The hardest games I’ve ever played

Gamers like a challenge – it’s why we play Metal Gear Solid on the hardest difficulty and then throw things at our screen when we die.

Some games, though, take “difficulty” to the next level. If you are really looking for a challenge, try one of these titles out.

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Rayman Legends

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: 2013

The latest Rayman might look pretty and cool, but do not be deceived by its bright colours and artistic style. The game slowly eases you into its difficult levels, and the first few worlds are okay, but things become a bit harder from there on out.

The invaded levels see you running around trying to save teensies with limited time, no extra health, while avoiding Dark Rayman and not dying. Cue the forced quit.

Dark Souls

  • Developer: From Software
  • Release Date: 2011

There is no doubt that if you have played Dark Souls, the “you died” screen haunts your nightmares. Dark Souls is the game that taught us patience, but also brings out our worst side.

It got so bad in my case that I made a sign for my bedroom door that warned people I was playing Dark Souls, because if I died and you were in my room, it was your fault. God have mercy on your soul.

Super Meat Boy

  • Developer: Team Meat
  • Release Date: 2010

Controlling a character made of meat – how hard could that be? Answer: very hard.

Whether it’s getting sawed in half and bleeding out or trying to jump up buildings with your stocky frame, the only constant in Super Meat Boy is death.

The game is challenging, to say the least. Even more so on the dark levels, where you can only die three times before being forced to start from the beginning again.

Ghosts ‘n Goblins

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: 1985

When I was a child I thought that Ghosts ‘n Goblins was a poorly made game. The reason – I kept on dying. It was not until I played the game a few years later on the PSP that I realised it was not the game, it was me.

Ghosts ‘n Goblins is one of the most terrifyingly hard games ever made, a perfect mix of extreme frustration and challenging levels. You control a knight who raus awkwardly, jumps weirdly, and throws a lance with poor aim.

And when you die, you start at the beginning again.

Mega Man 9

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release Date: 2009

Back in 2009 Capcom decided it was time to make a new Mega Man. This Mega Man would be a homage to the classic title, including replicating the original game’s difficulty.

Keinji Inafune made sure that the game was the hardest in the series. Perfectly timed jumps, annoying back steps from enemy shots, and boss battles that require perfect acrobatics are all par for the course.

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