Everyone's favourite cup-headed run 'n' gunner is back with a new friend in Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course so get ready to shoot.
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The return of Cuphead
It's been quite a while since Cuphead released back in 2017 but it has some new DLC to help freshen up the experience. Now, I'll be frank and say that I'm not the biggest Cuphead fan for the simple fact that conquering challenges after excessive repetition just isn't my cup of tea but I still enjoy myself whenever I play it. Its presentation is what truly makes it a special game with a gorgeous retro cartoon aesthetic and toe-tapping music that really pops. I imagine that if it was the exact same game but with pixel visuals and chiptunes, it wouldn't have as much of a following as it does but I digress. For now, let me ask you a question: have you read this far and not realised that Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is called that because it's DLC (Delicious Last Course)? I only just realised that myself. 😅 v1d30chumz 35-175-107-185Cuphead Review
Introducing Ms. Chalice
The first new aspect that Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course offers is a new playable character in the form of Ms. Chalice. I'm very happy with how she plays because she has her own move set that substantially adds to what Cuphead previously offered. Surprisingly, she makes the game easier and you can play as her in the main campaign missions, too, but you have to use up your Charm slot in order to do so. I was kind of hoping that there would be additional incentives to re-play the main campaign such as challenges but there are none. Anyway, she has an extra health point, 3 different Super Arts, a new plane loadout, and she can double-jump, invincible-roll, and dash-parry. Overall, Ms. Chalice definitely makes things easier and the King of Games challenges are a great way to practice her moves.
Besides the 5 King of Games challenges where you parry to damage them, there are 6 additional bosses (plus 1 secret one) that are generally what you'd expect from Cuphead bosses. Although they don't deviate all that much from the original's boss fights, they're still a lot of fun to battle. There's a certain sense of randomness to them as well that's more prominent in some of the fights than others and it makes each attempt feel slightly different although a degree of luck is required to claim victory at times. Anyway, mastering each phase of every boss makes for a good time so if you want more Cuphead, this new cast will surely satiate your thirst. 😊
As if all this jazz wasn't enough, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course includes a few additional equipment pieces. For weapons, Crackshot is cool as it can home in on enemies, Converge is a 3-way weapon with shots that can go through enemies, and Twist-Up shoots projectiles that arc upward after firing. There are also a couple of new Charms with the Heart Ring that restores health after parrying as well as the Broken Relic that you can alter in interesting ways but why would you use those when you can play as Ms. Chalice instead? 🤔
Obviously, if you enjoyed Cuphead and just want more of the same then getting The Delicious Last Course should be a no-brainer. That being said, I wish that it differentiated itself more from the main game considering it released nearly 5 years ago.
- + More Cuphead is good and you get quite a decent variety of bosses to fight
- + Ms. Chalice is a fun character to play as
- + Enjoyable gear to experiment with
- - Could use additional incentives for re-playing the main campaign
- - Doesn't deviate much from the original