What is your favorite game to play when you want a challenge?

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#1 SolidGame_basic
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I like to play turn based games like Fire Emblem, XCOM 2, Divinity Original 2. They all give me a challenge, and can frustrate me lol. So I have to be in a certain mood to play them. I also like games like Dark Souls, but they've made so many now that I've taken a break. Overall, I like challenging games. There is no real satisfaction in beating a game that was too easy, unless the game is not meant to be about the challenge.

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#2  Edited By pmanden
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Agreed. There is much more satisfaction to find by beating a challenging game. I have beaten and really enjoyed :

- Mass Effect 2 (Insanity)

- Fallout 4 (Survival)

- Dragon Age Origins (Nightmare)

- Final Fantasy 5 (there are some hard mode hacks out there)

- Ghost'n'Goblins (C64, 4 lives and no continues!)

At the moment the hardest game I am playing is perhaps Persona 5, but it isn't that hard when you are experienced with the game.

I got a little bored with Witcher 3 until I changed the difficulty to Death March. Now it's more fun and challenging.

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#3 Archangel3371
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Bayonetta 1 and 2.

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#4 X_CAPCOM_X
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Tekken 7

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Ninja Gaiden Black, NG II.

I'm pleased to see that NG Razors Edge is going to be a Gold *freebie next month.

I didn't care much for NG III, apparently RE corrected many of 3's issues.

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#6 briguyb13
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For me it's platformers, or souls games when I'm in the mood for some S & M.

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Online games.

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Nethack pretty much need spoilers to find out how to beat the game' I haven't read those in the many years I've been playing it.

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#9 SolidGame_basic
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@getyeryayasout said:

Ninja Gaiden Black, NG II.

I'm pleased to see that NG Razors Edge is going to be a Gold *freebie next month.

I didn't care much for NG III, apparently RE corrected many of 3's issues.

Yea, hack n' slash can be challenging, especially if you play harder modes.

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#10  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator
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Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3. The Classic challenge. Oh and any Mega Man games cause those are real challenges I enjoy playing.

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Basically any shinobi game is always tough possibly the castlevania collection is also a challenge.

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#12 R4gn4r0k
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@davillain- said:

Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3. The Classic challenge. Oh and any Mega Man games cause those are real challenges I enjoy playing.

Oh yeah, those. I would say Donkey Kong Country 2&3 as well, classic platformers for a classic challenge :D

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Souls games have been my big challenge games lately. Bloodborne and DS1. I also have ds3 but I was hoping ds2 came out in switch first. I'll wait a bit.

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Street Fighter or Tekken

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#15  Edited By warmblur
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Counter Strike Source or Battlefield 2.

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#16  Edited By Litchie
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Hard platformers, roguelikes, fighting games, schmups, FromSoft titles and online shooters.

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Probably immersive sims like Deus Ex, System shock 2 or Prey.

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Apex Legends

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Street Fighter V.

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The only game that has bested me on the hardest difficulty, and that game is Stranglehold, and I still haven't beat it yet. **** that boss on level 3 in Lok.

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#21 PAL360
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I love singleplayer challenge, so i play every game on hard (GoW, Divinity OS2, HZD, etc).

I'm not so good at multiplayer games, so when i play them i play for fun.

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Devil Daggers

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#23 hrt_rulz01
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Probably racing games.

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#24 Speeny
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I'm not too sure. Probably a New Super Mario Bros. game. They can be tricky yet they are still manageable kind of thing?

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@Arkhalipso: lag and ping differences arent much more a challenge than a good sp games.

It's more of a situational challenge than a set one

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for singleplayer: a good quality Souls or Souls-like, or Dirt Rally if i'm in the mood for a racer

for multiplayer: a hardcore tactical FPS of some kind... most recently Hell Let Loose has been filling that role

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F-Zero GX and Super Monkey Ball 2.

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super smash bros ultimate.

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I don't really have one. Any new game I buy with a difficulty setting, i'll usually crank up... Yet I don't have one i'll return to on a regular basis.

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@hrt_rulz01 said:

Probably racing games.

Interesting, what racing games do you find challenging?

@with_teeth26 said:

for singleplayer: a good quality Souls or Souls-like, or Dirt Rally if i'm in the mood for aracer

for multiplayer: a hardcore tactical FPS of some kind... most recently Hell Let Loose has been filling that role

I have a few friends who think its a challenge also, but I found it on the easy side.

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DiRT Rally 1 and 2.0 for me!

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Probably Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together. I think this game is just fantastic to play.

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I go back to mortal Kombat 2 every now and again not aged particularly well but still a challenge.

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Streets of Rage 2 (mania), Streets of Rage 3 (hard), Alien Soldier, Soulsborne, Nioh, Ninja Gaiden Black, Panzer Dragoon, and mostly shmups like MUSHA, Galactic Attack, Thunder Force III+IV, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Mushihimesama, Battle Mania Daiginjou, etc.

