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 6 games from the last 23 years, with 25 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...
Tony Hawk 1 and 2
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
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.
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...
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...
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 01/07/1998, updated in 2019
Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Players: You can play this with 8 players online
Dirt Rally is a series of racing games, originally called Colin McRae Rally. They simulate the experience of dangerous and perilous rally stages. You drive from an in-car experience and are given spoken directions from your co-pilot. It's thrilling but...
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...
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