How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
This list includes 13 games from the last 16 years, with 54 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to take on a mountainous challenge.
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation
Players: This is a single player game
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...
Ibb and Obb
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3
Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online
Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2014
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online
This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...
Shadow Of The Colossus
Release Date: 18/10/2005
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation
You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.
Tony Hawk 1 and 2
Release Date: 04/09/2020
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online
Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 26/06/2014
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 06/08/2008
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Narrative and Platform
Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+
Release Date: 04/10/2011
Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5
Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative
Players: You can play this with 6 players online
Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy
Players: You can play this with 2 players online
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...
Release Date: 27/06/2013, updated in 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Rogue Legacy is a dungeon fighting game. Each time you die you go back to the start. However, you are resurrected as a character with different challenges: colourblind, dyslexic, a dwarf and so on. You can use gold, collected form previous lives, to...
Release Date: 26/01/2012, updated in 2018
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS
Genres: Action and Platform
Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...
Release Date: 20/11/2007
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting
Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...
Release Date: 09/10/2018
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Williams are a renowned designer and manufacturer of pinball machines. Its tables can be played on different systems through games that simulate the original games. This include the physics of the ball, pixel perfect recreation of the play tables and...
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