Although each game has its own degree of difficulty, some titles are known precisely for being more challenging, either because they require players to master their mechanics with mastery or because they present enemies that punish each mistake. So if you’re looking for that kind of experience, we’ve prepared a special list with 8 challenging games to test your limits.
1. Dark souls
Starting the list with one of the most influential games of recent years and one that consolidated the Soulslike genre, Dark Souls is considered by many to be FromSoftware’s true masterpiece. Set in the desolate land of Lordran, players take on the role of a cursed undead who will have to face the four Great Lords and several other epic bosses.
Exclusive to PlayStation 4, Bloodborne is another classic from FromSoftware, but it changes the theme and gameplay a bit compared to Dark Souls. With strong inspirations from the works of HP Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, Bloodborne puts the player in the shoes of a hunter exploring the city of Yharnam after a mysterious disease has transformed many of its citizens into beastly creatures. Featuring more agile and visceral gameplay, Bloodborne puts into practice the philosophy that the best defense is an offense.
Moving a bit from AAA games, Celeste is an indie game developed by Extremely OK Games and Brazilian studio Miniboss, who previously also worked together on Towerfall. Following Madeline’s story, Celeste brings several platform challenges to the one who manages to speak so sensitively about mental health. Also, in case you’re not getting past some parts, the game offers several options to adjust the difficulty.
Released in early 2021 for PlayStation 5, Returnal is a time loop roguelike that puts the player in the shoes of Selene, a space explorer who ended up crashing onto the planet Atropos in search of a mysterious sign known as the “White Shadow”. Along with the roguelike element, which makes Selene repeat her cycle after each kill, Returnal is also a bullet hell, with the player needing to dodge several projectiles during combat.
5. Nioh 2
Based on the well-known Soulslike, Nioh and Nioh 2 bring a new vision to the FromSoftware genre. Developed by Team Ninja, Nioh 2 is an evolution of the first game, both in gameplay and in the difficulty of your enemies. One of the main new features of the game is the ability to acquire and use the abilities of a yokai after defeating him, mechanics that make combat more dynamic and open up a wide range of options.
Originally released for PlayStation 3, Demon’s Souls last year received a PS5 remake developed by Bluepoint. Preserving the main features of FromSoftware’s original title, Demon’s Souls takes place in the realm of Boletaria, which has been consumed by demons after The Old One’s awakening. a way to get The Old One back to sleep.
7. Ninja Gaiden
Being one of the most classic series in video game history, Ninja Gaiden recently received a compilation that brings together Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Following Ryu Hayabusa’s journey, Ninja Gaiden’s gameplay has evolved throughout the games while keeping its main features, bringing a wide variety of moves and weapons that change the way you approach combat.
8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Much hyped since its announcement, Sekiro was released in March 2019 and surpassed all fan expectations. Developed by FromSoftware, the game takes very little of the characteristics of a Soulslike, creating combat that is mainly focused on breaking your enemy’s posture.
To do this, the player needs to accurately deflect blows and respond correctly to special attacks. In addition, the game also features a stealth system, ninja tools that add a new layer to combat, and the possibility to revive once after being defeated by an enemy. The combination of all this made Sekiro chosen as the 2019 Game of the Year.