Game Theory: Hard Mode is a LIE! (Sekiro Easy Mode Controversy)

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  • 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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    Credits:
    Writers: Matthew Patrick
    Researcher: Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Josh Langman, Marc Schneider, Tyler Mascola, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

    Sources:
    bioshock.fandom.com/wiki/BioShock_Game_Options
    twitter.com/Gaohmee/status/903510296534204416
    bioshock.fandom.com/wiki/Health
    gamesradar.com/did-you-know-that-games-like-assassins-creed-doom-bloodborne-and-more-have-hidden-mechanics-to-make-you-feel-like-a-badass/
    twitter.com/nullspeak/status/904393653371658240
    Game Maker's Toolkit Video: cepnet.mobi/user/watch?v=zFv6KAdQ5SE
    mp1st.com/news/gears-of-war-multiplayer-design-choice-gave-first-time-players-a-big-boost
    polygon.com/2015/6/2/8711329/resident-evil-4-mastered-in-game-difficulty-by-shutting-up-about-it
    engadget.com/2015/06/03/resident-evil-4-difficulty/
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Comments • 14 395

  • yugioh5222
    yugioh5222  2 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  3 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  4 days back

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

        • Phoenix Dragon
          Phoenix Dragon  5 days back

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

          • Rodrigo Ramirez
            Rodrigo Ramirez  5 days back

            Who else in here is a Gears of war fan?

            • Sunshine Gamer
              Sunshine Gamer  5 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  5 days back

                You forgot Mariokart

                • Keosha Cathey
                  Keosha Cathey  5 days back

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


                  Just like the death angels

                  • Nincotic
                    Nincotic  5 days back

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

                    • super egor chanel
                      super egor chanel  6 days back

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

                      • Victor Von Yurenmaru
                        Victor Von Yurenmaru  7 days 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  1 weeks back

                                    I mean sure...but what about Sekiro or the Souls/Bourne games...you 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  1 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  2 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  2 weeks back

                                                      So I not just suck, I REALLY suck.

                                                      • urenot tacocat
                                                        urenot tacocat  2 weeks back

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

                                                        **cries miserably**

                                                        • Altay Nuhoglu
                                                          Altay Nuhoglu  2 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)

                                                                                        • john cena microwave
                                                                                          john cena microwave  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I am bad at games, matpat was right.

                                                                                          • Brian Murray
                                                                                            Brian Murray  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Ok, but have you ever tried DOOM 2016's Ultra nightmare? Extra life or not, you've still gotta study it like a master's degree course to get through it.

                                                                                            • feh meh
                                                                                              feh meh  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Who playing crash did not notice being given a mask if they died enough? This guy's main point is terribly weak.

                                                                                              • feh meh
                                                                                                feh meh  4 weeks back

                                                                                                "M" rated games balk easy modes, not all games. Pay at least some attention.

                                                                                                • feh meh
                                                                                                  feh meh  4 weeks back

                                                                                                  I used game genie as kid to add in my own hard modes. When I could professional 1 life super ghouls and ghosts, I could make bosses invisible and other zanniness until I could not anymore. Final fantasy with no gold from random encounters. Street fighter 2 without throws or special moves working right for the player. Faster stage time count downs in platformers, ect. A game came out called "zone of the enders". Set it to hard mode, then on my first try did a zero damage taken play through. Walked away from video games for over a decade after that and came back a complete casual play. Never could get a handle on fps's.

                                                                                                  • feh meh
                                                                                                    feh meh  4 weeks back

                                                                                                    I loved when games had easy, medium, and hard paths through them like starfox, or multiple chooseable characters or senarios for custom fit difficulty. I hate most forced timed challenges that block content without an immediate retry, like how you need to skip through ff9 for best gear.