A certain clever clogs once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and in the grand scheme of things that logic may indeed ring true. However, if you were to apply the same philosophy to gaming, you’d be surprised at how comforting doing the same thing over and over again can be.
Personally, I often like grinding, even in the toughest and most brutal of video games. There’s just something satisfying about consistently improving and upgrading your character in an area you know like the back of your hand. In other words, when it’s done right, grinding can be a good way for players to relax and unwind.
With all that in mind, then, here are five addictive games that may err on the frustrating side, but are still worth the grind. Let’s get into it!
5 Addictive Games That Are Worth the Grind, No Matter the Frustration
Sure, while this may not be the first-ever video game to make you want to smash your controller in sheer frustration, it’s a series that’s undoubtedly infamous for its difficulty.
That’s right, From Software’s seminal action-RPG may be harder than a bag of diamond gobstoppers, but players can thankfully grind a neverending supply of souls to help tip the scales back in their favor. Once enough souls have been farmed and a few key attributes have been upgraded, you can rest assured and cancel those costly anger management classes you had booked for the weekend. Oh, and you won’t need to pick up that expensive blood pressure prescription, either. Phew!
Released back in 2009, at a time when AAA games often felt as easy as shooting zombies in a barrel, Dark Souls – and the whole “Soulsborne” sub-genre – stormed onto the scene to flip the script and remind us what we were all missing: tight, challenging, punishing gameplay like the old-school games of yore.
With its wonderfully grotesque enemy roster, its intricately constructed and interlocking world design, its weighty combat and its moreish feeling of elation when you trounce a pesky adversary by learning, experimenting and persevering; Dark Souls’ heart-in-mouth, risk-and-reward gameplay is equally refined as it is fiendishly addictive.