Challenge is a good thing. We like when games test our prowess, or refuse to hold our hands through tougher segments. But when the difficulty ramps up without warning, or we just can’t seem to get a win, it can be a little frustrating. Or teeth-gratingly irritating. Or contemplating-murder-on-the-developers-who-put-you-through-this-torture enraging. These are the games that are so tough at times that they made us hurl controllers, scream like banshees, or cry for our mothers.
We won’t count glitches or bugs in our list – having your save game erased or missing a jump because a button didn’t respond is bound to make anyone mad. No, these are the games that are frustrating by design, whether through unbridled difficulty or unfair odds. They may be terrible, amazing, or somewhere in between, but all of these games share a common thread: at one point or another, they became utterly infuriating to play.