You’re just about to start Resident Evil Village. But first, you have one important question to answer: what difficulty should you play on?
There are three difficulty modes to choose between in Resident Evil Village: Casual, Standard and Hardcore. The game gives little direction as to what differences each difficulty mode makes, with their descriptions being rather vague.
Casual difficulty mode is described as “we’ll take it easy on you”. We imagine that here, you’ll find more pick-ups, enemies will do less damage, and you’ll do more.
Standard difficulty is likely to be balanced, with damage and pick-ups being just as the game was designed. It’s described as “just your average difficulty”.
Hardcore difficulty, on the other hand, is described with “we’ll hit you with all we got”. We imagine on Hardcore difficulty, ammo and pick-ups will be more scarce, and enemies will hit much harder.
The obvious choice is to choose Standard, though if you want a challenge, then go for Hardcore. Only if you’re up to it, of course. Casual difficulty makes more sense if you’re new to first-person survival horror games.
There is a trophy tied to each difficulty, so if you’re a trophy or achievement hunter, you might want to bear that in mind. Playing on Hardcore difficulty will unlock trophies for all three difficulties.
Oh, and there’s also a fourth, harder, difficulty that unlocks once you’ve finished the game. Good luck out there!