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The Top 25 Ball-Breaking Games

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Frustration Groan. It’s another “top” list, but this time it catalogues the games that are responsible for broken controllers, broken windows, and broken toes. GameDaily have put together a list of the top 25 most difficult games – Games that unlike most modern games that hold the players hand were designed to be infuriating.

Like most lists, it’s not perfect -  but it contains many games that have caused me to swear enough to make sea-hardened sailors blush. One of them so ingrained in my memory is *$#@%*!@ Battletoads, a NES game that caused many cakes of soap to enter my mouth as a kid.

The list surprisingly contains less than a handful of Japanese bullet-hell sh’mups, a genre that repeatedly makes me cry out for my mommy.

Find the list after the jump, and remember to tell us the most difficult game you’ve played in the comments.

25. Ice Climber (NES)
24. Viewtiful Joe (GameCube, PS2)
23. MDK 2
22. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (NES)
21. Metal Slug series
20. Tetris
19. Gauntlet 1
18. Portal
17. Bionic Commando series
16. Guitar Hero series (On Expert)
15. Shinobi (PS2)
14. F-Zero GX (GameCube)
13. Mushihimesama Futari
12. Doom (On Nightmare Difficulty)
11. Call of Duty 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
10. Contra series
9. Defender
8. Devil May Cry 3 (PS2)
7. God of War series (PS2)
6. R-Type series
5. Ikaruga (GameCube, Xbox Live Arcade)
4. Mega Man 9 (Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, PlayStation Network)
3. Battletoads
2. Gouls N’ Ghosts series
1. Ninja Gaiden series

Source : Gamedaily

Last Updated: April 15, 2009


  1. krYtHan

    April 15, 2009 at 10:07

    Ghost n’ Goblins was the killer for me. Up until I came across that game, I had finished every game I had ever played. That game gave a whole new meaning to difficult.


  2. Q121

    April 15, 2009 at 10:31

    Contra deserves its spot on that list



  3. Karl

    April 15, 2009 at 10:38

    I agree with Ikaruga. That game made me violently angry.


  4. Goose ZA

    April 15, 2009 at 10:40

    What no Skate?


  5. easy

    April 15, 2009 at 10:42

    CoD4!! what they on about?


  6. RSA-Ace

    April 15, 2009 at 10:43

    Killzone 2 on elite should be there!

    I just managed to do it but its way harder than anything on COD4


  7. Banana Hammock

    April 15, 2009 at 11:02

    COD4, GoW, Portal?

    Thay must be joking.

    Ghost and Goblins (Gouls and Ghosts) on arcade was a killer.


  8. pfangirl

    April 15, 2009 at 11:04

    Definitely Ghosts N’ Goblins, but I’d add platformer Yo!Noid to the list as well.


  9. Crud

    April 15, 2009 at 11:05

    Got to disagree on the Portal entry, wasn’t difficult at all. And cod is assume is there for pure frustration online. Can vouch for Ninja Gaiden though!


  10. LazySAGamer

    April 15, 2009 at 11:08



  11. spl0it

    April 15, 2009 at 11:18

    They should make it games, with no setting for Easy Difficulty, Any Fool can make a game hard, by decreasing your health.
    Ikaruga, Viewtiful Joe both kicked your ass out of the box


  12. Scotty777

    April 15, 2009 at 11:30

    yes, I agree with your COD4 statement. Cod4 single player was easy a pie, on all moods, sure you die a lot at first on the toughest level (veteran IIRC) but it’s far from ball busting and didn’t make me break anything. The multiplayer however, that is honestly the worst… I mean, it really made me squirm and swear like a possessed sea-man :blush: . Hell, when I play my friends I die so often that it makes me want to literally kill something :devil:


  13. Scotty777

    April 15, 2009 at 11:31

    Heavenly sword should be there, the last mission is the most annoying level, almost ruined the game for me 🙁


  14. Rap7a

    April 15, 2009 at 11:47

    The portal entry should be changed to Portal: Prelude. That game is tough :cwy:


  15. trin

    April 15, 2009 at 13:31

    I believe its the sniper level on veteran (where you have to survive until the chopper rescues the 2 of you). NGS deserves to be top of the list


  16. Aequitas

    April 15, 2009 at 14:40

    Agreed, the Ninja Gaidens are just brutal


  17. Rap7a

    April 15, 2009 at 14:42

    NGS = Ninja Gaiden Sigma?

    Oh and GH3 tier 7 on hard is incredibly frustrating let alone expert :dizzy:


  18. RogueOne

    April 16, 2009 at 13:41

    COD4 on veteran was a killer !!


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