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Why difficulty scaling rarely works

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As gaming has evolved over the years, games have seemingly gotten easier. A lot of players complained about how the difficulty of the NES days were gone for good. Some developers decided to keep the spirit of difficulty alive, but most invested in making roller coaster experiences that people of any skill could get through. Many RPG developers however, went the route of making the games difficulty scale to the player level. Unfortunately, difficulty scaling rarely works as it should.


Just seeing this makes me angry, even years later

After that last experience I now remain weary of difficulty scaling in games. I'm very worried about the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution and how it will scale considering the various ways you can spec your character. I know there are many games that Scale that I didn't mention, including basically every Bioware game. I can see that it is necesary in some games, especially in non linear RPG's such as Borderlands and Mass Effect. I just hope that something can be tooken from the way bethesda handles things with smooth level scaling and a slider to help you get through the rough patches. Til then, I remain wary but hopeful of the future of Difficulty scaling in games.
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About CoruptAI125one of us since 11:56 PM on 09.23.2009

I'm Josh, and this is my assuredly amazing blog that everyone should read. I'm primarily a console gamer, thriving on RPGs and action games, but playing pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I'm on a quest to write something about every game I play through...it's not going well.

Games I'm currently playing
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Cthulhu Saves Christmas
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

What I'm watching
Random Docs I can find streaming

Books I'm reading
The Sparrow
Halo: Fractures

GOAT Podcasts
Hardcore History
The Nextlander Podcast
Uhh Yeah Dude
The Dollop
The Giant Bombcast

Some of my favorite games (Alphabetical order because I have list commitment issues)
Bioshock
Call of Duty: World at War
Deadly Premonition
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy X
Gears of War 2
Gone Home
Jetpack Joyride
Life is Strange
Mass Effect 2
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Nier Automota
Resident Evil 5
Sonic 2
Syphon Filter
Tales of Vesperia
What Remains of Edith Finch

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