10 ULTRA Hard Video Game Opening Levels That Broke You

Demon's Souls is trial by fire, while the fire insults your very existence.

Bluepoint Games

First impressions matter a lot, and so it's little surprise that the overwhelming majority of video games ease players into the experience, offering up a simple, straight-forward tutorial or opening level to get them acquainted with the bigger challenges to come.

But sadly, not all games are quite so charitable.

Some games dare to dispense with the pleasantries and just throw players out of the frying pan and into the fire immediately.

These 10 games all dared to present players with a colossal challenge right out of the gate, serving as an immediate skill check before they even knew if they were actually any good at the game at all.

In extreme cases, sadistic developers even dare to put the hardest level in the entire game first, ensuring that if - and only if - players could make it through that opening stretch, they'd have every skill and tool necessary to survive the rest.

But for many players these levels were just too demanding an ask from the outset, such that they never actually bothered to make it any further and simply moved onto another game instead...


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