easy mode for story?

#1 Posted by MrT (162 posts) -

Is this game worth playing threw on easy just for the story. I have maybe 6 hours a week to play video games.

#2 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

As someone who lost at least two dozen hours to that game over every difficulty, yes. Set that shit to easy and enjoy the ride.

#3 Posted by Demoskinos (14510 posts) -

@MrT: If the story is the only thing you care about then go for it. Personally I loved playing on Hard mode but if the story is all your after out of it then just crank it down and go at it.

#4 Posted by UitDeToekomst (698 posts) -

That's the very thing I did. Got through it in two sittings (maybe 6 or so hours total). Enjoyed the story, easily one of the best of the year and probably worth experiencing. And that is coming from someone who tends to dislike most military-themed stories/games.

#5 Posted by bybeach (4700 posts) -

I was playing the game on medium, but reallly playing for the story. After enough of the the twists, and seeing the results of cirtain actions, I cheated near the end, read the plot, and made my personal decision, which was based on personal disgust.. I am going over it a bit more more because I am am still not sure I fully understand, especiallly if I am trying to persist using a 'Good guy/Bad guy' template to overlay the whole thing.

I got a little lost....

#6 Posted by warxsnake (2634 posts) -

Watch a playthrough on youtube.

#7 Posted by pyromagnestir (4190 posts) -

I'm playing through on normal and it ain't so bad. The checkpoints can be a bit rough on occasion, in that they're always at the beginning of a fight, and sometimes include cutscenes/discussions/stuff like that which you can't skip past which makes dying even more of a hassle. Especially if you died at the very end of a fight because you were scrounging for ammo.

So yea go ahead and play on easy if you want minimal hassle.

#8 Posted by RobotHamster (4169 posts) -

I knew the game was short so I figured I start on hard to maybe give it a bit more length and if anything I'd just drop the difficulty. But aside from the sometimes terrible checkpoints I still managed to beat it in about 7 hours which I did in one day, not too challenging but not easy as well.

#9 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

i played it on normal and it was fine. Its not fucking Dark Souls, and this rep the game gets for being some sort of horrible third person shooter mechanically is a complete myth, the game plays fine

#10 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

Do it.

#11 Posted by RE_Player1 (7541 posts) -

That's what I'm currently doing and having a good time.

#12 Posted by MrT (162 posts) -

I went with easy just under 3 hrs in and I'm in chapter 12.

#13 Posted by Chrjz (317 posts) -

I beat it on easy in 4.5 hours. On the PC it's a nice looking game (other than those cutscenes) and mechanically it's fine; if I wasn't totally disiniterested in playing another fps campaign I would have put it on a higher difficulty.

I think it's better than some people give it credit for.

#14 Posted by Hunter5024 (5503 posts) -

Hell yeah. I actually kind of enjoyed the gameplay on easy, and the story is totally awesome (or at least interesting).

#15 Posted by barnell (13 posts) -

It is 100% worth playing through on easy just to experience the story. You'll lose something just watching a play through on youtube.

#16 Posted by Vod_Crack (701 posts) -

Just play it on normal. It's not remotely hard. Be a man. This "OH I WILL PLAY IT ON EASY JUST SO I CAN GET THE WONDERFUL STORY" talk is utter bullshit. If you really feel that way, just watch the cutscenes on YouTube.

#17 Posted by TheMasterDS (2002 posts) -

I played it on easy. I still died a bunch, I think it should be easier. I still got a lot out of the story and presentation, real good stuff.

#18 Posted by me3639 (1705 posts) -
@Ravenlight said:

As someone who lost at least two dozen hours to that game over every difficulty, yes. Set that shit to easy and enjoy the ride.

I was going to go back though for the last achievement but i tried a few times on the chapter "Adams" where the difficulty seems to spikes in hard mode. I kept getting plowed so i just called it a day and added it to my growing list of games missing 1 achievement. 
#19 Posted by Morrow (1828 posts) -

@Vod_Crack said:

Just play it on normal. It's not remotely hard. Be a man. This "OH I WILL PLAY IT ON EASY JUST SO I CAN GET THE WONDERFUL STORY" talk is utter bullshit. If you really feel that way, just watch the cutscenes on YouTube.

