Dark Souls, A game that thrusts you into a dark and despairing world where almost everything is against you and all of it want’s to kill you.
A friend and I recently got into an argument over Dark Souls. He stated that the game was cheap, that it was unfair and impossible to beat. I on the other hand think that while, yes, the game is challenging, it is perfectly fair. If you die, the death can usually be traced back to a mistake on the players side. The game simply doesn’t hold your hand.
There is a difference between challenging and cheap.
So in defense of Dark Souls and it’s upcoming sequel, I am now happy (not really) to reveal 5 games that have haunted my dreams and smashed my controllers, games that were truly cheap and unfair.
5: “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” Boss fights
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a brilliant game, allowing you to play the game as you want and build your own transhuman mecha warrior in Adam Jenson, unfortunately, the Boss Fight’s were the exception. Outsourced to a company called Grip Entertainment, the Boss fight’s were simply one on one fight’s between Adam Jenson and one of the antagonists. Now if you built your protagonist as a walking deadeye tank, these fight’s were no problem, unfortunatley if you went the stealthy route and took on these Mechanized bullies with your Protaganist built like a BSC Computer science PostGrad with the defensive capabilities of cake, then well… it’s like Highschool all over again.
4: “Battle Toads in BattleManiacs”
This is the game that made me learn my first cuss word when I was young. Limited continues, no saves, no passwords and Level designers that fed off the tears of small children, this game was tough as bricks. It took me few hundred times to get past certein parts and some levels are built in a way that can only be passed through trial and error. I still have nightmares sometimes.
3: “Ninja Gaiden 2″
I’d be honest, this game really shouldn’t be that hard. Unfortunately, due to some horribly broken enemies, hard to see projectiles and being forced to fight with the camera just to see what it exactly is that’s ripping your head off, this game get’s the third spot on the list. This game With enemies attacking you in waves by the Dozens and Bosses having attacks that do so much damage, they may as well be insta-kills, most players are simply happy that the experience is over instead of feeling a sense of accomplishment when the game finally ends.
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2: All SNK Bosses… EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.
Developer SNK is famous for having bosses so broken and difficult that they have even had a Trope named after them. Throwing away all aspects of balance within fighting games, It’s common for SNK Bosses to have incredible offense, unbreakable armour and infinite combo’s. Usually the only way to beat these monsters is to spam your own overpowered move, in the hope that the behemoth eventually flinchs enough for you to land the final blow in order to achieve victory. A very frustrating, unsatisifying victory.
1: “Touhou Koumakyou: The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil”
Look at these screen shots:
See those bullets? Dodge them. All of them. For ten of the worst minutes of your life.