10 Challenging Video Games That Are Endlessly Rewarding

The games that push you to breaking point, and then pat you on the head.


Gaming isn't the most accessible medium ever conceived, and difficulty itself is a particularly divisive subject, isolating casual gamers considerably and restricting certain games to only the most experienced of players, which isn't necessarily fair (or good business).

That said, some impossibly challenging games, manage to strike a perfect balance, rewarding players for their commitments, and encouraging them to persevere with their efforts. These games - despite their initial difficulty - eventually open up, revealing themselves to be remarkably rewarding, providing endless gratification for those willing to put in the time and effort.

Upon first glance, these games may seem tremendously uninviting, but are inherently rewarding. They require patience, determination and persistence, but mastering them is completely worthwhile, putting easier, more accessible games to absolute shame.

After all, they say nothing easy is worth doing – and in this particular case – that happens to be completely accurate. To an extent, games are meant to be challenging, but these really take the cake.

That said, here are 10 brutally difficult games that are endlessly rewarding…


Formerly an assistant editor, Richard's interests include detective fiction and Japanese horror movies.