Trying to figure out what difficulty level a pseudo-advanced gamer should be using is not straight forward nowadays.
I’m about to start Bioshock, and was reminded how easy Half-Life 2 felt on “Medium”. After breezing through Rise of Legends on “Medium”, I later found out it’s AI’s super unit creation ability was limited on the “regular” difficulty level - as another example. So for the full-out challenge, you should have played on Hard.
Of course, in games of past, even the “Normal” difficulty levels were insane. Plenty of games just cheated like hell to make your gaming experience miserable if you didn’t choose the “I totally Suck” level.
So… where does Bioshock fit into this spectrum? Is hard insane, or is it geared towards careful gamers who want the full experience? Is the Normal level truly Normal, or is it geared to players who don’t want a good challenge?
I want to get it right first time through, not get halfway around and decide, “Hmm this is way too hard or easy”.
note… I wish more developers would put some kind of note about which difficulty level gives the best game-play experience for people who aren’t Mr. Fatality but are still pretty good.