Top 15 most frustrating doors in video games

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Doors. Why do they have to get in our way all the time?

Some require solving puzzles to open. Some, death-defying stunts. Others just need a heaping amount of patience.

Here's my list of the most frustrating doors in video games.

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15. Plants Vs. Zombies screen door zombie

At the top of the list is a door that's not where it's supposed to be. Who uses a door as a shield? Zombies, that's who.

14. Every locked door in Oblivion and Skyrim

While I personally find lockpicking therapeutic, I know a lot of people pull their hair out with these minigames. They take forever and disrupt the flow of an already slow-paced game.

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13. Portal 2's "cake dispensary" door

Let's get this straight—cake is not a joke. I used to get excited about the prospect of cake, but now I just feel empty inside (from lack of cake).

12. Grand Theft Auto 3's fake doors

I don't know about you, but playing a sandbox game like GTA 3 always makes me want to explore the city inside and out. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

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11. Room 302's chained front door in Silent Hill 4

Buddy, you ain't going nowhere.

10. The Binding of Isaac's curse room doors

In any roguelike as brutal as this, health is a luxury you can't afford to spend. When the doors start taking it away, it's time to start praying for good item drops.

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9. Shop doors in Shenmue

Lots of doors and tank-like controls. With ten minutes for every in-game hour, waiting for the bar to open can be a nightmare.

8. Trapdoors in Luigi's Mansion

If you're ever in a rush, these doors will be sure to punish you. There is a way to spot them by opening up the Game Boy Horror screen. The things I wouldn't do for a fire vacuum right now.

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7. Exits in Zombies Ate My Neighbors

I know these might look like wide targets, but you have to approach them from a certain angle. And then there's the times you're being chased by a maniac with a chainsaw when your player 2 decides to take the same exit you were going for.

6. Resident Evil load screen doors

My eyes glaze over just thinking about it.

5. Demon Doors from the Fable series

These guys were all jerks. I'm not getting married just because you say so! If the bouncer at a club gave me cryptic clues to go on a fetch quest, I don't think I'd want to dance there.

4. Locked Doors in Super Mario Bros. 2

  1. Steal a key from a very angry spirit called Phanto.
  2. Escape from the tomblike vase in which he lives.
  3. Run as fast as you can to the locked door.
  4. Try not to get murdered by Phanto.

3. The doors to the next level in Little Nemo

Missed a key? Time to go back and scour the whole level for it.

2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's claw puzzle doors

The golden claw door is part of the main quest and these dragon claws are the only time you'll ever have to rotate items to solve a puzzle. The only time.

And there are no tutorials, no hints from NPCs. None of the loading screen tips tell you that you can rotate items, either, and there are literally hundreds of different loading screens!

1. Security room doors in Five Nights at Freddy's

Why would these doors use an entire generator's power to stay closed? Why would any door use power to stay closed? This doesn't make any sense! Who rigged these doors? Was it you, Bonnie?

...why are you looking at me like that?

Published Aug. 23rd 2015

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