Most Infuriating Video Games to Play Through Excluding Mobile Games

The title speaks for itself on this one; to keep the description short and sweet. We've all had that one game where we became furious simply from trying to finish it. Not even 100% the game or do all sorts of extra missions, just going through the main campaign. These are the most infuriating games out there, although as the title suggests, I'd rather not have apps on this list. Mostly because their problems consist more with how it milks away your cash rather than how it's actually structured.

The Top Ten

1 I Wanna Be the Guy

This game is ridiculously hard, but it's also pretty good, as far as I'm concerned. I recommend it if you're patient with dying over and over.

The mere fact that this game is turning 10 years old later this year is truly surprising to me. However, just because a game has existed for a long time, that doesn't mean this game has grown soft. Oh no, it's still as ruthless and unfair even with all of the parody or fan games that have surfaced over the years. Whether it be apples or error messages, IWBTG is determined to make you succumb to increasingly cheap deaths. It's difficult to surpass a game that parodies several other NES games that are notorious for their difficulty, while making sure that every design element is supposed to be cruel and rigged against the player. It is so skilled at making you suffer that even Cat Mario envies it. While I do recommend this game to people who are a fan of 8-bit games, IWBTG is not for those with a short temper. Keyboards would meet a bunch of unnecessary deaths otherwise. - nerffan8000

2 Super Mario Maker

Never has there been a game that gives you so many opportunities to torment players. Even I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Regardless, Super Mario Maker lets you create whatever kinds of levels you please, and that includes levels to make your friends or random players who come across it in 100-Mario Challenge lose their sanity. Even if there are some really well-designed levels like those made by Panga and RubberRoss, they don't let up on the sheer difficulty. And some levels are simply made for those with short tempers to crush their GamePads or Wii Remotes in uncontrolled frustration. Now you can create your very own Tubular from Super Mario World, if you're heartless like me. - nerffan8000

3 Ghosts N' Goblins

NES games are known to be ludicrously difficult, that was intentional right from the start. How else were they gonna get playtime out of a very limited cartridge? But Ghosts N' Goblins takes this to the extreme. All throughout the game it refused to let up on the difficulty, even screwing you over if you didn't already know how bad the fire weapon was. But what sealed the deal for me along with most players was when you beat the quote unquote final boss. The game doesn't reward you, instead it says you've been punked and forces you to play through the whole game again on a harder difficulty. If that doesn't get someone pulling their hair out I don't know what will. - nerffan8000

4 Mario Party

Not the first game you'd think of when it comes to rage-inducing, but once you dissect it you soon realize why Mario Party deserves its spot on the list. I'm sure we've all had our moments when the RNG was consistently against you, or that moment when you're about to get that star only for either you to get sent back to the other side of the planet or the computer stealing it from you. That's not even mentioning the fury that will be brought out if you're playing this with friends. The heart of the dice isn't loyal, and it never will be. - nerffan8000

5 Ninja Gaiden

About as difficult as NES hard can get, Ninja Gaiden isn't a game that takes prisoners. It burns them with fire. This game often borders the line between sidescroller and bullet hell, with the need of ninja reflexes to get past these absurdly cruel levels. This is only worsened once the most aggravating enemy in video game history makes their appearance, the falcons. There's pits all over the place with every level, falcons like to knock you near them. Good luck dealing with them, you'll need every scrap of it you can get. - nerffan8000

6 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The Dark Souls of 90s Kids has gotten a reboot, and it refused to tone down the difficulty. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is one of those games where even if you're a veteran or a newbie just discovering who Crash Bandicoot is, you're bound to get screwed over in a number of ways. If you're a veteran player you'll soon realize that the physics and speed are much different than they used to be, with Crash's jump arc being much faster than in the PS1, causing a lot of early deaths. And for new players, what else can I say except it's Crash Bandicoot? It doesn't show mercy to anyone. - nerffan8000

