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Community Poll #13

On 07/15/2013 at 02:18 PM by Chris Yarger

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What difficulty do you normally begin with whenever you play a new game? Why?




07/15/2013 at 02:40 PM

Normal.  I like to be able to finish a game without being overly frustrated.  Plus, I would like to enjoy the story without losing patience with the game.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/15/2013 at 02:44 PM

Normal, but sometimes I make it easy.  I play Mass Effect on easy, because I'm just playing it for the story. 


07/15/2013 at 02:59 PM

I did the same thing because I couldn't get a handle on the combat at first and I wanted to experience the story.


07/15/2013 at 02:53 PM

The normal, or medium, setting.  Basically because I like a challenge but I also don’t like a game to be unfairly difficult. 

I also believe that in most games, the normal difficulty setting is what the game is designed around, so in choosing “easy” or “hard” I’m not getting what is intended.  I’m just playing a game where they just jacked up (or down) the enemies hit points, weapon damage, etc.


07/15/2013 at 02:57 PM

usually normal. If there's a recommended difficulty setting I always try that out  as well. I like to play the game the way it was mean't to be played, i believe normal is the way they envisioned the game...usually


07/15/2013 at 02:57 PM

Lately I've been starting games with the default settings, which is usually the middle difficulty or normal difficulty. Somehow I feel that the developers designed this setting as the best experience of the game. Easy usually takes away the tension of the game and Hard reduces the pace of the game to a crawl. I respect Hard mode in games, but I have to really love the mechanics to stay with it for very long.


07/15/2013 at 03:14 PM

I do easy, so I can go through and get the collectibles that I can get. thenI work my way up.


07/15/2013 at 03:16 PM

I used to start with easy or normal, but now a days, I'm heading more in the hard direction. If I can get past a game in hard mode, then it makes it easier to enjoy the game in easy mode. Simply put, I do the hard stuff first, then I go back and replay it easier to fully enjoy.


07/15/2013 at 03:43 PM

I always start in Normal, as a kid I would choose easy and work my way up but through my teenage years to now Ive always chosen normal and gone from there.


07/15/2013 at 04:15 PM

Normal, f*** hard mode. Smile

Nick DiMola Director

07/15/2013 at 04:20 PM

Since most stuff I've played over the last five or so years has been for review, I've gotten used to just playing on the default settings. I rarely start on a tougher setting, unless the game makes it clear that someone at my experience/skill level should be playing at that setting.

Before the days of reviewing games, I used to start on a harder setting to see if it was approachable and would only lower the challenge level if I was being annihilated.


07/15/2013 at 04:36 PM

I always start on Normal since that's the way they meant the game to be played by the majority of people. If it wasn't challenging enough then I bump up the difficulty on the next playthrough.

Halo games are the only ones where I start out on Heroic difficulty everytime. Bungie always said Heroic was the way Halo was meant to be played and it's a ton of fun, it's always perfectly balanced for me right inbetween Normal mode and Legendary mode. On Skyrim I started out on Apprentice difficulty but my character has gotten so strong that I'm now playing the game at Master difficulty and it's still not too difficult.

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/15/2013 at 06:55 PM


I definitely started out easy as a kid, then worked up from there if it wasn't challenging enough; now I usually start normal, and get a feel for it there, then complete hard mode if I like the game enough.

Depending on the game though, some are boring outside hard mode, too frustrating outside easy mode, etc., it's a case-by-case basis thing. Games like Elite Beat Agents that are just addicting, I'll beat on the highest difficulty, others like Metal Gear Solid, I won't even touch the highest difficulty.


07/15/2013 at 07:29 PM

I usually play on normal and then go from there. If it's something that I really love or have mastered, I might go for the higher difficulty levels.


07/15/2013 at 07:37 PM

Normal setting since usually this is the recommended setting for the game and if i feel a game is tough like Two Worlds two i put it on easy lol!!!


07/15/2013 at 08:01 PM

I'll start out on Normal, but depending on the game, sometimes I go for easy. Most of the time, I play story-driven games, and I'm more interested in the story than I am the combat, so I frequently end up playing on easy.


07/15/2013 at 08:02 PM

I play on easy and normal if I have no choice.  I have too many games to go through, so I like to play through games a little fast.  If I like the game, I'll play it again on normal.  If I really love the game, I'll play the harder settings. 

Captain N

07/15/2013 at 09:29 PM

I usually go on the default setting to get the feel of the game, and if want to up the ante, I go on hard after I beat the game.


07/15/2013 at 10:35 PM


something usually comes up that takes me away from fully comuning with my new game.

What? Stop looking at me like that just cause I used the word "comune"...

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

07/15/2013 at 10:54 PM

Normal. I would like to think that a game on the default difficulty would give me enough of a challenge, but not too much to enjoy the game.

Chris Yarger Community Manager

07/16/2013 at 09:15 AM

I normally pick the difficulty according to what type of game I'm playing. If it's a strategy-based game, I prefer a challenge. If it's a button masher like Ninja Gaiden or DMC, I'll start it on Normal.

Chris Iozzi Staff Alumnus

07/16/2013 at 12:04 PM

Always normal. I will quit a game before I kick it down to easy. Hard mode? I think I don't trust it. Like I feel like they break the game mechanics to make it harder and theres a better chance I'll get screwed by some imbalance or oversight. I feel like Normal was the way the game was intended to be experienced, if its a tad too easy or a tad too hard for me, so be it.


07/16/2013 at 07:52 PM

Normal. If I play on easy, I don't feel like I've really completed it but I might not want to go through it again right then, which is a conundrum I don't want to be in lol. And I'm afraid I'll get stuck or really frustrated on hard, so I don't want to start there. If I really like a game, though, I'll probably go back through on hard.


07/17/2013 at 05:35 AM

Normal. Though lately, I start a lot of shooters on Hard. This is most especially true if it's a sequel to game I've played. I think they are making some of these so easy you don't even have to pay attention to plow through a level!


07/26/2013 at 06:36 PM

Normal. I feel like Normal is the way the game is intended to be played, and harder difficulties are when you want an additional challenge beyond the standard. 

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