We are ranking the hardest video games of 2022! Featuring the hardest modern video games, this list focuses on the newest and most difficult video games of 2022. The hardest video games of the year have challenging gameplay mechanics that forces players to adapt as they face against a variety of enemies that will make players frustrated beyond recognition. In addition, this list includes titles from all genres from the scariest and creepiest horror games of the year to the best indie games that nobody knows about!
All of these notoriously difficult games are hard either due to level design, enemy count, boss design, or all of the above. Covering games from all current systems, some of these game could even be considered as one of the hardest video games of all time. This list of the hardest games of 2022 includes titles such as Sifu, Eldest Souls, and GTFO which are earning notoriety for their difficult fast-paced gameplay that require laser focus. Meanwhile titles such as Elden Ring, and Ghosts 'n Goblins: Resurrection are widely known for being extremely difficult due its merciless gameplay that is only matched by the legacy of their developers. What do you think are the top 10 hardest games right now?
- 1217 VOTES
The latest dark fantasy game from FromSoftware studios, Elden Ring brings a relentlessly challenging experience that rivals the Dark Souls and Bloodborne series. Featuring a vast open world filled with immenent danger around every corner, players are given the freedom to choose their own path as they traverse through a setting filled with horrific monsters, dark and cryptic environments, and soul crushing boss battles that is notoriously difficult.
- Release: 2022
- Developer: FromSoftware
- Genres (Video game): Action, Role-playing game, Fantasy
- Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- 270 VOTES
Inspired by Chinese action cinema, the beat 'em up action-adventure tasks players to takes on the role of a kung fu student who sets out to hunt down and defeat the five assassins who brutally murdered his family. Featuring an unforgiving and unapologetic gameplay, Sifu stands out as a game that challenges players to master the art of kung-fu that is worthy of the movies it was inspired from.
- Release: 2022
- Developer: Sloclap
- Genres (Video game): Beat 'em up, Action, Adventure, Indie
- Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC
- 333 VOTES
Fast-paced and brutally challenging, Eldest Souls is a gorgeous souls-like game that’s all about the infuriatingly good boss battles. Considered to be a 2D Dark Souls by both critics and players alike, Eldest Souls shatters players expectations as they are faced with a variety of different types of boss battles and earns its spot as one of the most difficult games of the year.
- Release: 2021
- Developer: Fallen Flag Studio
- Genres (Video game): Action, Role-playing, Fantasy
- Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
- 447 VOTES
Returnal is studio Housemarque's first Triple-A title and features stunning graphics and an immersive narrative that is tied directly to gameplay. It is an incredibly difficult game due to its bullet hell boss design and its roguelike structure where every death sends players back to the very beginning, and resets hours of progress. Additionally, each attempted run is different as the planet remixes itself and it forces players to pick up different weapons and fight different enemies along the way.
- Release: 2021
- Developer: Housemarque
- Genres (Video game): Third-person shooter
- Platform: PlayStation 5