Game Theory: Hard Mode is a LIE! (Sekiro Easy Mode Controversy)

  • Published: 28 April 2019
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    Lately, gamers have been up in arms about whether or not all games should have an Easy Mode. Fans of games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Dark Souls argue that the hard mode aspect of the game is part of the experience and doesn't need an easy mode. Others think games should be accessible to all gamers, no matter their skill level. Well Loyal Theorists, I'm here to tell you that Game Developers have been WAY ahead of you all for a while. You see, YOU are not actually choosing your difficulty setting - THEY ARE! That's right, all your games have been lying to you this whole time and I've got the proof!

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    Writers: Matthew Patrick
    Researcher: Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Josh Langman, Marc Schneider, Tyler Mascola, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
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Comments • 14 434

  • CamX Idontwanttofillthisin

    I totally get the difficulty adjustment in horror games, nothing kills the tension like knowing exactly what is going to happen in a game. This is exactly what happens when you play a sequence over and over again. Players become familiar with the games that that they play. Take FNAF for example, the first night of the first game was terrifying, but to those who beat 20 20 20 20 mode, the game holds no fear, no terror, because the fear of the unknown has worn off. Therefore it makes perfect sense to keep players from playing a particular sequence too long. Horror games work on a time limit that is inversely tied to the amount of time you have spent in the game world.

    • shyguygamer turtle
      shyguygamer turtle  13 hours back

      game vs other people is a little bit harder undertale all the games we had to soft reset to get the our wanted outcome skyrim and its chaos factor. what about blizzard games. tell me

      • Alekh Palakurthi
        Alekh Palakurthi  16 hours back

        Now Epic is doing the same thing with bots in Season 11

        • Jonathan Bruce
          Jonathan Bruce  24 hours back

          Reminds me of yesterday, when I played COD mobile for the first time! 22 k/ 0 deaths!! After that, never more than 15 and mostly less than 10. That first match was fun

          • Michael Davis
            Michael Davis  1 days back

            Matt pat: 0:47
            Me:unsubscribe, dislike,comment hate

            • A.M.
              A.M.  2 days back

              DDA isn't a bad thing. I remember playing Crash Bandicoot as a kid, and if anything, I wished that it would adjust SOONER. Or, hell, just let me pick an easy mode outright. I'll go back and try the harder mode later if I want a challenge. But there's something satisfying about just conpleting a task, too. But it's not as *addicting* as that endorphine rush, so screw that, right?

              • Manol Georgiev
                Manol Georgiev  2 days back

                Fun fact: Every time you die in a mission in DoW 2 your enemies lose 10% of their max health for your next deployment.
                Enemies are also always the same level as your strongest hero, so if you go too far ahead on level they just get rapidly stronger along with you. Helps keep it interesting.

                • Tariq Castillo
                  Tariq Castillo  2 days back

                  I honestly think we should be able to choose our own difficulties

                  • Aaron Jacob Amador Salazar

                    The only reason why I keep on losing at the bosses in Sekiro is because the game is a slideshow on my low-end laptop
                    The lag badly affects the controls

                    • Jeffery Kendrick
                      Jeffery Kendrick  2 days back

                      I noticed this with Mario Kart Wii several years ago.

                      • Manored
                        Manored  2 days back

                        I really dislike DDA, its hard to learn how to play the game properly if its shuffling stats around behind your back. Just give the player difficulty options.

                        • Manored
                          Manored  3 days back

                          Abe's Odyssey had no difficulty options, but if you finished the game having rescued less than half of the total mudokon slaves available for rescue in the game, you'd get a bad ending. And the game didn't warn you of this at all. It did give you the option of warping back to the beginning of the (very long) final section, in which most of the slaves were concentrated, so that you could save more.

                          I remember being really pissed about that as a kid =)

                          • Manored
                            Manored  3 days back

                            My strategy for the Souls games was wearing the heaviest armor possible, I guess I played in Ez mode.

