Outside of gaming, 2017 will be be a year to remember – or one you want to forget. It’s personally been one of my best years, as I’ve started a new day job, bought a house, and feel like a proper-ass adult for the first time a long time. But we’re here about games, and what a wild ride and great year for games 2017 was. This has been the hardest list to assemble for the 2,017th year in a row, because not only did I play so many games, but there were a lot to like and even love – 2018 has a lot to live up to.
Cuphead is a cartoon of long past childhoods come to life, that’s so much more than recreating “Steamboat Willie”. The title of this episode details the story, and is just good life advice: “Don’t Deal with the Devil”. From new developer StudioMDHR, Cuphead is a game that gives new meaning to the word ‘retro’, and sets the bar developers for years to come. This is a game of both style and substance, and Cuphead delivers in innumerable ways on both in excellent ways.