Stage Fright

Not all video-game levels are created easily.


  1. hard mode
    How Much Should a Video Game Tell You?In titles such as Elden Ring, Outer Wilds, and Tears of the Kingdom, a lack of information is part of the … charm?
  2. game review
    Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Taps the Ceiling of What Switch Can DoIt’s a god game with the patina of a ronin story that makes you wonder, This is good, but is this as good as it gets?
  3. backstories
    Into the Breach’s Final Level Is Hard Without Breaking the Rules“A high level of difficulty,” explains developer Matthew Davis, “makes every decision interesting.”
  4. chapters
    In Video Games, There’s a Fine Line Between Difficulty and DisrespectFromSoftware’s miserable, massively popular titles complicate what it means to “enjoy” a game.
  5. vulture lists
    The 100 Hardest Video-Game Levels of All TimeDizzying shooters, agonizing puzzles, and water stages (ugh) that raise the question: Continue?
  6. vulture lists
    The 100 Hardest Video-Game Bosses, RankedFrom gods and zombies to a shark and a tree, the one trait they share is an ability to end your game swiftly.