I have to be very careful when it comes to video games, because while I appreciate them as much as films and novels, I must also admit that I am not that good at them. A truly brilliant game may often not sit right with me due to my sheer incompetence at certain parts of it. Even so, I realise a difficulty that challenges and rewards the players is a virtue in the gaming industry; its what sets it apart from all other entertainment. Its a different story when the game loses its appeal as a result, or for any other reason makes the hard-fought struggle feel needless. If whole games are like this theyll probably fail, but very often certain moments of frustration can find their way into individual levels without a bearing on the overall success. I genuinely believe that this is a danger that even the best of games may face, and I hope I can convince you with these 10 examples from top releases over the years, along with why I believe their particular levels are enough to turn us into Nicholas Cage characters...
10. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic - The Star Forge
Most Star Wars fans will agree that KOTOR is one of the best, if not the number 1 game to use the licence, with an immersive story and setting to rival the films themselves. I am not here to deny that - I am here to put it to you that the final sequence of the game was one of extreme consternation. It was basically a scenario in which you, and your two allies of choice, must fight your way through an army of droids, troopers, Dark Jedi and Sith Apprentices, before a climactic duel with the evil Darth Malak. Why Its Annoying: For such an immersive and well-constructed RPG, this epic climax is really the moment when the game engines limits are exposed. Depending on your level, its either a total curb stomp or a really awkward challenge. The final duel mostly requires you to run around a room zapping dead Jedi while Malak chases you in a Pythonesque fashion. Its like if the fight in The Empire Strikes Back had featured Darth Vader chasing Luke around Cloud City to a sped-up rendition of The Imperial March. http://youtu.be/GqCs60Gd9W0
I am a history student and writer, pursuing a career in film and literature. I also love Star Wars, Doctor Who and many other film, TV and game franchises. It always interests me to hear what people have to say about films and TV shows, and I’m fascinated by new perspectives. I’d welcome any feedback and comments you might have as well!