This just in: From Software games are a little difficult, and players tend to get just a smidge upset at them. That’s right, friends, you hear all the exclusive brand-new stories here first.
Maybe you’ve been raging your way through Dark Souls since the original. Maybe you got on board with FromSoft with Bloodborne, and all the hoopla that surrounded its launch (man, was it the heavyweight exclusive PS4 needed back in April 2015). Heck, you might even have gone into Dark Souls Remastered blind, with no clue of what you’d let yourself in for.
Whether you’re a long-time fan or you’ve barely dabbled, there’s one thing you can’t fail to have learned about the studio’s games: they’re difficult. Their difficulty has reached meme status, in fact, as we saw when the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was dubbed ‘the Dark Souls of platformers.’
Where does FromSoft’s latest, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, fit into the picture? In terms of difficulty, that’s hard to say. It’s a very familiar experience to the Souls games in a lot of ways, but still fundamentally different (particularly in terms of the high-octane combat and manoeuvrability around the map). One thing that’ll prove to be just the same as before, though, is just how often you’ll be seeing that game over screen.
The community has been having a darn good discussion (and if there’s one thing gamers like, it’s a heated ‘discussion’) about whether the game should be as punishing as it is. Heck, Forbes came right out and said, in bold face, Sekiro: Shadows Dies Twice Needs To Respect Its Players and Add an Easy Mode. Game Informer Countered with From Software Games And Easy Mode Don’t Mix, and so it goes on.
There’s no chance of anybody really seeing eye to eye here, but if you’re a PC player who’d be open to an easy mode, you’re in luck. As Polygon reports, a mod has been created to give the player more in-depth graphical options, as well as a customisable 'easy mode.' How does the mod work? Well, you can adjust the FOV and resolution, and display a handy kill and death count on the screen for capturing or streaming.
The main draw of the whole thing, though? “The ability to adjust the speed of both the game and the player. If you want help while fighting a boss, just slow them down while increasing your own speed. Suddenly everything is moving in slow motion, except for you.”
It's sure to be controversial and sure to be an absolute lifeline in equal measure. If you want to give it a try for yourself, check it out on Nexus Mods.