Welcome to the first instalment of our new monthly series, where we attempt to answer some of the questions that have been taxing the gaming community since it first picked up a controller. We’re battling it out with our friends and neighbours at the blogs below in order to find the ultimate response in 100 words or less – and we’re asking you to decide who the winner is by voting in our poll.
Without further ado, let’s reveal the quizzical quandary for February 2017…
What’s the hardest game in the universe, ever?
This month we’re thinking about the most challenging, viscious and downright-dastardly video games of all time: those that make us squirm in agony and still keep us coming back for more. Let’s reveal our contenders for the trophy…
Answer 1: Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (aka Contra III: The Alien Wars)
Ben says: “Hours and hours my friend Scott and I wasted trying to conquer this game. Bullets came at you from everywhere (but not enough to constitute ‘hell’), and trying to jump, duck and shoot ever-increasing number of bad guys was damn near impossible from the start. Three lives, two players, one-hit death. Even on normal difficulty this was a challenge. Ramp it up to hard and you knew you were in for the fight of your life.
“Where it succeeded was in the gameplay. It never felt cheap. If you died it was because you hadn’t reacted fast enough or jumped at the right time to clear a gap. Tough as nails but equally rewarding.”
Answer 2: DuckTales (NES version)
Kim says: “Remember the original DuckTales from the early nineties? Using Scrooge McDuck’s cane as a pogo-stick to bounce through the levels might have been fun but make no mistake: this title was punishing and one of the hardest on the NES. I played it so much with my brother when we were kids (the Moon level was a particular favourite) and we were destroyed repeatedly – each time getting sent back to the beginning to start over. Even if my choice doesn’t win our poll this month, you’ll have the theme tune stuck in your head for at least the next week.”
Answer 3: God of War II (Titan mode)
Nathan, friend of the site, says: “My choice for hardest game in the universe will have to be God of War II on the PlayStation 2, playing the Titan mode difficulty setting. Not only did this game make me rage-quit numerous times, it was also satisfying when i finally did complete it – plus I got bragging rights for completing such godly tasks. The first boss alone was difficult on normal as you have your powers stripped from you, then to have to do that fight again on Titan mode where two false moves means you have restart the level… ouch!”
Answer 4: I Wanna Be The Guy
Tim is a guy who likes to get dressed up, have a good time, meet people who are passionate about their respective geekdoms and encourage everyone to be vocal about who they are. He’s also vocal about his answer for this month’s question – check out his argument for I Wanna Be The Guy over on GeekOut South-West.
Answer 5: Tabletop RPGs
Joel was raised on Terry Pratchett books and video games, designed games as a hobby from a very young age and has never changed. He’s caused controversy this month by opting for tabletop RPGs over a video game for his answer! Found out why by reading his argument on GeekOut South-West.
Answer 6: A Boy and his Blob (NES version)
Kevin is a geek and proud of it: no matter the situation, no matter the environment or the people around him, you’ll hear him discuss novels, games and films with anyone who’ll listen. He’ll also discuss his answer if you ask him nicely and you can find out why he chose A Boy and his Blob on The Mental Attic.
So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to spend the rest of eternity in Anor Londo getting cosy with Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough? Cast your votes in the poll opposite and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 03 March 2017 along with the next question.
Got a question you’d like to see us struggle over next month? Or would you like to join in and add your own answer into our polls on a regular basis? Leave us a message in the comments below or get in touch!
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