Difficulty levels

Video game concept

Player has linear choice of game difficulty level, usually ranging from Easy to Normal to Hard.


Alternate name: Difficulty options

The first video game about Difficulty levels was released in 1977.

Konami, THQ and Capcom has published most of these games

This can be single difficulty level variable (and most commonly is) or it can be a number of modifiers that tweak how hard different parts or aspects of the game are.

Not applicable if the difficulty levels are unlocked by playing the game through, see new game+ for that.

Parent group

Difficulty options

Child group

Misleading difficulty options

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