                            (Except 3 because heavy armor is useless in 3, medium armor is the way to go)

                            • Reza Varghayi
                              Reza Varghayi  3 days back

                              It's funny cuz in mortal kombat 11 very hard mode fights against bots, the AI actually adapts to your playstyle and fucks you up more if you get predictable and i absolutely love it

                              • faiz abbas
                                faiz abbas  3 days back

                                Nobody forces you to play those games. Play at your own risk

                                • Hobojo153 alt
                                  Hobojo153 alt  4 days back

                                  ......Do you think he used the SBFP LP because it was from Matt and Pat?

                                  • HowManyGames
                                    HowManyGames  5 days back

                                    DDA is better

                                    • Kipple 1998
                                      Kipple 1998  5 days back

                                      what babies play games now, if you need an easy mode go play Fortnite. Easy, Normal, Hard at the end who to say what one calls Easy? One's easy is your Expert, children today smh.

                                      *edit* First game I bought was Guitar Hero III, I only played easy; then I got Guitar Hero Aerosmith, and went on to complete it on Expert

                                      • nock radqkdak
                                        nock radqkdak  5 days back

                                        And this is why they say qoute "game experience MAY change during online play" end qoute

                                        • Sampo Perttilä
                                          Sampo Perttilä  5 days back

                                          infinity 9 will use that but will only allow you to fight final boss on Impossible mode where you are 10% lower than it shows!

                                          • David Kim
                                            David Kim  6 days back

                                            Hollow knight: I beg to differ

                                            • Lord Vika
                                              Lord Vika  6 days back

                                              Honestly easy mode is great for casual gamers that want to see the full content of the game they paid to be able to play, so having it in a game isn't that bad. But easy mode can also be used to cheat some of the games hardest achievements, because you can play the game on easy mode and right before you beat a boss, you can switch to hard mode and beat the boss or stage on hard mode and get the achievement for it.

                                              • Johnathan Hunt
                                                Johnathan Hunt  6 days back

                                                I felt it became obvious not everyone was as good as they thought when online multiplayer became more popular...hardest mode on solo? Mastered it. Online? New born in the wild. I guess I would like easy options BUT I do want my hard mode to be a challenge. If i die 100 times dont touch the gettin the hang of it lol

                                                • Giorno Giovanna
                                                  Giorno Giovanna  6 days back

                                                  No wonder I got 20 kills and 3 deaths in bo3 first time playing it.

                                                  • Jaden Mango
                                                    Jaden Mango  7 days back

                                                    What about rubber banding in racing games?

                                                    • Undertaker
                                                      Undertaker  7 days back

                                                      All you noobs complaining ‘bout sekiro, try a real hard game, known as pong...

                                                      Online mode

                                                      • yugioh5222
                                                        yugioh5222  1 weeks back

                                                        I say get good at the game cause it take skills I beat a game I beat god of war game on the hardest difficulty it hard but take effort to beat it on hard mode so get good stop crying

                                                        • Ella Jones
                                                          Ella Jones  1 weeks back

                                                          I feel that an easy mode option is fine as long as you can choose whether you want to play easy, medium, or hard mode.

                                                          • Is me Ya Boi
                                                            Is me Ya Boi  2 weeks back

                                                            I clicked this as I was watching circletoons's animation on it

                                                            • Phoenix Dragon
                                                              Phoenix Dragon  2 weeks back

                                                              Older games never had a difficulty choice, hell there was a time games never saved.

                                                              • Rodrigo Ramirez
                                                                Rodrigo Ramirez  2 weeks back

                                                                Who else in here is a Gears of war fan?

