Difficulty in Gaming – Is it a Selling Point or Not?

theBitFix writes: Quick, I want you to name the hardest games released in recent memory. What comes to mind? If you’re like me the first titles that pop into your head would be games like Demon’s Souls, Devil May Cry 3, Ninja Gaiden and maybe even the recent downloadable title Spelunky. Now there’s one thing that I believe all these games have in common, difficulty as a selling point.

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pixelsword1491d ago

To be honest, I've seen one trend:

It depends on the amount of button pushing for the amount of time you have to do the pushing.

brish1491d ago

Q. Difficulty in Gaming – Is it a Selling Point or Not?
A. It depends on the gamer. Some gamers want difficulty, some do not.

knowyourstuff1491d ago

All you need to do is look at the sales figures of Demons Souls and Dark Souls.
If you can't see where I'm going with this - they both undersold, largely because of the bad game design that led them to being so difficult in the first place.
This, herein, is the difference between challenging and frustrating. God of War is challenging. Demons Souls, Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, and Devil May Cry 3 are all just stupidly frustrating with horrible game design.

pixelsword1491d ago

I don't know if they undersold, but they said that Demon's Souls was the company's all-time best seller.

brish1491d ago

"... they both undersold, largely because of the bad game design that led them to being so difficult in the first place."
- knowyourstuff

They were designed to be difficult. That's not a "bad game design" it's a major selling point for gamers that want challenging games. Like I said, some gamers want easy games and some want challenging games. Obviously, the souls games aren't for you.

I think Demon's Souls, and Dark Souls are two of the best games this generation.

Orokana1490d ago

Knowyourstuff -

What exactly was badly designed about Dark Souls?
I never encountered a fight or a situation where I died because the game messed up. It was only ever when I made a mistake that I died.

I.e Good game design.

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prototypeknuckles1491d ago

i think it is because lets think about this what was the first thing people thought of when they thought of demon/dark souls, oh man this game is tough i i gotta pick this up, same thing can be said for ninja gaiden, and the original devil may crys.

IWentBrokeForGaming1491d ago

if it is a hardcore title, it should be played as such!

the harder a game is, the harder it is to instantly beat... thus adding longevity to it!

CrimsonessCross1491d ago

Sounds like Diablo 3 logic to me. Not the greatest solution in the world...try again, please.

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Ducky1491d ago (Edited 1491d ago )

Depends on what's causing the difficulty.
Some games are difficult because there is genuine difficulty which you can overcome with practice... other games are difficult because they have broken mechanics (like a camera that won't point in the right direction)

Personally, I like it when a game gives options. MGS and DeusEx are two that come to mind off the top of my head; you can play it easy, or make it harder by setting arbitrary limits like not using any weapons, or not killing anyone.

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