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Technical Difficulties: Missing Out

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I'm a fan of the easy option. Through my first playthrough of most games, I usually set the game mode to easy merely to see the gameplay without having to constantly load my saved data. And if the gameplay is good enough, I'll go through the game again on a harder difficulty. However, sometimes it feels as though even on the easiest difficulty, I still can't see all of what the game has to offer. The game limits me, in a way, by making the game tough unless I make the exact decision it wants me to take.

And this game, for me, is Devil May Cry 3.



I eventually beat the game with trickster alone. I was glad I finally beat such a hard game, but I felt as though I had missed out on what could have been more to the game.What would have happened if I had used different styles? Would I have had more fun? Would that be game-altering gameplay?

I thought I had enough training in DMC3 fighting and started a new game, hoping I could finally beat the first boss with any other style. It was still unsuccessful. I was furious. It was similar to having a pizza with 8 pieces, having one of them edible and the rest of them burned to a crisp. I wanted to eat that pizza, but it was just too hard for me, and I didn't see how it'd be possible.

My desperation led me to the one thing no gamer should do. Use cheat codes(unless it's GTA). I wanted to see the difference in gameplay so badly that I put in unlimited health, and you know what, the gameplay was different. Not by a massive scale, but enough to have me replay the game a few more times to see all of what I had been missing.

I guess you could say I was too desperate to get more enjoyment out of the game, but in a way, I kinda was desperate to get more out of DMC3. I really liked it and I wanted there to be more of it. DMC will always hold a place in my heart for having a decent story with what I consider to be good characters. But I just couldn't stand the feeling of missing out.

So what does this have to do with difficulty? I want the games to be easy enough to let me enjoy all pieces of pizza the game has to offer while being challenging enough to hold my attention. I don't want to throw my controller on the ground in fury, and I don't want to play the game on hard with my hands tied behind my back. And most importantly, I don't want to be missing out.[img][/img]
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About MathewRDone of us since 10:20 PM on 09.19.2010

I'm just here to play some games.