In Honor Of Dark Souls: The 10 Most Difficult Games In Video Game History

Ross Lincoln writes: Most games, regardless of genre, strive simply to be challenging enough to stay interesting, but only just so. Then there are games that say “Screw fun. You’re going to have to work for my love.” Games whose developers pride themselves on having made a frustrating, horrendously difficult time suck that only the most dedicated gamer dares confront. Sure, they might leave half of their customers screaming profanities at the TV screen and the other half in therapy for the next decade, but for every guy who still complains about head and hand trauma, there’s another who still brags about having made it to the bitter end and then went back for more.

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Coogi4676d ago

Try playing Magna Carta II without a guide. You'd never beat the ending without out a guide or gamefaq.

BlindGuardian4676d ago

funny how this list just like most of the lists about anything related to gaming seem to always follow one very stupid, unwritten rule: one game per franchise

ninja gaiden 2 (the 360 version) is just as hard as the 2004's NG, and yet for some reason when sites make these lists they seemed forced to choose only one, even if both should be in the top ten, just like a top ten of PS3 graphics I saw the other day with no Killzone 2, even if KZ3 looks better KZ2 is still among the best ten but apparently legally out of any list because of its sequel

why is that? can somebody explain it to me?

DaTruth4676d ago (Edited 4676d ago )

When I think of hard Ninja Gaiden I think of that damn Jaquio from the NES in like 1988! I never beat that damn game!

Contra? up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start 99 men and that game was practically finished already!

Wondering how Wonder Boy in Monsterland beat me up so bad last week when I finished that game when I was 10!

I don't know anyone who beat the 7th level on R-Type!

JsonHenry4676d ago

The 2nd Castlevania was one of the hardest games I ever played. That and (certain levels of) Battletoads for the NES.

topitopi4676d ago

Great call with Ninja Gaiden. That remains #1 for me

Prototype4676d ago

Catherine on the list?! I beat that game under 12 hours and its fun as shit.

In elementary school a lot of us beat Oregon Trail; but Number/Fraction Munchers was another story...

I'm surprised Alunda for PS1 didn't make the list; same with the original Mario Lost levels

Super_ike4676d ago

fail list.....as long as i dont see shinobi on PS2 on that list, it fails!

Peaceful_Jelly4676d ago

I have that game and while I have beaten DMC3 on hard plenty of times (overrated difficulty just like Demon's Souls) I have never been able to beat Shinobi in normal. xD

RavageX4676d ago

It took me a LONG time to beat shinobi on PS2, I almost went insane during some parts, and I'm sure neighbors could hear me swearing(and I rarely do that when gaming).

After I finished it I traded it off cause I never wanted to see it again.

The one with the female ninja was MUCH easier(forgot the name).

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Ranking the Devil May Cry Series

VGChartz's Mark Nielsen: "Upon finally finishing Devil May Cry 5 recently - after it spent several years on my “I’ll play that soon” list - I considered giving it a fittingly-named Late Look article. However, considering that this was indeed the final piece I was missing in the DMC puzzle, I decided to instead take this opportunity to take a look back at the entirety of this genre-defining series and rank the entries. What also made this a particularly tempting notion was that while most high-profile series have developed fairly evenly over time, with a few bumps on the road, the history of Devil May Cry has, at least in my eyes, been an absolute roller coaster, with everything from total disasters to action game gold."

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VersusDMC92d ago

First to last for me...3,4,5,1,2.

VersusDMC91d ago

Me leaving it out should be telling of my thoughts on it. Better than 2 as a DMC game.

Still a good game though.

Exvalos91d ago

What a weird name, it's essentially devil may cry, devil may cry lol

Cacabunga91d ago

Best to good for me: 3, reboot, 1, 5

2 and 4 are trash, didnt like any of them.
5 has very good gameplay variety but i hated the foes.. it is just insects the whole time. Reboot has the best foes for me

Friendlygamer92d ago

3,1,4,5 to me, never played 2. 5 gameplay is amazing but level design was really disappointing to me, just a bunch of plain arenas, the story felt like a worse written rehash of the 3rd and the charater models looked weird ( specially the ladies ). Another problem with 5 was that there was not enough content for 3 charaters so I could never really familiarize with any of them

monkey60291d ago (Edited 91d ago )


God DMC2 was an awful game.
And in case this isn't obvious it goes worst to best

Yui_Suzumiya91d ago

1 and DmC. The rest are unimportant.

DarXyde91d ago

Order changes depending on your focus. I tend to focus on gameplay/fun factor, so...

5, 3, 1, 4, 2.

I really didn't like 4 but commend Dante's weapon diversity. The retreading of old ground was pretty unacceptable to me.

But even then... Still more enjoyable than 2 for me

SeTTriP91d ago

This right here is my order as I thought DMC 5 was amazing and obviously 3 comes after 4 was great and 1 for the nastilgic value it holds 2 was so terrible that my local GameStop gave full refunds to people who returned it.