The 12 hardest games ever made

Was Dark Souls not tough enough for you? Then check out the 12 hardest games ever made for some brutal old-school challenges...

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yugovega1750d ago

come on now dmc3? goldenaxe was harder then that.

dedicatedtogamers1750d ago

I don't think so. Golden Axe was "hard" because you ran out of lives/continues, but with enough lives you could power through anything and eventually win by attrition.

DmC3, on the other hand, has sections that are very difficult to beat no matter how many lives you have.

yugovega1750d ago

well with enough lives contra was easy but doesn't mean it wasn't difficult. i jst nver felt dmc3 was near as ard as people made it out to be. i believe that was the moment that i noticed "gamers" couldn't remember or never played the nes and snes. from ps2 on nothing has ben near as hard. even friday the 13th should be on here before dmc3.

GuyThatPlaysGames1750d ago

Golden Axe, all the MegaMan games(NES), Castlevania(NES) and Bionic Commando(NES)

Tetsujin1750d ago

Thank you, someone who mentioned Bionic Commando (Top Secret: Hitlers Revival in Japan) before I could. There's a few other games to add:

Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch Out
Mario Lost Levels (NES)

Jacobster1750d ago

Argh Shadow of the Beast II and Treasure Island Dizzy always kept me coming back for trying the impossible! I actually remember the ten pints cheat aswell, how sad ha!

I_am_Batman1750d ago (Edited 1750d ago )

Shadow of the Beast 2 took me over 15 years to finish. It was so rewarding everytime I got a little further. Awesome original world and the soundtrack was really great too. That game over screen (saw it a lot).

Kind of weird that Contra is on the list. I know it was challenging but I don't remember it being that hard. I've played through it about 20 times though (knew the game inside out).

Grimhammer001750d ago

Conan the barbarian this gen last boss was soooooo redonkulous.

thirtyandnerdy1750d ago

Interesting to see this kind of list not include Demon's or Dark Souls in this day and age. Perhaps it's because those titles start out hard and get a bit easier and easier as the player levels and progresses. Whereas a lot of the titles the author listed start out difficult and maintain their difficulty throughout the experience? Fun list nonetheless.

cpayne931750d ago

Truthfully even though the souls games are challenging, they are really nothing special compared to a lot of older games. It's just that this gen has so much hand holding in it people were apparently shocked to find a game that needed your full concentration to beat.

thirtyandnerdy1750d ago

Good point. I think it's the multiplayer component that makes them especially memorable compared to other titles. Old school meets new school or something to that degree. =)

PurpHerbison1749d ago

This gen has something called "Instant Gratification". The souls games were also kind of different. In a sense that yes, at first, they seemed hard. But once you got over the learning curve it really isn't hard at all in comparison to the old school games.

cpayne931750d ago

Yeah I meant they were nothing special in terms of difficulty, but they are very special in other ways. The incredible skill based combat, the awesome atmosphere and level design, along with an amazing multiplayer makes this game one of my favorite games of all time.

PurpHerbison1746d ago

Even though the game had some serious lackings, you are pretty much correct with your statement. The overall concept was absolutely amazing but it wasn't executed perfectly. Not to say that it didn't have its moments of perfection... But nothing broke my immersion more than having choppy FPS in some areas and a laggy invader.. Which also wasn't something uncommon at all. However! In a place where the engine could handle a steady FPS and I got a perfect connection invader, I have never been more immersed. :]

DxTrixterz1750d ago

Ninja Gaiden 2 on xbox 360 on easy is like a living hell. Second mission boss Genshin drives me crazy. I can't even blink and he already kills me. Actually I am soo angry that I stopped playing it. Maybe one day I will go back to it but right now I do not even want to think about it.

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