                                                                • S Cd
                                                                  S Cd  2 weeks back

                                                                  and you didnt even mention the gaem that reversed the dificulty where hard is easy and easy is hard

                                                                  • The Majin
                                                                    The Majin  2 weeks back

                                                                    You forgot Mariokart

                                                                    • Keosha Cathey
                                                                      Keosha Cathey  2 weeks back

                                                                      Just don't say anything and they won't attack LivePat

                                                                      Just like the death angels

                                                                      • Nincotic
                                                                        Nincotic  2 weeks back

                                                                        I’m a simple man, I see Kratos in a bib, I click

                                                                        • super egor chanel
                                                                          super egor chanel  2 weeks back

                                                                          If there is such a thing in Hollow Knight I'm going to restart

                                                                          • Victor Von Yurenmaru
                                                                            Victor Von Yurenmaru  2 weeks back

                                                                            I'm pretty sure Slime Rancher doesn't change it's difficulty so I'll assume I'm really good at this game ^^

                                                                            If spending 2 days making ranch layout is considered being good...

                                                                            • Ricarda Due
                                                                              Ricarda Due  2 weeks back

                                                                              I also think that, especially the new games, are much to easy. You (almost) never die.

                                                                              • Canon
                                                                                Canon  2 weeks back

                                                                                Atleast I can beat the cuphead platformining tutorial
                                                                                I'm now good enough to be a games journalist B)

                                                                                • jmaddy3
                                                                                  jmaddy3  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Truth be told ghost recon break point is the one game in recent memory that playing on it's hardest difficulty literally requires you to rework your play style because even the most basic of enemies will get you if you leave a body in the open or miss a shot it gets bad quick

                                                                                  • Hunter Arthur
                                                                                    Hunter Arthur  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Im sad you didn’t talk about uncharted because it’s a really good example

                                                                                    • Mr Stupid
                                                                                      Mr Stupid  2 weeks back

                                                                                      bioshock gives you a heads up before you get shot? damn, in fallout 4 the only heads up you get the the ticking of a mutant suicide.

                                                                                      • Felix Gutierrez
                                                                                        Felix Gutierrez  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I mean sure...but what about Sekiro or the Souls/Bourne mean to tell me the boss I was stuck for almost an hour or two gotten weaker? Or "adjusted" the hell if thats the case it must have been a 0.00000009% damage reduction becuase ONE SHOTS STILL ONE SHOTED. The point I am getting here was that Matt missed the point of the first question about Sekiro or the other souls games. It didn't get easier at any point a normal enemy can be alone a big threat but you get more knowledgeable to not mess up...I was stuck embarrassingly long on the first Ogre in Sekiro then I beat later bosses in one try...

                                                                                        • Felix Gutierrez
                                                                                          Felix Gutierrez  3 weeks back

                                                                                          In the great immortal words of Cranky Kong

                                                                                          Git Gud

                                                                                          • Sheeva Kamini
                                                                                            Sheeva Kamini  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Maybe here is the solution:

                                                                                            Make an "easy mode" for games, just an extended tutorial. More involved, and hand-holding for the newer / less experienced players, lowering the initial blow of difficulty, and showing that they can, in fact, gitgud.

                                                                                            • Nathan Allingham
                                                                                              Nathan Allingham  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I know I am not that good. One side of my body is slower and weaker than the other. Even then the side that is faster. It is not that fast. And my reaction time is a little delayed. My memory is not that great either. So to know that the difficulty is lessened does not make me feel cheated. It just makes me glad that I can still enjoy the game's story and mechanics. Without worrying about how bad I suck. Though I still do always strive to improve where I can. So that bit in Resident Evil 4 which always gets on my nerves, (Excluding QTE's. They are always a pain.) I may be able to get passed it no problem my next playthrough.

                                                                                              • Metal Steel
                                                                                                Metal Steel  3 weeks back

                                                                                                I can confirm that this is how halo does it too. There were too many times when I would survive with 0 hp left.

                                                                                                • Royg Garcia
                                                                                                  Royg Garcia  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  finally a good video. for once ur not trying to prove marios is ridley's jewish auntie or some shet no one cares about. props!