Top 10 Hardest Video Games of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Dark Souls

True but it isn't as hard as people say it is. Don't get me wrong, it is really hard but don't fall for the "extremely difficult" hype either.

The one that made me pull my hair and set a new type of RPG for some to follow (sadly, not all are good i.e. Lords Of The Fallen). This game is not only difficult, but it's absolutely fantastic. It's one of the few games that have replay value for me nowadays. - MKBeast

2 Ninja Gaiden Black

Game was insaneley hard especially on the most brutal difficulty I bet many peoples fingers needed operation after this

3 Dark Souls III

A perfect sendoff (though not for the Xbox because frame rate). Dark Souls III is a game best experienced than watched. - MKBeast

4 Super Meat Boy
5 F-Zero GX

I really wanna play this game some time. From what I've seen, it's a thrill ride from beginning to end. Blistering speed, stunning visuals for the time, a metalhead's soundtrack, and extreme difficulty sounds like a perfect combination for me. - MKBeast

6 Super Mario Maker
7 Demon's Souls

The game that started it all. The grandaddy of em all: Demon's Souls. From what I've heard, it's the easiest of the series, but definitely had some memorable moments; I especially love it when you somehow beat the tutorial Vanguard, then the Dragon God just punches you square in the face and knocks you out. - MKBeast

8 Mega Man 9
9 Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
10 Bloodborne

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The Contenders

11 Dark Souls II
13 Cuphead

Grim Matchstick, Dr Kahl’s Robot, Rumor Honeybottoms, Djimmi the Great, Beppi the Clown, Phantom Express, Cala Maria. These are only a few examples of why this game is difficult.

14 Flappy Bird
15 Geometry Dash
16 Ninja Gaiden (2004)
17 Mortal Kombat (2011)
18 Minecraft
19 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
20 Super Mario Galaxy 2
21 Portal 2
22 BattleBlock Theater
23 The Binding of Isaac
24 Race Driver: Grid
25 FTL: Faster Than Light
26 Rolling Sky
27 Ikaruga
28 Espgaluda II
29 Um Jammer Lammy
30 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
31 Metroid Prime
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Top Remixes

1. Dark Souls
2. Dark Souls III
3. Ninja Gaiden Black
1. Dark Souls
2. Ninja Gaiden Black
3. Demon's Souls
1. Dark Souls III
2. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
3. Bloodborne


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