That won't do. I watched all the cutscenes on YouTube because I usually avoid shooters. But the impact on you is just not as intense as actually playing it. And I agree with the others on difficulty influencing your experience with the game. If you get frustrated because you constantly die you won't be able to concentrate on the plot, and especially, on all the environmental details that enhance your experience, like the Konrad billboards or the tree in chapter 8.

The easiest difficulty setting of Deus Ex: Human Revolution by the way is called "Tell me a Story", which is also an indication that you will get smoother and more relaxed through the game and can therefore concentrate on the story more.

#20 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@me3639 said:

@Ravenlight said:

As someone who lost at least two dozen hours to that game over every difficulty, yes. Set that shit to easy and enjoy the ride.

I was going to go back though for the last achievement but i tried a few times on the chapter "Adams" where the difficulty seems to spikes in hard mode. I kept getting plowed so i just called it a day and added it to my growing list of games missing 1 achievement.

Yeah, I banged my head against that part for a long time. It seemed to come down to a combination of luck and patience. The final fight in the game was great catharsis because you have the full-auto shotgun at that point and everyone just melts.

#21 Posted by hollitz (1387 posts) -

There's no particularly difficult parts of this game on normal mode. Unless you really really hate shooters or just aren't that good at them, there's no reason to set it to easy. Play it on normal and see for yourself. If you want to, set it to easy. If you go in with the "easy for story" mentality, you're already handicapping any enjoyment you'll actually get from playing the game. Going in with that kind of defeatist attitude is absurd.

#22 Posted by pyromagnestir (4190 posts) -

Upon further review, I'm changing my vote. Play on normal. The game really isn't that hard until towards the very end, and I found the frustration of the sudden spike in difficulty enhanced the story's tone and message quite effectively. Still think they should've had a better checkpoint system.

@hollitz:

Parts of those last few chapters can be a bit rough if you're impatient or find yourself low on ammo. Or in my case quite often both.

#23 Posted by djou (849 posts) -

@MrT Play it on easy if what you care about is the story, the gameplay is nothing special, cover based 3rd person shooting with some squad stuff. I was playing hard and eventually dropped it to normal on PC. There are a few spots with some cheap deaths. You can give your squad targets to attack but not control their position on the field which leads to them going down if you don't babysit them. They occasionally run into stupid spots and I found myself dying more than a few times going to revive them. The revive animation is slightly broken in that the camera rotates to an awkward angle after the revival and you can't immediately find cover. No point in having minor niggles like this eat up your time if you don't have much of it to spend playing.

#24 Posted by FrankieSpankie (228 posts) -

I would also agree to put it on easy for the story. I played through it on normal and didn't die very often but the gameplay is just really average and not worth the headache of a challenge. =P Seriously, the story is really cool which is shocking for any modern war shooter. Play through it to enjoy the story and don't get frustrated over something stupid that could happen on a higher difficulty.

#25 Posted by PrioritySeven (322 posts) -

Just finished the game on easy today. It's totally worth your time to go through on easy just for the story. An amazing ride.

#26 Posted by SeanCoughing (261 posts) -

I rented it and did just that, no regrets.

#27 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

I rented it and played it on hard, and never saw the ending. By the end you are dead ten seconds from a checkpoint on the most linear level you've ever seen. You will stay in that ten second loop indefinitely.

Yes, play on easy.

#28 Posted by Korolev (1694 posts) -

It's perfectly playable in Normal - it only gets a little bit difficult towards the end. But if you just want to experience the story, set it to Easy. The gameplay is perfectly.... serviceable. But not very enjoyable.

#29 Posted by CoolMarquis97 (8 posts) -

Yeah just play it on easy mode, seeing how it allows you to enjoy the story more than you would if you attempted to beat it on the hardest difficulty.

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