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Hardcore Video Games provide unique challenges for the most skilled players that require a lot of attention and practice to beat. The games may include different subgenres and mechanics, and in most of them, defeat is fatal, and you have to start the progress all over again. The games may introduce various customization mechanics; however, the opponents and challenges most of the time are not fair, and every mistake leads to punishment. The projects of the genre provide a unique experience for the hardcore players to become ones of a few people who could beat the challenges globally.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a role-playing game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra On-Line in 2001. The game takes place in a Victorian-era world where magic and technology coexist and the player assumes the role of a customizable character who must navigate various quests and challenges.
Dungeon Lords

Classic third-person roleplaying game set in the fantasy universe

9th Dawn II

Indie open-world dungeon crawler RPG set in the dark fantasy universe


Indie 3D isometric RPG game set in the dark fantasy universe

Hollow Knight

2D action-adventure roguelike metroidvania with souls-like elements

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is an isometric action roleplaying game in fantasy setting

Styx: Shards of Darkness

Stealth-action game series featuring RPG elements and unique story about the adventures of a goblin thief

Devil May Cry 5

The latest instalment in the legendary series of slasher games about demon hunter

Victor Vran

Isometric action RPG game about the adventures of a famous vampire hunter


Isometric old-school styled RPG with immersive nonlinear gameplay

Devil May Cry 2

Continuation of the hack-and-slash action shooter game series Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

First part of the famous hack and slash video game series Devil May Cry

Torchlight 1

Old-school hack-and-slash action RPG game from the developers of Diablo

State of Decay 2

Survival horror open-world game in post-apocalyptic zombie setting

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships

A pirate-themeted action RPG game developed by Akella

Nioh 2

An action souls-like RPG in Japanese mythology setting


An action RPG in traditional Japanese setting developed and published by KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.

Gothic Remake

A reworked version of the famous classic dark fantasy RPG

Gothic 3

Third part of the famous open-world CRPG in the unique dark fantasy setting


Sci-fi action RPG game developed by Piranha Bytes


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More about Hardcore Video Games

Hardcore Video Games feature the hardest difficulties possible in various games of different subgenres. Most of the challenges are unfair by default, and players have to practice a lot to beat each stage of the game. In some projects, each failure punishes the players, and they have to start a significant part of the game from scratch. For example, some projects punish losing by resetting the overall progress in the game. In this case, you have to start from the beginning again.

Hardcore Video Games offer its players various customization options, such as graphics settings and control optimizations. Depending on the subgenre, there are other options as well. However, there are no tools to make the gameplay easier for most of the available challenges, and game tips are rare. Some of the projects feature a tutorial to introduce the basics of the games, and players can complete it as many times as they want to; however, in most games of the genre, there are many more possible tricks and movements that players have to discover by themselves. This type of games offers the most demanding challenges in the industry and these projects designed in a way that they are impossible to beat for most gamers.

Best Hardcore Video Games

  • Dark Souls features a massive seamless world that allows the players to explore it freely. The fights are incredibly challenging, and each death leads to losing all of the gathered in-game currency, which you can only obtain by defeating enemies.
  • Europa Universalis allows the players to take full control over one of the countries in the real world. You may control all the aspects, including the economy, diplomacy and others. The game is challenging and requires a strategic approach.
  • Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction is a hack-n-slash RPG that features multiple difficulties. The hardest one makes the levels nearly impossible to beat, and players have to practice and learn each archetype of the possible opponents.