What are video games above all else? Power fantasies, of course, where from the comfort of our own homes we can be transported to far-flung worlds and toy with the powers of gods.
But at the same time, what is a game without some sort of challenge? We as players expect push-back from an increasingly difficult gallery of enemies, but sometimes developers decide to get a little more creative in how they make us run the gauntlet.
For games where the player is cast in the role of an especially powerful or well-armed individual, there are few tropes more common than stripping the player of their god-like abilities or huge arsenal of weaponry.
For a level or two, you're then forced to forge ahead with only bare bones gear - or perhaps even nothing at all.
Though these levels certainly can be fun when they make the player get resourceful in a creative or clever way, often they're simply an excuse to throw up obnoxious brick walls in the player's face and pad out the game's play-time.
That's certainly true of these 10 video game levels, because no matter how visually impressive or intriguing they initially seemed to be, getting through them was ultimately a tedious, infuriating slog...
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