10 games guaranteed to give you gamer rage

It can strike at anytime without warning. It can take many forms. Someone you know, even a loved one, could be afflicted with it as you read this very sentence. That’s right, ‘gamer rage’ can strike anyone at any moment. From platform fans to beat ‘em up enthusiasts, no one is safe.

The following games all contain dangerous levels of gamer rage-baiting moments. Want to avoid a stroke, heart attack or assault charges? Then lay that pad down, step away from the console and take some deep breaths.

As Vader’s monotone secret apprentice, you’re tasked with pulling thousands of tonnes of ship out of orbit with just the power of the force… and a lot of painstaking, overly fiddly stick twiddling. Having to deal with these imprecise controls and vague onscreen prompts is enough to milk the rage from any gamer. Having to pull down an Imperial Starship, with awful controls while you’re getting pelted by respawning TIE Fighters, is even worse.

Getting shot during this sequence causes you to lose your grip on the Star Destroyer, subsequently sending it further back into space. Trying to pull down the TIE fighters or take them out with floating debris is a nightmare, too. Imagine trying to hit a bee with a dart… blindfolded… while drunk. That’s how difficult it is to hit the Empire’s finest with the maddeningly erratic lock-on system. Must. Resist. Urge. To. Murder. Uncle. George.

What’s not to like about Mario Kart? You’re given colourful, sun-kissed courses to cheerily careen around. Entrusted with a cast of loveable, critic-proof Nintendo icons. And stuck with the cheapest, rage-inspiring power up ever to sneak out of Ninty Towers. Oh.

Above: The blue shell is always fired in the spirit of fair competitiveness

The Blue Shell - often rewarded to the racer in last place -automatically locks onto the driver in first place and will usually cripple their race. It’s evil. If God created mid-mission checkpoints, Double XP COD 4 weekends and the GameCube controller, then his hell-dwelling counterpart definitely crafted the demon shell.

It inspires gamer rage for two reasons. Reason the first: It rewards those who are rubbish at Mario Kart. And reason the second: It penalises those who are actually good at effing Mario Kart.

Above: Nintendo seemingly wants this to be the outcome of every race

While most of the missions in this state-hopping GTA are great, there's one that makes us want to hurl flaming dog’s dirt at Rockstar’s offices. Whoever decided a mission where your chances of success hinge entirely on the woeful shooting of the A.I. needs beating. Hard.

‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’ tasks you with driving Big Smoke alongside a speeding train while he shoots the pistol-toting thugs on its roof. It sounds simple enough, until you realise the fat gangbanger couldn’t hit the world’s largest man with a sniper rifle. Standing two feet away.

The gormless A.I. completely takes the power of control away from you. And you’ll curse failing the mission for the umpteenth time because it can’t fire straight. God, it doesn’t half make shooting Big Smoke in the face satisfying, though.

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  • devinejoh - March 27, 2009 5:07 p.m.

    damn good, keep it up! and i can relate with the blue shell, all last summer got my ass wooped by that bastard blue shell
  • ssj4raditz - March 27, 2009 5:22 p.m.

  • G0523 - March 27, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    In every Sonic game EVER, it's always so frustrating when you die over and over and over again into a bottomless pit or water and have to redo it all over again. Recently, Sonic Unleashed frustrated me to no end like this!
  • oryandymackie - March 27, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    What about Resi 4 in the flaming barn after you've shot the Big Cheese in half and he's swinging off teh rafters and you don't see him until THE LAST DANG minute.
  • RonnyLive19881 - March 27, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    The Asteroid part in Dead Space was a bitch! The lava boat part in Mario Sunshine was horrible and rage inducing, and I will never forget trying to find the last f*cking Banana fairy in DK64! Piss me off for days! There were some tapes in Tony Hawk one that had me and my friend both raging. Secret tape in the Canyon level=Bull S#it!
  • KaylaKaze - March 27, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    Supply Lines is a MUCH MUCH MUCH worse mission in GTA: SA than Wrong Side of the Tracks. That I could usually finish in 6 tries. Supply Lines takes cheats plus 50+ tries.
  • J-spit - March 27, 2009 7:32 p.m.

  • NanoElite666 - March 27, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    For some reason, other-game counterparts of the Blue Shell in other racing games I can think of aren't anywhere near as annoying as the Blue Shell itself. Hell, sometimes they even do more damage than the Blue Shell (kill EVERYTHING on the track). But you usually have a means to block those in other games... The only "shield" that Mario Kart has is the Star, which ironically you don't usually get unless you're towards the back of the pack...
  • lava_lamp - March 27, 2009 7:51 p.m.

    easy way to complete the eva part knock her out, go around and kill all patrols, then drag her through thats what i did :)
  • zymn - March 27, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    what about Sonic 06 when you're running on the street in the future away from a tornado and you have to avoid obstacles. throw in horrible glitches, and don't expect to EVER beat the level. >__>
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - March 27, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    No Ninja Gaiden?
  • NelosAngelos - March 27, 2009 9:47 p.m.

    Mother fucking Seth, he's the only reason I can't beat the campaign with Dan, EVEN ON VERY EASY MODE!!!
  • Defguru7777 - March 27, 2009 11:52 p.m.

    Yeah, the Gears of War driving did suck. Gears 2's Centaur bit was better, at least you could blow up -blam!-. I remember playing Spartan: Total Warrior, and I kept dying in the fight with Ares. I hate that asshole.
  • gmilf71 - March 28, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    dude what about cod waw veteran mode on burn em out? i was really angry and threw the controller and bit my couch and punched multiple times and kicked it too.
  • Druid51 - March 28, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    Nice my biggest ragers were these two: Any COD game on Veteran. Endless Setlist in Rock Band.
  • wiisixty - March 28, 2009 3:42 a.m.

    You said G-O-D too many times and that's a sin that brings mu religious rage to a boil
  • cookie23q - March 28, 2009 6:09 a.m.

    that freakin blue shell!!!!
  • tatakai12 - March 28, 2009 6:17 a.m.

    oh thank gawd i thought i just sucked at skate 2 when i played that mission but turns out its a common problem for boys my age......giggidy
  • Rockman - March 28, 2009 7:30 p.m.

    God damn Seth! Cheapest boss this side of King of Fighters. If he didn't have SIX special attacks and three command normals (as opposed to most fighters getting 4 special attacks tops), it wouldn't have seemed so cheap... but all I get is SONIC BOOM! SONIC BOOM! SHORYUKEN (every hit)! Teleport, teleport, Piledriver, Shoryuken, Tanden Stream Ultra Combo, Piledriver and the match is done... RAAAGH! SO ANGRY!! reCAPTCHA = Several Prouty (wha?)

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