10 games guaranteed to give you gamer rage

Virtua Fighter’s Dural was damn annoying. And Jinpachi from Tekken Five was an underhanded so and so. But Seth, ripping his constantly changing move set from every combatant in SF IV, takes the horribly cheap cake. Say hello to the most annoying boss character you’ve ever seen.

Dhalsim’s despicable stretchy limbs, teleporting, almost unreadable moves that decimate your health bar in an instant. These are the tools Seth uses to eek the gamer rage from you. His cheating tactics know no bounds either. Not even difficulty levels can curb his rampant cheapness. Even on easy he’s still an absolute dastard. Cheap, enraging and utterly unfair, Seth goes against all the values that make SF IV the best beat ‘em up around.

Mr. Vile’s Eating Contest scarred us for years. For a veg-scoffing competition between a blocky cartoon croc and a honey bear - who's been turned into a equally blocky cartoon croc - the rules are amazingly convoluted. In round one you have to eat more red vegetables than Vile. But in round two you have to eat more red veg than him while avoiding yellow sprouts. Round three tasks you with eating a variety of both. Phew.

Above: A decade of therapy later and Banjo's still haunted by his nemesis

Eat the wrong kind at the wrong time – causing you to freeze temporarily – and the feeling of helplessness as the greedy Vile sails into an insurmountable lead reaches aneurism-courting levels of frustration. Even worse, if you fail the third round it makes you repeat the previous two all over again. Throw in some sound effects so irritating they’ll make you want to punch family members in the face and you’ll understand why we still get angry twitches when looking at our battered Banjo box.

Eva is annoying at the best of times. She’s sexually suggestive when she should be helping you bunk off terrorists. She wears a bikini in the Russian jungle when she should be wearing body armour. And the sneaky vixen is even a big fat – OK, nubile and shapely – double-crosser. But Eva at least keeps our rage at bay for most of Snake Eater by being self sufficient.

Pity then, she gets stabbed by a branch in a bike accident.

Changing Eva from sultry sex-pot…

Into a back-breaking ball and chain that needs to be dragged across the jungle floor...

After Snake heals her with medicine, dragging Eva’s semi-conscious corpse is painfully slow and hateful, especially when you’re trying to evade enemy patrols. It’s one of the most challenging areas in the game for those who want to complete Snake Eater without ever being seen. For the anal completist types Metal Gear’s methodical gameplay flirts at like a lady of ill repute down at the docks, this is undiluted gamer rage.

Including a tension-filled fight through streets of flying Kryll – GOW’s little light-shy beasties of death – where you have to constantly dash between street lights: Good idea. Putting in a section where you have to drive away from said beasties in a rotten vehicle section: A bad idea of rage-riling proportions.

Above: C'mon, then, Kryll. You're razor-sharp teeth are no match for my light

In single-player this bit is a nightmare, requiring the dexterous digits of a brain surgeon. A surgeon with four arms. Driving and aiming the beam on the back of your ride - to stave off the buggers - together is a no no. And you have to stop when each new wave attacks you. It's a strange design decision that’s caused us many restarts and filled us with all kinds of unquenchable gamer rage. Just focus on the Locust curb-stomping next time, Epic, eh?


  • Terrorrizor - June 4, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    You guys are retarded, you probably drive too close to the train when Big Smoke is trying to shoot it. You need to give him a clear shot. It's pretty easy.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 29, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I've played through San Andreas 6 times and Wrong side of the tracks is one if not the hardest mission in the game. You would think you should get a little distance from the train to let smoke shoot those bastards on the train but the trick is to drive a foot away from the train and smoke will kill them much faster. San Andreas is my favorite game.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 25, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    oh man there are plenty of games that have moments that make you want to throw your controller out the window and put your head through the wall. so make another article like this please. the most recent ones for me are in the god of war collection. challenge of the gods 10 which i finally beat after epically failing hard for like 3 hours. and challenge of the titans 4 which is almost worse but i have yet to beat it because its so frustrating and not fun at all but i must have that platinum
  • YourOldPalD - December 29, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    Hahahaha Gamer rage. The sole destroyer of a rented COD 4 disc AND NEARLY MY XBOX (That epilogue. Jesus I hope the people who thought of that part were Kicked in the nuts for that one) when I gave my Xbox a gamer induced rage kick to the preverbial chops (and man oh man did that kick feel good) As well the main reason one of my controllers is partially busted. Still and someone correct me if I'm wrong. But is anyone else finding it hard to swallow the rage with Batman Arkham asylum's combat challenges (mostly due to a twitchy combat system that blocks arteries better then it blocks enemy attacks). Of course none of this compares to HOW FRUSTRATINGLY ANNOYING TYPING A SLIGHTLY LONGER THEN NORMAL RANT IS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF GAMESRADAR! SERIOUSLY IT WON’T SCROLL DOWN PAST A CERTAIN POINT! Lolz :)
  • dante1924 - August 4, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    The blue shell is the sole reason why I can never, not in a million years, get everything in Mario kart wii. It's the worst in that game! So many places. So many blue shells! ReCaptcha: a2 steelier
  • AbeX300 - August 2, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    For the "Can you spell girl?" review, it may be either me, or pure luck, but the guy is actually REALLY easy for me, because he keeps falling out of his board (I've only got one letter).
  • FourMe2PoopOn - April 1, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    DOA 4 should be on this list. That game used to annoy the hell out of me.
  • jumper4goalposts84 - April 1, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    general raam (Gear of War) it took me close to a dozen times on hardcore to dispose of him, my xbox controller bounced off the floor at least three times lol. Most recently ai sheva (Resident Evil 5) she loves getting herself killed.
  • somerandomchap - April 1, 2009 2:26 a.m.

