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How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by TripOpt55 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:48 am

Was wondering what difficulty do you guys normally play on? Does it matter upon genre or game type? Will you turn the difficulty down if things aren't going well?

I pretty much always just play on normal first. And then if I play it again will often up the difficulty (thought sometimes not). I was going to say I've never played anything on easy, but I just thought about it and I believe I did on Contra 4 and it doesn't even let you playthrough the whole thing on that level. I deserved that for turning it down. Also I imagine some games normal now are kind of last-gen's easy too.
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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by volvocrusher on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:02 am

It really varies on what type of game. Anything strategy and I usually crank it down to easy like X-Com or Starcraft. Outside there I usually give the first level a shot on hard and turn it down from there depending on how many cheap deaths I get. Something like Call of Duty which is full of them I play on the easiest, but in Halo I can't play on anything lower than Heroic.
Whether I'm playing for the story also matters. Bioshock for instance had pretty bad combat but a cool story and world so that was at easy.

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Post by Nephilimi on Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:27 am

Whatever the trophies tell me to do.

Otherwise usually on easy.

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Post by Miraculous Kaydybug on Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:00 am

Third Person Shooters and Action or Turn Based RPGs usually hard. If it's a series that I'm really familiar with and find fairly easy like Kingdom Hearts anything I'll crank it up as high as it goes.

Most fighters I play on either normal or hard usually depends on who I'm playing as. If i use my main and am good at the game i put it up as high as it will go. With Yukiko on P4A i can't play on anything lower than hell or I'll get bored. It also depends on how cheap the last boss is too.

Anything else normal. I don't really like anything on easy unless i REALLY suck at it, or it's the first Mass Effect and I'm only playing it to carry my save over to 2 which I'll play on Insanity anyways.

Wow i have changed back in 06 I used to play EVERYTHING on easy.

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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by Krubixcube on Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:07 am

I usually play on normal in a first playthrough even when everyone says "it's SO EASY MAN!"...I broke that rule with Bioshock Infinite and regret it because I realized I wasn't playing the game for the challenge of it. Which brings me to my main point:

depends what I'm playing the game for. I'm playing Odin Sphere on easy because I couldn't give two shits about the gameplay, I'm only playing for the story so I don't care if I make the shitty gameplay easier to get the story bits faster. That said...Odin Sphere had these stupid frustrating moments of just cheapness because it's poorly designed, otherwise I would have kept playing it on normal.

I tend to only play hard on second playthroughs (or more), and I really enjoy it in games like MGS or something where the enemy placement makes the game harder. But I don't like hard difficulties where the values just change if that makes sense. Like theenemies just have more health and you take more damage. I like it when the challenge goes up more organically.

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Post by ajapam on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:47 pm

I always play on Normal except for certain games. I'll turn RPGs down to easy if I want to finish them quickly, I adjust fighting or racing games until they're a fun challenge. Anything that thrives on it's difficulty will be left on hard. Fuck playing Dark Souls 2 on easy
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Post by TheMatt on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:51 pm

The only game I've ever turned the difficulty down to easy is Catherine... but that's just because so many people went on-and-on about how much of a kick in the balls Normal was. I usually only go up to Hard difficulty if it is a franchise I am familiar with. Like I'll play God of War on Hard or Titan right away... I also played the Batman games on Hard... because I liked the challenge of not seeing the indicator flash before the baddies swung at you.

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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by AlexC-25 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:16 pm

I usually start with easy, to get a better look at the game and learn the mechanics and if I fell I want some challenge or that i'm ready, I change to normal and I guess from there I can go to hard depending on how i'm doing at the game.
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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by Captain N on Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:45 pm

I usually go with default, I mainly use that to scout my surroundings of the game better plus I actually want to enjoy the game. If it's a familiar game I know like the back of my hand, I up the difficulty. Also upping the difficulty on some games makes you think twice about what you're gonna do and sometimes makes you use different tactics. I enjoy a good challenge but not to the point I get cheap deaths and such.
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Post by SanAndreasX on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:10 pm

I play on Normal or Hard. Most "easy" modes are too easy for me. I like my games with some teeth.

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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by TripOpt55 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:24 am

TheMatt wrote:The only game I've ever turned the difficulty down to easy is Catherine... but that's just because so many people went on-and-on about how much of a kick in the balls Normal was. I usually only go up to Hard difficulty if it is a franchise I am familiar with. Like I'll play God of War on Hard or Titan right away... I also played the Batman games on Hard... because I liked the challenge of not seeing the indicator flash before the baddies swung at you.
I wish I played the Batman games on Hard. I hated those indicators you are talking about. Not to mention the game could have used some more difficulty in its combat.
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Re: How do you decide what difficulty to play on?

Post by volvocrusher on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:37 am

I've never played Batman on anything below hard. I'd put that, Gears, Halo, and Mass Effect 2/3 on the games I can't play on anything below hard. Though ME3's because the game's stupidly easy on anything below Veteran.

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Post by Motinator on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:55 pm

When I first started playing games I always played on Easy. Since I've been any good at games, I've played on normal. The only game I can think of, which I started on hard, is Ratchet and Clank: ACIT. I'd say I enjoyed it more as a result, having played all of the previous console games. Any time I repeat a game, I'll up the difficulty
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Post by Rainjar on Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:47 pm

Usually the highest difficulty they give you on the first playthrough unless it's some kinda game where I feel I need to learn some new mechanics first. If it's story based I usually play on medium just to try and avoid those parts where you get stuck for ages that it just ruins everything.

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Post by avidacridjam on Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:47 pm

Usually I play on Normal, even when its a game series or genre that I'm not familiar with. It's one of the ways I know if the game is going to work for me. The only games I can recall playing again on harder modes is God of War, several Halo games and Street Fighter II. I don't remember feeling the drive to go back for anything else.

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