7 of the hardest games ever made

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What’s the hardest game you’ve ever played? A perilous platformer, choice-based emotional odyssey, or tricky tactical nightmare?

Because we couldn’t decide on a single game that we’d vote for as the hardest one ever, we turned to you on Instagram to see what your thoughts were. And there’s a compelling case to be made for pretty much all of your answers, so we’ve picked out a selection of our favourites.

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What’s the hardest game you’ve ever played? A perilous platformer, choice-based emotional odyssey, or tricky tactical nightmare?

Because we couldn’t decide on a single game that we’d vote for as the hardest one ever, we turned to you on Instagram to see what your thoughts were. And there’s a compelling case to be made for pretty much all of your answers, so we’ve picked out a selection of our favourites.

So in no particular order, here are 7 of the hardest games ever made, as decided by you. Do you agree with the lineup?

1. Dark Souls

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Yes, we had a feeling this one might crop up. It has a well-deserved reputation for being difficult, with a seemingly endless lineup of tough bosses who can (and will) step on you like you’re an ant. And while we know it’s all just part of the learning curve, there are times when we’ve been stomped on just when we were about to get to a bonfire checkpoint, and we might have shed a couple of very small tears.

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2. Cuphead

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Solid choice. Don’t let the colourful environment, upbeat soundtrack, and happy little barbershop quartets fool you – Cuphead is tough. You’ve got just 3 HP to see you through Cuphead’s abundance of boss fights (there are more of those than the regular platform levels), and you’ll have to keep learning new strategies to take them down because each fight has multiple stages.

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3. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

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Rainbow Six Siege has quite the focus on tactics, which can be tough when you’re starting out and everyone else seems to have mastered them all already. But it is possible to achieve great things regardless of whether you’re playing as a particular Operator or a standard Recruit, and some of the most smirk-inducing moments in the game can happen when you’re facing skilled opponents and manage to trick them into slipping up…

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4. Super Mario Maker 2

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The regular levels of Super Mario Maker 2 can be pretty challenging at times, but at least they’re always fair. However many goes it takes you, you know that it’s possible to beat them in the end, even if you make a minor mistake here and there. But then you take a look at some of the expert levels made by other players, and you realise that absolute perfection is being demanded. Is it worth even trying? Of course it’s worth it. Think how smug you’ll feel when you manage it.

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5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Given that it came from the developers of Dark Souls, we shouldn’t really be surprised that Sekiro made it onto the list. The bosses here are just as tough as their Dark Souls counterparts, and this time it’s all about learning to break their posture so you can get that brutal finishing blow in before they recover. It’s tough, but the sheer euphoria you’ll feel when you finally pull it off is worth a lot of the pain.

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6. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

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There’s a bit of a learning curve here, and even the game’s makers have admitted this game was tough. Almost every action you take needs to be carefully calculated, because there’s not a lot of space for error and the baddies hit you hard, but you also have to balance that out with the desire to explore every nook and cranny you can find. Keep at it, though, and before long you’ll be dodging Sligs and Scrabs like a pro.

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7. Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

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Look, getting your legs stuck in a cauldron and hauling yourself up a mountain with a rock climbing hammer was never going to be an easy feat. Losing your grip and falling all the way back down to the bottom, again, is also not an easy thing to experience. Just take a deep breath, resist the urge to scream loudly as Bennett Foddy soothingly reminds you that there are bigger things in life to worry about, and try again. That’s all you can do.

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