In case you haven't heard, there is a section near the very end of God of War: Ascension dubbed, "Trial of Archimedes," which according to all accounts, spikes up the difficulty to beyond ridiculous. Most put the blame on the lack of any checkpoints and very few health replenishing orbs.
I'm around three hours into the campaign and I've been dreading that difficulty spike from the first minute I started playing. I most recently beat Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and it took every ounce of patience for me to beat the final boss on the normal difficulty setting, and I'm in no hurry to experience the same kind of frustration with Ascension.
Thankfully, Sony Santa Monica's own Todd Papy promised yesterday that a patch to fix this issue is "coming very soon." I'm most likely going to wait for the patch before I continue playing. While this news is music to most gamers' ears, there are some who are infuriated by the thought of making the game any easier, accusing everyone else of being "noobs" among other things.
I remember the days of the NES and was never fond of the difficulty that mostly stemmed from technological limitations (no checkpoints). Apparently some want to bring gaming back to the stone age where cheapness ruled the day. Over the past decade games have become more accessible for all the right reasons.
I've always laughed at the stereotypical portrayal of a gamer because of how far from reality it is. You know the deal. Zit-faced, grossly overweight and living in mom's basement. After reading some of the reactions over the upcoming patch, I'm thinking the stereotype isn't so far-fetched after all.
These are people who have absolutely no lives outside of video games and they find their self-worth in beating difficult games that nobody else can. When they see normal human beings who have jobs and families of their own beat a game, it is like a javelin piercing through their hearts.
These gamers found solace in a rare Sony Santa Monica misstep that nearly ruined the God of War franchise. Now that Sony's out to fix their mistake, these gamers are near to jumping off the nearest cliff they could find. The patch is great. I want my games playable, entertaining and beatable without frustration. My message to those who oppose the patch? Get a life.