What Difficulty Should You Choose in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin?

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So, you’ve picked up Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and have been presented with a selection of difficulties. Which one do you choose?

Three difficulties are available when you first start Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and your choice has a large effect on your time with the game. So, should you choose Story, Action or Hard? It all depends on how much you want to be challenged. And how much grinding you’re prepared to do.

As its name suggests, Story difficulty is for those who want to power through the story of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. It makes enemies do less damage, and combat much easier in general. Play on this difficulty on you’ll be able to move from one main story mission to the next without much trouble, even when your gear level isn’t quite up to the recommendation.

You can make things even easier when playing on Story difficulty too, by enabling Casual mode. With Casual mode enabled, you’re able to block otherwise unblockable attacks, your team members are revived automatically, and your max MP wont decrease when falling in battle. Needless to say, it makes Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin a bit of a walk in the park.

We’d advise most players to start on Action difficulty though, which offers a challenging but fair experience. On this difficulty you need to take care when facing off against multiple opponents, make effective use of combat features such as Soul Burst and Soul Shield, choose and develop your jobs carefully, and make sure your gear level is up to scratch. It’s how Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is meant to be played. And it means you’ll have to engage in side missions to get better gear and improve your party members.

When it comes to Hard difficulty, it’s only really for masochists. At least at the start of the game, anyway. You can change the difficulty of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin at any time when you’re on the map screen, so it’s best to save Hard until you’ve mastered the game’s mechanics and got good loot. Although you might choose to ignore it altogether and go straight to Chaos difficulty once you’ve unlocked it. There are some Chaos difficulty-related trophies/achievements, after all.

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