7 Hard Games that Will Make You Rage Quit

7. Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, was a critical hit despite its obtuseness. It was not a game for the impatient or those unwilling to experiment. Enemies and bosses could take out large swaths of health if players weren’t super careful, or consistently checking around corners for surprise threats. Dying meant losing Souls, which acts as currency and experience points, and could be regained if the player could reach the place of their death. Unfortunately, all the enemies respawn in the level as well.

The game did not have traditional multiplayer either. When playing online, a player could be invaded by another player to help or hurt. If it hasn’t been made clear yet, the game expects you to die, a lot. Most mistakes can be learned by memorizing enemy patterns and strategies, while sometimes an enemy pops up out of nowhere, knocks you off a cliff, and your controller is suddenly lodged into a wall.

6. Super Meat Boy

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Super Meat Boy is the brainchild of Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, who have stated that the game is “a big throwback to a lot of super hardcore NES classics” including some on this very list. It stars a little mound of meat, named Meat Boy, who has to traverse platforms, spikes, lasers, saw blades, and more to save his girlfriend Bandage Girl from a fetus in a top hat.

Most levels can be beaten in under a minute, but that can be after 50 and upwards tries. The game shows a replay of every life lost in one run once completed, and it is cathartic to watch a half hour condensed into twenty seconds. The controls are absolutely tight too, so all you can do is blame yourself for every life lost.

5. The Binding of Issac

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The Binding of Issac is another game designed by Edmund McMillen that commands full focus with randomized dungeons, power-ups, and tight rooms with multiple enemies spewing projectiles at you. The game is meant for repeated playthroughs, which is necessary when the game offers hundreds of items to use with no explanations. The player has to figure it out through trial and error, and effects can either be helpful or detrimental.

Bosses that cap off each dungeon can be a pain too. They range from giant bullet sponges to mobile, small enemies that can jump across the room, releasing multiple projectiles in various directions. It sometimes descends into the “bullet hell” genre, which dominates the next entry on this list.

4. Ikaruga


Ikaruga is a vertically scrolling shoot’em up arcade game with a neat, but devilish mechanic. Players can change the polarity of the ship between black and white to absorb damage from enemies of the same color, or deal extra damage to the opposite color.

Switching polarities becomes the tricky part when the screen is filled with enemies of both colors raining bullets down in relentless fury. Unlike other games of the genre, there are no power-ups or upgrades for your ship. There’s the standard weapon and a homing laser fueled by absorbing bullets. Each of the five stages can last around ten minutes if performed well, so beating the game becomes a matter of skill, timing, and focus.

3. Ninja Gaiden / Ninja Gaiden Black


The Ninja Gaiden games were no slouches in the difficulty department when it began as a 2D platformer on the NES, but the revival that released on the original Xbox transferred that challenge into a 3D environment. It’s a game that punishes players hard for making mistakes.

Ryu has a plethora of attacks and techniques to use against enemies, but it’s up to the player to understand which and when to use specific attacks because of the steep learning curve. This may sound wonderful for those looking for a “controller-through-the-television” type of challenge, but those looking to simply feel good from hacking and slashing will be absolutely disappointed.

2. Ghosts ‘n Goblins

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Ghosts ‘n Goblins has earned a reputation for its blisteringly hard difficulty ever since it released on the NES. It can be as frustrating as it can be called unfair. The player’s character, Sir Arthur, can lose a life by either taking two hits or by not completing the level in under three minutes.

Each death also sets the player back to the beginning or halfway point if reached. All the while, enemies are constantly spawning or attacking in this 2D side-scroller. The game is also devious for making the player complete the game twice to see the true ending because the first ending was an illusion devised by Satan. That is absolutely true, considering the second playthrough is set on a higher difficulty. Oh, and there were no save files back then.

1. Battletoads

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The NES game Battletoads became known for two things: its frustrating difficulty and trolling retail stores asking if there are any copies left in stock. The latter has stopped, while the former will always remain true.

