The Top 25 Hardest Games of All Time

14 April 2009
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The dreaded Battletoads race sequence! *shudder*

What are the Top 25 Hardest Games Of All Time?

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  • Gaming difficulty is an interesting beast as it has really evolved over the years. Many gamers still hold to the fact that games of yesteryear were much harder than games on today’s consoles. But is that really true?

    Obviously it all depends on who you ask. GameDaily has come up with their own list of the hardest games and series of all time. Though they mostly concentrate on franchises instead of one entry in a series. So I took a few liberties to add “series” like when they went with the original Battletoads (um, excuse me, but they’re ALL hard!).

    Personally, I would’ve added a few games like the original Metroid, Mortal Kombat 3, Siren and Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for NES (Thanks logikil!) and Kid Icarus . . . I also think I’d exclude the arcade classics and maybe shooters, cause heck, a lot of shooters are hard. Then again, so are a lot of fighters. But I digress.

    So what is your own personal list of the hardest games of all time?

    Here is the list of the Top 25 Hardest Games of All Time:

    25. Ice Climber (NES)
    24. Viewtiful Joe (GameCube, PS2)
    23. MDK 2
    22. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (NES)
    21. Metal Slug series
    20. Tetris
    19. Gauntlet 1
    18. Portal
    17. Bionic Commando series
    16. Guitar Hero series (On Expert)
    15. Shinobi (PS2)
    14. F-Zero GX (GameCube)
    13. Mushihimesama Futari
    12. Doom (On Nightmare Difficulty)
    11. Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
    10. Contra series
    09. Defender
    08. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2)
    07. God of War series (PS2)
    06. R-Type series
    05. Ikaruga (GameCube, Xbox Live Arcade)
    04. Mega Man 9 (Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, PlayStation Network)
    03. Battletoads series
    02. Gouls N’ Ghosts series
    01. Ninja Gaiden series


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    Josh Romero

    By Josh Romero: He is a lover of videogames, as well as metal music, Gilmore Girls, chatting, social networking, Phoenix Suns, reading, writing and many other nerdy things. Read his posts here and connect with him on Youtube.

    • zALTECK

      Mario 2 should be on this list…

    • MightyZeus

      COD 4 was well easy. Why the hell is that on the list?

    • dude

      apparently you never played devil may cry 3(standard edition) on the hardest difficulty. it is widely considered to be one of the most difficult video games of all time.

    • Defender is WAY harder than the RType games which just rely on level memorization. New players can’t last more than ten seconds or so.

    • ZEBRA

      God of War.

    • Richard Gosch

      A list with only 80’s games and early 90’s games would be a good list of the hardest games of all time…….. and Dark Souls.

    • Abrakadeadguy

      Where the F is the Trials series? And how do Portal and Bionic Commando beat it?

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