What is the Importance A Game’s Difficulty Level?

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A video game always have a difficulty level. Sometimes the player can change it while there are some games doesn’t allow to change the difficulty of the game. Also there are some games they does have a reputation as a “Tough Game to beat”. What is this Difficulty Level in Games?

Dark Souls 3
Screenshot from Dark Souls 3 : Image from Ars Technica

Basic Game Difficulty Levels

We can find many games gives the chance to select the game difficulty at the beginning of the game. Basically, this allows the player to select the difficulty level which suits their playing style.

Basic difficulty level types you can find like as follows.

  • Story Only – Fights are much easier this level is for story lovers and the people who need to beat the game quickly.
  • Intermediate – Enemies are much more difficult and this level offers you a balanced experience for regular gamers.
  • Hard – Tough gameplay waiting for you in this mode fitting for the people who needs a challenge.
  • Nightmare – Some games offer this difficulty which is ridiculously hard. Sometimes developers changes gameplay mechanics exclusively this type (such as ‘No Health Regeneration’).

Balancing of Gameplay Difficulty

As we mentioned earlier, a game always have a difficulty level. This is mainly for to keep the player attached to the game. As you may experienced when you play a game, if the game is too easy, you’ll get bored and your enthusiasm will be gone. In the other hand when a game is too hard, you’ll be frustrated. So balancing is these two ends is the key to keep the player in the game.

Games which allows you to change the difficulty

Like I said earlier, some games allow the player to change the difficulty at the beginning. For examples you can get Witcher Games, Far Cry Series, and Batman Arkham Franchise and much more.

Some games even allow you to change the difficulty in the middle of the gameplay (When you think the game is too easy or too hard). For examples you’ll find Bethesda’s Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises.

Games which doesn’t allow you to change the difficulty

Some games doesn’t allow you to change the difficulty level at all. The difficulty will depend on your decisions in the game, player level, game progress and other in game mechanics. Games like Dark Souls, Early Assassin’s Creed Games fit into this category.

Conclusion

So, from this article, we learnt many things about the game’s difficulty. Why we require that. It’s your’s to decide what difficulty you should go. Through the difficulty levels, you can the best way to play the game.

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