In 2010, development on Cuphead began. Chad and Jared Moldenhauer started working on the game in Unity, doing their best to make an amazing game. The brothers had to remortgage their home to get things done. But StudioMDHR brought on a few more crewmembers and made it happen. And in 2017, we realized how worth the effort it was. Cuphead is one of the best games this year.
It is rare for games to tactfully handle tough topics like mental illness and abuse. Ninja Theory took great care in crafting Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It talked to doctors and people suffering from psychosis, doing their best to make sure their depiction of Senua was accurate and not demeaning or pandering. The result is a game that is truly haunting and helps us better understand what people in similar situations might be going through.