How to Change Difficulty in World War Z

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When you first start playing World War Z it can seem very hard, especially if playing online.

The good news is that the game has a range of difficulties available, allowing you to make the experience as easy or hard as you want it to be.

To change the difficulty of World War Z, you simply have to press a button when in a lobby. Look at the top left corner of the screen and you’ll see the current difficulty displayed, as well as which button to press to change it. On Xbox One it’s the X button, while on PS4 it’s the Square button. Once the button has been pressed, a menu will appear that lets you choose between easy, normal, hard, very hard and insane difficulties.

Primarily, the difficulty level determines how much of a threat zombies pose to you, and also how much friendly fire damage is dealt. As you reach the higher difficulties though, new factors are introduced to make the gameplay experience much more troublesome.

On hard difficulty, for example, resources such as weapons and medkits will be more scarce. And on very hard, those resources will be even more harder to come by and you’ll be out of the game if you’re incapacitated two times. Then there’s insane difficulty, which is truly for those who are mad. It makes resources even more scarce, and you’ll be out of the game after being incapacitate just once.

Thankfully, by upgrading your weapons and unlocking and equipping perks in World War Z, you can give yourself more of a chance of enduring its harder difficulty levels. Easy difficulty is recommended for those who are just starting the game. Once players are levelled up a little, they should then move onto normal to keep the game challenging. Players probably shouldn’t try to tackle very hard and insane difficulties until they’re level 20 or so. They might find the experience overly frustrating otherwise.

It should also be noted that playing World War Z solo seemingly makes it easier, too. If you just want to get yourself accustomed to the game’s episodes, try playing them alone.


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