Are Games Too Tough These Days?
There has been a drastic change throughout the years of gaming when it comes to difficulty of the games. Back in the old school days, we had no save files or checkpoints so it made it tougher to beat the levels or campaign in one sitting. Games from today and the past have various approaches when it comes to the difficulty mode. I“ve noticed the difference between them that were tough to beat back then and the ones today are much toned down a bit. I remember playing a lot of hard games in the past and it would take a lot of time to complete them. Nowadays games are much easier to go through with thanks to save files and checkpoints. The question in mind other than that is the actual difficulty in the game. Are games these days too tough to beat?
Many different games can be easy, normal, and hard. Yes they can be too tough depending on your playing style and how you interact with it. We look into why games can be difficult to begin with like playing times, lengths, genres, AI, lack of health, strong enemies, etc. Those are some of my reasons why games are tough these days for certain games, but not all games can be tough.
What is tough? Tough is a way of experiencing the hardships through an obstacle in certain points of the situation you are in. You get the feeling that the situation is too hard to complete and eventually giving up and decide to quit and try it again someday. There are plenty of games that are hard to play. Some can take hours to beat, some takes a bit of skill, and some takes a lot of patience. Games are too tough when they have ridiculous gameplay features or events that can get you frustrated.
When is a game too tough? The game gets tougher as you go through the levels, campaign, or multiplayer. You start off most games in tutorial learning the controls, skills, and how to play the game. As you go through, you began to grind out hours like earning skill points for upgrades, leveling up characters, doing challenges, and unlock perks. If you think about it, it“s not as tough as it sounds. You spend a lot of time getting stronger and mastering your skills. Patience is what“s tough about gaming. There are other examples of games I“d like to share that can be tough, but in different ways.
Strategy games require a lot of thinking. This is pretty much one of the toughest genres of gaming since you need to come up with ways to outsmart your opponent. Games like Dota 2, X-Com: Enemy Unknown, League of Legends, etc are considered good strategy tough games. I“ve only played a few games, but I am sure terrible at it. Other than going against other strategic players, there are other types of strategy games that aren“t tough at all. Tower defense is one of those that doesn“t require too much, but you have limited time to set up the best defense as possible. It gets tougher as you complete a level to another and so on. The tough thing about that are what resources to use when defending an area. You have to be quick and steady and pull out the right moves to stop the enemy from attacking your base. Honestly I never been frustrated playing these types of games. Whenever I lose or fail, I tell myself I need to strategize better and maybe use different resources.
Playing open world like games Borderlands on single player is quite tough since the enemies are in the same level as you throughout the game. It“s much easier when you play with a group of friends and it makes the game fun. Playing alone is the toughest part in those types of games. Another example is the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. You have a huge open world to do anything that it“s not that tough to play because you are basically doing the usual grinding experience, level up, skills, etc. I think the missions is what gets tough because of what you do in the game to accomplish like maybe pickpocket without getting caught, stealth missions, side missions, etc. Enemies can vary from being easy to kill and too tough to take down. Usually we let monsters kill each other to avoid the tough fighting.
Fighting games can be a pain in the arse because it is so tough that the only way to win is to have the skills to know every combo moves and mash buttons like crazy. Games like Street Fighter or Tekken seems to be intended for hardcore gamers. Online play is where it gets really tough since you play against players around the world. These guys are very competitive and they are most likely high ranked players. This game although isn“t tough when you play by yourself or against the AI and friends. It just takes a bit of time to master moves and be better at it. Like they say practice makes perfect and eventually you can become the ultimate fighter.
RPG games are quite lengthy time killers and not that tough, but certain bosses and side bosses can be frustrating to beat. Persona games are a good example of how lengthy it can be requiring lots of tough work. We have those moments where we have difficulty beating a boss and realizing were under leveled so we go back and grind out more to reach a certain recommended level to defeat the enemy. Finding treasures can also be a pain and even collecting certain rare items to create powerful weapons or do some side errands to collect it. Playing RPG games can be tough, but that“s what makes it good. You put into lots of hardworking hours and in the end it“s worth the fun.
FPS Shooters seems to be the easiest to play through. Call of Duty is one of those games in general that can be tough. I think the only tough thing about it is the online community. It is too tough to play against good players and you have to play a lot in order to gain experience to unlock upgrades and perks for your character. What“s not tough is playing co-op modes on doing challenges or simply fighting through waves of enemies because it is pretty much good teamwork and strategizing to beat the level. Also campaign levels are very linear to go through and another tough thing is basically veteran mode. I actually think it was tough at first, but once you get used to the patterns and knowing the level, it gets easier.
3rd Person games vary depending on how the character is put in. One of the toughest games to play is Ninja Gaiden. I“ve played Ninja Gaiden Sigma on the PS3 and that game is so frustrating that I died a lot and the game put me into the easiest mode called Ninja Dog mode. This title is a great example of what is too tough. I“ve heard many stories from friends playing the game and how frustrating it is even on normal. Everything about this game is too tough. I haven“t even beaten the game and got frustrated with it and put it back in the backlog. I might overcome this toughness and eventually play it again.
Overall games these days aren“t tough. I feel that they only make it too tough if you can“t enjoy it with your playing style. Sure there will be frustrations and angry moods, but that doesn“t stop you from giving up. We are tough against these tough games and they were made for a reason. We challenge ourselves to fully enjoy the difficulty or easy road in the game. Games are made to have fun. They can be easy, they can be tough, but what matters is the enjoyment of the pace of the game. Are games too tough? I think so, but not every game is. There“s going to be that game where you will rage and get angry at, but in the end you were able to beat it. Games were even tougher back then because of how hard it is with limited features. Games these days aren“t that tough at all and it depends on the skill of how you play. Maybe were not perfect gamers, but were gamers who love to play games whether it“s easy, normal, or hard. There“s no need to actually play the game in tough mode and it“s pretty much for those who want a challenge. Just have fun and tough it out.