Sometimes when you're playing a video game, you're not that interested in beating the hardest mode possible. All you want is to enjoy the game and get the full effect of the storyline. This is particularly true in games with great stories and roleplaying games where you might be more interested in exploring than you are at earning a difficulty trophy.
But some video games aren't so generous about how they handle their easier modes. There are a surprising amount of video games out there that belittle the player for playing on easy. Some even remove the best parts of the game as a form of punishment.
10 Ninja Gaiden Black
Ninja Gaiden is a popular action-adventure game series. Ninja Gaiden Black was a new version of the game that compiles the original game with additional content. The game is known for being incredibly difficult. In this version, the game developers introduced an easy mode to appease their American audience.
But you'll find that you are forced to wear a purple ribbon for the full game (to emasculate you) and one of the secondary characters brutally mocks you during the entirety of your gameplay, even when you win. You also get saddled with a ninja dog that helps make the mode incredibly easy to get through.
9 Cave Story
Cave Story is a popular platforming game where players control their characters through different platform puzzles. They will also have to fend off weapons and gain new experience points the more they accomplish. If you choose to play on easy, then your character will be outfitted in yellow.
That might not seem a big deal, but it is a visual clue as to what mode you're playing on. If you're embarrassed about it, you won't be able to share screenshots. Also, you won't be able to achieve the best ending in the game unless you play on one of the harder difficulty levels.
8 Postal 2
Postal 2 is a first-person shooter game that stands out from the genre because of its black comedy. That comes across in full force if you dare play in the easy mode of the game. Instead of your enemies wielding guns, they only carry around shovels.
That means you won't get to pick up any ammo at all, which becomes difficult to contend with. The other drawback to easy mode is that your police meter takes forever to disappear. Postal 2 is a cult-favorite game that has seen its fair share of controversy due to its offensive content and copious bloodshed.
7 Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a popular first-person shooter from Bethesda. It takes place in an alternate history where Nazis won World War II, and you play as a war veteran trying to stop them from taking over the world. The New Order is a sequel to the 2009 game.
But if you hope to play in easy mode, the game takes its chance to mock you for it. On the menu screen where you decide on the difficulty level, it labels the easy mode "Can I play, Daddy?" and "Please don't hurt me." It comes complete with a photo of the game's protagonist dressed as a baby.
6 Star Wars: Shadow of an Empire
Star Wars: Shadow of an Empire is a third-person shooter. You must help Luke Skywalker rescue Princess Leia. The game is divided into four chapters, and people who are Star Wars fans should be happy to play another game in the Star Wars history.
The worst thing about playing on easy mode in Star Wars: Shadow of an Empire is how it completely ruins all your work in the game by leaving you on a massive cliffhanger at the end of the game. You don't even get to discover if your character survives the ending of the game and the big boss battle because it simply cuts you off and goes to credits.
5 Dark Souls 2
There isn't really an easy mode in the Dark Souls series. The entire point of the games is that they are incredibly difficult. That is one of the main appeals of the game for many fans. But Dark Souls 2 does add the Simple Gem which is meant to help regenerate mana.
However, if you read the description, you'll notice that it mocks players who resort to using it by saying they may have been "stunted developmentally." Kind of harsh. The game is an action role-playing game and a sequel to the original Dark Souls. That said, there isn't a story connection between the two.
4 The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
In terms of mocking the player, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a brutal example. The Dishwasher is a 2D side-scrolling game. You play the role of the Dishwasher and his stepsister Yuki. You'll battle through enemies while attempting to uncover the truth of your past. But the game can be challenging, and if you die too many times, you'll unlock the "Pretty Princess Difficulty" mode.
If you decide to play in this mode, all the blood and guts will be replaced by hearts and rainbows. Maybe the game thinks this is an example of emasculation, but it's pretty hilarious. Depending on how you feel about it, you might be embarrassed to know the achievement shows up, and everyone who is friends with you online will know.
3 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Metal Gear games are known for being pretty hard in general. They involve a lot of stealth maneuvering and fierce boss battles. But in The Phantom Pain, if you start dying too many times, the game will make you wear a chicken hat for a while. When wearing the chicken hat, you do regenerate health faster and not take as much damage.
Eventually, you'll be able to remove the chicken hat if you wish and play on a standard difficulty once again. However, most people don't necessarily feel mocked by this so much as they find it funny. Everyone wants to know how exactly you unlock the fabled chicken hat.
2 Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim is a popular video game series that came out in the 1990s. The game follows an earthworm named Jim that wears a robot suit. The game itself is a 2D sidescrolling platformer. Some of the levels are difficult and can quickly become confusing.
You'll find that you may need to play on easy, at least on your first playthrough, to get assistance in maneuvering. However, be warned that if you do beat the game while on easy mode, you won't get a real ending. Instead, the game developers will taunt you with worm facts.
1 Contra III
Contra III: The Alien Wars is a run and gun game that was developed for Nintendo. You take on the role of humans trying to fight off an alien invasion. You'll need to go through many challenging stages, and you might be tempted to change your setting to easy.
If you thought missing out on the ending scene of a game sucked then when you play Contra III you'll understand a whole new kind of torment. If you play the game on easy, you'll only be able to play about half the content. The game locks you out of the rest of the missions as a punishment for giving up and playing on the easiest level.