Should I take up the challenge...?

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  • Bulbatron 4 May 2013 04:36:06 936 posts
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    i was wondering if I could ask some advice about game difficulty? Before I go any further however, I feel I should explain something about my particular situation. I am visually impared. Specifically, I'm short sighted, meaning I have to sit right next to my television screen in order to see properly. While I'm merely short sighted out of my right eye, I have very little vision at all in my left eye.

    As a result of this, I tend to play all my games on the lowest difficulty setting possible. The last game I played on Normal (without playing easier difficulties first and carrying over items and/or weapons) was Resident Evil 4. The last time I did this, but going straight for the hard setting was Resident Evil 3 Nemesis.

    But nearly all the time, I play on the easiest difficulty.

    I recently played Metro 2033, not thinking I'd be abke to finish it, even on Casual. I'd heard it was supposed to be quite challenging, and for me, it certainly was. However, I still really enjoyed it and I'm eargerly awaiting Metro Last Light. There's also a bit of trepidation there, since that will probably be quite challenging for me as well.

    Anyway, the point I'm very laboriously coming to, is that I really want to play the God of War series. I've seen people play through God of War 1, 2, 3 and Ascension on YouTube, and they look amazing. Also, I am quite keen on Greek Mythology. The nearest I've managed to get to a God of War-like experience so far is Rise of the Argonauts, which I quite enjoyed.

    Now, my understanding is that the God of War series is meant to be quite challenging, so I was hoping for some honest advice regarding the difficulty of the games. I've heard some people say the easier settings are still quite challenging, while others have said they are a cakewalk.

    My other worry is the quick-time events. I'm especially worried about these on God of War 3 and Ascension, as the prompts appear at the edges of the screen. Since I have only one eye which is really of any real use, I haven't really got much peripheral vision, to speak of, meaning it's tough for me to keep my eye on the main action while looking out for QTEs.

    Are the QTEs the same for any given situation, for example? I mean, after buggering up a QTE, will the prompts be the same again for that particular encounter etc, or do they change every time?

    Any other advice regarding QTEs or overall difficulty would also be most welcome. I really want to play this series, especially now that both volumes of the God of War HD Collection and God of War 3 are now part of the cheap Essentials Collections. However, I'm worried I'd just be letting myself in for a world of hurt and it'll just turn out to be an exercise in misery and frustration for me.

    I was also looking at Castlevania - Lords of Shadow. Any advice about difficulty on that would also be welcome. I'm rubbish at the 2-D games, but I wanted to give Lords of Shadow a go.

    Anyway, sorry for rambling on for so long. Any help or advice regarding the God of War series in particular would be gratefully accepted.

    Edited by Bulbatron at 04:38:07 04-05-2013
  • Ziz0u 4 May 2013 04:40:38 11,006 posts
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    I'm drunk.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 4 May 2013 05:47:32 12,422 posts
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    Castlevania is certainly doable, especially on the easier difficulties. The QTEs are more about timing than visual acuity so I think you're safe there... Great game too.
  • ZuluHero 4 May 2013 07:46:42 6,249 posts
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    This might sound like a dumb question, but can't you wear glasses?
  • Bulbatron 4 May 2013 09:57:17 936 posts
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    @ZuluHero That's a fair question. Glasses only work for me with long-range viewing, and even then, the improvement is very slight, so simply moving back from the television and wearing my glasses wouldn't really work. At short range, glasses only make things worse.
  • DUFFMAN5 4 May 2013 10:21:33 22,550 posts
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    Hi mate
    I have Castlevania LoS (360) you are welcome to borrow, at least that way it saves you spening some money on it.

    I have only played an hour or two (not really doing it for me) and the QTE's are ok, I think you would be alright, given your issues.

    I hate and I mean hate the fuckers, so if they are frustrating in anyway to me I will simply stop playing the game in question.

    Just pm if you do fancy a lend, and I will take of my trades list for a while :)
  • Bulbatron 4 May 2013 15:59:59 936 posts
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    @DUFFMAN5 That's very kind of you, but I've got a friend I can borrow it from, if I decide to go for it. I just wanted some more opinions on whether it was worth it. Thanks all the same though. The game looks pretty good, so I suppose it's at least worth trying it. What you say about the QTEs sounds encouraging.

    Has nobody got any light to shed on the difficulty of the God of War series?

    Edited by Bulbatron at 16:01:20 04-05-2013
  • mal 4 May 2013 17:46:12 29,326 posts
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    Given your short-sightedness I'm wondering if you might be better off with a handheld system? Small screens should mean less reliance on your peripheral vision, and I find the style of games tend to suit me better. On the other hand, I guess you like FPSes. Perhaps a Vita?
  • pacrifice 4 May 2013 18:04:11 4,333 posts
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    I'm pretty sure there's a demo on the psn for god of war 3. Maybe give it a try and see how you get on.

    On the normal difficulty setting, it isn't really difficult. The game tends to lead you by the hand. My brother in law who isn't that much of a gamer, was fine on normal and If we were discussing something like devil may cry 3, now tht normal difficulty is something else.

    Also try the Heavy Rain demo. It's QTE-ish heavy but the position of the buttons aren't exactly placed on the edge of the screen. Like this - plus it's a murder mystery thriller and I enjoyed it. Think I'll play it again.
  • Bulbatron 4 May 2013 20:06:15 936 posts
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    @mal That's an interesting point, but I wouldn't be any good with a handheld console for the same reason I can't read print for long periods if it's too small. if it's too small. I hope I haven't over-egged the pudding, so to speak. I do more or less OK with my games, provided I play on the easiest setting.

    I did look for the God of War 3 demo, but I couldn't find it. I did find the demo for God of War Ascension though, and I managed to finish it. There didn't seem to be any difficulty options though, but I wondered whether that was just because it was only s demo. The only real problem I had was with the QTEs, but obviously I got past them in the end. Hmm, really can't decide...
  • neilka 5 May 2013 12:10:49 21,118 posts
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    God of War Ascension is obsessed with zooming the camera out so far that people with 20/20 vision can't tell what's going on.
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