The Top Ten Hardest Video Games of all time.
Why isn't Mega Man 9 on this list?
Because its not that hard. Oh, and also, no one played it.
I hate to break it to you kids, but Mega Man 1 was the hardest Mega Man.
You know I never thought Mega Man 1 was that bad, because of the auto on screen select pause.
It might be the hardest game this Gen but not harder than some of the games gens before.
Isn't close to being one of the hardest games of all time.
wise up its nothing compared to the games of yore.
hardest game this Gen but nothing compared to games of old.
Only reason I checked out the list was to see if Demon's Souls was on it, so I could come here and say it really wasn't that hard. It wasn't on the list, for good reason. It wasn't that hard... Actually, the only reason it wasn't that hard, was because you kept all your items when you died, except for souls. If you'd lose items and equipment, then the game would be near impossible. (Best thing about Demon's Souls's difficulty: your first playthrough, you think it's the hardest game you've played this gen. Then you start your second playthrough, and you realize the game was taking it easy on you! lol Good thing you have experience and knowledge on your side at that point, because that's where Demon's Sould really starts--on the second playthrough!)
F U battletoads. A game that almost brought me to tears.
Caused so many fights with my brother due to accidental punching.lol
battletoads was my all time favorite game back in the day. i never beat it though :( grr now i want a psn or xbl arcade remake with the same gameplay but modern graphics.
My little bro and I would beat the hell out of the first couple levels and then toad-wreck each other against the wall at the end of the pit level rather than play that stupid hover-bike obstacle level. Good times indeed. CadDad
travel through a floor-less level and instant death FTL! I stopped trying exactly there and traded it back in!
Paper boy was hard, but where's ContraIII? That games was hard as hell!
Too much emphasis on retro games. What about God of War? Or Halo on Legendary?
Yeah, why does EVERYONE swear retro games are harder than newer games? I'm sick of it. Try playing the last boss of Kingdom Hearts!
Ez. Because they are. A few games out there are hard like the one you mentioned, but almost every old game is damn near impossible. Unless you literally memorize the entire game and get lucky so you still have a few lives when you get to "the impossible part".
Well said, MariaHelFutura. With all the save points and infinite lives today, games are a LOT easier. Back in the day it would take you 1 week to master Contra enough to get to level 3. (without the code of course).
Retro games ARE harder than modern games. Some by design, some by limitations, and many simply because game developers of the time didn't know better. Honestly though, you thought the final boss in KH was difficult? Hah.
Retro games were harder...because they didn't spend millions & millions of dollars to make them, so did not expect huge numbers in return on sales just to break even. Game makers today have to make a game that most people can get through without getting pissed off, or they won;t sell enough copies for their big investment. Back in the old days, it was "tough luck suckers" if many people thought they were too hard.
Because most games now have difficulty levels, and the ones that don't have difficulty levels are not made to be extremely hard. Back then a lot of games didn't have difficulty levels, and some developers didn't care if they made the game rediculously hard.
Just because the last boss is hard doesn't mean the whole game is hard.
Got to agree most recent games are simple compared to some of the older games, I usually finish most games in a week or two now, but back then I'd very really complete a game and it'd take some serious dedication. Plus I'm old now and my reactions sux, back then I was young could see and had some coordination, so I definitely think the people complaining about the lack of modern games just haven't played any of the older games.
"why does EVERYONE swear retro games are harder than newer games?" Because they are. That question made me speechless. I don't know why you would even ask that question. You actually think retro games are not harder than newer games? Seriously, have you ever played a retro game? A retro game with average difficulty would be about as hard or harder than Demon's Souls.
There was always a new pit to jump over, or an enemy to dodge. Retro games were HARD!
Try Solar Jetman, then let me know how you feel.
"why does EVERYONE swear retro games are harder than newer games" The answer to this question and more located here. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/...
Is due to the fact most of them don't have that much content. Most retro games without having their tough difficulty would last you probably less then 2 hours.
You have no idea. Try playing some of these older games and you'll see how easy most games these days are. edit - after thinking about it for a while, I honestly can't think of any game from the last 10 years that even comes close to these older games in terms of difficulty.
