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Ninja Gaiden 2 on the NES. I want to finish it but I keep on dying in Stage 4 (and of course in all three stages before, too) and that's usually the point when I give up. Even though there are infinite continues, I still move on eventually.

A more recent game would be Alien Isolation, but that game is actually not difficult, but rather cheap. The goddamn Alien is purely randomized and no matter what you do, chances are the fucker still catches you eventually just because. That's bullshit.

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Yes , Demon Souls on PS3 about 10 years ago. I couldn't be dealing with it and quit after 1 hour and never played it again.

Other games difficulty stopped me from getting the final trophy for 100% like Vanquish did or that Ayrton Senna dlc for Gran turismo 6.

Yes, although it is more "getting bored with the repetition" that makes me quit. I don't mind the difficulty, but do mind poor check pointing and having to do entire sections / phases over and over. When retry is instant and not far back, I'll keep going until I get it. With long load times and having to do the exact same things over and over without any further benefits from them, it's change to difficulty or bye bye.

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As in, a hurdle you wanted to cross, but didn't because of the difficulty, and ended up quitting the entire game because of it?

I'm not sure I remember doing that. But I did quit God of War after fighting one of the last optional bosses a couple of time.
However, I had already beaten the main game, and I had little interest in spending time on this boss when I could be playing a new game instead, so I guess that's not quite the same. But it's the closest example I can think of at the moment.

I came to this thread thinking there were some I gave up on due to difficulty, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that it hadn't happened to me, at least not with any examples I can think of. There have been plenty of times when I felt the game was cheap or poorly made, making it too frustrating to continue, but never 'I can't do this'. 

there have been games I avoided or didn't start because of their difficulty (Dark Souls and Cuphead were two examples, both of which I fell in love with once I 'got' them), and there have been games I've opted not to go for 100% because the requirements were absurd, but I can't think of any games I gave up on and didn't finish because they were hard. 

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Yeah, Ninja Gaiden the NES version Trilogy and Castlevania 3.

Yeah. There have been games that I made it through a few levels or so then just stopped because it was too tough.

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Beat the dlcs of dark souls 3 , i had fun getting wrecked unlike sekiro last boss who was such a f ustrating retarded boss. Hard games are one thing, this is just there to ruin your experience and take all the fun away. The sub bosses are fucking stupid too.


Many, many times.
I have a mild motor skill impairment so try as I might, sometimes I just reach a point in a game where I can bang my head against a wall for days and get nowhere, and I just no longer have the time or patience any more to keep playing a game if all it's giving me is frustration and unhappiness, it's just not worth it.

Even some games I really loved I had to abandon eventually; Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freeze for example are among my favourite platformers of all time, but I could never beat the final boss of either game.

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I don't know if that counts, but I stopped Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 because of that darn "tactical" mission. I'm really awful at that kind of gameplay, so I got stuck there and had to give up.

And that sucks, because I was loving that game as an FPS.

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