Cuphead Xbox One Metacritic - 86/100
Cuphead PC Metacritic - 90/100
Cuphead Opencritic - 87/100
Video Review from GAF's own SlasherJPC: Buy It!
ACG (GAF'ers own Karak) Video Review - Buy
Destructoid - 9.5/10
Games Radar - 5/5
Cuphead's incredible style belies its magical complexity. It's so much more than a hard-as-hell shoot-'em-up with artistic flair. It's cerebral in a way that these kind of games rarely are. Cuphead's commitment to forcing the player to understand is commendable. Those who don't have the patience to learn won't get far. That's the kind of stand-your-ground moxie that makes this a hallmark of game design. My praise runneth over.
Gamespot - 8/10
Yes, Cuphead was worth the wait. Too often, I find myself thinking "Thank God I never have to do that again" after wrapping up a difficult game - but with Cuphead, I'm mighty excited to further my eight-to-nine-hour Regular run and trounce those bosses in an Expert encore. If you're partial to a tough-but-fair challenge, and you have even the slightest appreciation for the rich history of animated cartoons, you'll be overjoyed by the wonderfully artistic adventure that is Cuphead. Maybe you'll even get a blistered thumb or two to remember it by.
IGN Spain - 9/10
Cuphead has been a longtime coming, and it's great to see that it lives up to its initial promises. It's beautiful to look at, and with a pitch-perfect soundtrack, it flawlessly captures the era its developers so clearly revere. It's also an intense action game that pulls no punches. It could benefit from a few tweaks, and two-player co-op doesn't feel like the valuable addition you might imagine, but Cuphead remains a rare, unique game that truly stands out.
Polygon - 8.5/10
(TRANSLATED) Beautiful and hard as hell, but as rewarding as you should imagine. Cuphead is one of the best indie games on 2017 and if you love run-n-gun games you shall not miss it.
Press Start Australia - 9/10
Cuphead’s deal with the devil eventually leads to hell, and so perhaps it’s fitting the conclusion should be so torturous. Though, honestly, even the residual headache has been soothed by the sweet, sweet salve of victory. When I think of my time with Cuphead, instead of frustration I’ll remember the dozens of tiny breakthroughs, when the impossible became possible, and a game that built an identity around difficulty helped me to feel, however briefly, undefeatable.
Shacknews - 8/10
It's a bit unfair to compare Cuphead to almost any other of the brutally tough platformers I've grown to love recently, as it lacks the filler. It gets straight to the good stuff and gives us an almost 'greatest hits' of boss fights. And if they don't get better and more rewarding as they go, I'll go eat. So while you've still got to be a masochist at heart to get through the 'true' Cuphead, people of all ages and backgrounds would be able to sit in front of the television and appreciate Cuphead for its sense of style and its ability to evoke that childlike wonder that was, until now, dormant in most of us.
Stevivor - 8/10
But the best part about Cuphead is that the challenge feels attainable. It's the right kind of frustration, the kind that makes a person feel like they can prevail if they just try one more time. It's easy for this type of game to feel cheap, but it never feels impossible. It's a gorgeous piece of work and a cup that feels better on repeated sips.
MSPoweruser - 9/10
In the end, Cuphead proves to be everything I wanted it to be — challenging, stylised and fun. It’s a tough, tough game — but unlike Dark Souls, my failures in Cuphead made me want to keep playing. Bring it on.
Twinfinite - 3/5
Overall, Cuphead is an absolutely fantastic adventure because it combines tight mechanics with stunning visuals. There’s nothing like it on any platform and if you love challenging titles which require practice, then this is the game for you. However, not everyone will enjoy it because of the steep difficulty. Everything about the title—from the platforming to the boss battles—is a challenge which may frustrate many. As alluded to earlier, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there’s just nothing that’s more rewarding. Despite all that, the real star of the show here are the visuals because the 1930s animation elevates this game from a standard run-and-gun platformer to an absolutely mesmerizing experience.
Windows Central - 4.5/5
Still, there is a game worth enjoying in here, if you can deal with periodic frustration. During encounters that are fully defined it’s easy to get stuck admiring everything that StudioMDHR has created, and it was more than a good enough reason to turn my Xbox One on. It’s because of those parts that are so good that it’s really difficult to ignore the glaring issues. If you’re in dire need of a real challenge, definitely give Cuphead your attention. However, if you’re not in any rush there’s no harm in waiting. I look forward to seeing how the developers deal with this project and how they expand on it in the future.
