Tough as Nails: Flashback

Dan takes a look at 16-bit adventure Flashback and discusses it’s technical accomplishments, it’s fist gnawing difficulty and the very English tendency towards masochism. Plus jungle mutants.

Tough as Nails: Super Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts

If ye doubt your courage, or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big pointy teeth!

Tough as Nails: Tactics Ogre

Chad reminisces about the hair-pulling Post-Traumatic Stress Simulator/Tactical RPG Tactics Ogre.

Tough as Nails: Ninja Gaiden

Throwing caution to the wind, Pascal prepares to replay Ninja Gaiden on the Xbox, unlocking memories and feelings of utter defeat and helplessness in the process, locked away for years in the furthest recesses of his brain so he could lead a normal life at last. Will he ever be the same again?

Tough as Nails: Spider-Man & X-Men: Arcade’s Revenge

Martin dons his costume and attempts to be a superhero. Unfortunately, this game doesn’t make him feel particularly super.

Tough as Nails: Viewtiful Joe

Pascal snaps on his V-Watch and pink cape, and prepares for a serious lesson in humility!

Tough as Nails: Solstice

Pascal’s been abusing himself -despite the obvious connotations that statement brings with it – playing the tough NES cookie Solstice.

Tough As Nails: Knife Edge: Nose Gunner

Another week, another game to get angry over. See how Martin copes with Knife Edge: Nose Gunner.

Tough As Nails: Spiderman and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Martin returns to the undesirable task of playing some of the hardest games known to man. See how he did when he came up against this week’s title, Spiderman and Venom: Maximum Carnage.

Tough As Nails: Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

You can tell a game is going to kick your ass when the MAIN MENU MUSIC is more intense than the final boss music in most other games.

Tough As Nails: Kid Chameleon

A camouflaged challenge is hidden within this retro-classic!

Tough As Nails: Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is an upgraded version of the flash game Meat Boy (still available to play over at Newgrounds) where you play as the adorable Meat Boy, who has to save his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the clutches of evil Dr.Fetus.

Tough As Nails: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

The native difficulty of the Fire Emblem games over the series, so not accounting for hard modes, has varied, but the ones that reached western shores on the whole haven’t been too bad. I say “on the whole” because there is one that sticks out. It sticks out like a sore thumb, in fact. A thumb that is sore because of the amount of times it’s been used to hit the reset button.

Tough As Nails: Final Fantasy XIII

I’m about to infuriate a lot of readers, but I don’t care. Final Fantasy XIII has given me the hardest time I have ever had in a game.

Tough As Nails: Starfox

Do a Barrel Roll! And then some.

Tough As Nails: F-Zero GX

There are a few games that are bit tricky. Some games are mildly frustrating. More than a couple ask the impossible and a lot are just plain broken… but there is only one F-Zero GX.

Tough As Nails: Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant

One of the toughest games on the PC and in the history of RPGs, Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant was a challenge I was never able to overcome. And yet somehow, I’ve come back to it over and over throughout the years, driven by some masochistic need to be punished in a way only video games can pull off.

Tough As Nails: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

Don’t be fooled by a Jedi mind trick, this one is just a little too strong with the Force.

Tough As Nails: Metal Slug Series

Writing this article was a bit of a slug, but after dying 4,526,728 times, Martin can finally add this series of games to the infamous list of games from hell!

Tough As Nails: Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels

There’s a reason why these levels stayed lost for so long.

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