Author: Jeff Taylor
Every game has an easy mode for less experienced players. But some of the games have easy modes that are too easy. It’s just a shame to play those games on such a low difficulty level.
And the developers tend to think the same and hence there are actually games which makes fun of you if you do indeed opt for such an overly easy and boring experience with so challenge whatsoever. Filthy casuals, in other words, get no respect.
Let’s take a look –
Ninja Gaiden Black
The Ninja Gaiden games are actually very difficult. The players always complained about the unforgiving difficulty level that the games posed.
Creator Tomonobu Itagaki later decided to re-release the game and make it much simpler by introducing an easy mode The new game named Ninja Gaiden Black came up with two versions – Master Ninja Mode, which was very difficult and the Ninja Dog mode which was too easy and funny. The name of the difficulty sums it all up doesn’t it?
Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion
The ‘Practice’ mode in Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion is a joke. In the whole mode you get to fight only three bosses on individual levels. You don’t even need to fight the main boss to rescue Minnie, you just need to walk past him.
The developers knew you were not the guy (or girl) who likes challenges so they provided a dumbed down experience which even two years old won’t have issues completing.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is one such game which unlocks the easier level if you fail many times. The game doesn’t leave a chance to mock you if you fail several times and it asks if you want to play in the ‘Pretty Princess Difficulty’. The name itself is enough.
If you do opt to do so, the game turns on its head, becoming an un-challenging ride that even the most casual of gamers can overcome.
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge is a puzzle game. It is actually not easy for everyone to figure out the puzzles. The same goes with Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge.
The game however has a ‘Lite’ mode which is easier in comparison but takes all the fun out of the game. The game doesn’t bother shaming you by giving you the option reading “I’ve never played an adventure game before, I’m scared” in case you select the ‘Lite’ mode. Serves you right.
Streets of Rage 3
There is a difference in difficulties when it comes to Japanese and American players. The normal difficulty in Japan is like the easy mode in America. Streets of Rage 3 uses this formula to offer a more casual experience to its Japanese audience.
When you play the easy mode and defeat the Robot X at the end of level 5, it insults you by saying, “You play like a beginner.” That’s quite an insult. The game won’t even let you see the last two stages of the game in this mode.
Twisted Metal 2
Twisted Metal 2 was one of the most difficult road games of all time. The game was very hard to play against the computer in an individual level.
To the rescue of the beginners there was a easy level in the game too. The easy level however had only one boss to beat. You were not allowed to proceed to the story mode as a stop sign appeared on the screen along with a message “No losers allowed beyond this point.” This isn’t fair at all.
Civilization is strategy based game which used to insult you when you finished games on easy levels. The game compared the performances with historical failures in such cases.
It doesn’t matter how well you defeat your opponent while playing on the easy difficulty mode, the game would sum up your performance as Warren G. Harding. Warren G. Harding was one of the worst Presidents of the American history. He was involved in numerous scandals during his reign as the President.
This 90’s game is no different from the others on the list when it comes insulting players who chose the easy way out. This game gives you epic taunts when you finish the game on practice mode.
The cutscene of the game is also replaced by a 10 minute insult speech by the developers of the game which starts with, “What a worm! Playing on practice, eh?” That’s enough for you to quit the practice mode I guess.
Valkyrie Profile is actually harder to play on easy mode. The game is quite opposite to the rest as the easy mode is tougher than the rest of the difficulty levels.
The easy mode actually doesn’t unlock all the items that comes to help during the game, which makes it more difficult to play. The developers played the ultimate ‘troll’ card by having this mode do the exact opposite of what players hoped for.
50 Cent: Blood in the Sand
50 Cent: Blood in the Sand is a third person shooter game developed by Swordfish Studios. Playing the game in easy mode and failing is like a curse.
The developers constantly reminds you how bad are you at playing the game by rewarding a ‘Non Bulletproof’ achievement. This achievement was prominently displayed everywhere so everyone knew how much of a wuss you actually were at playing the game. Not cool thing to do.
Other notable Mentions
Wolfestein 3D – The game had a “Can I Play, Daddy?” mode which made your hit points 4 times more than usual and reduced the enemies’ hit points substantially. Your character takes on a ‘different’ appearance if you do decide to play on this difficulty level.