True gamers don’t want to skate through a game casually or beat it conventionally, because they ache for a more serious challenge. You can always tell apart a more dedicated gamer from their dire need to put themselves through ridiculous obstacles and pure gaming Hell just to satisfy their hardcore appetite.
If you’ve spent countless hours just figuring out a correct route for a self-imposed challenge, all for the joy of saying, “I did it, and you didn’t,” then this list is dedicated to you. If you’re capable of beating a game in such an ingenious way – I salute you.
10. Beating Metal Gear Solid With The Life-Draining Cigarette Permanently Equipped
Smoking is bad for your health, we’re all aware of this, but one of the most amusing self-imposed challenges is to play Metal Gear Solid in its entirety while permanently equipping Snake’s famous life-draining cigarettes. It is quite possible that the game might not allow you to play the full way through with it equipped, but it sure imposes a challenge for the gamer to constantly be on their toes at all times. You’re going to be vulnerable for the vast majority of the game, but especially during boss battles and careful, because in the fourth game, the AI got smart enough to smell your cigarette smoke. Being stealth is the key element to this unconventional way of playing Metal Gear Solid.
9. Fallout: New Vegas Sadistic Modders
Sadistic modders are drawn to Fallout: New Vegas like a cat to a mouse. They want to make the game as difficult and punishable as possible to the point where you almost wish you were trying to survive a real nuclear apocalypse because it’d probably be a lot easier. The game already has ‘Hardcore’ mode, but modders have totally one-upped this to various ‘Realism’ mods such as one shot kills for players and enemies, nutrition managers ensuring you eat enough protein and follow the right sleep pattern – but wait, you can even die or have debilitating side effects IF you eat or drink TOO much. Basically living through one day is cruel and unusual punishment.
8. Beating Four Super Mario Games At One Time With Same Controller
This requires some serious mental concentration to focus on four screens at one time. Keep in mind that the player in the video below used a program to sync the speeds of each game to one another and played it simultaneously on an emulator, rather than some custom console set-up. Seriously your mind is going to be blown as you watch all the characters jump and move at the same time – it’s staggering.
7. Beating Resident Evil With Just A Knife
The original Resident Evil game on the PS1 provided you with an array of guns and first aid sprays, but what happens when you master that inventory in what is relatively a short game? Well you decide to play the entire game through with a just a knife, of course! Slapping away some zombies and most of the necessary enemies is pretty simple, but your challenge comes when the bosses show up. When fighting Yawn, the giant snake, players need to run in a rectangular pattern while slashing to avoid death. Screw up one time and you’re done. Gamers have to be certifiably insane and self-loathing to want to try this.
6. Beating Two-Player Ikaruga Solo
Ikaruga is famously known as an incredibly difficult 2D, two-player scrolling shooter game. But everyone knows that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself – so why not beat the damn thing solo. Who needs a friend or someone handling that other control, when all you need is some hand-eye coordination and an extreme level of concentration.