Hardcore Games – from Hard to Impossible!
With the rise of gaming as more than just a simple & relaxing pastime activity, a new breed of games has emerged - hardcore games. These aren’t just your casual experiences where you sit down and immediately succeed at what you do, no, difficult video games are made specifically to challenge you. The enemies are relentless, the learning curve is high, and death is just another set back you have to overcome through sheer willpower. There’s no hand-holding, no clear direct objectives, and in these fantastical, often dark & gritty worlds, lore and secrets are revealed only to those that actively seek them out no matter the cost.
What can one expect from a hardcore game?
Hard video games quickly rose to popularity thanks to such titles as Nioh, Code Vein, Monster Hunter: Worlds, and even smaller ones like Risk of Rain, Darkest Dungeon, Hollow Knight, and many more. Undeniably, the rules and mechanics of hardcore video games were pioneered by none other than the gothic-style medieval Dark Souls series, which even gave birth to a whole new sub-genre that many refer to as Souls-like games, which imitate certain aspects of this franchise. No matter if they’re similar to what some may call the world’s hardest game, Dark Souls, or if they take a different type of approach, these are sure to surprise you.
The hardest of games share certain characteristics:
- Challenging mechanics – a must to master in order to succeed
- Powerful enemies – with a goal to end you in the most brutal way
- Lore-rich worlds – waiting to be explored and unraveled
Constant death is another commonality among difficult video games, that’s why these titles are sometimes even referred to as impossible games. Such type of game trials has gathered a somewhat cult following and coined a new term in the gaming industry. These games put you through an unforgiving process of trial and error, test how quickly you recover & adapt, and once you defeat the enemy that has slain you repeatedly, the rewards you get are emotionally irreplaceable. No matter how big or small the victory is. So, if you want a relaxing evening spent easily maneuvering levels and executing enemies, these hard games may prove to be too aggravating, or dare we say, difficult, for you.