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Published December 17, 2017

Every accomplished gamer i.e. gamers that have been perfection gaming for 7 years+ knows how to play a game on just about every difficulty, myself included. I’ve played games on Normal mode, I didn’t bother with Hard or Chaos mode unless I was feeling adventurous which most of the time I wasn’t; Normal was good enough for me. Incidentally, I don’t make the habit of not playing a game on Normal unless I don’t feel that the difficulty is challenging me.

Tomb Raider Anniversary

Then, there’s the concept of playing a game on Easy mode which I won’t do most times because if it’s too easy then I get bored. However, I have played games where playing them on Normal mode was a death sentence; abnormally strong enemies and bosses moving at light speed.

Super Empire Strikes Back

You will come across this more than few times!

Having trouble on Normal mode; the games that I will mention in this post is, if you play them or have played them, Easy mode-worthy due to the extremely challenging elements in the games. So, without further ado, these are the games; take heed and remember that there is no shame in doing this.

Van Helsing

Van Helsing

When I first played this on Normal Mode, I felt myself get overwhelmingly surrounded by Dwerger and other monsters never mind the werewolf monsters on Mission 7 who fly at you at hypersonic speed with little time to get your bearings; retaliation was almost next to impossible. Playing this on Normal Mode is practically suicide, and your life meter upgrades do little to stem the enemy tide; your life is practically drained in seconds.

Van Helsing

There are thousands like him running around the courtyard! Beware.

Do yourself a favor and play this on Easy because you’ll have a better chance of survival and you won’t find yourself as overwhelmed, it is without question that monsters on Normal mode hit harder not to mention move faster; the game makes it seems as if the gamer is playing it on the highest difficulty.

Van Helsing

Complete the Easter Egg challenges and you’ll get the Rifle!

The Easter Egg challenges are even easier which is good because the glyphs you gain killing the enemies within can go a long way towards buying the upgrades and weapon additions. Don’t be ashamed to play this on Easy because you’ll have that peace of mind which is worth more than anything in the world. Finally, you’ll able to exploit your enemy’s weaknesses which increases your chances of survival.

007: Everything or Nothing


This is actually one of the best 007 games I’ve played and while I’ve played it on Normal Mode for most of the game; the game gets to be a pain in the butt in later levels on Normal because there seems to be enemies coming out from all sides. Also, you seem to take more damage and have access to less armor which is a pain too because you become that much easier to kill.


This level is a pain whether it is on Normal or Easy

Playing all the game on Easy Mode isn’t necessary; you can actually play through the game on Normal. However, some stages are extremely challenging even on Normal like the level, Everything or Nothing. The vehicle levels are easy enough on Normal, it just takes a little ingenuity and a little hail mary attitude when you’re gunning your enemies down.


You better play this level on Easy or you’ll be stuck on it forever!

My advice, only switch to Easy Mode i.e. operative difficulty if you’re continuously dying on a level especially if the levels are the following: Death’s Door, Faded Splendor, the High Road, Final Card and Everything or Nothing. Another legitimate reason to play this on Easy is because it’ll give you a chance to get to know the game without getting killed a bunch of times and enemies are slower on this difficulty.

Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Dragonball Z BT3

This game can be easy or hard depending on how good you are, but there are some aspects of the game that can get challenging like the energy clash with Frieza on Planet Namek when you battle him as Super Saiyan Goku. There is absolutely no way to win that UNLESS you begin turning the Analog Stick REALLY, REALLY fast when Goku fires his Angry Kamehameha, and I’ve only been able to pull it off once.

Dragonball Z BT3  Dragonball Z BT3

Many of the fighters in the game warrant the easy mode, Cell (Perfect), Janemba (second form) Kid Buu, and to some nth degree, Syn Shenron. Pay attention to the difficulty of the fighter which will tell you if you need to adjust the difficulty of the story mode. You won’t have access to Z-Item hook-ups on your fighters until post story mode so you won’t have help from the items which makes the story mode a little difficult.

Dragonball Z BT3

Playing this on Easy mode might be your best bet if you’re looking to go through the story mode without any trouble or getting very little trouble from enemy fighters. Captain Ginyu, Burter and Recoome are the biggest headaches on Normal so adjusting the difficulty to Easy will take some of the pressure off.

Super Empire Strikes Back

Super Empire Strikes Back

This is one retro game you HAVE to play on Easy mode, why; three words, secondary snowspeeder level. You’ll take lethal damage from the shrapnel of the bombs you destroy. The storm paratroopers deal you lethal damage when they shoot you with their Rapid Ion blast shots.

Super Empire Strikes Back

If you manage to get past the snowspeeder part of that level, you’ll have to continue on foot which is a challenge too because Luke take almost 2x normal damage from the Rapid Ion blast shots and 1.5x normal damage just getting rammed by the storm paratroopers.


I want to go on record as saying that deciding to play a game on Easy mode might not seem like a Normal thing to do for an expert gamer; it can be said that it can devalue an accomplished gamer’s ability and testament as a pro. However, the aforementioned games and many more like them makes playing them on Normal suicide unless you have a plan or are really good at moving at hypersonic speed like your enemies.

Easy Mode

Don’t be ashamed if you have to play a game on Easy mode because some games have adjustable difficulty levels for a reason and it doesn’t make you any less of a gamer taking advantage of an option that the game provides you with. I’ve been playing video games for 28 years and I’ve played my fair share of them on Easy mode and I didn’t feel bad about it, it’s just something you have to do sometimes in games.

If you have any questions at all or my post make you feel a certain way then please leave me a message and I’ll get back to you before the day is out.






  1. kevin kevin

    some of the games you featured on the site brings back memoies to my son he played some of them game and the happy times he had as a kid its a well layout site easy to get a around and also i like the easter egg you put it keep the great work coming then the skys the limit for you

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Kevin, you’re too kind; thank you sir. I just love video games so much and helping others through my experience and my knowledge.

  2. Keisi Keisi

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