Year: 1990
Publisher: Konami

Okay, we’re not f**king around anymore. While Darius Twin was a fun little side-scrolling shooter with just the right difficulty level, Gradius III was like, f**k all that, man. This was hard, f**king core. Sorry, we don’t normally swear so much, but Gradius III was that much of a challenge. We loved it, but it could go to hell.