Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

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Blueguy1
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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Blueguy1 » April 5th, 2013, 12:20 am

It's not the worst levels of all time, but rather the worst in games considered good or great. This should be interesting. I'm only doing games I've actually played, so here we go.

Sonic 2-Chemical Plant Zone Act 2: Good lord, I could not get past this stage when I was a kid, but now it's easier, although very painful. The worst is beating the boss, then falling into the poison pit after you beat him. Drowning in poison sounds more fun than it actually is...

Sonic 3-Carnival Zone Act 2: When I was younger this level brought me to a screeching halt, because of the barrel of doom. When you reach this barrel you have to jump up and down to get past it, and getting past it takes forever. I remember the first time playing it, the clock ran out, which scared me for no apparent reason. I figured out how to beat the level, but it's still a pain in the ass.

Donkey Kong Country 2-Klobber Karnage: I mentioned this in the "most difficult beaten game" thread, but I'll mention it here again. I hate this level more than Animal Antics. It takes timing and practice to beat this hellhole, and adjusting your aims inside barrels and avoiding enemies and spikes makes it even worse. I swear, I believe I lost 25 lives before I finally beat the level.

Donkey Kong Country 3-Rocket Rush (Game Boy Advance Version): Rareware and Nintendo Punk'd me on this version of the level, having bees being able to kill me in two hits, and taking away the checkpoint barrel in the middle of the stage. So if you die, no matter where you are, you start from the beginning of the level. It's the worst level I've ever played in the original DKC trilogy ever.

Star Fox 64-Venom (Arriving from Area 6)/Zoness: Oh sure, it's a breeze when you're coming from Boise, but when you want to take the hard path, they're not kidding when it's hard (that's what she said, sorry couldn't resist). This level is so difficult, I haven't made it past the beginning where I'm fighting Star Wolf. That's how difficult it is. Zoness is another nominee, since I can not beat the boss for the life of me. And for some reason the game always freezes when I'm in this level.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time-Water Temple: Yep. Wrong key, wrong door, constantly elevating the water levels, Dark Link, switching from regular boots to iron boots, need I say more? The only reason I beat this level in a day was because I used an online FAQ.

Those are a few of my examples, I'll have more on the way. Thoughts?




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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Sut1 » April 6th, 2013, 12:52 pm

Exhumed/Powerslave:- Horus Peak, great game but slippery jumping controls make this an exercise in frustration as this level has hardly anything to shoot and is all about precision jumping and one false move and you plunge into the lava and a return to the begining of the level. Platform jumping in early FPS games suck.

Street Fighter IV: Seth:- just really cheap as great as the game is the unbalanced nature keeps it from being as good as the Street Fighter 2 games (although I haven't played Super Street Fighter IV yet, so maybe they balanced it up better there).

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby darkrage61 » April 6th, 2013, 4:07 pm

Agreed on Rocket Rush, I never found Chemical Plant all that difficult though.  Carnival Night Zone act 2 was a bit long, but not too bad.

I did not care for Altitude Limit in Sonic Rush Adventure though, WAAAAAYYYYYY too easy to die there.

 


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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby VideoGameCritic » April 6th, 2013, 4:12 pm

Good topic!  

One level that comes to mind is the "Road to Nowhere" in the first Crash Bandicoot game (PS1).  The whole level was pretty much a bridge in the fog.  Not only were most of the planks missing, but many would collapse as soon as you landed on them.  To complete the stage you needed to first memorize the whole thing and then execute a long series of jumps with pinpoint precision.  I hated it.

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Rev1 » April 6th, 2013, 8:19 pm

Yes, I would have to agree that the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time was a nightmare. I am playing through the 3DS version right now and the hours it took wandering around the Water Temple made me want to throw my 3DS.

Other boring/maddening/poorly designed stages would include:


1. DKC2- Any of the rosy/thorn stages, with all the spikes, spinning barrels, instant deaths galore. I lost a ton of lives on that stage... That game literally took several weeks to beat.
2. Super Mario 3D land- the boss rush stages with the purple mario chasing you. Not hard, but extremely annoying to have to play those castles again with a timer. More disappointment really.
3. Popful Mail: 3rd stage, with all the canyons, mazes of canyons that made navigating through this stage a complete nightmare.
4. Ghoul's N Ghosts- the last stage, so maddening with all the bosses coming back for more. I absolutely despised this level and have yet to finish it.

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Weekend_Warrior1 » April 6th, 2013, 8:52 pm

That dark "hell level" in Max Payne where you have to follow the broken blood trail... 
 
I must have died 50 times before I finally figured it out and got through it!  

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby darkrage61 » April 7th, 2013, 1:25 am

Speaking of Crash,  there was "That Sinking Feeling" in Wrath Of Cortex. 

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby ZetaX1 » April 7th, 2013, 6:56 am

I didn't care for the whole "wanderin' through Gravemind's lower intestinal tract" level in Halo 3.  It was a Flood-filled level, which aren't my favorite, and then you're doing a glorified multi-leveled colonoscopy in a confusing maze, looking for Cortana...  I just didn't care for it.


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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Viper821 » April 7th, 2013, 10:44 am

Not technically a 'level' but as much as I love Final Fantasy IV I HATE the part where you go into the magnetic cave and have to unequip all your metallic gear. What a waste of time and money to have to downgrade your equipment for 20 minutes!

Always hated the mine cart carnage level in Donkey Kong Country but going back I don't find it nearly as sadistic as I did as a kid.

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Worst Levels in Good Video Games?

Postby Atarifever1 » April 7th, 2013, 11:13 am

The water level in every game that isn't 2D, and many of the ones that are 2D.  The escort mission level in anything.

"Hey, I enjoy escort missions and swimming in a 3D environment where I have to hit things" said nobody, ever.   


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