Muses: Difficulty in Video Games or ‘Why I Hate Dark Souls’

Video Game Difficulty is a hot topic these days as a new barrage of games spotlighting difficulty as one of their core values continues to arrive. Whether we’re talking brutal platformers trying to emulate the success of ‘I Wanna Be the Boshy’ or the action adventure sub-genre known as ‘Soulsborne’… difficulty is being brought into the spotlight more than ever.

There are many different ways to make a difficult game. Both Souls and Boshy are among the first games mentioned if you ask people about challenging games, yet the two take a completely different approach to difficulty. What I want to do here is explain the way I look at a game’s difficulty, and touch on why I find some difficult games fun while others atrocious. So for those of you out there who keep asking me why I dislike Dark Souls… here’s your answer.


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Shadow’s Six – Best Games of 2016

It’s time to close the book on 2016’s gaming history. A big year for game releases is behind us, with several massive franchises popping up throughout the year… and a lot of pleasant little surprises too. We had some games that had been over a decade in waiting, and others that we only found out about weeks before their arrival. Games of all genres graced our consoles and computers, with sequels, expansions, reboots, and brand new titles all coming out this past year.

What amazed me this year was how few games were quite what I was expecting. Several games I expected to love I wasn’t terribly fond of, while others that I was concerned about I ended up being blown away by. Picking the games for this year’s list had a few obvious spots, but there are about 7 games fighting for those last couple slots, none of which are clear picks.

So without any further delay… let’s jump into the Best Games of 2016!

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2 – Reunion

I have made no secret of my love for the first episode, as it were, of the Trails of Cold Steel saga. Having spent over 100 hours streaming the game, my only criticism pertaining to it was that the ending battle was poorly orchestrated and not given sufficient tutorials. The game ended up ranking very high in my Shadow’s Sixty list, but that was all before playing its second chapter…

The sequel picks up a month after the events at the end of the first game, and gives you the opportunity to revisit the lands of Erebonia to see the aftermath of the first game’s events, and to explore the real underlying story that led us to the crazy cliffhanger that we were stuck with. But did it live up to the first game’s amazing quality, or did it falter?

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There will be some spoilers for the first game within. Read at your own risk if you have not played the first game.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 24-19

We’ve come a long way in our pursuit of gaming’s greatest moments. We’ve counted down 36 games, explored a wide variety of worlds, visited series both old and new. We’ve battled, we’ve raced, we’ve climbed, and we’ve created items great and small… but we’ve still got more than 1/3 of the list ahead of us. Pretty crazy to think about, eh?

Our fourth to last list is next, featuring games 24 through 19. In this list, we’ve got genres ranging from RPG to Turn Based Strategy… and we feature two of the most well known games of the modern era. Shall we get to it? I think so.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 30-25

Over the past few months, we’ve covered the bottom half of my top 60 games of all time. Having completed the first half last week with awesome recent titles like Disgaea 5 and Uncharted 3 as well as much-revered classic Final Fantasy 9… what could we possibly have left?

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We’re here today to take our first steps into the top half of this list. We’re going to investigate enigmatic and mysterious threats, explore one of the most well-known classics of all time, and save the last of humanity! Let’s visit games 30 to 25 on my Shadow’s Sixty list!

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