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#35  Edited By hrt_rulz01
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@i_p_daily said:
@hrt_rulz01 said:

Probably racing games.

Interesting, what racing games do you find challenging?

Any of them, if you crank the difficulty right up :)

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I have to go with any Mega Man game, I completed MM2 years back but I got lost for many years of my life for quite a long time. I would like to get back into the series once again, and I do own the two Legacy Collection, but at the same time I am not the old school gamer I used to be. I find the older games much harder than today's.

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Halo 5 heroic firefight for MP and Sekiro for SP

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#38 I_P_Daily
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@Renegade_Fury said:

Streets of Rage 2 (mania), Streets of Rage 3 (hard), Alien Soldier, Soulsborne, Nioh, Ninja Gaiden Black, Panzer Dragoon, and mostly shmups like MUSHA, Galactic Attack, Thunder Force III+IV, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Mushihimesama, Battle Mania Daiginjou, etc.

I must have beaten that game 100+ times on Mania, its not really that much of a challenge.

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#39  Edited By pelvist
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Just recently iv been playing Noita which released in early access on Steam. Its everything I wanted Cortex Command to be and it's quite challenging.

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Ghost N goblins/Ghouls N Ghost's Demon Souls/Dark Souls or a Bullet hell shoot them up.

A game that you can almost beat, But you mostly end up "dying like a scolded Dog" or You end up dying with the end level boss.

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@i_p_daily said:
@Renegade_Fury said:

Streets of Rage 2 (mania), Streets of Rage 3 (hard), Alien Soldier, Soulsborne, Nioh, Ninja Gaiden Black, Panzer Dragoon, and mostly shmups like MUSHA, Galactic Attack, Thunder Force III+IV, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Mushihimesama, Battle Mania Daiginjou, etc.

I must have beaten that game 100+ times on Mania, its not really that much of a challenge.

If you're going for a low death count it is. Literally for the first time ever, a no death run was accomplished this year by the best SoR player in the world.

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Devil May Cry 3/4 looking for S rankings on higher than normal difficulty.

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#44 I_P_Daily
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@Renegade_Fury said:
@i_p_daily said:
@Renegade_Fury said:

Streets of Rage 2 (mania), Streets of Rage 3 (hard), Alien Soldier, Soulsborne, Nioh, Ninja Gaiden Black, Panzer Dragoon, and mostly shmups like MUSHA, Galactic Attack, Thunder Force III+IV, DoDonPachi Resurrection, Mushihimesama, Battle Mania Daiginjou, etc.

I must have beaten that game 100+ times on Mania, its not really that much of a challenge.

If you're going for a low death count it is. Literally for the first time ever, a no death run was accomplished this year by the best SoR player in the world.

Well a no death run is insane, props to the person who achieved that.

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#45 I_P_Daily
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@hrt_rulz01 said:
@i_p_daily said:
@hrt_rulz01 said:

Probably racing games.

Interesting, what racing games do you find challenging?

Any of them, if you crank the difficulty right up :)

Yeah FH on unbeatable is a challenge especially when racing off road with all assists off, my Veyron or Lambo doesn't like it much :(

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#46  Edited By KungfuKitten
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I really like the hardest difficulties on the Zelda games. I'm playing through Link's Awakening on hero mode and I died 20+ times (my first playthrough ever) but it's never too punishing.

I also loved the Master mode in Breath of the Wild and WILL NOT PLAY BotW2 until they add a Master/hero mode difficulty (ok i might if it's not there but it should be there)

And the hero mode in Twilight Princess elevated that whole game for me.

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Divinity: Original Sins 2 was a little too challenging for me, despite playing on one of the lowest difficulty settings. (Classic or something.) I cannot fathom how anyone can get anywhere in that game on the higher difficulties. I really felt like I was missing some key parts of strategy in its combat because every encounter was a big hour-long challenge. Either a full wipe x 10 or barely winning the battle on a razor's edge. For me it was slightly too frustrating to consider that the ideal difficulty for me. I probably should have lowered the difficulty but my pride got in the way.

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They are billions

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#48  Edited By KungfuKitten
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The Bloodborne game, Bayonetta are great mentions.

Tenchu was a really cool tough game to play. I don't remember which one I played though...

@robert_sparkes said:

Basically any shinobi game is always tough possibly the castlevania collection is also a challenge.

Rondo of Blood has a great difficulty curve imo.

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#49 SaltSlasher
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Skate 3.

I think of some lines I would love to do, and play til I hit them. There is a few lines I never hit, cause if you don't get perfect speed, game won't let you ollie in time for next part.

By Slappys, there is this business area with a turn, and a stair, and to the right is a wall and then a ledge you can barely hit, and if you go past planters, there is another set, with flat hubba, but it goes into the street, you have to ollie up to the other side, and there is stairs where on right'est side is 1 stair, but by the very left its like 16 stairs, trying to ollie up that curb and gab the stairs where the opening of the buildings are, is rough.

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Any Civilization game above King difficulty.