9 Nerve-Wracking Video Game Moments You Barely Made It Through

9. Drowning - Sonic The Hedgehog

Drowning Sonic

There isn't anything inherently demanding about the water levels in Sonic. They are as fun as the most average water level - which is to say, annoyingly frustrating - and are relatively simple.

However, the stress is amplified immensely by one thing: The music, and a very specific sound effect.

As Sonic begins to drown, a counter appears on the screen alongside some of the most anxiety-inducing music ever put in a video game. It appears out of nowhere and incites pure panic.

Give it a listen even without the context of playing, and try to tell me your blood pressure hasn't skyrocketed.


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