This isn’t just a case of making gameplay easier or more difficult, hard mode is a completely different experience (and so is easy mode).
Sony has already demonstrated how important the new God of War game is on PS4 by taking a different approach with marketing. If you enjoyed last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy without ads, you have Sony to thank for that. But it seems this different approach also features in the game, with Sony’s Santa Monica Studio development team deciding to mix things up when it comes to difficulty modes.
God of War is a third-person action-adventure game that will offer players the option of four difficulty modes. Typically, that means the game becomes progressively harder as you go through the modes, but the gameplay remains the same. That’s not the case here, with the easiest and hardest modes offering completely different experiences to each other and the middle two modes.
As Rolling Stone reports, the easiest mode is simply a Story Mode. This mode is, as God of War creative director Cory Barlog, explains, for players who would rather “not get beat up every two seconds.” If you just want to enjoy the story, then this mode is for you. The second and third difficulty modes look to be what you’d expect and what we’ve seen in preview gameplay videos. Both offer a challenge that is the same, only one is harder than the other.
Then we have the hardest difficult mode. Barlog explains that this mode uses a separate save game which can’t be changed once you start playing. It’s not just harder, though, the gameplay is different. All of the enemies will attack differently and therefore it forms a “genuine challenge” you can’t really prepare for in the other difficulty modes. I doubt any player will complain about Sony offering a different challenge within the game.
Finally, Barlog confirmed that you can continue to play the game even after finishing the main campaign. If you want to fully explore and experience the world Sony created, it’s essential you do so. And keep in mind this is a 35-hour playthrough, so there’s plenty of value for you $60.