The 2D platformer contains a variety of levels that focus on fighting enemies to platform sections, but has many tricks that can cause cheap deaths and make players start at the beginning of the level. Memorization becomes key when it comes to trial and error. The game can be played in co-op with another player, but friendly fire is on by default and cannot be turned off. That’s the frustrating ethos of Battletoads.

End of the world playlist: tracks to soundtrack doomsday

Since Donald Trump has been elected President of the USA, we’ve been seeing a surge in interesting Google searches. Apparently, Americans have become increasingly interested in emigrating to Canada, and another popular search term is “end of the world”.

Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of songs that would fit with the end of the world – in case this is the end of days.

The first two songs befitting of the world’s demise are the two classics, The Ink Spots rendition of “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” and “The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis.

Following would be David Bowie’s “Man Who Sold The World” performed by Nirvana, “Where is My Mind” by Pixie and the unforgettable stripped down version of “The Day the World Went Away” by Nine Inch Nails.

If you’re longing for some hip-hop-inspired songs, we’ve got you covered with “Judgement Day” by Method Man and “Doomsday” by the aptly named MF Doom.

Going back to some oldtimers, we have The Doors and old rivals The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Of course, no doomsday playlist can be without “The End” by The Doors, and it’s perfectly complemented by “Yesterday” and it’s melancholic atmosphere. To conclude entries from this trio of greats, there’s “Paint it Black”, although many Rolling Stones songs could have found their place on this list.

Finally, we’ll conclude things with “I Can’t Give Everything Away”, from Bowie’s last album Blackstar, a phenomenal song that fits a doomsday playlist perfectly.

Disney Made a Video That Shows Every Pixar Movie Is Connected

Remember that fan theory a while ago that claimed everything in Pixar universe was connected? Well, it seems like it wasn’t far off. It took them long enough to admit it, though. It was 22 years ago since Toy Story came out (which makes all of us feel quite old) and it all started.

According to Toy Story‘s Facebook page video (captioned, “Oh my spurs! You ain’t never seen Easter eggs like these, partner.”) fan speculation has been correct. All Pixar movies, beginning with Toy Story and ending (so far) with Finding Dory, even The Good Dinosaur, have taken place in the same universe. In the video, you can see all the subtle and not-that-subtle nods that connect these movies, so check it out.

-Riley from Inside Out can be seen in Finding Dory
-There’s a dinosaur from The Good Dinosaur in Inside Out
-Another dinosaur from The Good Dinosaur appears in Monsters, Inc.
-Sulley from Monsters, Inc. is immortalized in wood in Brave
–Brave connects to Cars
–Cars links to Toy Story 3, whose Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear is in Up
–Up‘s Dug barks at Remy in Ratatouille
-A motorbike from Ratatouille is in WALL-E, while Gusteau’s restaurant is also a culinary hotspot in Cars 2… and now that I’m up to Cars 2, let’s quickly finish the Pixar lineage before I remember that Cars 3 is a thing that is happening (too late): Cars -> The Incredibles -> Finding Nemo -> Monsters, Inc. -> Toy Story 2 -> A Bug’s Life -> Toy Story.

Top 5 Most Disappointing HD Remasters of 2016

Batman: Return to Arkham

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Batman: Return to Arkham caused some controversy in the months running up to its release. Not only did it ignore WB Montreal’s more than worthwhile entry in the series, Arkham Origins, but many screenshots suggested that it looked no better than the original release. The change in lighting effects altered the atmosphere of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City and the spooky hallways and streets didn’t add to the game’s tone as much as in the originals. The frame-rate, in both games, also suffered throughout. Whenever a high number of Joker thugs were on screen or even when Batman was running through a detailed corridor, the game chugged – something that didn’t happen in the original release. There is no doubt that Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are fantastic games and two of the best superhero games of all time but the remasters do not improve the games enough to make it make revisiting them worthwhile.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection


The Ezio trilogy that followed the original Assassin’s Creed are widely regarded as three of the best in the series, even if their quality does diminish over the course of the three games. Assassin’s Creed 2 built on everything that was good about the first, removing the repetitive mission structure and adding a more coherent and interesting story. With Ubisoft taking a break from the Assassin’s Creed series for a year, 2016 seemed liked the perfect time to revisit some of the series’ high points. However, although they are undoubtedly good games, or great in Assassin’s Creed 2’s case, the graphical upgrade isn’t particularly special.

