Five Games That Make Me Rage

Everyone has that list of video games they can’t play without rage-quitting a minimum of three times. These games are hard to play in one sitting, meant for a few grunts and groans and a sore fist. You’ve been warned.

Ghouls N’ Ghosts

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How do I even begin to describe Ghouls N’ Ghosts on Sega Genesis? The epic troller of early Sega Genesis video games? Maddening? Horrendously mean? These are all fantastic adjectives to describe one of my favorite games of all time, but the truth is we all love the Ghouls N’ Ghosts series, no matter how incredibly difficult it may be.

When I made it through the first portion of Ghouls N’ Ghosts, I thought I had beat the game, after struggling with it for nearly ten years. But there was Merlin, dancing around me giggling, “No, no, you have to play the game over, only this time it’s a hundred times harder!” You can imagine how I reacted.

Crash Bandicoot Warped

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I am currently replaying this game through since last playing it when I was in elementary school. It’s still as hard as I remember. The levels that I seem to have the most trouble with are the motorcycle racing levels. Every single time my bike hits one of those carts and I bounce twenty feet to the side off of the road, I rage. Is it really necessary that a metal cart can be so bouncy?

Another level that irks me is the flying level. First one isn’t terribly hard, but the second gets difficult. Instead of shooting down blimps, you have to individually shoot the propellers on each wing, two per plane out of five planes. It’s not as easy as it sounds and those nasty little planes flying around your head are like gnats biting at your heels.

Battlefield 3

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To start off, I’m not that great at Battlefield, but I love playing because when I do get a good streak going, I feel amazing. When I get trolled in the multiplayer games, or if I am continually getting killed in unconventional ways, I rage; but I do not rage quit. I hop in a tank or jeep, storm the enemy’s base and run people over.

Dante’s Inferno

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It’s bad enough this game is incredibly difficult, but the quick-time events drive me absolutely batty. Through all of the raging, the shouting and cursing, it was all worth it to see the twisted imagination and art style of the Lust level.

Maximo: Ghosts To Glory

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Ah, so the Ghouls N’ Ghosts series and I meet again. I bought this gem last summer when a friend of mine let me borrow his PS2. After being a devoted fan of the original, I was thrilled to give this a whirl. By the middle of the first level, I wanted to hang myself. I can barely make it past the first level. The gameplay is so incredibly hard, it walks the line between being healthily challenging and annoying. When I attempt to play this game, I see red. Maybe the most infuriating game of them all, I cannot sit through Maximo and not quiver with rage, and I am not sure I will ever be able to.

I know there is a numerous amount of Nintendo games that are famous for creating white-knuckle rage quits, but growing up I didn’t have a Nintendo. I didn’t have a Sega Dreamcast. I had a Sega Genesis and all of the PlayStations, and didn’t get an Xbox til college. So though you may want to debate with your Nintendo games, I cannot speak for them. Despite this, I hope to one day own a Nintendo 64, so that I can catch up on what I was missing, rage-quits and all.