Never was a fan of them to begin with - TwilightKitsune

7 Cuphead
8 Dark Souls

I find it difficult to say something new about Dark Souls because everyone knows about it by now. This isn't a game that you stumble upon, this is a game you seek out while knowing what you're getting yourself into. The result will be plenty of broken controllers, at least. But this is also, as many people have stated, one of the most satisfying games out there despite the trial and error. While sure there also may be ragequits, the reward for persistence is one that can't be replaced. At least, until The Bed of Chaos shows up. That's when no one is happy. - nerffan8000

9 Golf with Your Friends

This game is still in early access, sure, but it's very difficult to take away the frustration of golf away. Golf is without question the most frustrating sport out there, to the point where there are entire articles dedicated to it. And one way to add some more frustration to it is giving golf balls a bunch of different shapes. Have you ever tried to golf with a cone? An acorn? Or even hockey pucks? I'm hoping the answer is no for the sake of your own sanity. The game may be fun, but let yourself get too overboard with the rules and it will punish you for it. - nerffan8000

10 Jak 2

Jak 2 is arguably one of the most difficult games on the Playstation 2, but that doesn't automatically make a game rage-inducing. But add in escort missions, hoverboards with difficult controls while requiring you to be precise, and a lot of missions giving you little margin for error thanks to the scarce checkpoints? Now we've got a recipe for disaster. Really, the main issue is the escort missions. There's a reason why so many people agree they are the worst gaming cliché, and Jak 2 doesn't help with its horrendously cruel exercises in controller-snapping frustration. As if sewers weren't already a misery to get through. - nerffan8000

The Contenders

11 Geometry Dash

Excluding mobile games, hun.

Oh. Forget my rude comment.



12 Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy, while being a well-crafted game, can still bring out the rage from me and other players every now and again. While there isn't anything rigged against you like other games on this list, its grueling difficulty often leaves players with quite a bit of fury. Though, it usually isn't enough for them to rage quit. This game is so well crafted it seems to be like alcohol, once you start drinking you can't help but go back to it.
That was a terrible analogy but I'm gonna go with it. Either way, whether you just wanna play through the game normally or collect all the bandages, there's bound to be some inkling of outrage during your playthrough somewhere. - nerffan8000

13 Mario Kart 8

The coin item. Enough said. - TheAwesomeBowser

This game is ridiculously unfair in it's item distribution, you can be in last place getting single shrooms while the guy in 7th can be getting stars and golden mushrooms because the game thinks you are ahead of them, it's also frustrating to get hit by everything at the last moment and get last place. - LuigiTheMurderer

14 Super Mario Sunshine
15 Touhou 15 - Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
16 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

"You expect me to get past all three forms of Dracula on one life bar, without even having a proper checkpoint for when I almost inevitably end up gaming over? ARE YOU MAD?! HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO THAT WITHOUT SAVESTATES?! " - xandermartin98

17 Dragon’s Lair

Which one? - Tgamez

18 Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
19 Super Mario Galaxy

I don't see how people play it so easily, but to me this game is hard. Even tasked with the easy role of Player 2, I could see that most 3D aspects were hard to get to. The timed levels were the worst, but compared to the water levels they were Tetris-level difficulty. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

20 Blaster Master
21 Dick Tracy (Nes)

Try getting past the first stage without Game Genie, AVGN tried and failed. - WatcheroftheSkies

22 Castlevania (Nes)
23 Viewtiful Joe
24 F-Zero GX
25 Parappa the Rapper
26 The Wacky World of Miniature Golf
27 Sonic the Hedgehog
28 The End is Nigh
29 Arms
30 Puyo Puyo Tetris
31 The Last of Us
32 Mario Kart Wii
33 Um Jammer Lammy
34 Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back

I have to suffer 2 hours of this - ikerevievs

35 Five Nights at Freddy's
36 The World's Hardest Game

Let's just say it holds that title for a reason.

37 Cat Mario
38 Unfair Mario
39 Dark Souls II
40 Default Dan
41 Battletoads
42 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
43 Earthbound Zero
44 Silver Surfer
45 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddys Kong Quest

So hard for no reason. - RobertWisdom

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