E3 to see all the Cuphead-goodness you are missing out on.
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