Hey, readers! Today I’m changing gears a little bit from reviewing games to blogging about the most difficult challenges I’ve ever had to face in gaming.
#3: Playing “Five Finger Fillet” in Red Dead Redemption – For those who don’t know about it, the “Five Finger Fillet” mini-game in Red Dead Redemption simulates a real game which involves flattening out your hand on a table and stabbing the spaces between your fingers with a knife as fast as you can. If you cut yourself too many times, you lose. This simulation involved pushing a sequence of buttons on the controller in rapid succession, something I’m not good at due to my inexperience with console games. I didn’t even want to play it, but I found out that you need to win this game in Mexico in order to unlock an outfit there. I was so terrible at it that I had to look up the sequence online, hand-write it in a single line, and call the buttons out loud as I was pressing them. After about an hour of cursing and losing my hard-earned cash, I finally cracked that nutshell and got my “Reyes’ Rebels Outfit.” Needless to say, I never played “Five Finger Fillet” again in that game. At least it wasn’t for real!
#2: Destroying the Arcus Bomber in Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight – I’m not too sure why I had so much trouble with this one. According to a game guide written by Warfreak on GameFAQs.com, destroying this GDI aircraft “isn’t that hard.” Well, I found it to be very, very hard. What’s worse is that I didn’t even like this game to begin with. I just wanted to finish what I started so I could put this game back on the shelf and never play it again. Anyway, in this level you have to destroy an “Arcus” bomber aircraft before GDI recaptures Nod’s Tiberium Control Network. I remember reloading a save point several times to try and make the Arcus turn west (towards what was left of my army) instead of east (towards the GDI repair bots). After a few reloads, my army finally shot it down. But as it was crashing to the ground, GDI took the TCN again and the mission failed! Fortunately a couple of reloads later I destroyed the Arcus (again) in time and C&C 4 went back on the shelf, where it belonged.
#1: Killing Diablo in Diablo II – Part of this difficult fight was my fault. At the time I was new to role-playing games, so I probably spread out my talent and stat points too much, making the fight much harder than it actually was. But where do I begin to explain how hard this battle was for me? Well, let’s see. How about dying almost fifty times, staying up till four in the morning to avoid the re-spawns, and spending my entire gold fortune to buy health and mana potions as well as town portal scrolls? I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard to beat a game! Fortunately, unlike Command & Conquer 4, I really enjoyed Diablo II and I felt that my effort really paid off. What are your most challenging experiences in gaming? Feel free to share in the comment section below!