What Difficulty did you use?

#1 Posted by Darksnughero (105 posts) -

About to start my first play through.  Been spending the last hour or so, tweaking my system settings.  Mostly touching up the audio.  
 
For a game that seems all about the atmosphere, and less about the combat.  What difficulty setting did you use and why?  How did it effect your play through?
 
I was thinking, I would spend some time in the menu of my sound system and monitor video settings to make the environment of Dead Space awesomererer.  Then just set the difficulty to easy, so I can just enjoy the ride and blast aliens.
 
Like a movie.  Aliens to be exact.  I just want to mow down and chop up some necromorphs!  Should Issac be a god or should it be about survival?

#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

I started with normal. I had no issue quickly beating the game in about...5=8 hours. Most likely because i played dead space 1 for the entire week leading up to the release. So I did it with ease and no deaths 

#3 Edited by big_jon (5788 posts) -

Zealot.
#4 Posted by dpedal1 (189 posts) -
@big_jon said:
" Zealot. "
Wow...I was just about to ask if anyone played Zealot without any New Game + equipment carried over.  I attempted it but gave up because it was to difficult.  Kudos to you.  Any tips?
#5 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -

I always go with whatever the default is.

#6 Posted by JTB123 (1044 posts) -

Normal is great for a first run, but the higher modes offer a great challenge if you're into that. 
 
@dpedal1: 
 
I thought my scratch zealot run was tougher than hardcore mode. What part did you get stuck on?

#7 Edited by audiosnag (1582 posts) -

I went Survivalist and it was a pretty good balance for me. Ammo was constantly low which made it way more tense.
I wussed out at the very end at the last boss and turned it down to normal cause my loadout wasn't a good set up for it and i was just getting frustrated and wanted to see the end.

#8 Posted by jelekeloy (451 posts) -
@audiosnag said:
" I went Survivalist and it was a pretty good balance for me. Ammo was constantly low which made it way more tense.
I wussed out at the very end at the last boss and turned it down to normal cause my loadout wasn't a good set up for it and i was just getting frustrated and wanted to see the end.
"
I went from normal to easy at the end for the same reason.  That fight was flat out dumb.
#9 Posted by Ashen (125 posts) -

I went normal>hardcore>normal>zealot.

#10 Posted by CoheedFavorHouse (670 posts) -
@jelekeloy said:
" @audiosnag said:
" I went Survivalist and it was a pretty good balance for me. Ammo was constantly low which made it way more tense.
I wussed out at the very end at the last boss and turned it down to normal cause my loadout wasn't a good set up for it and i was just getting frustrated and wanted to see the end.
"
I went from normal to easy at the end for the same reason.  That fight was flat out dumb. "
i went into the final battle with 9 bullets in my plasma cutter and a small med pack. on normal, but still
#11 Posted by htr10 (360 posts) -

 
i'd say play normal.  easy seems tempting because it allows you to just roll through the game, but having some element of concern over the enemies' ability to take you out is a necessary part of the atmosphere imo.

#12 Edited by XenoNick (1483 posts) -

I went  Survivalist for my first run. Didn't have to much trouble until the last boss as I was low on ammo. Reloaded to start of chapter and brought along the Force Gun *I Think* and totally whooped it. Went onto Zealot after and had no issues. Was doing hardcore, Got to disc 2 without saving and the my 360 crashed during the elavator ride. Might try again over Easter holz.

#13 Posted by bybeach (5000 posts) -

Survivalist for the first playthrough. I'm honestly not very good at video games and DS2 started out kicking my ass some. But I do learn and when I am motivated, i try not to make lazy mistakes. I usually start off on the difficulty one above normal anyways because if the game lets me slack I don't have any fun. Thats not to say I sound like I am having fun when yelling at the screen...but I am.
#14 Posted by cap123 (2477 posts) -

I bought the original Dead Space the other day (i want to play it before i try DS2) and decided to try it on hard first because i think i'm a badass gamer dude and wanted a challenge. It's really quite tough, hard on dead space is actually hard unlike other games where it's the normal setting for people who play games regularly. 
 
But as i said this is on the original, it might not be the same. I'm definitely going to restart on normal i think.

#15 Posted by audiosnag (1582 posts) -
@CoheedFavorHouse said:
" @jelekeloy said:
" @audiosnag said:
" I went Survivalist and it was a pretty good balance for me. Ammo was constantly low which made it way more tense.
I wussed out at the very end at the last boss and turned it down to normal cause my loadout wasn't a good set up for it and i was just getting frustrated and wanted to see the end.
"
I went from normal to easy at the end for the same reason.  That fight was flat out dumb. "
i went into the final battle with 9 bullets in my plasma cutter and a small med pack. on normal, but still "
I had the Plasma Pistol, Javelin Gun, Seeker Rifle and Pulse Rifle and a small medpack. Aside from the Pulse Rifle the other guns are bad for that fight. It didn't ruin the game by any means but I liked the boss from the first game waaaay more.
 
@XenoNick:
The Force Gun woulda been real nice to have.
#16 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

normal

#17 Posted by dpedal1 (189 posts) -
@JTB123 said:
" Normal is great for a first run, but the higher modes offer a great challenge if you're into that. 
 
@dpedal1:   I thought my scratch zealot run was tougher than hardcore mode. What part did you get stuck on? "
The part I got stuck on was when you walk back through the big area before the the Unitology Church,  two pregos come and like a gazilion leapers.  The leapers are a thorn in my side.
#18 Posted by Akeldama (4257 posts) -

Normal --> easy --> Hardcore --> Zealot

#19 Posted by _Horde (839 posts) -

I played on casual, and it was fun!

#20 Edited by JTB123 (1044 posts) -
@dpedal1: 
 
If I'm remembering that part right there should be a shop at one end of the corridor. You can really bottleneck the enemies there and make really good use of stasis to make things a little more manageable.
 
Just talking about this game again makes me want to go and get it again.
#21 Posted by BeachThunder (12427 posts) -
@XenoNick said:
"I went Survivalist for my first run. Didn't have to much trouble until the last boss as I was low on ammo. Reloaded to start of chapter and brought along the Force Gun *I Think* and totally whooped it. "
Pretty much this, except I sold everything for a line gun and a bazillion line racks. I love my line gun :3 
 
I also had a lot of trouble on the decontamination part.

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