10 Video Games Designed To Totally Screw With You

Has any game ever topped the Psycho Mantis boss battle? 


Some men just want to watch the world burn. And, it turns out, so do some games, who absolutely delight in making gamers’ lives an absolute misery in the name of entertainment.

Because video games hate you. Apparently.

By their nature, video games should be challenging – otherwise you might as well go play ‘sitting-on-the-couch-not-doing-anything’ for the rest of your life. Sometimes, though, that challenge goes way beyond trying to hop from one platform to another (or doing anything in Assassin’s Creed; a stealth game seemingly designed to prevent you from being stealthy).

In fact, there are plenty of games that delight in messing with your every move until you wail in agony. And that, my friends, is when you stop beating video games; that’s when the video game has beaten you.

Whether it’s breaking the fourth wall, convincing you that your computer has crashed or demanding that you acknowledge your own, true insanity, these are the games that were designed to totally mess with your mind, make you question reality - or just hurl your controller through the screen.


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