Ninja Gaiden Black | Source: Tecmo
6 Video Games For Hardcore Gamers Only
A lot ofِ games haveِ gottenِ easier overِ the years inِ the spirit ofِ player accessibility, allowing moreِ casual andِ less skilled players toِ enjoy popular games released today, thoughِ we argue someِ games shouldِ beِ played onِ a high difficulty.
However, someِ games dareِ enough toِ notِ only challenge butِ downright brutalize theِ player intoِ submission, weeding outِ the thoseِ who don’t haveِ the mettle toِ endure repeated failure.
For thoseِ left, beating eachِ level, boss, andِ game likens to trophy hunting, mounting eachِ game’s head onِ your digital wall asِ you overcome these relentless undertakings.
1. Ninja Gaiden Black
Typically oneِ ofِ the most-cited games among gamers for brutal difficulty, Ninja Gaiden Black isِ one ofِ the hardest, ifِ not theِ pinnacle ofِ the Ninja Gaiden games.
The Hellscape thatِ isِ Ninja Gaiden’s story willِ require youِ toِ memorize specific paths, enemy counts, treasure chest locations, movement patterns ofِ bosses, andِ various attack combos.
Aside fromِ that, it’ll alsoِ be key toِ relentlessly save yourِ game asِ you hoard asِ many health items asِ you canِ to survive.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive| Source: Valve
2. Trials HD
Trials HD isِ a game lessِ aboutِ external enemies andِ more aboutِ your internal self-sabotage serving asِ the antagonist.
As theِ title suggests, completing thisِ racing andِ puzzle combo game willِ require a lot ofِ trial andِ error, muchِ likeِ the Portal games, toِ overcome theِ obstacles presented inِ eachِ track.
The technical, do-or-die difficulty ofِ Trials values timing aboveِ all things.
3. Rainbow Six Siege
Only beingِ supplied withِ oneِ very fragile, non-regenerating life perِ round, Rainbow Six Siege spits onِ those whoِ whine andِ decry theِ difficulty ofِ other online modern shooters likeِ Call ofِ Duty orِ Battlefield.
The player count mayِ beِ smaller andِ the pace mayِ beِ much slower thanِ a lot ofِ shooters, butِ it’s theِ intense atmosphere providedِ byِ the precise sound design andِ the mind games thatِ goِ on duringِ a roundِ which exhaust yourِ composure.
Since everyِ moment isِ essential toِ a win orِ loss, beِ it a breach, sneak, trap, flank, orِ rush, everyِ move andِ decision youِ makeِ will effect yourِ squad asِ well.
4. Dark Souls
Kind ofِ likeِ a slower version ofِ Ninja Gaiden, Dark Souls is anotherِ hack andِ slash style game thatِ makesِ itِ a point toِ destroy anyِ notion ofِ safety atِ anyِ given moment.
Like manyِ of theِ games onِ this list, takingِ the time toِ observe, think, andِ ponder tactics willِ prove muchِ moreِ useful thanِ blindly venturing ahead, hoping yourِ wits andِ twitch reactions willِ beِ enough toِ save you fromِ harm, whichِ theyِ won’t be.
Considering theِ game doesn’t inform youِ muchِ on howِ it works orِ what theِ limitations areِ for whatِ you canِ do, howِ you proceed presents someِ options, butِ the deliberate lack ofِ clear direction forِ the player isِ yet anotherِ reason theِ game willِ surely frustrate casual gamers toِ noِ end.
5. ARMA 3
An open world tactical shooter, ARMA 3 provides simulation levels ofِ detail, allowing for role-playing whichِ canِ foster veryِ real feeling interactions betweenِ opposing players.
Via theِ various game modes andِ servers withِ story related rules andِ expectations, suchِ asِ “cops andِ robbers” orِ “wasteland” forِ example, ARMA games require Rainbow Six like awareness butِ in a giant open world, making skirmishes andِ conflicts possibleِ atِ close andِ extremely long range.
The possibilities availableِ for anِ easily modded game likeِ ARMA makesِ itِ a dream forِ hardcore gamers lookingِ forِ a greatly immersive military fantasy, whileِ requiring extensive knowledge ofِ the game’s controls andِ intricacies.
6. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
[Correction 9/26/16: Game title fixed]
Admittedly, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game thatِ anyoneِ can drop intoِ andِ play, andِ it doesn’t evenِ require a beefy gaming computer.
There areِ some game modes thatِ make CS:GO moreِ accessible to new players, suchِ asِ Deathmatch orِ Arm’s Race.
But theِ accessibility ofِ the game shouldِ notِ beِ confused forِ a lack ofِ complexity thatِ makesِ the game nearlyِ impossible forِ a casual gamer toِ getِ firm grip on.