Easy, Normal, or Hard? What's your difficulty?
I hear/read many gamers asking this specific question: What difficulty do you play on? Now, some are new to games or simply wish to enjoy the story so they play on easier difficulties. Others embrace the challenge and decide they want a more rewarding experience. In the end, it doesn’t matter what difficulty you play as long as you enjoy the game (and you feel awesome doing it).
Still, in case you’re curious (and I know at least one person is), I thought I’d explain how I choose a difficulty when I play video games. I could easily tell you that I mostly choose harder difficulties because I’m the Super Game Geek, but that wouldn’t be any fun; especially since there are several factors that go into making my decision.
Factor 1: The Challenge. As I stated earlier, some gamers like to embrace a challenge (hence the reason I torment myself with Demons’ Souls and Dark Souls). Video games offer an opportunity to test your senses and reflexes. After playing them for such a long time, there are moments when I want to see if my eyes and thumbs are up to a tough task (such as dodging six grenades thrown towards me at once in Call of Duty: World at War on Veteran difficulty).
Factor 2: The Story. While I love a challenge, sometimes I don’t want to bash my face into my basement wall because I can’t surpass one obstacle (I also don’t want to spend any more money on controllers). Sometimes, I just want to experience the story and, for a while, live as a character in another world (who doesn’t get killed every couple of minutes). For example, I have always played the Uncharted series on Easy or Normal for the first playthrough. Once I’ve enjoyed the spectacle, I’ll usually come back for another playthrough and amp the difficulty up to Hard or Crushing.
Factor 3: The Achievements/Trophies. Sadly, you can consider me a bit of an achievement whore. But, come on! I just made it to a 100,000 Gamerscore (100,245 to be specific)! If there is no achievement or trophy for beating the game on a harder difficulty (like Saints Row: the Third), I’ll play on Easy or Normal so I can have a good time. However, when I see that I can boost my score (or collection) by overcoming a tougher difficulty, I’ll usually accept the challenge. I don’t know why I do it, but receiving recognition for beating a game on Hard or Insane (I’m looking at you Gears of War) feels good. Also, I get to brag to all my friends. What gamer doesn’t like to brag every once and a while?
Factor 4: Co-op. If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of co-op (especially couch co-op). The fact that I am able to play through an adventure with a friend/sibling (or the fiancée) is exciting. There are times when I will not play a game on Hard by myself (like Resistance: Fall of Man); but when someone I know is kicking ass by my side, I’ll change my mind and raise the difficulty. (Oh, and before I forget, damn you Resistance 2 for not having co-op campaign!)
Now wasn’t that fun? Okay, maybe not; but think of it as an eye-opener. These are the factors that run through my mind when choosing what difficulty I want to play on. Yes, I know it may seem like I’m overthinking the situation, but I’m only trying to figure out how to have the best gaming experience possible (in terms of difficulty). Maybe you’ll even have some of these thoughts next time you get your game on. Speaking of which, I want to ask you: what difficulty do you play and what helps you make that choice? Oh, and as always, thank you for reading!
Normal because 1.) it's balanced. I want the game I play to be challenging, but not frustrating, because then it's not fun, and 2.) because it's usually the default setting and I feel that's the way the game was meant to be played.
My difficulty is usually HARD on the word go. Just like a dark lord should do.
Usually normal but when it comes to Resident Evil I always pick the hardest setting straight away, which makes me panic more thus giving me a slight illusion that the new RE games are as good as the Tank-Control ones
Normal, because I want to get through a game without too much resistance.
SotD also doesnt let you skip cutscenes, i mean ill eventually go back and plat it, but its not varied enough to warrent another 2 playthroughs anytime soon -.-. Plus you pretty much have to glitch to get the "upgrade everything" trophy. This being said its not a orrible game, its just not intereting enough to play again :o.
Impressive! My first play through of Ninja Gaiden 2 was a loss of pride... but I overcame it eventually.
One word: competition.
My friends/brothers and I have always competed in certain games and when I can best them in a game, I brag that I'm better at the game, they get irritated because they can't do it, and then the whole process starts again in a new game (I don't always win, though lol). It adds to the games we play. Also, we are generally impressed at each other's accomplishments no matter what it's about because that's what friends do: they care.
I definitely agree. When you find a game you really enjoy, you find the desire to push yourself to see how good you are/can become at the game.
I get annoyed when games don't give you the trophies/achievements for lower difficulties. I made the mistake of thinking that if I beat Deadly Premonition on Hard, I'd earn the achievements for the lower difficulties. While I really enjoyed the game, that was a disappointing tidbit to discover. I know the game will be a breeze on lower difficulties, but finding the time to do multiple playthroughs proves to be an arduous task.
