There may be a slight stigma towards playing games on Easy. I imagine some people have thoughts such as "It takes the skill or challenge out of playing", "It’s not really playing the game", "It’s for weaklings" etc etc, or at least that’s the internal dialogue I had with myself the first time I made the switch into easy town. But playing on easy mode has allowed me the opportunity to try more games by giving myself a little speed boost and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting a relaxing experience in one’s gaming downtime.
Fire Emblem Awakening late last year. Fire Emblem is a series polite enough to offer a variety of modes to its players and while the perma-death aspect was something that had initially drawn me to the series, as I wasn’t an expert in tactical JRPGs, I didn’t want to deal with the pressure of losing my favourite characters in my first playthrough. So, I played in the easiest mode with perma-death off and had Fire Emblem be an incredibly fulfilling tactical JRPG anyway. I tried normal mode a little for my review too and while I could manage it, I probably would’ve spent a lot longer in Awakening than I did trying to get good at the combat.
There are other small advances to playing easy mode in my opinion. It gives games instant replayability, which I see as a pro, as I usually want to go back and play at a harder difficulty to feel the game differently in my next playthrough, which is something I'm currently experiencing in my second playthrough of Persona 5. It makes tough boss battles hilariously fast sometimes (something I saw in Safety Mode in Persona 5) and makes you feel like the powerful hero the story is portraying. Where a lot of games focus on the challenge of restricting resources, easy mode lets you see what the game is like with more resources such as money and items, making it easy to learn their use and make a more informed decision next time. These advantages may not appeal to a person who doesn’t enjoy replaying games, but as someone working their way through their backlog and also wanting to platinum more games at the same time, it’s a fun extra layer of challenge.
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