From Software are notorious for creating some of the toughest games ever in the Souls’ franchise, including the latest release of Dark Souls III. To celebrate the impressive and critically acclaimed series, here’s a list of our eight hardest video games to ever exist (that we’ve actually played!).
Super Meat Boy
Difficult platformers aren’t exactly a rare commodity in gaming, with titles like Battletoads and Ghosts n Goblins having frustrated gamers for decades. Big developers have moved on from the platform era however, with only smaller indie companies continuing to develop for the gone but not forgotten genre.
One indie studio with what seems like a passion for difficulty is Team Meat, lead by Edmund McMillen. Super Meat Boy is one of their most popular titles where players control a small red cube of meat, with one goal – to save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl.
Sound familiar? Although you don’t play as a plumber and she’s not a princess, the concept is pretty much the same as Meat Boy leaps over blades and dodges dangerous pitfalls to traverse to the end of each of the over 300 levels contained within the game.
Restarting is as simple as the press of one button, meaning it quickly becomes addictive, especially when you finally complete a level and get to see all of your failed attempts as one big bloody compilation on screen.
By Ford James
Super Hexagon is a concept so simple yet executed so flawlessly, you never feel like the game has cheated you unfairly due to mechanics or poor design. All you have to do is dodge the incoming walls. Sounds simple right? Wrong.
The rotating point of view combined with the hypnotic trance soundtrack means it quickly becomes disorienting as you survive for longer. There’s six stages and unlocking the next one is as easy as surviving for 60 seconds in the previous one, but each one ramps up the difficulty until motion sickness becomes a real possibility. But the addictive nature of the game and the robotic voice repeating ‘GAME OVER’ every time you fail means you take a short break and go right back to it.
By Ford James
Walking around the desolate wasteland that is Chernobyl is hard enough, without worrying about being eaten alive by the mutants and monsters that now inhabit the once rich land. Of course, I’m talking about the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. This franchise throws you into the shoes of a “STALKER”; an illegal combat salvager, dangerously looting the surrounding irradiated areas.
Relentless enemies, harsh life systems and daunting tasks are what await you in this first-person shooter survival horror. Hunger, radiation and bleeding are a number of features that impact your chances of survival. Will you die at the claws of a beast or through the ionising radiation?
By Joshua Rawlings
DayZ shows you just how evil the human race is. Desperate times are at hand. In this case, a zombie virus has ravaged the post-Soviet state of Chernarus, causing chaos, death and ultimately, the apocalypse.
You are a lone survivor, thrown into the cesspit with a torch, a battery and the clothes on your back… but don’t expect them to stay there for long. The once populated land is now ripe with bandits, and that’s not the only danger. Zombies lurk in the towns and woods, preying on lone wanderers who are foolish enough to search the houses for weapons and food.
By Joshua Rawlings
Now I’m going to talk about the franchise which will be on any hardest game list, you know what I’m talking about don’t you? Yes of course it’s the Souls games and Bloodborne. As you should be well aware, these games are well known for being unforgiving to say the least – but there’s unforgiving and then there is Dark Souls.
If you don’t know, Dark Souls is From Software’s answer to an RPG game which is based around a dark fantasy universe where nearly everything is out to get you. In these games you will die, attack, dodge, die, block and die again – so get ready to die.
By Ben Hardy
FTL is a Rogue-like game which brings a whole new meaning to the word pain. The reason is because this game mainly revolves around luck and this is where the pain comes in. This is the type of game where you will be set and have some amazing weapons and a good crew, then lose it all due to lack of oxygen. Yes! This did happen to me.
If you don’t know what this game is, it is basically a strategy game in which you control a ship and its crew on a journey through the universe to escape an ever-approaching threat and to upgrade your ship along the way.
By Ben Hardy
Ninja Gaiden 2
Ninja Gaiden (a hack ‘n slash of which you play as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa). is known for being a difficult series however, Ninja Gaiden 2 takes the crown for being the hardest in the series. The first game was difficult and enjoyable, the second was enjoyable but at times it became beyond excruciating.
The boss of chapter 2 is known by many fans as being one of the toughest in the game. You go one-on-one against Geshin, a ninja, surrounded by walls of fire. The game throws an incredibly difficult boss near enough at the beginning.
Ninja Gaiden 2 is definitely not for casual gamers or the fainthearted. This game is for hard core gamers and masochists.
By Brandon Green
Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening
Whilst Devil May Cry isn’t as painful as Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry 3 ,which many fans rate as the best instalment, is also the most difficult. Devil May Cry 3 is known for having memorable characters, great pacing, action, story and memorable bosses.
Devil May Cry 3 was known for having unique enemies and demanded that you pay attention otherwise it is game over. The game features many memorable bosses however the boss that stands out above them all, is Vergil.
Vergil is probably one of the best fights in the hack n slash genre. The fight demands concentration and requires you to have learned the game and utilize the skills that you have acquired throughout your play through. Even with skills the Vergil fights are challenging and are some of the best in the genre.
By Brandon Green