For as long as games have existed, they’ve varied in difficulty, format, and function. Some games teach you a new language, others take you on an epic fantasy journey, and others exist just to make fun of you. Well, maybe that’s not their sole purpose, but they definitely don’t pull their punches when they catch a player playing on too low a difficulty, trying to cheat, or being bad at the game in general by repeatedly losing.
If you’re a gamer, odds are you’ve been tormented in some way or another by a game for the difficulty you chose to play one. We’ve decided to compile a list of 10 of our favorite games that implement Easy Mode Mocking. If you’re easily offended by your games have a sharp tongue or offering hand-holding, then we suggest you stay far away from the games on our list of 10 PS4 games that mock you for playing on easy.
10 Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein is a game that’s been around for quite some time. It’s known for its difficulty, and in this iteration is even harder than some of the other First-Person Shooters gamers might be familiar with.
Despite this increased difficulty level, the mocking easy mode “Can I Play Daddy” returns bonnet and pacifier included. There are also additional hard modes called “Uber,” “999,” “Iron Man,” “Hardcore,” and “Walk In The Park.” Luckily, they won’t mock you for failing at these incredibly difficult challenges.
9 Mega Man X Legacy Collections 1 & 2
Every game in the collection has an achievement that can only be unlocked if you aren’t playing the game on easy mode. Further, there’s a small watermark that appears on the screen when playing the second collection if a player uses the game’s “Super Armor.”
The purpose of the mark is to ensure that screenshots and screen recordings give away the fact that you’re playing with basically the Mega Man equivalent of the Super Star power-up in Mario. Specifically in X6, if you fall into a pit while playing on easy, you unlock an achievement telling everyone you lost at the game on easy.
8 Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot makes a triumphant return to the PS4 in HD glory (and with a little bit of an increase in difficulty).
Those of you who are familiar with the classic Crash know that if you find yourself failing a little too often in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, you’ll get free Aku Aku masks to accompany you after each fail. Eventually, you’ll get a free checkpoint if you just can’t seem to hack it. Yikes…talk about soul-crushing.
Wargroove has a campaign mode that gives you a rating after each mission. If you play on easy, you will automatically have your rank reduced by 1 or 2 stars. In the game’s penultimate chapter, it is revealed that you’ll need 100 stars to access the game’s Epilogue.
Naturally, thanks to the penalty that comes with playing on Easy, you’ll fall short of this goal. It’s really annoying but some might say deserved way to be punished late game for taking the easy way out.
6 Parappa the Rapper Remastered
Parappa the Rapper is a game that’s probably a little obscure to most outside the occasional meme or Vine. It’s a rhythm game similar to the likes of Theatrhythm or Rock Band except players keep the beat via Parappa’s rapping instead of instruments or vocal lines.
Your score and rank increase based on how well you can keep up with your rap teacher, and if you’re really spittin’ fire, he’ll step aside and let you take the stage to freestyle. Ordinarily, there are six stages in the game, but if you play this game on Easy, it ends after level 3. Guess there’s no room for scrubs at the top of the rap game.
5 Kingdom Hearts 3
Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t as actively mocking as some of its predecessors by completely locking off certain unlockables, but it definitely seems to give the finger wag of disappointment.
The lower you set the difficulty, the more you’ll need to do in-game to unlock bonus Easter eggs like the secret ending. If you’re a fan of Kingdom Hearts, then you know that the secret ending often as heavy allusions to what players can expect from the next game, and you won’t want to miss the one in Kingdom Hearts 3.
4 Tales of Vesperia
Tales of Vesperia is the tenth installment in the Tales series and brings lots of improvement to the series in some fans’ and critics’ eyes.
In Tales of Vesperia, you’re awarded a battle rank called a “Grade” after battles, and that rank is then used in the Grade Shop when you start a new game plus. When you play the game on Easy, you’ll get no Grade after the battles which means you won’t have accrued any Grade to use in Grade Shop. No rewards so nothing worthwhile for new game plus.
3 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars The Force Unleashed clearly takes its Jedi Code of Conduct quite seriously by “encouraging” players to play the game using their own strength without cheating or circumventing the difficulty modes.
Using cheat codes disables several unlockables, makes some achievements unachievable, and also requires that players play the game from start to finish on the specific difficulty that an achievement calls for. This way players can’t play up to a certain difficult area, switch the difficulty to a lower setting to beat the hard section, then switch back to claim victory over the difficult portion.
2 Dark Souls III
The Dark Souls series is a game that most people have heard of even if they haven’t played it. Fans of the series praise and chastise its extraordinary difficulty and learning curve, but apparently, the third installment in the series takes it to a personal level.
There’s an item called the "Simple Gem" that grants the player "Regenerating Mana" via weapon enchantment. The flavor text for the item reads that it is for “victims of stunted development.” That's honestly so shady Wendy Williams called it for an interview, yeesh.
1 Resident Evil
Resident Evil is dark, scary, and difficult. Most everyone knows that Resident Evil is a survival horror series about zombies, but the truly terrifying part of Resident Evil comes in the form of shade thrown and tea spilled. In the Resident Evil 1 remake, the difficulty modes have names that step away from the traditional Easy Normal Hard set up.
Easy is called “Hiking,” Normal is called “Mountain Climbing,” and in the HD release, an even easier mode than Easy called “Walking.” While those serve as pretty plain indicators of what to expect from the difficulty, we can’t help but feel a lot of shade in the text.