    *cough*water temple*cough* recaptcha: the composer
  • Airhead - April 1, 2009 2:11 a.m.

    (star wars sucked too, i spent two weeks on that one part) captcha: Davison holiday
  • foshizzle - March 31, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    Star wars is filled me with so much hate at the time. But how could you leave out Ninja Gaiden that game made want to Team ninja's building with a samuri sword and go wild. Thise freakin guys whi shot what? 15 rockets every 2 seconds.... think I broke my headset or something lol
  • LlamaNaded - March 30, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    The TIE fighter last summer and Seth this year, were 2 of the biggest controller throwing moments of my gaming career... The force grip lock on in FU was so horribly flawed, psy-ops for the PS2 handled better than that. And before i got good at SF4 getting repeatedly spinning piledriven by seth got so god damn frustrating i had to take my ass online just to loose in a less stressful way... Good article.
  • drgnrbrn316 - March 30, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    @heyexclamationpoint Which part? The near impossible jump to get out of the dam, or the timed swim through trap infested water to disarm the bombs? Of course, hard as that was, I found the blind jump with the wrong enemy set in the sewers in the level after the dam to be what took me 10 years to beat that game.
  • drgnrbrn316 - March 30, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    Certainly not a Top-10 game on anyone's list, but Driver 2 had my top gamer rage moment that ultimately kept me from ever beating the game. I played through the story and on the next-to-last mission, you had to follow an enemy vehicle and destroy it under a time limit. Not too difficult, right? Wrong, when you consider the near indestructability of the other car and the fact that it could only take damage when you touched it with your car. After many failed attempts, I finally managed to ram the enemy car into a tree only to watch as his damage gauge did not budge the slightest. So, I go to ram him while he's jammed against the tree, only to have him shake loose as I close in, causing me to hit the same tree and total my car. My PS1 controller exploded as it hit the floor, the R1 and R2 buttons narrowly missing my face. The game has never been allowed near any of my consoles since, but I refuse to dispose of it in hopes that I'll spare someone else a similar fate.
  • blammm - March 30, 2009 8:36 a.m.

    these games gave me gamer rage: -god of war vs ares on hard -killzone 2 veteran/elite final battle 2nd wave & tank on tharsis train -re4 qt events out of nowhere frickin cheap -devil may cry 1 dmd vs nightmare
  • Counterattack - March 30, 2009 3:05 a.m.

    I crushed a PS2 controller in my hands trying get Tidus's ultimate weapon in Final Fantasy 10. That chocobo race either took you three tries, or 14 hours without a break of 30 second races. I've never been filled with so much rage in my life as I had been when trying to get that clock to 0'00". I'm shocked that FFX didn't make the list.
  • RaIdEn - March 30, 2009 1:46 a.m.

    now i havent play SF4, but if seth is harder than jinpachi thats probly best. one time i got so mad i lost control of my breathing and i had to go lay down. freakin chest beam
  • d0x - March 29, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    The first time I fought Seth I beat him in under a min on normal. Each subsequent time hasnt gone as quickly but he's never pissed me off. I know I am in a very small minority.
  • kamikaz3e124 - March 29, 2009 5:19 p.m.

    To me, one game that gave me gamer rage was N+ for my DS. Every time I failed, I just go into a momentous rage, followed by cursing, blaming it on my sisters, and smashing my DS fiercely...
  • noobeater - March 29, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    oh and i am actually angry now as u may no by my comments my favourite game EVER is banjo kazooie oh the happy childhood its simple if u CANT do it go back when u have the speed shoes GRRR NOW IM PART OF THE HATE WEEK

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