Super Meat Boy
You are a small meaty square whose sole mission is to jump your way through the games 300 levels. While sounding easy enough, the crafty placement of instadeath objects makes for an insanely difficult, but fun journey to the end if you’re controller is still intact.
Laying the groundwork for the Dark Souls series, Demon’s Souls takes players into the fantasy-horror setting. While beautiful by design, the creators of this insidious title introduce players to scores of enemies that are all easily capable of killing you if not handled properly. It’s a tough nut to crack, but its unique gameplay will keep pulling you back for more if you can deal with the respawning.
One of the most unforgiving video game experiences you can buy. This dark fantasy exploration title leaves just enough challenge between each progressive save point to make you consider your sanity. The enemies are tough, but the boss fights can easily require 100 – 200 attempts if you play hack-n-slash style rather than the calm and collected observer.
Mega Man Series
The gameplay always looks aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, but underneath the fun sounds and creative design, you get down to the true evil of the game. Not only is the lack of checkpoints frustrating as hell, but the tricky death traps and strategically placed enemies push the limits of human patience.
I Wanna Be The Guy
This game was developed simply to create the animation of the playable character exploding into a collection of bloody fragments. Booby traps and unexpected misfortunes are what make up this hair pulling title. The only way to successfully navigate each level is through the grueling process of trial and error.
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
Anyone who is a fan of the Monster Hunter franchise knows why this game is here. Faced with a diversity of wyverns and other beasts, the tricky mechanics of each fight require thorough planning and careful gear selection. As the difficulty ramps up, players who thought they were the toughest quickly come to realize that the Kut-Ku is a formidable enemy once more.
Sporting a striking resemblance to the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne takes players into an unforgiving gothic fantasy realm. The horrid looking enemies are stacked with a variety of attacks that will take you by surprise more than a few times. The gameplay is so difficult that many players give up on the first boss and never ended up beating the game.
Ninja Gaiden Series
Few games have as stunning blood effects as the Ninja Gaiden titles. While it is fun to hack and slash through enemies with Wolverine-like claws, the truth of the matter is you’re more likely to be the one getting ripped apart. Even the normal difficulty presents an extreme challenge for players, and so most don’t even consider trying to the Master Ninja difficulty.
This easy to enjoy at first game draws you in with addicting gameplay in the first level, leaving you with a sense of joy. That is quickly smothered as you progress just a bit deeper and are faced with seemingly impossible level designs. Most people never pass level 4, just to give you an idea of the punch this title packs.=
It’s hard not to get lost enjoying the unique and dark design style of the game. Bringing us back to turn-based combat, players are faced with insanely powerful enemies and other deadly mechanics as they battle deeper into the game. It’s a hard, teeth grinding journey, but it’s worth every minute.
Ghosts N’ Goblins
There’s a reason that this game is ranked the #1 hardest NES action game of all time. Armed with five weapons and the simple enough mission to pass through seven gates to save the princess sounds easy enough. The challenges that await you between those gates still stand to be some of the toughest in gaming history. After thousands of deaths, if you’re lucky enough, you get a kiss from the princess as your prize.
It plays like a fun sci-fi racing game, but the difficulty curve is no joke. Taking a long jump from the original F-Zero on the Super Nintendo, this title is seldom beat by anyone with a less than steel reinforced resolve. Wrap your controller in bubble wrap and pat yourself on the back if you pass level two.
This creative 2D title takes the player through multiple caves filled with all kinds of deadly traps and beasts. The hardest and most frustrating mechanic is the permadeath feature and fact that the levels are procedurally generated. Once you learn to use all of the items, it does become a little easier.
Faster Than Light
Jump aboard your own spaceship with a few other crew members and prepare to face the challenges of survival. There is no shortage of things that can go wrong from running into space pirates, solar storms, diseases and plenty more. The permadeath feature will make you think twice about every move you make, but the gameplay will always draw you back in for more.
This 2D survival game puts you in the middle of a hostile wasteland that gets even worse when nightfall sets in. Players must quickly assess their surroundings and build at least a fire by night if they don’t want to be eaten. The unforgiving features of the land will also keep you on your toes when exploring for new items and areas.