Like many games, No More Heroes 3 hits you with a hard question just as you begin to play it: what difficulty would you like?
Three difficulty settings are available in No More Heroes 3 from the outset: Berry Sweet, Bitter, and Spicy. And so, which difficulty should you choose?
If you’re new to the No More Heroes series or action games in general, you might want to opt for Berry Sweet. No More Heroes 3 isn’t the easiest game, and so some players will appreciate the extra helping hand that Berry Sweet difficulty offers. For a start it enables auto-guard, allowing Travis to block many enemy attacks for you. Though even without that you’ll find yourself having an easier time in general.
Bitter is No More Heroes 3‘s standard difficulty, and the one that most players should go for the first time around. It’s pretty challenging, at least until you’ve overcome the game’s first couple of bosses or so and can finally upgrade your stats. It’s not that hard overall though, especially when you consider that you can eat sushi to boost your stats for the hardest fights. And if you die, you get to spin a roulette wheel when you retry that has a chance of multiplying your attack power by 1.5 amongst other benefits.
The hardest difficulty available from the outset is Spicy, which is for those seeking a real challenge. Enemies will hit harder, meaning you’ll have to be at the top of your game to survive. Perhaps only choose this is you’re a No More Heroes veteran, looking for tough battles to test your skills. Completing the game once unlocks an even harder difficulty, however, called Carolina Reaper. That’s the ultimate test of skill for hardened maniacs.
The main thing to be aware of is that after choosing a difficulty it can’t be changed – you’re stuck with it for the rest of the game unless you restart. So, perhaps don’t aim too high on your first playthrough. You don’t want to get half way through and then have to start again, do you?