If you had to come up with a list of most stressful games, you'd probably have to include Dark Souls but were delighted that the rest on this list have been given the recognition they oh-so-deserve.
I'm saying that purely on a personal basis, and while I'm not that versed in Fall Guys, I remember more than one Mario Kart game that ended in truly sour notes. Yes, that lovely, whimsical, cartoony game can blow my blood pressure through the roof, and I'm confident I'm not the only one.
It just so turns out that blood pressure that was the main measuring metric for the study of the most stressful games around, which was conducted by Bonusfinder, and whose results you can see in the graph below.
"When going up against the boss of Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls III, participant heart rates peaked as high as 127 BPM – a 98.44% increase on the group baseline resting rate of 64 BPM, showing just how challenging single player boss fights can be", the study says.
The study sourced 14 gamers that were highly engaged in gaming, played at least 15 hours per week and knew the subject matter well, i.e. were familiar with the games on the shortlist. These were: Mario Kart, FIFA 20, Call of Duty (Modern Warfare), Dark Souls III, Fortnite, Doom, Fall Guys, Battlefield V, Street Fighter, Among Us, Grand Theft Auto, UNO!, The Sims, Animal Crossing, Minecraft and Skyrim.
So, now you know which games are the most likely to unleash your inner fury, but what about the most relaxing ones? Well, it turns out that playing Animal Crossing, The Sims and Skyrim was the quickest way to lower your heart rate in a 30-minute play session, so make sure you have some of them handy when playing that make you blow your lid.