True Achievements - 4/5
Cuphead is an instant classic that will build a solid fanbase across Xbox One and Windows PCs, and hopefully, spawn bigger and bolder sequels in the years to come. Amazing job, Studio MDHR.
SpazioGames - 8.5/10
Cuphead is likely to reveal its deliberate frustrations too late for some people. It's hard not to become infatuated with the game's visuals, leaving uninformed buyers lured in by those blatant strengths to discover only then that it revels in its own relentlessness. This, in turn, could leave some wanting a refund and needing a new controller or two. However, for those that go into it with a co-op partner and with the knowledge that its design is as unforgiving as it is beautiful, it will be a unique and rewarding game. Always unabating but never unfair, Cuphead is tough to overcome but even tougher to put down.
Area Jugones - 10/10
(TRANSLATED) Cuphead is a hardcore game with a beautiful art design that recalls the classic cartoons of the '30s. Based on splendid boss fights and with some "run and gun" levels, MDHR Studios' game is challenging and satisfying.
Multiplayer.it - 9.2/10
(TRANSLATED) Cuphead is a true piece of art of the modern day videogame. The game has lived up to the expectations and it is full with detail and quality in every aspect. From its soundtrack to its wonderful design, Studio MDHR has achieved the glory with this masterpiece.
Trusted Reviews - 4/5
Daily Mirror - 5/5
It’s almost needless to say that the visuals are incredible, creating a stunning run-and-gun boss battler that looks straight out of 1930s ‘toons. In fact, the presentation, the audio, the music and the general vibe are unbelievable. Cuphead will be too tough for some players, and you’d have to look to the likes of Nioh or Dark Souls to find something as brutal and unforgiving. It’s going to take some serious skill and experience to beat those bosses, but Cuphead keeps on bringing you back for more until you do.
Hoby Consalas - 90/100
It’s not reinventing the wheel, but underneath Cupheads’s gleeful and gorgeous cartoonish exterior lies an addictive and fierce adventure delivering a level of challenge that, much like the game’s gambling Devil, convinces you to have another roll of the dice and see how far you can make it.
Nerd Much - 8.6/10
(TRANSLATED) An exquisite work of craftmanship in almost every aspect. You will recover the faith in classic gameplay. Be carefoul, tough, it's not a game for the less patient.
CGM - 9/10
Cuphead is a brilliant little game that is unique right down to its core, with a (mostly) welcomed challenge and beautiful aesthetics. Its individuality shouldn’t be ignored, and if you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding game that won’t take you too long to master, Cuphead is a great choice.
Generacion Xbox - 9.5/10
As someone who studied classical animation, I fully appreciate the amount of love, respect and work that StudioMDHR put into their game, and there really isn’t much to criticise. It’s nearly flawless. I could ramble on and on about Cuphead, using animation jargon, but instead, just go play it. While it is difficult to recommend this to players who may not possess the skill level required, Cuphead is stunning, unique and incredibly delightful. It’s a challenge, but one players will keep striving to conquer. No matter how many times cups are broken, players will feel drawn to return. So for those
Financial Post - 8.5/10
Cuphead is as difficult as fun, as beautiful as it is addictive, a game with which it is impossible to get angry even though we will fail over and over and over again. Deal with the devil.
imgmr - 8.9/10
And that sense of satisfaction isn’t our only reward. Defeating enemies unlocks new areas to explore and new levels to conquer, which means we’re treated to more of this game’s extraordinary animation and music. And, when all is said and done, these are the things for which Cuphead will rightfully be remembered.
I'll update as more reviews come in for the first few hours, and will try to keep the synopsis in until I run out of OP character room.
Cuphead is a great looking game that exploits basic jump and shoot mechanics and hitboxes. Just like classic Mega Man games. Every mistake you make is technically your own fault for not being at the right place, or for not shooting the right target. Cuphead is punishing like that, and that is what makes it so difficult and challenging as a game. It is also where it gets its charm, well with that and the carefully crafted 1930s layered hand-drawn design. Remember, no matter how hard, never give up!