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Do you play new games on hard mode to begin with?

RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,776 Valuable Player
edited April 20 in Off-Topic
I've always set 2D games or VR games to Normal mode if there's an option for difficulty, but I just wondered if anyone uses hard mode to begin with? I can't play through a game once again once I've finished it and I don't know if selecting normal is the best way to play a game. Do you reckon a game should be played on hard to begin with or is hard mode just there for if you want to play the game again?

I've always wondered what difficulty level the game devs expect you to play on when it's a new game.

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  • saami81saami81 Posts: 164
    Art3mis
    depends on game. Story-driven games i play on easy, because for me they are like interactive movies and doing same part multiple times ruins the experience for me.
    Games like Doom, Creed etc.. i put as hard as i can while still having some kind of change to beat them.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,776 Valuable Player
    @saami81 - Yes, I suppose that makes sense. I'm playing The Last Of Use on PlayStation, which is story driven and I have it set to normal. I choose to do this though because it's my first time using a PS controller and I suck at aiming.

    Normal seems to give me a good balance at present in this game, but I hope there's not a load more Zombie hordes further into the game or i might struggle with the aiming.

    I'm really enjoying the story of The Last Of Use and I am determined to finish this game.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,153 Valuable Player
    Depends. I start on Normal and if it's too easy or too difficult then I adjust accordingly. These days though the vast majority of games that are Normal difficulty are the equivalent of Easy 30 years or so ago.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • JD-UKJD-UK Posts: 2,298 Valuable Player
    I prefer a "mix & match" - such as 7 Days To Die, for example, has a large number of options to tailor the game to how you want to play, so you can have some things set to really difficult (such as zombie spawning & aggression) whilst making the game less frustrating (by eg making crafting faster). That's probably why it has been my number 1 survival game as far as played hours goes, for 4 years now.




  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,061 Valuable Player
    Normal mode first....unless I know the genre well and seen some twitch footage of the game ahead of time....then I might go up. 
  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 817
    3Jane
    edited April 21
    Hard mode 9 times out of 10, especially FPSs. Hard is usually the difficulty level developers had in mind. Normal is for the casual market. Hard mode makes you really value resources and git gud. Game lasts longer too.
  • Epona0000Epona0000 Posts: 35
    Brain Burst
    normal mode for me - i still love "In Death" -- but it's embarrassing when my high score is 35k.. and the top players on the leaderboard are.. 31M...  :/
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,776 Valuable Player
    edited April 22
    Well I've decided on normal mode for now on the PlayStation. Mainly down to the fact I really suck at aiming with these PS controllers. It's weird because a PS controller is much better then using a keyboard, but aiming with a controller is difficult to master and a mouse is much better.

    I wish they could come up with a device that does both things good, but I can't think of a way anyone could do that. You need 2 hands on the controller so it can't just replace the keyboard.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,776 Valuable Player
    Just had to change to easy mode for a bit on PlayStation and the game The Last Of Use. I tried for like 1 hour to complete this level with a Zombie and I just couldn't do it with the free aim. Had to turn snap to aim on the PS to get decent aiming with these PS controllers.
  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 817
    3Jane
    edited April 23
    I played Dying Light on hard mode the first time. Night time was terrifying. I refused to leave the safe house at night till I was like level 40. That game in VR would be the ultimate.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,776 Valuable Player
    @jayhawk - Is that game any good? I've had it sitting in my Steam library for ages and never played it.
  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 817
    3Jane
    edited April 23
    RedRizla said:
    @jayhawk - Is that game any good? I've had it sitting in my Steam library for ages and never played it.
    I'll just put it this way. It's in my top 3 games of all time. I absolutely loved it, but I am a bit biased. I like FPSs and zombie games. Play it on hard. Eventually you get tough lol.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,153 Valuable Player
    I'm in Hard Mode whenever I think about @vannagirl's wobbly bits :heart:
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 817
    3Jane
    snowdog said:
    I'm in Hard Mode whenever I think about @vannagirl's wobbly bits :heart:
    I should have seen this coming....
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,153 Valuable Player
    jayhawk said:
    snowdog said:
    I'm in Hard Mode whenever I think about @vannagirl's wobbly bits :heart:
    I should have seen this coming....

