As I'm taking my TYM/Social Media "break", I've also been taking a break from video games. The toxicity in social media is definitely seen in video games to a lesser extent, but definitely apparent in online interactions. So I decided to go dark for awhile and get rid of all the negativity and toxicity. With that said, I felt compelled to make a thread about this game. So I'm temporarily breaking my "silence" if you will, and want to talk about this game. I decided to play Cuphead, the new platforming (ish) game that came out recently and everyone has been talking about. Now, with all that said, here's why I think Cuphead is the GoTY in my eyes. First of all, the graphics, sounds and soundtrack are incredible. They've taken the oldschool cartoon style theme and it's godlike. The animations are also top notch. The gameplay is very fluid and responsive. If you die it has nothing to do with the games responsiveness or any problem with the games mechanics, no one to blame but yourself. The best part about Cuphead however, for me, is the difficulty. It's a hard game, no doubt. At first I didn't understand why so many people were calling it "super super hard", but the further you get the harder the game becomes. It reminds me a lot of the older PC game "I Wanna Be The Guy". A game infamous for being one of the hardest "platforming" games there is, at least at the time when it was released. I actually mentioned that to the creator of IWBTG on twitter (again, literally redownloaded twitter just to talk about this f'n game), and he agreed but said Cuphead was a much better game overall. Like I said, the graphics and sounds are fucking amazing, they completely nailed what they were going for. The beauty of games like this is that they aren't artificially hard. They are straight up hard games, they're specifically designed that way. It legitimately challenges you as a gamer. On the harder bosses, it's nearly impossible to go in it blind and beat it the first try. You have to die and learn from your deaths. Much like learning from your losses in fighting games. There's been a couple of bosses so far that seemed damn near impossible to beat at first. But after each death, I did a little better, adapted, and after grinding it out, eventually I beat the boss. Honestly, the greatest gratification you can get in gaming, for me at least, is beating an incredibly hard level/boss with no outside help, just your own skill and adaptation prevailing in the end. It's why games like Dark Souls will always have a special place in my heart. These types of games don't hold your hand. There's no tips, tricks or any type of help in the game for you in Cuphead. You have nothing to rely on but yourself. When you finally beat a hard level or boss, it's a genuinely satisfying feeling. And in this era of games specifically being made for casuals, it's incredibly refreshing when you come across games that aren't afraid to be difficult! Anyslut, I just wanted to share my experience with the game with y'all. I'm not even halfway done with it and I'm taking my time on purpose. Well, the game is hard enough that you can't really rush it anyway, but I don't want the experience to be over with. This entire post sounds extremely nerdy but I really don't care. If you love legitimately difficult games, you'll love Cuphead. I highly recommend it for everyone... 10/10 without a doubt!