These Games Are Hard

Some games are easy, others are hard. But then there's a batch of titles that are in a category all unto themselves.

Website GameDaily has a list of 25 truly difficult titles. While it's not a perfect list (no list is), it does start an interesting dialogue.


Before we get to that, let's have a look at the list:

25. Ice Climber (NES)
24. Viewtiful Joe (GameCube, PS2)
23. MDK 2
22. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (NES)
21. Metal Slug series
20. Tetris
19. Gauntlet 1
18. Portal
17. Bionic Commando series
16. Guitar Hero series (On Expert)
15. Shinobi (PS2)
14. F-Zero GX (GameCube)
13. Mushihimesama Futari
12. Doom (On Nightmare Difficulty)
11. Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
10. Contra series
9. Defender
8. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2)
7. God of War series (PS2)
6. R-Type series
5. Ikaruga (GameCube, Xbox Live Arcade)
4. Mega Man 9 (Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, PlayStation Network)
3. Battletoads
2. Gouls N' Ghosts series
1. Ninja Gaiden series

Like we said, this isn't a perfect list (no beatmania games?!), and some of these aren't that hard, but rather, are perceived as being difficult. They've got "tough" street cred! Still, this list does beg the question: What's the hardest game you've ever played?

Top 25 Hardest Games of All Time [GameDaily via VideoGamesBlogger]


    I'm assuming this is official games only, but I think Super Mario Frustration deserves some kind of mention...
    And I see Guitar Hero on Expert there...In that case, where is DDR on 10-foot Challenge? =O


    agreed. Where is the Touhou!

    Oh come now, Portal and God of War weren't that hard. God of War was pretty difficult on the hardest difficulty (until I found you could throw most enemies into the air and bounce them against the ground until they died), but Portal, now I think of it, was one of the easiest games I've played.
    One of the most fun, certainly, but definitely easier than Metal Slug.
    And of course, nowhere near as hard as Battletoads.

    If ghouls and ghosts and Ninja Gaiden are harder than Battletoads, which I only completed on an emulator with infinite lives, then I hope those games stay far, far away from me.

    If they state Guitar Hero on EXPERT then why ain't they stating VETERAN for Call of Duty 4?
    Call of Duty 4 is by no means a really hard game to pass on anything under Veteran.
    Veteran is annoyingly hard, but still isn't HARD after the 10 times you die in one position
    by constant grenades because you figure out what to do.

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