What's the Hardest Game You've Ever Finished?

What's the Hardest Game You've Ever Finished?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Everyone is stressed over Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, so let's look back on the other tough games we've fought through.

Everyone's having fun at PAX East 2019, except for Matt and Caty who are holding it down back home (and the U.K. team, who are peacefully resting for the weekend already). It's been a hectic week already, but in the background of all the news, everyone still seemingly has one game on their mind: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

It feels like everyone's playing Sekiro, and everyone is also equally frustrated and in love with it. We've heard stories of "long-armed centipede giraffe" bosses; of apes that guard things. Sekiro, some say, is way harder than FromSoftware's Soulsborne games. Others say it's actually easier.

But it doesn't really matter, because no matter what, a lot of people do find it brutally difficult. In honor of Sekiro sapping away our souls in the form of boss fights, this week's community question will be about our favorite hard games. So tell us in the comments: What's the hardest game you've ever finished?

Matt Kim News Editor

I've played a lot of hard games, and I've given up on finishing many of them. But I think beating Demon's Souls might be my most memorable accomplishment. I don't know if Demon's Souls is objectively harder than later FromSoftware RPGs, but I definitely remember it as being on the tougher side.

Now that I think about it, beating Demon's Souls gave me the foundations and skills to beat later Souls games. So in a way, I wouldn't even be able to beat Dark Souls 1-3 if it weren't for my initial run through Demon's Souls' gauntlet.

Caty McCarthy Features Editor

I have a short temper when it comes to games. I remember one time dying in Bloodborne, respawning, and realizing I had to run through the same narrow alley full of tough tall dudes all over again. I shut off the game and deleted it from my hard drive.

I wasn't always this way though. Maybe adulthood has got me more precious with my time, but when I was younger, I didn't care. The hardest game I can recall beating was Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, coincidentally also the second best Shin Megami Tensei game (as Persona 3, for me, still wins). Nocturne is a punishing JRPG, but it's also very rewarding. Plus, it has some of my favorite art direction in any game, so it's worth pushing through! I don't think we'll ever get a remake or rerelease of any sort—if anything at all, maybe it'd pop up on the PS4's PS2 games library for $15—but I cherish the long, grueling hours I spent battling through post-apocalyptic Tokyo back in the PS2 glory days.

Oh yeah, and lately I've been playing the mindnumbingly hard indie puzzle game Baba Is You, which I'll try to write about next week. Baba Is Caty.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Related articles

Hades Roundtable: The Hottest Gods, Our Favorite Weapons, and More

A lot of us at USG are exploring the underworld in Hades, so we gathered around to discuss what we love about it.

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Scalpers Who Used Bots Might Get Taken Down by Bots in Return

Those bids in the tens of thousands of dollars? They may be meant to oust the scalpers.

Naughty Dog Promises "Exciting Things" for the Newly Renamed Last of Us Day

"Outbreak Day" isn't a thing anymore, by the by.

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.