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10 Unique Video Game Difficulty Modes That Will Break You

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Ethan Edwards (4 days ago)
The Evil Within, AKUMU: One hit, you die. The Evil Within 2, Classic Mode: No upgrades, (meaning no ambush and bottle break) very scarce ammo, no autosaves, death kicks you back to your last manual save, AAAAANNNNNDDDDD... 7 saves. For the entire game. That you can't get back. At least you can take a few hits...
Nagarjuna Mote (6 days ago)
Hell and hell isn't that bad
GhostWarrior (9 days ago)
How about NBA 2K19 MyCareer without buying VC??
TheErikrahl (12 days ago)
You can't beat halo on legendary? Why are we watching your videos if you can't even do that.....
Ignacio Quallito (16 days ago)
No brutal from uncharted? Or grounded from tlou? I’m surprised
Jonathan Reisman (17 days ago)
this is hard but not surprised this wasn't in the list. arkham origins knightmare mode if you die the whole game restarts and you are playing on new game plus
Azalia Abbott (17 days ago)
... so I am a monster for completing the hardest mode on DMC 4... ... COOL!
drunk guy (20 days ago)
Actually the most soul crushing mode in devil may cry is devil may cry 1 easy mode. Your so crap it just sits down and dies giving you a game win. Yes it's not hard but how soul crushing is it for a game to literally say your a pussy so hears some help
OwGash (28 days ago)
Im seriously watching every video just to find all the mum jokes
Fin Zoor (29 days ago)
I know that the legendary difficulty in skyrim elder scrolls V isn’t unique but I’ll be damned if it isn’t one of the hardest fucking thing iv ever tried in my life and I’m salty af cause it wasn’t even mentioned in this video AT ALL
Wanuby (1 month ago)
Any of the Doom games on hardest. They are brutal. Civilization 6 on Deity is equally brutal. they get improved production, gold income, science, faith, culture, and combat and experience bonuses for their units. They start with 4 free techs, 3 settlers, 5 warriors, and 2 warriors. I also noticed that at Emperor, Immortal, and Deity, they love nuking you.
Foxo (1 month ago)
Dead space 3 difficulties and metro 2033 difficulties were a piece a cake, well maby that's because I've played them over 20 times-no joke. Anyone remember the Outlast difficulties?
Agrenost (1 month ago)
I'm an anime fan and bleach is overrated
Kelley Gieger (1 month ago)
The Evil Within Nightmare mode! Fucking LAURA
Mesut Bektaş (1 month ago)
*MGS 2's EU-EXTREME is a boss battle itself*
Ghostown (1 month ago)
Bruh I kno some y'all little prodigies and all that shit. But start dying light on hard for the first time and that shit is annoying🤷
Chris J (1 month ago)
Wolfenstein 2 anyone?
Nathan Carpenter (1 month ago)
Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode from Borderlands 2
Codename: Desert Viper (1 month ago)
Ghost Recon Wildlands new Ghost Mode.... you have to complete the whole game again in one life and you have to unlock everything over and even WITH everything unlocked, added into the hardcore mode it’s absolutely ridiculous
Lucario26gaming (1 month ago)
What about DOOM 2016's Ultra nightmare?
Aurorial gaming (1 month ago)
Metro Ranger isnt that hard UNTIL (notice i said until) you reach the library, where you will be either raging or whimpering at every little sound and movement.
Rachel M. (1 month ago)
7:33 "condensing down the entire metal gear plotline" Simple Plot of Metal Gear, anyone? ;)
Chris Carson (1 month ago)
Stalker has the best difficulty mode, not surprising. Its very simple. The harder the setting, the more damage _everyone_ takes.
Sir. Mannington (1 month ago)
Metro Ranger Hardcore isn't even that hard... compared to other hardest difficulties in games. Then again maybe I've just played Metro too much.
Mr. saladbar (1 month ago)
Halo 2 legendary?
quincyking010 (1 month ago)
Ninja gaiden
Zealots Fear (1 month ago)
Where's Halo's Legendary difficulty?
Michael Williams (1 month ago)
Metro 3033 and metro last light ranger modes are my favorite game modes ever lol, they we're so fun and I loved playing with no HUD, it was just amazing. Hard yeah but hey
apcsox (1 month ago)
What about Doom’s “Ultra Nightmare”..... enemies basically one shot you, a regular imp takes 100 rounds to kill and it’s permadeath with little markers that mark every single place you failed
TimeMage88 x (1 month ago)
sniper elite authentic how I remember.
Avokad (1 month ago)
for xcom i hate it i hate that hit or miss shit you play rng the game every tactic and strategy is thrwon out the window
billygoten (1 month ago)
Dead Space 3 isn't hard at all in any respect. It's unquestionably the easiest of the three. DS2 hardcore was much harder. It's more of a trophy than a mode, I suppose, but beating Mega Man 9 without getting hit was rough.
