Many people in the gaming community believe we are in the renaissance of difficult games. Titles like Dark Souls and Flappy Bird prove that people still love torturing themselves with brutally difficult challenges. For this week’s round of Nerd Wars! we want to hear about the hardest game you’ve ever played!
Here are a selection of games that have truly tested our skills, patience, and generally sanity:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)[youtube http://youtu.be/hSf6FZ9mmAY]
Super Ghouls and Ghosts (SNES)[youtube http://youtu.be/KBRkqsX-YR8]
Dark Souls (Xbox 360)[youtube http://youtu.be/v9-SUYfi5f4]
Contra (NES)[youtube http://youtu.be/YBMQhKK3Ctk]
Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES)[youtube http://youtu.be/wEQMKADZtvY]
Back in the late 80’s early 90’s video games were truly designed to put player’s skills to the test. Completing a game without the dreaded “Game Over” was a huge accomplishment and unfortunately many of them were only conquered by the sweaty and mighty. It seems like in an effort to appeal to a broader audience games have become much easier and many games are often accused of “hand holding.” Is better game design the main reason games seem “easier” or are developers simply sacrificing difficulty for mass appeal?
Feel free to share your love and hatred for the difficult games you’ve played over the years. Don’t forget to share the hardest game you’ve ever played!