Recently, I’ve have the unfortunate pleasure of playing through Dark Souls. And when I say “playing through,” I really mean I’ve died constantly right after the game’s tutorial. I’ve logged over six hours into the game and I’ve progressed no further than when I was 15 minutes in. I’ve had a lot of time to think back on some of the other tough-as-hell games I’ve played throughout my lifetime while waiting for the game to load my most recent checkpoint after each death.
Last year I did a list of the five most frustrating moments in gaming, but now I’m back to do another list that takes into account not just singular moments, but the entirety of a game in order to consider it one of *my* five hardest games ever. So let’s get this over with, shall we?
The Impossible Game
You laugh, but The Impossible Game for iOS isn’t called that for its health. The simple design of this title makes the game look easy from a bird’s-eye view, yet it’s anything but. The scary thing about The Impossible Game is that it turns players into masochistic lunatics who constantly put themselves through torture just to inch a little bit further into the title. The Impossible Game is made even tougher considering there are no save points; It’s a one-off. If you die you have to start all over. You’re be pulling your hair out with this one.
This is why we’re here isn’t it? Dark Souls is easily the hardest contemporary games I’ve played. It’s learning curve is insanely steep and completely unforgiving. This game will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t inch your way through it. In order to succeed at Dark Souls you need to memorize every enemy attack pattern and dungeon layout or you’re screwed. The smallest slip-up will mean death for you, and then you’ll have to replay entire dungeons from square one. From Software’s Dark Souls will test your mettle to its limits.