Top 10 toughest PC games

Veteran gamers these days discuss the easy nature of the latest games, criticizing them for being too easy to complete and much less challenging than the games that were released earlier. There is some truth to this as game creators have brought down the difficulty to smoothen the gaming experience, allowing all levels of gamers to be satisfied with the game.

In today’s time, if you want to challenge yourself in a game, you’ll have to increase the difficulty according to your pleasure from an options menu that provides different difficulty bars. Games have ceased to be intrinsically hard, forcing the player to adopt varying strategies and contemplate their next move.

Here is a list of games that are that can be categorized as really…really difficult, even to the point of being unfair.

1. Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls (Fromsoft, 2009/2011)

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Demon’s Soul/ Dark Souls are games that will have you grinding your teeth and planning new strategies during your shower. These games are characterized by basic enemies being able to cause serious problems and murder players over and over again. The nature of the game is such that you don’t consider death as a failure, it’s just a failed attempt and a chance to rethink and learn. Sometimes, you have to start dying before you start playing.

2. God Hand (Capcom, 2006)

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Although a commercial failure, there are some elements of God Hand that are groundbreaking and yet to be replicated. The game has an on-screen difficulty meter which increases as you get better at playing the game. This four-stage gaming meter ranges from level one to level DIE. So, in the beginning, when you are getting a hang of the game, it stays at level one. However, once you start getting good-which in itself is a difficult task- the game amps up the level of hardness; more enemies attack you, deal more damage, and you get increased rewards too for beating them. It’s like an AI, studying your moves and adapting accordingly.

3. The Simpsons (Konami, 1991)

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It’s always an exciting time seeing your favorite TV show characters battling it out and showing their brawling skills, but The Simpsons game was a level above the rest. As fun as it may be watching the show, the game is no easy sailing. The brutal game with exceptional visuals, animations, and enemies is a slugfest that frequently locks its players in a series of hits, preventing them from striking back.

4. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

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The Super Mario bros. is a nostalgic game for everyone, and is widely popular and liked. But, we can all agree that it is an extremely difficult game to finish. Not surprisingly, the sequel to the game takes it up a notch. Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in Japan, but it didn’t release in the West as it was considered too hard for Western gamers.
It needs skills that can only come after mastering the original Super Mario Bros. The difficulty level is cranked up from the first game and it also has some new gameplay mechanics, such as the Poison Mushroom which harms players when they touch it. 


5. I Wanna Be the Guy

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The majority of the games on the market want you to be able to finish them and enjoy them, the difficulty factor is merely there to increase satisfaction. However, IWBTG seems to be a game that is designed to kill you. And just that. While playing this game, you will experience spike traps dropping from out of nowhere, landing on areas only to discover they were pits and spikes. You can complete the game through learning by rote, or… well, there is no other way.

6. Contra

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You have to face dozens of enemies, deadly bosses all while avoiding pits, traps, and a ticking timer. Three lives, one-shot direct kill. Need I say more?

7. Super Meat Boy

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Team Meat reduced saw the platformer and decided to take only its cruelest elements. The game is filled with buzzsaws, lasers, and instadeath drops into pits of needles. At least the game had checkpoints so you wouldn’t rip your hair apart when you died.

8. Gabriel Knight 3

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Gabriel Knight 3 is infamous for terrible puzzle design and purposely confusing conundrums that have the most illogical solutions. Most notable is the puzzle that involves trying to hire a motorcycle with someone else’s passport and a fake mustache that is made of cat hair. A game that cries mediocrity, but does not fail to amaze.

9. Dead Cells

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The game can be summarised in two words, ‘Expect Everything’. The level layouts and weapons are completely random, albeit they add a freshness to the game, but they also require the player to learn weapon handling on the go. The unexpectedness of the game makes it unexpectedly good.

10. KGB


Later released as Conspiracy, the brutal game is set in Russia during the final days of the Cold War. The game features innumerable sudden deaths, mistakes that you realize hours after committing them, and a real-time clock that piles on the pressure. The game is mediocre and not much fun, but it stars legend Donald Sutherland and is set in a time of espionage, making it worth playing.

Later released as Conspiracy, KGB is a brutally punishing adventure game set in Russia at the end of the Cold War. The game features countless sudden deaths, mistakes you won’t know you’ve made until hours later, and a real-time clock adding pressure to everything you do. Honestly, it isn’t much fun, but the classy neo-noir atmosphere and cutscenes starring acting legend Donald Sutherland make it worth a look