Games and game play were different in those days. It was somewhat modeled after arcade games; timing was important, set number of lives, gameover meant you had to start from the beginning because of no saves or checkpoints.
Arcades loved that system because it translated to more quarters spent.
oh yeah halo with its regenerating health and infinite lives and its checkpoints
Overall I agree with this list. Although I have to say, Gauntlet was not that hard. And neither was Kid Icarus. Battletoads #1 FTW though.
Toooooo SWeeeeeeet! (Nice article.)
Nice trip down memory lane. Thanks.
Sorry, Battletoads is NOT the hardest game ever. Try again. EPIC FAIL.
Sorry, you fail.
Battletoads is really hard man. I didn't mind just duking it out with a 2nd player in the first level rather than try to get past the 4th
Show us a little gameplay of yours on youtube pwning this game. If you beat it, you had a game genie,plain and simple.
You probably are only 12 and never even experienced it. Go back to MW2 or something.
Retro games are getting really overrated these days. Nostalgia does NOT make a game good...or hard.
True but retro games are usually harder than today's standards. Why? Well most likely to suck all your quarters. They already get all your quarters nowadays so why bother?
Again no games from this CENTURY. CENTURY!!!! Unbelievable!
You have to judge the game by the fun you had with at the time, and how hard it was at the time.
Yeah,Gauntlet was a great example of a "quarter sucker". We used to throw them in too just to continue on. Thats one reason why alot of older games were so hard for sure......
No games from this century? fail.
You fail for saying "fail"
Should Demons Souls b up there, im yet 2 complete it (almost there) but then it get HARDER with NG+, ++, +++ etc
it is nothing compared to older games
Kid Icarus was difficult when I come to think of it.
Kid Icarus got easier the further you went IMO... the first 2 levels would piss me off, but outside those levels and the damn eggplant wizards it wasn't that bad. The last level was easy. I didn't disagree with you, it did have its frustrating moments. One of my favorite NES games.
Cool list. Shouldn't this be called "Top 10 Hardest Retro video games" though?
Dig it. LOL at Kid Icarus blurb.
Killzone 2 should be in the top 20. Smartest A.I. of all time. lol
Halo has better A.I. than Killzone 2.. Killzone 2 just keeps spawning enemies until you advance halo doesn't need such tricks.
You mean the midgets that run around and wait to get killed or the dinosuars that jump around in plain sight and get shot. Killzones A.I. stay in cover until it's safe to shoot at you and they surround you. There is no attacking from one angle eventually you'll have enemies above you, behind you, in front of you.
lol Halos AI is good, but definitely not better than KZ. It takes far more shots to kill an enemy in halo so the enemies usually stay out of cover. In KZ the bastards are too smart for there own good. Please play KZ on Elite than come back and tell me what has better A.I , it feels like you're playing a completely different game!
lol Killzone 2 A.I is the best ( sascarm ) when you do a melee attack the character that receive the attack , says dont shoot me
Ecco the Dolphin on Dreamcast.
when we know the most hardest games will be: contra 3 battletoads ninj gaiden konami games ghost n goblins! it's always the same thing, yet these journalists who have nothing to do will still make the same damn top 10 trash list.
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Ghost'n'Goblins were harder on the NES than on other systems? I remember playing through it on my C64 without dying - If I remember correctly there was one difficult jump between some pillars in a city section, but that was it...? But maybe I was just able to use more time practicing back then.
I don't know if it was harder, but it was a beast back in the day. I loved the game, but remember it being very frustrating.
These games are hard as it is on normal settings. Giving it a very hard mode would just make it unplayable. Hell, you'll probably spend more time at the game over screen than within the first level lol
Hellfire on megadrive/genesis was amazingly hard. I don't remember playing a tougher (or better) shooter.
Double dragon 3 was kinda hard at first but between me and my brother it wasn't that bad, by yourself though it was really tough. Ahh paperboy, how i hate you so, still never made it pass about Wednesday if i remember right. loved gauntlet and punch out, good list, the younger generation really don't understand how hard these games really were, playing most this gen games on hardest difficulty level just requires trial and error, those games were brutal no matter how many times you played, its a completely different feeling and difficulty.
It over all was just a huge downfall in the series.
Ouf...this is a awesome...yet painful trip down memory lane. Great article!