IGN: Fifteen Really, Really, Really Hard Games

When From Software unleashed Dark Souls on the world, video game masochists applauded. In this sadistically challenging action RPG, merely surviving is an accomplishment.

Of course, really, really tough games have a long and proud history of driving gamers nuts. To celebrate insanely difficult games here are fifteen examples that will test your mettle, negatively influence your welfare, and brutally beat you into the ground, But they may just satisfy you in ways that other games can't.

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BiggCMan2521d ago

Pretty solid list, can't deny that most of them are quite challenging. Only Dead Rising I would say replace with something else, it wasn't hard at all in my opinion.

egidem2521d ago

Agreed - If I remember correctly, Dead Rising had a horrible save system; didn't make it hard, it just made it freaking annoying knowing that you could lose hours wroth of progress.

Sillyace922521d ago

The Super Meat Boy achievement is probably the hardest thing ever to get...And I did it.

Anon19742521d ago (Edited 2521d ago )

Ugh! I wanted so badly to like Dead Rising, but that save system was just horrendous. I'm an adult. When I need to stop a game, I need to save and stop because someone's over for dinner, or the baby's crying. I can't just yell up the stairs "Just half an hour, honey! I need to save my game."

I remember that Xmen game made me lose my mind back in the day. I thought for sure Chakan, the forever man would make this list.

majin-vagina2520d ago

I can't believe they forgot some of the hardest games of all time...

1. Silver Surfer (Hardest game.... EVER!)
2. Super Mario Bros 2 (Famicom)
3. Castlevania 3
4. Contra 4 (NINTENDO DS... yeah its hard as f**k!)
5. Contra Hard Corps
6. Ninja Gaiden
7. Kid Icarus
8. Megaman 9
9. Ninja Gaiden


majin-vagina2520d ago

I forgot Adventure Island: that game was hard as balls...

Ohh and have u guys played Cat Mario? Its a free online game, give it a try.. u will want to pull your hair out ;P

Panthers2520d ago

Did anyone play Colony Wars Vengeance? I just remember that being really hard but I was a kid when I played it.

BTW we really need a new Colony Wars game this gen.

Gam3rSinceBiRTH2520d ago

And that is the reason why I love Dead Rising so much is because of the save system. Made it much more exiting trying to battle night zombies with only 1 health bar knowing that if I lose, I would lose about 20 minutes of progressive. I still remember once barricading myself for hours waiting for the day time to run for a save. So much fun. Absolutely love Dead Rising.

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n4gisatroll2521d ago

MGS wasn't hard either. Only of you weren't patient.

iChii2521d ago

I've finished MGS 3 times. On my PS1, on my PS3 and on my PSP and I've never encountered it to be "Hard".

If theres a hard MGS game, I say its MGS4. its the only MGS game I found difficult at a normal difficulty. I finished MGS2 & 3 on the hardest difficulty like a boss, but when I tried it with MGS4..oGod..xD

Iroquois_Pliskin2520d ago (Edited 2520d ago )

I am a proud owner of the Big Boss emblem in mgs4. The hardest Mgs is definetly MGS1.... I tried beating liquid on big boss difficulty, it was insane!

Panthers2520d ago

Im sorry but MGS4s biggest issue is how easy it is. Being able to buy ammo and guns at any time just makes NO SENSE in a tactical espionage game. Its a brilliant game, but pretty much unlimited ammo made it boring sometimes. Not to mention pretty stupid enemies. At one point in the game I just laid down and sniped people over and over. More people would run to the dead body and inspect saying "What happened?" then they would get sniped. I mean who would go over to a dead body they see get sniped and just stand there?

badz1492521d ago

games this gen are basically too easy? no recent games except for meat boy and DK.

Brownghost2521d ago

Most games have been toned down to fit casual gamers. Apparently developers want everyone to enjoy their games without frustrating with them but making it more challenging is more fun as well. This is why ninja gaiden 3 will be toned down for the casual which I hate and want kept at the old style even though like 11% of buyers beat the game. I want more of a challenge in most games these days!

PygmelionHunter2521d ago

I'm surprised at the lack of Castlevania games, also, TMNT on the NES was pretty unforgiving.

cr33ping_death2521d ago

i actually passed that game :) difficult....yes.

jaidek2521d ago

What? "No I Wanna Be The Boshy" or "I Wanna Be The Guy?" Sure they are free PC, indie titles but they are some of the most brutal games ever devised. If you want a challenge, be sure to check them out. You'll hate yourself for it later.

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