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The Most Frustrating Parts Of Great Video Games

Updated October 13, 2018 1.3k votes 299 voters 7.5k views16 items

List RulesVote up the video game moments that made you want to tear your hair out.

Frustrating video game moments can tarnish even the best entries. The original Halo is hailed as a masterpiece, but many fans and critics ignore the painful inclusion of the Flood. Crash Bandicoot is being enjoyed my multiple generations of gamers, thanks to an HD-remastered collection, and it's being praised yet again. But rose-tinted glasses keep these players from realizing the fault lies in the game's construction, and not with their inability to successfully complete the Slippery Climb stage.

These annoying problems don't just pertain to the odd incidents that leave gamers scratching their heads. There are full-on, infuriating, controller-throwing problems in some of the biggest and most revolutionary titles of all time. These terrible moments in critically-acclaimed games always stand out because the rest of the experience is so captivating.

Escort missions, terrible level design, jumping sections, and resource mini-games all rear their ugly heads in even the most spectacular entries. Seeing as the developers take such care and precision when crafting their worlds, the inclusion of these sections is both baffling and inexcusable. 

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    Mario Kart - The Blue Shell

    Mario Kart - The Blue Shell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Frustrating Parts Of Great Video Games
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    Mario Kart can either be a fun, multiplayer gaming extravaganza, or initiate utter war between friends. The most despised element in the game is undoubtedly the blue turtle shell.

    After someone works hard to secure first place in a race, the moment an opponent gets that blue shell - a weapon that automatically targets the person in front - the leader knows they're in for a world of hurt. And somehow it always manages to strike at the worst possible moment.

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  • The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina O is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Frustrating Parts Of Great Video Games
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    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is not only a true classic, it's one of the most sublime gaming experiences ever created. Almost every moment is fantastic, which is why the Water Temple sticks out so much. The hate for this game's level is legendary, but the aggravation doesn't stem from one giant flaw: it comes from a multitude of small problems that compound together.

    As players traverse through the flooded dungeon, they have to constantly travel up and down its three levels by equipping iron boots, and they're forced to pause the game and select them every time they want to do so. This becomes tedious quickly. Add in a map layout dependent on an inventory of small keys that are incredibly difficult to keep track of, and it's no wonder there are so many frustrated gamers.

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  • Crash Bandicoot - Slippery Cli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Frustrating Parts Of Great Video Games
    Video: YouTube

    While Crash Bandicoot can be played by everyone, it was mostly a kid's game, which made this level even more inhumane. The Slippery Climb stage consists of nothing more than a series of constantly moving platforms, which would be fine, except for the fact the camera was insanely unreliable. If Crash jumped even a millimeter too close to the edge of a platform, he slid off and the player had to start over again.

    Eventually players either developed the divine reflexes needed to beat this level, or they gave up entirely. Either way, it's easy to see them being very angry by the end of their playtime.

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  • Guitar Hero 3 - Through The Fi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Frustrating Parts Of Great Video Games
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    Only masochists attempt to play "Through The Fire And Flames" perfectly on expert. Guitar Hero 3 was marketed on the premise that anyone could pick up one of their plastic instruments and feel like a rock star.

    The problem with this particular DragonForce song is that the guitar part, on expert, is a non-stop, carpal tunnel syndrome-inducing nightmare. This song is so complicated, and requires such immaculate precision, that men and women have lost their last shreds of sanity trying to play it to completion. 

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