Some character models look worse than before now that some of the textures have been changed. Having experienced the altered movement systems in Syndicate, the traversal seems far more cumbersome than it did when we first played the Ezio trilogy. Also, the popular multiplayer mode, introduced in Brotherhood, has been removed from the collection. Overall, the Ezio Collection remasters do not offer much more than the original releases.

Dead Rising Triple Pack

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To many Dead Rising fans, the remasters of the first game, Dead Rising 2, and Off the Record were a big disappointment, especially players on PlayStation 4. In the months preceding the release of Dead Rising 4, players were given the chance to replay the early games to re-familiarize themselves with the zombie massacring gameplay. Unfortunately, none of the games looked a huge amount better after their visual upgrade but the main issues were encountered in Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record.

Some players weren’t able to pass the loading screen and much of the DLC, that is usually included in remastered collections, was nowhere to be seen. Off the Record, the spin-off of Dead Rising 2, also had missing DLC with the Case West and Case Zero chapters not being included. If you want to play a Dead Rising game over the Christmas period it is probably best to go straight to the newly released Dead Rising 4 rather than returning to the remasters.

Indigo Prophecy Remastered

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The remaster of Quantic Dreams’ early game was already available on PC but it came to PlayStation 4 earlier in 2016. The game follows the same design and philosophy as games such as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, as it’s an interactive drama that focuses on story rather than gameplay. It was well received when it was first released in 2005 but the remaster has been quite disappointing.

The graphical upgrade was very minimal and some people thought it looked more like a port of the PlayStation 2 version than an HD remaster. The story is worth experiencing to anyone that didn’t play the original release but the remaster doesn’t offer much new content for anyone that has already played it.

Heavy Rain

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When it originally released on PlayStation 3, Heavy Rain was one of the best looking games available and it had one of the best narratives in any game. It was a deep and emotional story that focused on some excellently designed characters in a fantastic plot. However, although the story is still just as good, the performances, visuals, and gameplay feel extremely outdated.

Moving the characters feels cumbersome and the writing causes the voice performances to feel wooden. That is less to do with the actors themselves than it is to do with the huge leap forward we have seen in acting in video games over the past few years. Heavy Rain is still one of the PlayStation 3’s best games so if you are able to look past the dated feeling, it certainly offers a story that should be experienced.

It’s a shame that these remasters weren’t what fans expected, but at least there were plenty of new experiences to be had this year.

Ed Sheeran reveals full track list for third album Divide

Ed Sheeran recently released two new record-breaking songs, ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’. Both songs have already gathered millions of listens on Spotify. Now, the singer-songwriter revealed the track listing for his upcoming album ÷ (Divide) on Twitter.

Of course, Divide will feature both ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle on the Hill’, along with ten other tracks that are bound to repeat their predecessor’s success and get a lot of radio play during the next few weeks.

The full track-list for Divide: 
1. Eraser
2. Castle on the Hill
3. Dive
4. Shape of You
5. Perfect
6. Galway Girl
7. Happier
8. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
9. New Man
11. What Do I Know?
12. How Would You Feel (Paean)

Talking about his two new singles, the first new music from the troubadour since 2015, Sheeran said: “Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am.

“I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”

According to recent rumors, Ed Sheeran is going to make his 2017 comeback to live shows in February at the Grammy rewards. He’s also expected as a headliner at Glastonbury, along with Radiohead who have already been confirmed.

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