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#1 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -

This one time I was hanging out with some friends and this guy named Aaron (who is awesome) claimed that he beat Ghosts 'n Goblins. I, of course, called him out because that was obviously a lie. Nobody has beaten that game because it is impossible. You might find tool assisted speed-runs online and you may post them in the comments here, but that doesn't count.

So yeah, what is the hardest game that you have completed that other people think is supremely difficult? I'm fairly certain that I almost beat Ninja Gaiden II on the NES. It's been a while, but I think that I beat Jacquio but the flat-top, sunglasses dude got shot or something and his blood flowed down and touched the Dark Sword of Chaos (TM) and Jacquio came back to life and attacked me hard. I never beat that second form. I think that was pretty close to beating the game, maybe.

I'd have to say that the hardest game that I actually beat that other people have problems with would be Batman on the NES. That game was rad. I actually owned Batman, unlike Ninja Gaiden II, so I had more time to play it. That's probably why I was able to finish it.

Also, when I had this conversation with Aaron I was not aware that you had to beat Ghosts 'n Goblins twice to actually finish the game. Also, Aaron is a filthy liar but I still love him to death... liar.

#2 Posted by Hitchenson (4708 posts) -

Umm, CoD 4 on Veteran? It's really not that hard.

#3 Posted by Cloneslayer (1774 posts) -

megaman 9, It's really not that hard

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Yea, I've beaten Ghosts 'N Goblins. However, I don't count that game, mainly because "hard" implies some legitimacy, which this game was severely lacking. Therefore, the award goes to Umihara Kawase.

#5 Posted by The_A_Drain (4073 posts) -

I beat R-Type 3, that game was fucking hard. Also not the whole game, I got stuck on some of the later bosses (ironically, ones people say are easy) but I found the Alma boss in Ninja Gaiden stupidly easy, and people often say she's one of the hardest bosses ever. First fucking try lol

#6 Posted by MKHavoc (1303 posts) -

Ninja Gaiden 2 on the 360.  It was a lot easier than I expected and I'm not that great at games.

#7 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -
@Cloneslayer:  Actually, I didn't think Mega Man 9 was that hard either. I died a lot on my initial playthrough, but when you die you usually figure out what not to do the next time you do the level and it's cake. When I got to Wily's castle I just stocked up on energy tanks and I was golden.
#8 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -
@Video_Game_King:  What do you mean when you say that Ghosts 'n Goblins lacks legitimacy? Also, I don't know what Umihara Kawase is so I'm going to have to look that up. Sounds Japanese...
#9 Posted by Suicrat (3829 posts) -

Kid Icarus, I guess. That game's more crappily designed than it is hard. (The last 3 levels, dungeons excluded, are the easiest in the game, while the first one is among the hardest.)

#10 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -

Also, I finally got around to playing Psychonauts late last year and I didn't have any problems with the Meat Circus. I know it's been mentioned millions of times elsewhere, but that game is genius and you need to play it if you haven't already.

#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -
@Castro said:
" @Video_Game_King:  What do you mean when you say that Ghosts 'n Goblins lacks legitimacy? Also, I don't know what Umihara Kawase is so I'm going to have to look that up. Sounds Japanese... "
I mean the difficulty is so frustrating and cheap most of the time, I can't really call it "hard." Why does the clock still count down while I'm collecting the key? Why does the "you have done damage" sound effect sound exactly the same as the "I am invincible to this weapon" sound effect? Why does the game have to send me back to the beginning of the level just because I didn't have the right weapon? WHY MUST I PLAY THIS GAME TWICE!?!?!?
#12 Posted by RipTheVeins (1615 posts) -

Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2.

#13 Posted by spiredcrescent (205 posts) -

I have beaten Super Ghosts N' Goblins for the snes.  Also beat Battletoads in Battlemaniacs and Battletoads Double Dragon.  Ninja Gaiden black and 2.  TMNT 2 and 3 and turtles in time.  Also beat Golden Axe.  I thought that DMC 3 the original version was very hard compared to the other ones, i could never beat it.