Some of us need that kick in the balls every once in a while (myself included).
RAGE, in general, was a disappointment. The gameplay worked like they said it would and some weapon combos were interesting; but the story, characters, and setting were just bland. Don't get me started on the ending. I'm surprised id Software wasn't attacked for that awful cutscene/credits they called an ending. There wasn't even a final boss!
Wow... kind of loss track of myself there. Apologies, but that game left a scar since I never used the final weapon since I thought I would save my ammo for the final boss. I felt like an idiot for doing that; and purchasing the game.
I usually play games starting with the easiest difficulty. If I like the game, I'll play it again on a higher difficulty to get more playtime and enjoyment out of it.
I'm not into achievement hunting, but it does give me something to do after I've beaten a game once or twice. If I need to complete a section under a certain amount of time, for example, I'll try and do it. Achievements just give me more goals to accomplish, if I want to.
Most games (bar a few like SoTD) give you the easy and medium trophies when you beat hard, so unless theres some easy to miss trophies its kinda odd o_o. Unless they unlock boosters like Darksiders, but it also wasnt THAT difficult, bar the bat-boss, laaaaaaaaame ._.
Though i do agree with your point, you should play on whatevers fun, annoyingly a lot of the fun is taken out of things due to always playing on hardest first =/, but few keep my interest enough to warrent playing again on a harder mode.
for the first like...60% of RAGE you can just punch everything in the head, i think i used bandages on very few occassions ( the Lavayathan and green squishy guys and perhaps on the very last mission) but it wasnt that difficult, fists+pop rocks=win. Whats worse is its stuck at 129/130 for completion when i know ive done everything, and really its not interesting enough to do again >_>.
I usually play on the Hardest off the bat, dont think ive came accross a game thats been "screw this im lowering the difficulty" or "im not playing anymore >=/.". This is mainly for the trophies however, otherwise id likely have gone for normal, or in some cases hard. Does this detract from the experience? in some cases, games like Uncharted i feel would have been more fun on normal and then a mopup on hard and a trial (and fail) at Crushing (gave up in the water room on 1 -.-) , but im simply not going to play it 3 times.
Now me and my buddy did play Transformers WFC on easy (i wanted hard, they moaned and refused to join my games so i had to join theres -.-) a year or so and then on hard this year, and yes, it was difficultish, would have been even moreso with bots that refuse to heal (dont need healing however) , would have annoyed me to play that solo.
Now, my experience is heavily as a mediocre gamer, I rarely "get good" at games, being as good as im going to get after like...an hour or two (granted going back to DeadSpace 1 I stuck with the cutter knowing the other guns sucked mo or less ;), only reached chapter 4 the first time however, but it was crap -.-)
Ninja Gaiden 2 wasn't that hard well for now.
I've pretty much adapted to brutal difficulties (in most games) except for 1 to 2 players on left 4 dead 2 which has a random difficulty wave n your partner AI are retarded.
Also coop games for casual or hardcore play I love coop from mario to gears of war, portal 2 and left 4 dead 2.
The one game I always put on easy mode is COD games I never actually cared for its multiplayer and I can beat the games on veteran mode but I just prefer renting it off some person who spent their money on it rather than me paying for it because the game imo is only worth a weekend rental and the online multiplayer is pretty much filler to me, I never found it interesting.
See the thing is I've seen so many brutal challenges and games trying to be hardcore that half of the time I just don't care and rather bust out the pussy easy mode and make jokes of the drama or play something cartoonish like team fortress 2 or a low tiered fighter in any beat em up (Henshin a GO GO GO BABY!).\
Ever since I've beaten DOOM on ultra violence, three games I have reached the top 100 and once top 10 on leaderboards in online games all Xbox live arcade, numerous well done speed runs all legit, and Zelda 2 I've felt more than accomplished.
Bottom line I just prefer to play a game for the laughs now heck I still go to tournaments and enjoy kicking ass or getting my ass played like the bongos.
My first play through of Ninja Gaiden 2 was master ninja mode, no biggs
I remember putting Rage on the Nightmare difficulty, expecting it to be a real nightmare since, you know, it was made by the same people who made Doom. All throughout the game I kept checking to see if I was on Normal mode . I wasn't. Disappoint. I was.
Otherwise I get a decent challenge, and achievements, from starting off on hard mode. Unless it's Ninja Gaiden 2. I ain't touching that on hard. Not for a long time.
I normaly play on normal on the new games I get. I sometimes play games on hard to get the achivement. I played Bioshock 1, Singularity and Batman arkham asylum on hard =)