    I can send you a video if you want to give me your credit card details, then you'll see it cumming.

    Where's that coat..?
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • bigmike20vtbigmike20vt Posts: 4,089 Valuable Player
    edited May 8
    RedRizla said:
    I've always set 2D games or VR games to Normal mode if there's an option for difficulty, but I just wondered if anyone uses hard mode to begin with? I can't play through a game once again once I've finished it and I don't know if selecting normal is the best way to play a game. Do you reckon a game should be played on hard to begin with or is hard mode just there for if you want to play the game again?

    I've always wondered what difficulty level the game devs expect you to play on when it's a new game.
    god no!
    with so many games to play and not enough time to play them, i am a normal kind of guy.

    exceptions are games i played a prequel to and am already proficient at or co-op games where the difficulty does not scale well.  (eg gears of war for instance... tho gears 4 is my 1st game i did not beat on insane, i found it had too many cheesy deaths to play on insane and having "no revives" just made it less fun imo so i did that on hardcore).

    most games i play for the story narrative. Also another problem is AI or lack of.....
    too many games increase difficulty by adding cheese points - spawning bad guys from areas you already cleared so they cant possibly come from  OR by making them bullet sponges.

    bullet sponges i hate.  "monster" games i can forgive a bit but a headshot is a headshot and this is something which really annoys me in games like the division. I would much rather they upped the enemy count or made the enemy take cover better etc rather than an entire clip of headshots only doing 50% damage.
    Fiat Coupe, gone. 350Z gone. Dirty nappies, no sleep & practical transport incoming. Thank goodness for VR :)
  • jayhawkjayhawk Posts: 817
    3Jane
    snowdog said:
    jayhawk said:
    snowdog said:
    I'm in Hard Mode whenever I think about @vannagirl's wobbly bits :heart:
    I should have seen this coming....

    I can send you a video if you want to give me your credit card details, then you'll see it cumming.

    Where's that coat..?
    hmmm.....did you ever get that lingerie?
  • morsifymorsify Posts: 17
    NerveGear
    edited May 8
    jayhawk said:
    I played Dying Light on hard mode the first time. Night time was terrifying. I refused to leave the safe house at night till I was like level 40. That game in VR would be the ultimate.
    Have you tried it using the VR 'tweak'? I'd probably buy it if it was genuinely playable in VR.

    I read this somewhere and kept a note of it in case I bought it:
    Apparently you have to go to:
    DOCUMENTS / DYING LIGHT / OUT / SETTINGS
    Find the VIDEO.SCR file and open with the notepad.
    Add the command: OculusEnabled ()
    Save & play
    There are some visual problems but you can then play in VR. I'd be interested to know how good or bad it looks/plays if anyone tries it.


    Back on topic, I start games on normal. If I enjoy it I play again on harder levels, or normal again without missing any secrets/kills etc the second time. 
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,153 Valuable Player
    jayhawk said:
    snowdog said:
    jayhawk said:
    snowdog said:
    I'm in Hard Mode whenever I think about @vannagirl's wobbly bits :heart:
    I should have seen this coming....

    I can send you a video if you want to give me your credit card details, then you'll see it cumming.

    Where's that coat..?
    hmmm.....did you ever get that lingerie?

    Give me your credit card details and you might find out  :o:D:D:D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • bauuubassbauuubass Posts: 7
    NerveGear
    New games are always on Normal for me, I guess I feel like it is how the game should be played the first time, cause it's normal :D if you do feel like you're a pro in a certain genre or type of game, than it's a different story I guess. :D
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