Dammit, we want you to tell us stuff! Stuff like the hardest game you've ever played.
This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interested in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us — more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.
Anyway, here’s today’s question...
What is the hardest, toughest, most stupidly bastard difficult, pain in the arse game you've ever played?
I'm not talking about games that are difficult simply because they only give you one life, or they don't let you save, or because they're simply broken in some way. I'm talking about games that are designed to be hard without being cheap.
So for me, it's got to be Ikaruga. It's not just the complex waves of bullets that demand inhuman reflexes to avoid. It's the polarity mechanic that simply does my head in. Bullets come in two colours and you can switch the colour of your ship to match, thus becoming immune to like-coloured bullets. Easy in theory, a complete mindfuck in practice.
Oh, and let me throw in Ghosts 'n' Goblins for the runner-up spot. It still gives me nightmares.