TGR's Matt takes a look at his reasons for kicking off each gaming session on the Easy setting.
I always start on medium/normal.. Easy mode isn't how the game would have been designed and tested for.
I agree, medium/normal is where I start. Easy is just too easy :) You dont get the same experience, that you would when playing it on medium/normal.
Hardest for me unless I'm running through some trophies. Easy is for small children and casual/non-gamers. If you're playing on easy, you might as well just watch somebody else play. Obviously besides the experience of you controlling the action, there's usually very little challenge and therefore little to no sense of accomplishment. I would always wonder why one of my friends back in the day would rent/buy a game and run through it on easy. He'd finish in hours, or just a couple sessions and I always thought it was a ridiculous waste of time and money unless you like spending $60 to watch an interactive movie, because that's pretty much what it comes down to when you're just going through the motions with little resistance or consequences.
I find myself playing on easy for games that I don't particularly like, but that still have a semi-interesting story. I won't mention which ones I've done this for, for fear of the flames, haha.
For games like DMC where the harder difficulties unlock more boss attack patterns, etc. I feel like you can really miss out. To fight Nelo/Vergil without seeing his phantom swords makes the fight feel incomplete.
Because you suck ***! jk jk. Seriously though, i hate playing games on easy, makes it unchallenging and boring imo.
I play on normal by default. I usually only play on the difficult setting when I am chasing a trophy.
hardest setting for me. enjoyed akunu mode on evil within
Normal for me. I feel that's what the game was designed for and has the best balance. Too many games make the enemies bullet sponges and do extra damage. Suddenly a burst shot to the chest has to be half a clip and a headshot doesn't kill with one round and it throws the game right off. If you want to make a game harder make the AI smarter or at least up the enemy count. Don't do cheap adjustments to the damage system. I'll only play hard on a second play through.
Some games are a cheap form of hard, but good ones force you to learn and use all gameplay mechanics. On easy and sometimes normal you can just run through everything, never take cover, never play defense, never learn combos, fly past everyone with ease in racing games, etc. On the hardest difficulties you need to gas brake turn draft, etc. properly in a racing game, use stealth and cover, attack from range or flank enemies, master combos blocking parrying, etc. Hardest = challenging = forced to master the gameplay mechanics = accomplishment. Anything less is just entertainment.
I always play in normal with the exception of when a game isn't that good I'll drop it to easy just to push through as fast as possible. I did this on Deadpool.
It depends on what I am playing.
Playing games on easy feels like a total waste of my money to me. Normal then hard later
I play on easy to feed my superiority complex its that simple!
All depends on the game for me and how much time I want to spend on it.
You're not all that into them?
I normally do normal by default, but when I'm playing call of duty's SP I go for the highest difficulty because I wanna to get the most trophies from the campaign story. But everything else I keep s**t simple because Its not fun on easy, and it's too boring on hard. And that's how I stay a happy gamer.
Starting on hard I find helps me slow down and appreciate all the game mechanics more.
depending on the game i will start on normal or hard
I play games on normal first to enjoy the story without the potential frustration of hard modes blocking me for a while.
Been playing games so long now that playing on Easy is just not worth my time. I play games to get challenged and to become better at the game. Taking in the story and the sights when you have fought your way to get there is so more rewarding. Easy mode is nice for newcomers. And that's all.
allways on the last hard here.
Well my backlog of games is forcing me to play on easy. I usually play games on the highest difficulty level but that backlog is why I'm playing on easy
only a wussy would play any game on easy. Easy is boring. Medium is fun. Hard is fun plus challenging. Hardest is fun but stuff will be broken. Bloodborne is perfect.
I play games on easy if there's a really good story I don't want interrupted through repetitive deaths and restarts.
I played Bloodborne as a waste of skin NG+++, that's how I roll.
I used to focus more on easy, but these days I go the route of normal, because it's the just the right challenge for me.
depends... if a game has a trophy for playing on the hardest setting, i'll play on that setting to reduce the amount of times i have to play the game. if there's not difficulty trophy, i'll play on normal, usually. if the game isn't that difficult to begin with, and has no difficulty trophy, i'll play on the hardest setting as well. edit: i will only play on easy when i'm cleaning up trophies.
I always start at the hardest available. I've always been of the opinion that, if I want to experience the character's struggle the way it was intended, it can't really be very balanced. I get more out of games the first time around when I struggle and it inevitably makes me better. Hard is the new Normal.
It's your game. Play it on whatever setting you want.
I play on the hardest difficulty if a trophy is involved or if it is just too easy.
Hard mode on Yakuza 4... full of regret. You dont get the completion trophy unless you play on Normal mode. Who'd want to replay the game in normal when your characters are max level with godly items?
I play all games on hard - makes them last longer! I also am a sucker for hard/punishing games, +400hrs in Bloodborne/Dark Souls series. I also enjoy removing as much of the HUD as possible in games to add immersion, as long as the gameplay does not become too hard to play. I am not a fan of the hand-holding trend in games lately. PRESS X TO RELOAD - always thought that was a sad one (blasted across the screen when your clip is running dry in a shooter).
Well I've been a gamer since 1991 and started with the NES and I always play on the easiest setting.
The main source of a challenge I want is from multiplayer. I like fighting the best players I can find in Street Fighter but if I'm playing an action game I just want fun, which doesn't translate to dying and repetition. I want to ensure a smooth experience. Of course, there's times when I will choose normal/hard, specifically it depends on the game and my preferences, plus if I already played it or if I shoot for Trophies. When I was younger I always chose Normal, often Hard. Now I'm of zero patience so I don't do it as often. Why would I want to grind in an RPG to kill damage sponges? The exception to this is TRPGs, I love needing to be tactical. I don't like wasting time getting frustrated so Souls games are horrible to me, same for any game filled with repetition, like Dungeon Crawlers. Everyone has preferences, it doesn't make them more or less hardcore. I mean, my favorite genres are Fighting, Visual Novel, Tactical RPG, Card Game, Board Game, ect, so my difficulty is derived from people or tactical issues, strategy, not from a game designed to put you on edge, barely giving you the tools to win. No thanks.
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