Are Games Too Easy These Days?

Remember the days when you had power bars in most games? Remember when you didn't get an infinite amount of continues, and had to earn points to gain extra lives? Those games had a level of difficulty that was challenging and penalizing. You had to play good for a consistent amount of time to even reach a boss. Let's take a look at some classical examples.

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Jio2541d ago

Most games are too easy, but when the developer puts their mind to it they can make some frustratingly hard games. Take a look at Demons Souls, and the upcoming Dark Souls

caperjim2541d ago (Edited 2541d ago )

Years ago developers made games difficult to make up for little content. If they make a game hard with few continues it will take longer to beat which means more replay value.

These days games are longer with more replay value then ever before. There isnt need to make games "hard". There is usually the option to manually increase the difficulty for a game. Unlike before you now get proof of doing so with an achievement or trophy.

DeFFeR2541d ago

Exactly - if you make a game "too hard" the people thinking that will just migrate to a different game that they are more comfortable and enjoy playing more.

There are those of us who like a challenge, and then there are those of us who just like a great story - regardless of the difficulty during the progression.

I like to think that I'm a decent blend of both, but if you have a great story, I could care less if it's the easiest game ever.

badz1492541d ago

"These days games are longer with more replay value then ever before." - LONGER? you mean, SHORTER? and by REPLAY VALUE you mean MULTIPLAYER? those are exactly what most games are doing these days and it's damn frustrating!

"There isn't need to make games "hard"." - WHAT? we have enough casual games already, so at least with core games personally I would like dev to ramp up the difficulty a bit but not with the like of grenade spam (CoD) or cheapshots like AK47 kill from a mile away!

nowadays, even on hard setting many games are not hard at all. many of my favorite games fall into this category like Batman AA, inFAMOUS, JC2, MoH etc. and just recently KZ3 which poses no real challenges on Elite! and this is coming from an average gamer!

PygmelionHunter2541d ago

All games should come with difficulty settings IMO, this includes having an option to disable the tutorial levels/text bubbles, etc.

barkingspace2541d ago

Scalable difficulty is the way to do it.

But there are so many games nowadays, I don't think I would want to spend all of my time hammering my head against the wall just for one game.

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