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10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:21am On Jul 19, 2018
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The prospect of a challenging video game is something that most gamers will embrace wholeheartedly these days, what with countless games that "go easy on you" and "give you a break." And that's presumably because developers are frightened that angry gamers will vent their frustrations online and stop other people from, you know, making them a bunch of money.

But it never used to be like that. Game companies weren't always pushing out first-person shooters that kept you on the rails, or games that let you "save" or re-spawn at checkpoints when you got killed for the eighteenth time. There were consequences, and with consequences, there were broken game consoles.

Nowadays, it's all too easy. Still, there's a clear distinction between "challenging" and "insanely difficult," mainly because one of those options gives you a sense of earned achievement, whilst the other sends you into a crazed emotional meltdown. The latter is a category made up of games that just, you know, threw a sack over your head and continuously punched you in the guts and laughed at you whilst flicking the light-switch on and off over and over again

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:24am On Jul 19, 2018
Dark Souls
So let's get Dark Souls out of the way first. Over the last couple of years the 'Souls games saw a massive resurgence in popularity, as being they'd existed as 'that game' we know we had to get around to experiencing, when a lack of necessary next-gen titles started to emerge, many of us turned to this series as a test of our mettle - along with our sanity.

Truth be told the difficulty of these has been overhyped, but it doesn't take away from it being built on solid foundations. Hardcore Souls fans will tell you every single thing is fair, and the 'You Died' death screen that's burned into your cerebellum is of your own volition, but that doesn't explain the random torching you'll receive at the start of part one, or the shoddy weapon detection hit-boxes found throughout part two.

The experience these games provide remains relatively unmatched - although Lords of the Fallen looks set to have a pretty good stab at its crown this year - but that doesn't take away from the fact the barrier for entry is set at Olympian level, something only the most devoted of players will ever get over.

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:28am On Jul 19, 2018
Castlevania (Nes)

Castlevania set a kind of standard for insanely difficult games, a standard that kept on moving through the retro era like a never-ending gauntlet of razor-sharp rotor-blades. And though Castlevania is undoubtably a difficult game (and an influentially difficult one at that), you get a sense that it takes a real pride in its difficulty. And at least it's semi-fair.

Well, sort of. Take a look at the way each level is laid out - perfectly so, as if to ensure that every single touch of your controller is perfectly timed. Then there's the endless array of enemies designed purposely to give you brain ache. We won't mention that the same endless array of enemies will knock down half your health should they hit you, or the fact that you can't move whilst jumping.

Oh, I mentioned it? :x Sorry: I've got to stop doing that grin

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:34am On Jul 19, 2018
Mike Tyson's Punch Out (NES)

Yes, this thing exists. And presumably the programmers were instructed to make the game about as difficult as "facing off against Mike Tyson in real life whilst being intoxicated in a alleyway," because that's how insane this game is angry . Punchout is so hard, in fact, that its name has become a kind of synonym for impossible video games. cheesy

Because the harder you try to beat this one, the more likely it is that you simply won't. And that'll be likely due to some severe stress disorder, which Punch-Out will undoubtably grant you.

You can't save and you can't continue: you just have to journey to the very end, clinging to your nerves in a plastic bag, where Mike Tyson - the goliath of final bosses that he is - awaits you. And that's the end of the game, because few have ever beaten Tyson. "I don't want nobody to be able to beat me at the end," Tyson must have said before this thing went into production. "You hear me? Nobody!"
I mean, just look how small your man is compared to the size of Tyson!

What chance did that little guy ever have? The answer is none. grin

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:35am On Jul 19, 2018
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)

The boss fights. Ask any Ninja Gaiden Black player the first thing they remember about the game, and they'll tell you it was the boss fights.

And not in a good way, like a quirky dungeon boss in Zelda or something, but in a cruel, unrelenting and semi-disturbing way, kind of like every inch of your soul is being sucked out of your body.

Then, of course, there's the never-ending barrage of enemies that attack you all at once at every moment your console is switched on.

Ninja Gaiden Black was created as a response to players who thought Ninja Gaiden was too tough. The fact that the game would ask you if you wanted to lower the difficulty once you'd died, like, a zillion times, means that the developers caught onto the fact they'd created a monster. But it also served as a swipe at your dignity. "Oh, is it too hard for the 'ickle gamer? Let me make it easier for you. Poor baby." grin grin angry

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:37am On Jul 19, 2018
Ghost N Goblins

Ghosts N' Goblins. Aw, the name's kinda cute, really, isn't it? I mean, it's sorta tricky and spooky. "Ghosts and goblins." As far as enemies go, they're not so bad, are they? It's hardly vampires and werewolves, is it? No.

Because it's ten trillion times worse than any other combination of terrifying creatures you can conjure up in your mind's eye. Seriously, Ghosts N' Goblins is the video game equivalent of being smashed in the mouth by a delinquent wielding a hammer.

And once you've managed to rehabitlate yourself and regain the confidence to go outdoors again? Well, your hammer-wielding attacker is waiting for you with a stupid grin stuck across his face, of course. Hellishly difficult, this NES platformer - which sent you on a Knight's quest to rescue a princess (no amount of "princess-time" could make this quest worth it) - has most definitely earned its reputation as an "insanely unfair exercise is degrading human dignity." And Sir Arthur, your 8-bit character, is probably the most patient fictional character ever conceived.

