FFD: “Nightmare” or “I’m too young to die?”

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For a long time, with the mind-set of a “hardcore gamer” I shunned gamers who played games on lower difficulties. I believed they robbed themselves of the proper experience of the game. For the most part, I still do – but only with some games. Some games I do still think have to be played on bastard-hard to be enjoyed properly.

Take Metro: Last Light, for example. On normal, or easy, it’s a pretty standard shooter. Play the game on ranger mode, and it’s a game of survival, where every bullet counts. The same goes for The Last of Us, which really highlights the survival aspects in its grounded mode. Diablo III (on consoles, at least) only really becomes fun once you can set the difficulty up to eleven.

That said, as I grow older (which seems to be happening at a rapid rate these days. I’m sure Time operates in a strange way we’re yet to fathom) I’ve started softening on that. Maybe it’s because I have a family and far less time to play the games I play for my own pleasure, but I’m happy to dial down the difficulty on some games, purely to experience them.

What difficulty do you play on? Do you look down on filthy casuals who play on sissy mode, or are you a big tough gamer-mans  who dials everything up to its toughest?

Last Updated: October 10, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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