A game can be a lot like a tough bully. It messes with you a lot and is damn near impossible to beat. The thing is, most gamers take those types of games as challenges. Rather than let these games beat them, they put all they can into beating the game and not letting that failure define them. But some games take no prisoners. Some games seem to thrive when they are crushing the player under their heel. Some games are sadists in the sense that they love to inflict pain and than sit back and marvel at it. Little do they know, they are messing with gamers, and we do not take this stuff lying down. You can throw your games at us, but we are resilient and will do all we can to gain bragging rights by beating that game. Here are 6 games that are very hard to beat, but that doesn’t mean we all won’t try.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
Let’s be honest here. The entire game is pretty good at slowly increasingly the difficulty curve with each boxer. It truly is a game that paces its difficulty perfectly. That is until you reach Mike Tyson himself. The character was programmed with the ability to knock out player’s with one punch. In a game where you need to last, that makes it incredibly challenging. If Mike Tyson were not in this game, this would not be on the list of 6 games that are very hard to beat.
Alas, he is, so it is.
I can appreciate that the Dark Souls games have a very specific risk/reward system. They use their difficulty as part of the learning curve. Whereas other games kill you for fun, the Souls games kill you in the attempt to make you a better gamer in that world and to see also what you did wrong so you do not approach it the same way twice.
Regardless, if you are impatient and get frustrated easily, the many deaths in the Souls games can be nerve wracking and frustrating as f*ck.
I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game
First of all, this is a free browser game and the second appearance of Mike Tyson in sprites on the list. I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game is an homage to all 8-bit Nintendo games, whilst also being one of the most difficult games ever made. It is almost as if dying in this game is just a punchline to some moments. Moon comes up in background? Cool, until three minutes later when it falls and crushes you. Admiring a cut scene from an old Nintendo game? Careful, some of the dialogue and interactions might kill you.
A hilarious game that needs to be experienced by all, but be prepared to die A LOT.
While a very fun game throughout most of the experience, Battletoads takes a sharp turn into “I hate this game and am about to break my controller” once you get into the hoverbike levels. While the concept of riding a hoverbike with a mutant toad is cool in theory, the execution was akin to be water boarded and makes most gamers cringe with PTSD when people bring that level up.
Even I am shaking right now, typing this, recalling how angry and hopeless that level made me.
Ninja Gaiden (All Consoles)
Team Ninja are known for making games that have huge learning curves. Yes, once you get good at them you are damn near ninja like yourself, but getting there takes a great deal of death. The funny thing is, the original Ninja Gaiden on N.E.S was just as difficult. From perfectly timed jumps to boss fights where you couldn’t get hit once, Gaiden is just one of those games that just loves to push players to the limits of their own sanity.
Shit is pure evil.
Yes, I just mentioned this browser game in the same breath as the Souls’ series, but with good reason. In the Souls’ series. you can at least make it ten or fifteen FEET in. In QWOP, the controls make it so you are lucky if you manage to get your non-athletic athlete (?) with the insane limbs to jog three feet. Yes, it may be hilarious to watch, but it is also one of the hardest games ever made.
No one can argue that.