Master Thief (1 month ago)
I've completed XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Impossible difficulty and the Resident Evil HD remaster on Invisible Enemy mode. I spent 219 hours with XCOM though... RE only 61.
Adnan Asif (1 month ago)
1:08 That's nothing compared to saying "Dragon Ball Evolution is the best Dragon Ball movie" to DB fans.
KonicavaBR (1 month ago)
This is actually an offense to any person.
Mathew Jones (1 month ago)
Spec Ops The Line FUBAR.. I play through easily any type of soulsbonre games.. But god damn it. Spec ops gave me the hardest cancer..
Damn Legendary Halo 2
Cristian Moraru (2 months ago)
Master dificulty in far cry 3?¿ That is for purfectionists. Any shot that isn't a headshot is a waste of ammo as the enemys are only killed by headshots .. decently fast .... so stealth and snipers maybe the answer but even a sniper rifle can't kill a scummy, small enemy with a shot to the torso... only headshots... ... hardcore but fezable till now... but enemys kill you in a blink of a eye ... snipers? RIP , one shot.... AKs? 2 bars per burst .... 2 pirates almost killed me 5 times ... wtf
kam THEman (2 months ago)
Proud to say i did the max payne one
hig heels (2 months ago)
Mincraft hard core
jack daniel (2 months ago)
bleach is overrated ..
Manning Damant (2 months ago)
I beat Invisible Enemy mode in the RE Remake. 1/10 is good right?..... right? :D
Pavlo Tverdokhlib (2 months ago)
The Witcher 2- Insane. Not only is it Dark Mode-level difficult, it also includes perma-death and deletes your save when you die. Oh, and almost everything one-shots you. And failing some QTEs could kill you, too.
Storey Gillingham (2 months ago)
NGL, I watched this hoping to see something I've beaten on here. Turns out I need to get good.
Mediocrates Pseudonym (2 months ago)
X-Com Impossible Ironman should have been #1.  Not saying it's impossible, just saying it cannot be done.
Marcus Parris (2 months ago)
Stellaris iron man mode grand admril max marauders and fallen empires largest galaxy max ai on advanced starts
Jayden Montoya (2 months ago)
5:25 had me dying 🤣🤣🤣
USMarine21699 (2 months ago)
Akumu mode. Evil Within. YOU WILL DIE
nerevar x (2 months ago)
seriously if you wanna see a difficulty that will break you try perfect darks perfect dark mode and set everything to MAX. the game becomes fucking impossible to beat. THAT is a difficulty i would call "this will break you"
nerevar x (2 months ago)
also lol at resident evil remake modes. seriously? invisible enemy can be played on VERY EASY since its its own mode. when everything dies in 1-2 hits it doesnt matter if its invisible to begin with. one dangerous zombie? thats not even a difficulty setting seriously. its just 1 zombie beeing replaced by forest. and only in the 1st 3rd of the game. then he is fully gone. and he isnt even hard to avoid at all. and that is clearly not a difficulty setting. so it doesnt belong on such a list.
nerevar x (2 months ago)
pure survival mode on ds3 is not hard LOL. its all about planning ahead. its not really gonna break you seriously. classic mode is way harder due to the base guns beeing trash in that entry of the series. there is also hardcore mode. that one is easyly the most difficult mode. as 1 death = back to square 1.
Jaemin Chung (2 months ago)
What about Lunatic+ Classic in Fire Emblem Awakening?
Tyler Millay (2 months ago)
I’m quessing realistic in bo3 is here
Jordan Cull (2 months ago)
The Evil Within 2 Classic Mode. No autosaves, you can't upgrade your weapons or abilities and only get a total of 7 saves the entire playthrough. Now THAT was rough.
State of Opportunity (2 months ago)
The Shadows Rushed Me in Max Payne 3. I completed New York Minute Hardcore. It was brutal. I died twice on Becker (final boss) and had to start over from the very beginning. But damn, by my final run, I could waltz through the airport terminal using only 1 painkiller.
bogroman13 (2 months ago)
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Mein Leben should have been included here too
Scarlett Fox (2 months ago)
I died probably 27 times in Metro 2033 on ranger mode, mostly because of ammo and filter shortage Edit: Where's Ultra Nightmare mode from DOOM 2016?
Leon Zealand (2 months ago)
expert mode Cuphead
FUBAR difficulty from Spec Ops The Line
kevin Parmar (2 months ago)
Bruh wheres evil within that shit tough as hell the only game that gave me problems!!
OriginLost Born (2 months ago)
I have completed Hell and Hell mode, it took me 3 weeks, but I did it!
MonsterBackeKiller (2 months ago)
We'll L4D2 had realism mod ,which only completed 2% of all players ,those mutations stuff was way easier then that. Btw I'm one of those 2%.
Pierce Reisinger (2 months ago)
Why is NieR: Automata not on this list?
