VideoGameCritic wrote:Brent brought this over today and while I admire the imaginative stage designs, this game is not for me. It's very masochistic, and while Brent could whiz through each stage with great skill, I find it nauseating just thinking about how much effort it would require to actually get that good.
He also showed me Cuphead which looked very creepy and wasn't very fun.
Both games might deserve a further look, but still, I'm glad you've joined the right side of the debate! In fairness to Celeste, it does a good job of easing you into the difficulty -- it never feels impossible like Cuphead -- but it is still way more tedious than fun. Now I wish you'd do a full review of Celeste, just so the internet can have a published review that calls out the game for how mediocre it truly is.
But I'm surprised to hear you say Cuphead is "very creepy" looking. I figured you'd appreciate the aesthetic -- it's really unique and the one thing the game really has going for it. Rip away the art style and Cuphead is mediocre at best, and probably below average if we're being honest. But that art style is really something special to see in a video game, and that alone makes it worth playing IMO.
P.S. Between the two, I'd take Celeste over Cuphead.