#14 Posted by Castro (942 posts) -
@Video_Game_King:  I remember getting both Ghosts 'n Goblins and Castlevania shortly after I received my NES on the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER. I never beat Castlevania either, but it felt as though it was actually possible to beat that game. Ghost 'n Goblins... no. Just no. I think I got to the third level two or three times. At some point a game just stops being fun. That never happened with Castlevania, but Ghosts 'n Goblins can suck it.

Also, while we're talking about difficulty in games, I never had a problem landing the plane in Top Gun but I could never get refueled. For funsies, I went to virtualnes.com a few months ago to try the game out again and I landed the plane AND refueled successfully on the first try.
#15 Posted by natetodamax (19427 posts) -

I beat Mile High Club on Veteran

#16 Posted by FlipperDesert (2154 posts) -

I played all the way through Sonic 2006, not hard per-se, but broken and soul-crushing.

#17 Posted by Stang (4755 posts) -
@RipTheVeins said:
" Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2. "
Ninja Gaiden Black here also.
#18 Posted by FlamingHobo (4772 posts) -
@natetodamax said:
" I beat Mile High Club on Veteran "
That took me so many damn attempts.
#19 Posted by SmugDarkLoser (5041 posts) -

I regret beating Call of Duty on Veteran.  In retrospect, it wasn't even fun.  All they want you to do is pop your head up to shoot and then hide again.  It's awful.  That's just not how a hard mode should be.

#20 Posted by kashif1 (1543 posts) -
@SmugDarkLoser said:
" I regret beating Call of Duty on Veteran.  In retrospect, it wasn't even fun.  All they want you to do is pop your head up to shoot and then hide again.  It's awful.  That's just not how a hard mode should be. "
than what should it be
#21 Edited by SmugDarkLoser (5041 posts) -
@kashif1 said:
"@SmugDarkLoser said:
" I regret beating Call of Duty on Veteran.  In retrospect, it wasn't even fun.  All they want you to do is pop your head up to shoot and then hide again.  It's awful.  That's just not how a hard mode should be. "
than what should it be"
Smarter AI, more enemies, etc.
Look at halo.  It's not all "let's make it hurt more with pinpoint accuracy".

You should have to play smarter, not like an idiot.  These guys suck, but it gives you an idea of how you could do it.  It's called proper movement, setup, etc.  Not hiding behind a rock and shooting (see videogameking?)

Notice how enemies don't automatically hit you, are more aggressive, have stronger enemy ranks,
Of course with the snipers it's find them and hit them before they get you.  They can still miss, although they're quite good.  But notice how they all don't know and aim immediately where you are.

You should have to be a better player on higher difficulty levels and be more careful, not use a repeditive tactic to inch yourself through.

#22 Posted by Linkyshinks (11405 posts) -

Ikaruga with a high score.

#23 Posted by Black_Rose (7772 posts) -

Trauma Center: Second Opinion.

#24 Posted by atejas (3151 posts) -

STALKER on master.
It's really not that hard as long as you get the right equipment.
Well, except the sarcophagus.

#25 Posted by Dudacles (1627 posts) -

Devil May Cry 3. I thought it was stupid easy, yet few agree with me on that.

#26 Posted by Inf225 (512 posts) -

Helo 2 on legendary... but i guess thats not TOO hard... but I was still proud of myself ;)

#27 Edited by NickL (2263 posts) -
@SmugDarkLoser: maybe we are at a difference here, but i think a game should have the smartest AI no matter what difficulty (maybe not easy if it involves crazy flanking and stuff like that), i do agree with everything else you said though
#28 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Ninja Gaiden 2. Last boss was tough initially, but I just pulled out the scythe and ruined him in a couple of seconds. In fact, most all bosses in that game except for the rival ninja dude were pretty easy.

#29 Posted by ninjakiller (3428 posts) -

ghouls and ghosts .............took a long time playing that damn game to beat it.

#30 Posted by NickL (2263 posts) -

also, i guess i never beat a hard game that others would say is hard, because usually a hard game is not fun, and i dont play a game all the way through if i am not having fun... i guess the hardest would be gears 1 or gears 2 on insane... but i dont think that was really that hard

#31 Posted by Wolverine (4582 posts) -

I played through Halo 1 and 2 on legendary.

