I consider myself a well rounded gamer, playing just across all faces of gaming. Racing, Fighting, Action/Adventure, Strategy, Sports, RPG, FPS, Random ACRONYM, and just about all of the sub genres that could come of it. One aspect of gaming I love is a challange. After getting down the basics, slap me on Hard mode, Expert, Dante Must Die, Legendary, Professional, God mode, anything that will give my reflexes and brain a good work out. But sometimes, there are just things that make me laugh, simply because what they are asking are ridiculously difficult, or are just amazing feats in and of themelves. These are the things that make me glad i'm a gamer.
(not listed in order of difficulty/most impressive)
"EVO moment 37."
This is from Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. After reading that title, if you've already seen, skip ahead. If not, listen closely: this moment is godly. Justin Wong (Chun-li) vs. Daigo (Ken) EVO 2004 Semi-Finals. Daigo is totally on the ropes here, Justin giving him a ton of trouble. At the last moment, Daigo makes a comeback that has to be seen to be belived. If your wondering why he didn't just block, he couldn't have. He would have taken minimal damage and lost the match. So his only choice? SPLIT second blocking with forward (parry). A difficult feat upon itself with a one or two hits, but Daigo takes it to the extreme. See for yourself.
"Devil May Cry 3. Dante Must Die Mode. Vergil 1, 2, and 3."
So you can beat any of the lesser demons with no trouble, eh? Wait till you fight Vergil. He LOVES to put you in your place. When I first got to him, I was feeling pretty cocky, having beat two bosses before hand. I thought I was prepared. Was I wrong. You see, he learns a few new tricks when you pick Dante Must Die. Because he follows that motto to a T. He has magically summoned swords that give him a slicing barrier while he attacks you. When the swords point at you, treat it as ceartain death. It is if you don't dodge/block correctly. Vergil 2? Your second encounter. In addition to his katana, he gets flash greaves and gauntlets. AND a devil trigger. Good luck with that. Vergil 3? Last time you face him. He makes it count. This time, he has your fathers sword, Force Edge. He uses both it and his katana at the same time. If he devil triggers and hits you with Helm Splitter, your dead. No questions asked. Fun indeed.
"Through the Fire and Flames on Expert."
I have "Just OK" Guitar Hero skills. I can do most songs on hard, about half on expert. It feels great dominating a song where you couldn't get past half the notes a week before. I figure with enough practice, you can master any song in Guitar Hero. But one will always elude me. When I first seen what it takes to play this song, I just laughed at the beastly shredding it would require to get past the freaking intro. I'm sorry, Guitar Hero. Your just asking a bit too much with this one. They call it "Through the Fire and Flames" because thats where your hands will be from moving at that speed.
"Drakengard Final Boss."
Probably one of Square Enix's lesser known titles, Drakengard has you hacking and slashing your way through hundreds of enemies on screen either on foot or on dragon. The game takes a while to complete 100%, requiring you to slaughter literaly thousands of enemies to power up 64 weapons, beat levels within ceartain restrictions, and complete all story paths. However, one final phase still eludes me. The FINAL final boss. Now the strange thing is, after hours upon hours of just slaughtering things, the final boss asks you only this. Press Square and Triangle. You can't attack. The only thing you can do is match her attacks with your own. Black and White. Miss one ring or mismatch one, failure. Sound simple? It isn't. Having had this game for 4 years, I STILL cannot beat it. It's THAT fun. If you get it, you unlock a stage which has you fighting F-15 Tomcats in the "real" world on dragon-back. You unlock an F-15 yourself as your reward. But forget me ever getting it. I've given it up as impossible. Watch the fun.
"Halo on Legendary."
Halo is a fun, fun game. Even more so when you get a challange from your enemies. Just be forewarned: When they say you will die in Legendary, you WILL die. Make no mistake. Plasma shots that can kill you in two hits. Super accurate snipers that will shoot your pinky off if you so much as show it. Grunts that actually know how to fight back before they panic. Flood that will suffocate you with relentless attacks. It's not unbeatable, but it will push your skills to the limit. Expect the Chief to eat a lot of dirt sandwiches, soul crush soda, and for desert, humiliation pie.
I usually think of Speed Runs in terms of racing. Shaving down seconds off the clock, looking for that ever elusive perfect run. The same can be applied for many other video games though. There are are LOT of titles out there that people are breaking down for runs. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in 34 min. Contra in 10 min. Final Fantasy tactics in 4 hr 45 min. Metroid in 18 min. The list goes on and on. These are the video game equivalent of burning up the track. Check some out for yourself on youtube or check out this
for the current list of games. Impressive stuff.
Final Fantasy bosses have a good reputation as being some of the most memorable. Sephiroth, Kefeka, Sin, Zeromus, to name a few. Secret bosses are even better. Ruby and Emerald Weapon, the various incarnations of Ultima Weapon, the elemental dragons of FFVI, Ozma, Nemesis, each are tough and are proud acomplishments to have beaten. However, Yiazmat has to take the cake here. The boss has status inflicting attacks, automatic kill attacks, and the ability to regenerate all of his hp if if you leave him alone too long. Doesn't sound too bad? It is when you have FIFTY MILLION HP. Yeah. That number is correct. After so long, he will put up a shield that will reduce the max damge you can do from 9999 to 6999, making the fight even longer and tougher. It takes hours to beat the dude, and hats off if you do.
"Beating Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) on anything but normal."
Hard doesn't even begin to describe this game. When you get owned by the first boss, don't lose hope. Keep it going. Second boss? No, he doesn't even begin to compare. Laugh and keep going. As you slowly transform from helpless baby to Ninja Blender, Gather all of your hopes, dreams, ideals, and goals. Puff them up to massive size. Now. Go fight the Chapter 7 boss, Alma. Hand them over to her. She will completely and utterly annihilate them. She is fast, powerful, and dodges everything you throw at her, and laughs at your feeble attempts at competence. Except she doesn't laugh with her voice. She laughs at you with pain delivered directly to your very soul. As you can tell, I had a very fun time beating her. Took me 3 hours. I don't like to think of myself as a noob to action games, but she was really making me wonder. If your into self abuse, pick this game up. Not to say it's not fun. Just really really tough.
"At the cost of blood, sweat, and tears. LOTS and LOTS of tears."
Well, I would post more, but i'm lazy. If you guys have any moments. Feel free to share. I might do more in the future. Thanks for reading. read