Warhammered (2 months ago)
One life mode in Ori and the Blind Forest. Only < 1% of Xbox or PC players have it. And I'm one of them :D
Diamond Apple (2 months ago)
Killing Floor Hell on Earth?
Florian Blanchard (2 months ago)
cousin oh argue dwmvgqy cry graduate display soul advantage.
Arewt roqewrtry (2 months ago)
Akumu? the evil within
Troy David (2 months ago)
FUCK THE FUCKING FUCK OUT OF HELL OR HELL MODE!!! I legit lost my sanity to that mode, the dreams/nightmares, the waking up at 5am sweating shouting "I'VE FIGURED IT OUT!" just to turn my console on and get molested again... Didn't complete it until last year, bought it at release 😭
Dominic Ybarra (2 months ago)
Ranger mode wasn't that hard. I never maxed out the ammo I could have and all my guns had suppressors after I could pay for them. Take it slow and it's a lot easier than you'd think... On Last Light, good luck.
JOSE ALVAREZ-AVILES (2 months ago)
PURE INSANITY
King Kronos (2 months ago)
Doom 2016 and it's ultra nightmare mode?
MonadoBoiz (2 months ago)
I know the game is already 3 years old already, but come on man. How you gonna spoil the true ending of Bloodborne so casually like that?
Give me god of war is absolutely punishing
Ou Ydjh (2 months ago)
What about darksouls
EternalFlow07 (2 months ago)
DMD mode was harder than hell and hell
Landon Morrison (2 months ago)
RANGER MODE IS AWESOME!! (First played the game with Redux, didn't even know that mode was originally premium content 'shrug')
QuickdrawMacaw24 (2 months ago)
What about FNaF 20 modes? (4/20, 10/20, Aggressive Nightmare, 4/20, 10/20 and 50/20)
Big Boss (2 months ago)
European Extreme in MGS3 Snake Eater is the hardest difficulty i have ever played
Prohappywheeler_YT (2 months ago)
i love l4d2
AkumaDante12 (2 months ago)
Hell and Hell mode wasn't that difficult if you knew all the the counters to the bosses and had your timing down.
Barcode XD (3 months ago)
Where the fuck is UHVM from borderlands 2 and Minecraft hardcore
Scinohpytrid (3 months ago)
Ninja Gaiden, like any of them? I've played all of these games on the difficulties listed except for X-Com because I've never played it but they are babies compared to that game.
X (3 months ago)
I did the hell and hell me and nym hard mode saying it was difficult would be the understatement of the century i thought that i died like a hunderd times only coming out with the tiniest bar of health you can possibly or impossibly imagine if you want to feel bad about yourself and feel incompetent for not completing this be my guest if do not want to feel like that better be prepared to sit infront of your pc or console for hours on end so that you can finally get past a boss or that one fucking level for those who completed this you have my unconditional respect
Spoden (3 months ago)
Minecraft's hardcore mode.
Anthony Parente (3 months ago)
What about that doom difficulty that resets the campaign when you die and it takes like 3 shots to kill you?
dekkubo boo (3 months ago)
gaming is love... gaming is life
Henrik Høyrup (3 months ago)
And I have still not completed Wolfenstein 3D on "Can I play, daddy?" mode.... :/
DBKWK 9 (3 months ago)
What about halo with all skulls on legendary with a plasma pistol. Because I did
thunderstudent (3 months ago)
Wolfenstein "I am Death Incarnate" and FNAF:UCN 50/20 mode. Have fun kids!
Rhienne C. (3 months ago)
No Nightmare Difficulty from Doom (eithewr the classic or the reboot will do)? How dare you not put it on the list.
TriNut (3 months ago)
Bleach is overrated? I usually get the opposite impression when it's mentioned, like in this video for example.
Smitty Number1 (3 months ago)
Extreme difficulty isn't that hard. It IS the best way to play though
Tim Jennings (3 months ago)
I beat it animal 10 year old
Rion Medeiros (3 months ago)
I’ve tried classic mode so many times In dead space 3 but could never beat it :(
ashton valero (3 months ago)
i beat the dmc hell and hell mode but only due to spam and being very good at neros throttle timings on his sword giving me mobility
mega xtrime (3 months ago)
Sniper elite 3? I done that and it didn't brake me, though it was hard
MatteV2 (3 months ago)
Eeehr, I finished both Metro Games on Ranger Hardcore.. It's not that hard. In Metro Last Light there were QUIITE a lot of forced combat arenas with bullet spongy enemies however, which was quite frustrating..
Silent But Dudley (3 months ago)
Death March in Witcher 3 is hellish.
WaterCrane (3 months ago)
How about the original Nightmare difficulty on Doom and Doom II?
Kolopomo Kolopomo (3 months ago)
Spec ops the Line max difficulty is fun
Brandon Ricardez (3 months ago)
The last of us grounded mode?

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