#32 Posted by Inf225 (512 posts) -

I beat Person 3 fes 'the answer'... now THAT was a bitch!

#33 Posted by Vager (1675 posts) -

You can't really beat it but, Dwarf Fortress.
I had to watch almost 7 hours of video tutorials to understand everything in that game.
There are still somethings that I have a hard time doing (Water/Magma Channeling) but I can get a pretty big fortress in no time now.

#34 Edited by Nasar7 (3104 posts) -

Another vote for Ninja Gaiden Black and II. They really aren't that hard... Also, Viewtiful Joe, DMC series, and F-Zero GX. Now there's a hard game, F-Zero GX is a tough motherf*cker. It felt so good to finally beat all the tracks and story mode.

#35 Posted by chstupid (800 posts) -

ninja  giden 2

#36 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -

I would have to agree with Ninja Gaiden Black. I never really found it "easy" but I was expecting it too be so much harder then I found it to be. I also beat Alma first go in that game as well. I was also assured by people that F.E.A.R. would hand me my arse a lot but that never really happened either. Similar thing could be said about CoD4.

#37 Posted by Willin (1364 posts) -

Megaman 9 and Halo 3 on Legendary by myself (2nd last level is like pain made into level design).

#38 Posted by Ineedaname (4276 posts) -

Not necessarily hard but I beat Full Throttle within a few hours.

#39 Posted by Pantalooney (317 posts) -

Ninja Gaiden 1-2 and All COD on 360 on veteran

#40 Edited by Vasta_Narada (536 posts) -

Does Kaizo Mario 1 and 2 count? I managed to finish those (yes I used save states >_> I don't see how you play those games without them). If not, I finished the original 6 Megaman games. People around me tend to think they're hard. I finished CoD4 (including Mile High Club) on Veteran. What else, what else...I'm drawing a blank. There's probably something impressive somewhere, though.

EDIT: Oh, I finished Ikaruga on Hard. It was physically painful.

#41 Posted by Colonel_Cool (827 posts) -

Stalker Oblivion Lost mod on Master difficulty was pretty difficult, but I played through it. I have also played through the original Ghost Recon.

#42 Posted by CynageN (1206 posts) -

World of Warcraft.

#43 Posted by Deathdealer108 (310 posts) -

Revenge of Shinobi for the sega genesis comes to mind. That last boss took me forever. He throws his hair at you and the girl your trying to save is getting crushed to death in the background. Ahhhhhh fun times

#44 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6649 posts) -
@ColumnBreaker said:
" World of Warcraft. "
Technically you can't "beat" an MMO.
#45 Posted by CynageN (1206 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero said:
" @ColumnBreaker said:
" World of Warcraft. "
Technically you can't "beat" an MMO. "
But I did.
#46 Posted by StarFoxA (5258 posts) -
@natetodamax: It's not that difficult if you try over and over.
#47 Posted by CL60 (17120 posts) -

Halo 1, 2, and 3 on legendary and Gears 1 and 2 on Insane...

They are simple...very simple.

#48 Edited by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -

The Simpsons games:

Bart vs the Space Mutants on the Amiga took me YEARS! Only did it after I found you can skip past the last cement section in Springfield Mall, and that was on level 2!

Much later I played the new Simpsons game on the 360. Holy Shit! The Camera and controls in that game are legendarily bad. I have yet to meet someone in person that has beaten the game and the time challenges. All my friends and my wife gave up at the same spot, the alien invasion level. It's a shame cos the script for that game is way, way better than the show or film ever was.

So yeah Simpsons games, hard for a number of fucking reasons.

#49 Posted by TimeWaffle (967 posts) -

My friend kept telling me how insanely hard RE 4 and i beat it easy

#50 Posted by TGB (138 posts) -

Original Ninja Gaiden, that game is a bitch thanks to its propensity for having Rocket Pack ninjas and birds knock you into pits.