I play and love a lot of games that might be described as “hard” or “punishing.” Obviously everyone has their own definition of what games warrant those terms, but the point is, I like a game that pushes back. I don’t mind losing a fight, because I think it feels all the better when I eventually conquer that challenge. I welcome the chance to improve. I’m no strangers to games that make me work for it, is what I’m saying.
GTFO might be towards the top of my ‘most brutally punishing games’ list, though.
I haven’t played a lot of it (26 hours currently), some of it during a Rundown in Early Access, some of it in Rundown 7 now that the game is officially released, but the ruthlessness of it has routinely raised my eyebrows. I love it. It 100% scratches that “when I beat a level, I feel like a god” itch, because actually managing to get through a level rarely feels like a foregone conclusion (at this stage in my experience level, anyway).
At the same time, while I might spend three hours attempting a level with friends and walk away without a win, we do at least walk away with some useful experience and knowledge, which is what I want in a game that ramps up the difficulty. Make it punishing, sure, but do so in a way where I feel like even defeat is teaching me to get better.
No doubt some of you will comment “That sounds awful,” or “I don’t have time for that, when I sit down to play a game I just want to casually breeze through it” and yeah, I get it. This is a weird thing to enjoy, and sometimes I wonder if I’m just a gaming masochist. I won’t be able to convince you that it’s fun to spend all night trudging through a dark space station filled with creepy monsters and scarce resources, losing over and over.
But for those of you like me that love the thrill when you finally get past a challenge like that, maybe look into GTFO for your next fix. You can do some of the game with bots, but it’s best played with others, willing to voice communicate.
(If you don’t have 3 friends willing to jump on board, I’ve had a lot of great luck getting groups in the game’s official Discord.)