With Christmas arriving in just a few more weeks, it seems like a time to be positive. To be filled with holiday cheer and good will towards men and women and little children alike. Even so, I’ve never been the most optimistic person out there, so inevitably my thoughts turn to things like…the games that have reminded me that even the most seasoned of gamers aren’t perfect. But hey, if we’re gonna put a positive spin on this, at least there’s nothing wrong with a bit of humility, right? Coming up, a list of five games that kicked my feathery behind. And two of these still do.
5: Pikmin: Yes. Pikmin. This might sound like a strange game to appear on such a list, but when I first played Pikmin, I could. Not. Beat it. Honestly, I was absolutely baffled when I heard that my friend’s older sister had actually managed to complete the game, as I had, at that time, come to the conclusion that it was just not possible to save Captain Olimar in time. I don’t remember how many times I got to the end of the 30th day, hoping desperately that I had properly repaired the Dolphin, only for our dear tiny hero to meet his end yet again.
4: Super Mario 64: The Mario series has always been a big problem for me, but I decided I should only choose one for this list. Every time I played Mario’s first 3D outing, I would get slightly further, only to inevitably give up when I couldn’t manage to obtain a single star more. It took me about ten years before I finally managed to complete the game, and let me tell you, this victory was not obtained without a lot of struggling.
3: The Lost Vikings: This particular entry is a bit more obscure, so in case you’re unfamiliar, this game stars three Vikings who work together to reach the exit of various stages. One of them is fast and has the ability to jump, another can attack with a sword or bow, while the third has a shield that can be used as a platform or even to glide. While The Lost Vikings could be a pretty fun game, it was also ridiculously challenging, and if you made a mistake or one character died, you’d have no choice but to restart the entire level. I did finally manage to complete the game, but it took countless hours of aggravation and steely determination in order to do so.
2: Star Fox: Unlike the previous games in this list, I never managed to complete any more than the easy route in the original Star Fox on the SNES. And what a victory it was when I even managed that! Flying virtual spaceships and dodging projectiles has never been my strong suit, so it’s no wonder I never got very far in this game whenever I attempted the medium and hard routes. At least I managed to find the secret slot machine boss, so there’s one thing I can be proud of.
1: Final Fantasy VIII: Though I have managed to complete every other Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played, Final Fantasy 8 is one game I may never be able to finish. The biggest issue for me was this game’s strange system where the stronger your characters got, the tougher the enemies became, meaning my usual method of leveling up until I was strong enough would no longer suffice. Even so, I somehow managed to progress through the game all the way up until the final boss. After many hours of attempts, during which I could do almost no damage, I finally threw in the towel. Maybe someday. Maybe…
Okay, it’s your turn, dear readers. What are some of the most troublesome games you’ve ever played? Did you ever manage to complete them, or has victory still proven unattainable? Don’t be shy; just leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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