5 Games Still Enjoyable On The Most Difficult Setting
In between all the debates regarding politics, economics and pretty much all the things I’m not quite fond of, I’ve wondered about games and their difficulty settings.
I do like a challenge, but most games and their hardest difficulty settings are mostly avoided by myself and I don’t want to torture myself for hours on end for an achievement. However, I did play a few games in the past on these settings and found them to be an absolute joy, rather than a session of “What swear words can I scream the hardest and use to summarise my present feelings.”
When saying: “absolute joy”, make no mistake, it wasn’t without effort on my part and buckets of patience. There really is quite a few games I tried and after a while called it quits.
I play games for the joy to be had with them and it’s my own personal form of therapy. Let’s examine the candidates that didn’t inspire thoughts of killing younglings and their household pets.
Batman Arkham Asylum
This one is due to my love for Batman and a combat system that really sank its hooks into me. When playing on the hardest setting you have no indicator for when an enemy is about to attack and the enemies are less easily put down.
One thing that helped my success was the fact that I played the game on PC more than a few times. I’m too embarrassed to name a number; let’s just say that it would require more than two hands to count the amount of playthroughs I did. (Don’t judge me, it was the second game I bought after acquiring a new graphics card. First graphics card, mind you. Yeah, I was behind by miles at that time.)
It made me pay much more attention during a fight. Running in and mashing the attack button won’t suffice. Batman will have his ass beaten by tough-guys and their manly and glistening steel pipes. A challenge with enough to keep you going.
Also, Scarecrow sequences for the win.
The Darkness II
Not everyone’s favourite game and also game of the year for some. (Smiley face.)
I admit that some people really disliked the game, but, hey, to each his own.
Tackling this one on Don difficulty wasn’t frustrating, it made it more fun to use your Darkness powers with strategy, rather than just eviscerating everyone and their bottom halves without fear of having one of your own tentacles forces in one’s own orifices.
Splinter Cell Conviction
If you scroll back up you’ll see that I said that I don’t want to mutilate myself for hours on end for the sake of an achievement. I played Conviction through on Realistic difficulty without the achievement registering. Kind of sucky, I admit, but hey, it was fun and I’ll tackle it again some other time.
What made this one extremely rewarding was the fact that the enemies can spot you so easily and you have to be careful, otherwise the enemies will mark and execute Sam Fisher, instead of vice-versa.
Running in regardless and melee-ing won’t help your cause.
Cutting it close has a new meaning after this venture.
Taken from an undisclosed source that Mafia II holds the record for the most amount times being sworn in a video game, it still managed to stay fun after having played through on Normal and staring up another playthrough on Hard.
Not many people I know, played this, enjoyed it and held its name high. Some people were put off by different aspects. Some the driving. Some the shooting. Some didn’t play it.
I really liked it, as well as its brief and unresolved ending. (I felt like shit when the credits started.)
Strangely enough, my motivation for playing through were not the Playboy posters. (Second smiley face.) I just genuinely enjoyed the game and its story.
Not much else to say, besides: Stay in cover, die a lot, learn where the baddies come from and victory!
Yes, it was unavoidable for me to leave this one leave this one out of yet another feature. (Third smiley face.)
I finished this game on 1999 Mode without using a Dollar Bill vending machine over the past weekend and boy, oh boy, was that awesome.
So many enemies that posed little than average danger than the rest absolutely stomped me into the ground and I really had to think quick and avoid getting too confident.
I’d have to say that the Siren battles and the final encounter held the most challenge, but staying cool and thinking quick was the recipe for success.
Not once did I feel like rage-quitting and really enjoyed the game for a *cough* fourth *cough* time. (Damn, who’s burning tires all of a sudden in this non-spacious room?)
So many times did I feel like I wasn’t going to be able to get past this encounter, but lo and behold I did it. As well as quite a few other gamers according to Trueachievements.
My personal perfect example of how a challenge can be handled with thought and scraping through by the skin of you bum.
That’s my personal list of games I finished on the highest difficulties and still enjoyed the experience. (Probably the only ones at that.)
Now’s your turn to brag about games you’ve completed and enjoyed. So please, bombard us with comments and show your superior perseverance.