8. Contra: Shattered Soldier
Because Contra: Shattered Soldier is maddeningly difficult for sure. Konami had dropped the life bar in Hard Cops, so getting hit by enemies was truly lethal here, meaning players had to be extra careful with their choice of weapons too. Using the machine gun, flame thrower and grenade launcher at the right time was vital to get past encounters here. There was little room for improvisation and defeating the game’s parade of boss fights was a struggle demanding nerves of steel and plenty of trial and error. Contra: Shattered Soldier is difficult as hell then, but one fine Contra game all the same.