When we got all salty about levels that nearly ruined our favourite games, we asked which terrible levels in otherwise great games ground *your* gears. Fiddly GTA San Andreas missions, misjudged Deus Ex: Human Revolution boss battles, and an entire ethereal dimension from Dragon Age: Origins figure in your hall of shame. Subscribe for a new countdown weekly, why not: http://www.tinyurl.com/SubToOxbox
The bit where you do yoga in GTA 5, hop around a circus made of meat in Psychonauts and Dark Souls' poxy Blighttown also crop up in the comments, alongside anything involving a remote control vehicle in GTA San Andreas.
I know we all remember GTA San Andreas being perfect, but then we also remember it looking pretty good, and a quick trip back to Los Santos circa 2004 reveals a very different, much blockier story.
As several commenters noted, GTA San Andreas at its lowest ebb was the Red Baron mission in which you tried to fly an uncooperative remote control biplane through narrow city streets while machine-gunning delivery boys to death, like a hero.
Elsewhere, commenters raised the spectre of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's jarringly stealth-proof boss battles, as if we needed reminding of the time we had our cybernetic asses handed to us by an anthropomorphic tank because we'd sunk all our Praxis points into non-combat skills.
Reminders were equally unnecessary for the tediousness of Dragon Age: Origins' Fade. This was an alternate dimension of mystic energies and muddy textures where, if you played as a mage, you got sent right at the beginning of the game.
In the fiction of the game, this is a dangerous and harrowing rite of passage, much like trying jagerbombs for the first time. In my lived experience as someone who always chooses to play mage, it's also a proper slog, for which your only friendly company is a talking mouse. In fact, can we do a jagerbomb ritual instead?
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