As you move through various levels, the game's enemies, presumably programmed by the Devil himself, will swoop in at impossible angles to damage you. Two hits, and it's back to the start. The game also decided to embrace real-world physics, which meant that jumping became "landing and being killed." And just because it apparently wasn't hard enough, completing the game will prompt it to restart at a harder difficulty before you can truly complete it.

Why? Because everything you just did was an "illusion," you schmuck. Who the hell said old games were better?

Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 11:39am On Jul 19, 2018
Demon Souls

Strictly speaking, this entry includes all games associated with this title, because they're all equally insanely difficult, and because they're all apparently proud of that fact.

But unlike other games here, Demon's Souls found itself somewhat praised for its difficulty level, presumably because it proposed a genuine challenge to avid gamers who've had to put up with genuinely easy games for the past decade or so. Demon's Souls just took no prisoners and shocked everyone as a result.

Why's it so hard, you ask? Well, how about a lack of health items, brutally insane boss fights, and a lack of checkpoints (for starters)? Besides that, many of the enemies you encounter in the game's "dark fantasy" world can kill you in 2 or 3 hits.

Simply put, it's a game of trial and error, albeit one that makes you feel damn good about yourself should you succeed. Still, it's constantly frustrating as heck, so don't play this one if you've got a notoriously bad temper or a tendency to hit your siblings cheesy

Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Proffdada: 2:49pm On Jul 19, 2018
FTC cool
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 2:49pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by pawesome(m): 2:49pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Sharpshooota: 2:50pm On Jul 19, 2018
Super Nes grin


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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by michaelo2(m): 2:50pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Proffdada: 2:51pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Oblongata: 2:51pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by mayorjohnholt(m): 2:51pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by flex04(m): 2:52pm On Jul 19, 2018
Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by tensazangetsu20(m): 2:52pm On Jul 19, 2018
Where's devil may cry 3

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by revolt(m): 2:52pm On Jul 19, 2018
Vasaratti16:
Castlevania (Nes)

Castlevania set a kind of standard for insanely difficult games, a standard that kept on moving through the retro era like a never-ending gauntlet of razor-sharp rotor-blades. And though Castlevania is undoubtably a difficult game (and an influentially difficult one at that), you get a sense that it takes a real pride in its difficulty. And at least it's semi-fair.

Well, sort of. Take a look at the way each level is laid out - perfectly so, as if to ensure that every single touch of your controller is perfectly timed. Then there's the endless array of enemies designed purposely to give you brain ache. We won't mention that the same endless array of enemies will knock down half your health should they hit you, or the fact that you can't move whilst jumping.

Oh, I mentioned it? :x Sorry: I've got to stop doing that grin
omggggggggggg i rmba castlevania.......tht game was like being in the matrix den. Loooooooooool. God i miss the old days ...

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Opinionated: 2:53pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by barallanee(f): 2:53pm On Jul 19, 2018
Proffdada:
na Glo o grin
Glo? shocked shocked
Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by TITOBIGZ(m): 2:56pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by goldman777: 2:56pm On Jul 19, 2018
Go and play tank micro genius or adventure island nes very very annoying

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 2:56pm On Jul 19, 2018
Salute to all my fellow ninja gaiden black players

That was hell on Earth

My goodness

I can't count the number of times I rage quit that game

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Dollarship(m): 2:56pm On Jul 19, 2018
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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Xkalaban(m): 2:57pm On Jul 19, 2018
Vasaratti16:
Demon Souls

Strictly speaking, this entry includes all games associated with this title, because they're all equally insanely difficult, and because they're all apparently proud of that fact.

But unlike other games here, Demon's Souls found itself somewhat praised for its difficulty level, presumably because it proposed a genuine challenge to avid gamers who've had to put up with genuinely easy games for the past decade or so. Demon's Souls just took no prisoners and shocked everyone as a result.

Why's it so hard, you ask? Well, how about a lack of health items, brutally insane boss fights, and a lack of checkpoints (for starters)? Besides that, many of the enemies you encounter in the game's "dark fantasy" world can kill you in 2 or 3 hits.

Simply put, it's a game of trial and error, albeit one that makes you feel damn good about yourself should you succeed. Still, it's constantly frustrating as heck, so don't play this one if you've got a notoriously bad temper or a tendency to hit your siblings cheesy


Lol, Demon Souls that I got to the last stage where I had to fight the final boss in white after getting past that damn annoying dragon. The guy just kept killing me every time so I just left the thing jor.

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Anaskie(m): 2:57pm On Jul 19, 2018
Candy Crush Saga!!

The stupid game has no end so you'll have to keep on playing till you can't take it anymore and delete the entire app out of frustration! angry

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Shimedon: 2:59pm On Jul 19, 2018
tensazangetsu20:
Where's devil may cry 3
Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by smartgenius10(m): 3:01pm On Jul 19, 2018
wetin concern us?
Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Jokerman(m): 3:05pm On Jul 19, 2018
where's is PES and FIFA superstar AI
Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by sleeknick: 3:07pm On Jul 19, 2018
ITS LIKE NAIRALAND IS BEGINNING TO LOSE PEOPLE O. UP TILL NOW THERE IS STILL SPACE IN THE FRONT PAGE? shocked

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Re: 10 Most Annoyingly Difficult Video Games Of All Time by Nobody: 3:10pm On Jul 19, 2018
I haven't played any of these games. I can only relate with snake xenia. angry grin ayam old school like that.

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