“No matter how difficult, you can still beat any Game”

Written by Paul Gestl

We all know the worn-out descriptor for a game being challenging is when it’s dubbed ‘The Dark Souls of X.’ Many gamers groan at this statement, but the fact remains, that kind of reputation is well-earned for games that do have a hard mode. In a sense, Dark Souls is a game that knows how to do difficulty the right way.

To elaborate, Dark Souls has just the right amount of challenging gameplay. Let’s take a look at the ways that games are made more difficult. In all the games I’ve seen, there are 3 methods that videogames employ to raise the difficulty level: They are the Number Changes, AI Scaling, and Challenge Conditions.

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West of Loathing Review

West of Loathing

Developer: Asymmetric
Publisher: Same as Above
Released on Aug 10, 2017

West of Loathing is a comedic stick-figure RPG taking place in the Kingdom of Loathing, where demon cows terrorize ranchers, skeletons rise out of their graves, and bandits cause trouble for the local towns. What kind of crazy adventures await you in the wild west? One thing’s certain; you’ll be wearing many hats, as the Cowboys once did in style.

Genre: An Indie Adventure RPG

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Spore Review – Part 2

To continue where we left off, your humble tribe is transformed into an industrialized urban center, the first city of many to populate the land. Every city needs a town hall to establish their own form of government:

Building a space colony is sure to help us propagate the species.

Economic cities are invested in spice mining to build better relations with their neighbors. The more trade routes they have, the more income they generate for spending on new infrastructure.

Religious cities insist that non-believers must be converted and will preach their way of life to any unsuspecting citizens. This is likely to upset the locals who throw trash at your vehicles.

Military cities are the most aggressive, always deploying armed forces to satiate their desire for conquest. They will forge alliances with other groups to declare war on their enemies.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Left 4 Dead 2

Developer: Big Huge Games, 38 Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released on Feb 07, 2012

Left 4 Dead 2 is the second installment of a zombie-apocalypse shootout simulator. Join your friends in multiplayer (or lone-wolf it) across five campaigns as you rip apart zombies with your chainsaw, blast the infected undead with machine guns, and pray to God you don’t run out of ammo. If you want the full horror game experience, there are co-op and survival modes to take on. 

Genre: FPS Action

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
Publisher: Ubisoft
Released on Oct 16, 2017

Once again, Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman are back in this sequel to The Stick of Truth. Disguised as their alter-egos, Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Super Craig, and The Coon, the boys are on an epic quest to return a missing cat, in hopes of launching a superhero franchise to become famous. But not everything is as it seems, given this is South Park, which is known for its disturbing twists on pop culture.

Genre: 2D-Grid RPG

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