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 • 14 400

  • Lord Vika
    Lord Vika  9 hours 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  13 hours 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  14 hours back

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

        • Jaden Mango
          Jaden Mango  1 days back

          What about rubber banding in racing games?

          • Undertaker
            Undertaker  1 days back

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

            Online mode

            • yugioh5222
              yugioh5222  3 days 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  4 days 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  6 days back

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

                  • Phoenix Dragon
                    Phoenix Dragon  6 days back

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

                    • Rodrigo Ramirez
                      Rodrigo Ramirez  6 days back

                      Who else in here is a Gears of war fan?

                      • Sunshine Gamer
                        Sunshine Gamer  6 days back

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

                        • The Majin
                          The Majin  6 days back

                          You forgot Mariokart

                          • Keosha Cathey
                            Keosha Cathey  6 days back

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

                            Just like the death angels

                            • Nincotic
                              Nincotic  7 days back

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

                              • super egor chanel
                                super egor chanel  1 weeks back

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

                                • Victor Von Yurenmaru
                                  Victor Von Yurenmaru  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                    • Canon
                                      Canon  1 weeks back

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

                                      • jmaddy3
                                        jmaddy3  1 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  1 weeks back

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

                                          • Mr Stupid
                                            Mr Stupid  1 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  2 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  2 weeks back

                                                In the great immortal words of Cranky Kong

                                                Git Gud

                                                • Sheeva Kamini
                                                  Sheeva Kamini  2 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  2 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  2 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  2 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!

                                                        • Official CoriGames
                                                          Official CoriGames  2 weeks back

                                                          MatPat points out all these DDAs and stuff and I notice he does not mention Dark Souls. From Software sees your DDAs and laughs in death. So much death.

                                                          • Kirmat DaFrag
                                                            Kirmat DaFrag  2 weeks back

                                                            So I just suck... I believe it

                                                            • BooleanMetagame
                                                              BooleanMetagame  3 weeks back

                                                              I think a game's difficulty should be the developers intended experience.

                                                              If people hate it for "Not being fair" they don't have to play it.

                                                              • Victoria Jones
                                                                Victoria Jones  3 weeks back

                                                                So I not just suck, I REALLY suck.

                                                                • urenot tacocat
                                                                  urenot tacocat  3 weeks back

                                                                  *If there was no easy mode, there is no peaceful mode, then?*

                                                                  **cries miserably**

                                                                  • Altay Nuhoglu
                                                                    Altay Nuhoglu  3 weeks back

                                                                    Sekiro has DDA: It just makes the game MORE difficult as you die.

                                                                    • Max Tsiu
                                                                      Max Tsiu  3 weeks back

                                                                      Apparently, the easiest mode is "NO-BUYING-SEKIRO" mode.

                                                                      • Kiwi_gaming 16.10
                                                                        Kiwi_gaming 16.10  3 weeks back

                                                                        Love how this video is set up

                                                                        • Jellojelly12
                                                                          Jellojelly12  3 weeks back

                                                                          I just realized that the box is the fnaf part of the intro go me I have been watching you for 5 years and just realized that wow just wow.

                                                                          • KytZu Puw1ng
                                                                            KytZu Puw1ng  3 weeks back

                                                                            No wonder when I was a kid I played some shooter games and died quite often in a level, the enemies I thought were going to appear and attack me never showed up. Allowing me to progress.

                                                                            I just thought I killed everyone

                                                                            • Iron man
                                                                              Iron man  3 weeks back

                                                                              This makes me think me beating Trypticon in Transformers WFC was just on easy mode cuz I kept dying

                                                                              • Magic Dog Studios
                                                                                Magic Dog Studios  3 weeks back

                                                                                I feel attacked, I'll have you know I beat the hardest prison in the escapists 2 and beat spore to the space stage without cheating on hard mode, I haven't beaten minecraft on hard mode but that's not why I play it... that was.... something

                                                                                • Steven Been
                                                                                  Steven Been  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Demon's souls just ruined your day even if you were dying a lot. It actually got harder the more you died.

                                                                                  • False_CopyrightClaims 1058

                                                                                    Thing is, I don’t want my games to be easier, I am very capable of winning, even if it takes a long time. Honestly kinda salty about that. And yes I am capable of doing so, many of the games I play don’t even have this system, and yes I’ve checked

                                                                                    • Gard Helgeland-Rossavik

                                                                                      About dda I think west of loathing has it(and if so is honest about it) because for example if you die a over and over at a certain point you get a perk called glutton for punishment that says you now get exp for loosing fights in addition to normal ways of getting it

                                                                                      Edit: and the streak counter in binding of Isaac afterbirth+/other could also have something to do with it but I don’t know tho

                                                                                      • Petscop content
                                                                                        Petscop content  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I love how paul conveys his emotions throughout petscop

                                                                                        • Robby Kunkel
                                                                                          Robby Kunkel  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I'm the guy that likes to beat a game on every difficulty level and enjoy the increase of the challenge of difficutly.

                                                                                          • Chris Gentry
                                                                                            Chris Gentry  3 weeks back

                                                                                            I suspected that games adjust like this for a long time. Thanks MatPat.

                                                                                            • deathknight25
                                                                                              deathknight25  3 weeks back

                                                                                              i think I'm terrible at games thats why i go for the hardest difficulties to Improve now i know that never mattered. also i don't like pvp games not because I'm terrible or good at them (not sure where i fall under and now even more unsure) but because i prefer to help others rather then going against them.

                                                                                              • Jdjd Jejd
                                                                                                Jdjd Jejd  3 weeks back

                                                                                                I can’t even beat Super Mario Odyssey...

                                                                                                • Speedy Pichu
                                                                                                  Speedy Pichu  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  Pi! (A game that is a good example about what it is like to play without it getting easier are old NES games like Castlevania and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out)