Gamers Talk About The Mastering Of Difficult Games
There once was a time in a long forgotten fairytale land with icing covering every hilltop as far as the eyeball could witness where games had no difficulty settings, no mercy and no hand-holding whilst playing – this was what we were used to and if a struggle would arise from any given game; that is only your problem and your hurdle to overcome. Done.
However, today we have difficulty settings, the option to skip certain segments and the internet is littered with walkthroughs and guides to find any hidden item there is to find. There is still fun to be had – no doubt about that, but we’ve become too spoiled to play a game to the very end and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment provided to us by our own blood, sweat and tears that went into finishing the game after a gigantic struggle.
We do still have games out there capable of swinging us around the razor covered bend, that also happens to spew hot acid at our faces, by nothing other than our toe hair without the briefest sense of leniency.
A little while back we asked you folks about the toughest game you’ve completed and once again I’m here to report back to you – complete with my own added aberrations.
(The following feedback is quoted verbatim.)
Brendon Bosch: Dark Souls. The game that made this topic relevant. Many gamers have realized games are easy after taking on Dark Souls, myself included. I’ve pushed all my games to the hardest difficulty since then
I commend you for doing that alongside a generous tip of my John Marston hat. I do like a challenge myself, but when I cease to have fun with the current game I’m playing; I feel as though, in my personal opinion, it diminishes the purpose for why I play games. I play to have fun. A good self-inflicted torture session may be needed every once in a while, but I’ll never start a game on the highest difficulty. Go forth and make us all proud.
Dean Oberholzer: Hard is sometimes just a bit lame. They make it stupid instead of hard. :<
I agree – I’ve never finished a Call Of Duty on Veteran. It’s not enjoyable for me. I prefer to be challenged instead of massacred. A few games have clever ways of testing you at the hardest difficulty instead of merely ramping up the damage that is dealt to you. See my examples here.
Brendon Bosch: Yeah. Know that. Games with a lot of enemies with bullets flying everywhere. I think that’s why I love Dark Souls so much. It’s hard but fair. Every obstacles Le can be overcome if you concentrate and don’t get cocky
I don’t think I’ve ever heard about the game being fair. More like it gets interesting and more manageable once you’ve become accustomed to it. We’d like to hear you thoughts on it being fair.
Nesto: God of war on God mode… That game cost me two remotes and therapy.
You have my respect. I tried playing two God Of War games on Hard; not even God mode and I got my heinie served to my on a rusty sharp-edged platter. I do believe therapy and two broken controllers may have been a worthy sacrifice for your deserved bragging rights. An action to inspire us all.
Dean Oberholzer: LOL. I like how therapy was just thrown in there.
My agreement is brightly shown here as well. Anger management, perhaps?
GJ Ram: I agree with Nesto.. God of war on God mode and God of war II on titan mode.. the latter pushed me to the extent whr i literally broke my controller out of frustration!
It seems as though you have to take out insurance on your controllers when tackling God Of War on any difficulty above Normal. Maybe the manufacturers are in cahoots with the developer of God Of War; make even more money from broken controllers. One may only speculate.
Caveshen “CaViE” Rajman: Easy enough. Guitar Hero on Expert. Even then, I’ve not quite mastered that difficulty.
How you guys take on the rhythm game genre on Expert difficulty is undoubtedly beyond me. I am a complete and utter tenderfoot when it comes to these games. Yes, I barely manage on Easy. I enjoy it, but I’m afraid to ramp up the challenge; my feelers may dislocate and fall to the floor. (That sounded a bit like lyrics, don’t you think?)
NeoN: Contra 2, cause I ain’t mastered anything else. xD lol
Ah, nostalgia. I played this game to death when I was considerably younger. It’s certainly fun, but becomes so hectic after a while, I’m surprised you didn’t mention your controller hugging the nearest wall.
Yashaar Mall: I think I’ll go for games that are extremely tough in the most difficult settings and that I’ve mastered. Fifa in ultimate difficulty is ruthless and I’m pretty good in that. And I’m in online division 1 and staying there. Also, before I stopped playing, I was extremely proficient with manual aiming in Red Dead Redemption.
A commendation to you as well. I tried manual aiming in what is my favourite Rockstar game and I ended up looking like a inebriated butterfingered nitwit. My ammo didn’t last and I felt so useless at a game I was previously enjoying and breezing through.
Dom van Blerk: The Binding Of Isaac and Spelunky. Okay, I haven’t mastered Spelunky yet. It’s too bloody difficult.
I’ve not played either one of these games, but from what I’ve heard – Spelunky is worthy to be called “bloody difficult”. I’ll give this one a try alongside Dark Souls one day after I’ve managed to fly and wander across the sun.
Difficult games are by no means bad – it keeps us on our toes and in some cases the challenge enhance the experience. I find that to be the case in stealth focused games and contrastingly in Call of Duty’s Zombies. Not every gamer will enjoy to be molested by a game he / she once enjoyed and not all gamers would like to breeze though a game if enough controllers have not been thrown at their siblings or enough blood has been spilled. If you haven’t had a chance to brag about the games you have overcame despite the game taking the occasional toilet treatment on you, why not drop us a comment below?