Don’t Be Scared: These Games Are Super Fun on Easy Mode

Ben Stegner 06-05-2015

We’ve talked plenty about super-hard video games 7 Video Games So Hard They Will Make You Want To Throw Your Controller One of the major staples of old school video games is the incredible difficulty. I've talked about the level of challenge in older games before in an article about the things I miss most from... Read More in the past. Sometimes, you can look past a game’s lack of story or short play time for a fun, thrilling experience that requires you to persevere, and that’s awesome.


Other times, though, the gameplay runs second fiddle to the story and environment, and you don’t want to have to reset a tough scene ten times to advance the narrative. This is especially true if you’re a new gamer or one without much time to spare.

Plenty of games that have easy PlayStation trophies The 7 Easiest PlayStation Platinum Trophies You Can Earn Want to earn some Platinum trophies without putting in the effort that some of the harder games? Here are seven games that will net you the easiest Platinums you can earn on the PSN! Read More qualify as easy, but some of these games aren’t even good and most don’t have a difficulty selection. In today’s list, we’re going to look at games that give you a choice of how challenging you want things to be – choose Easy and relax for once!

Uncharted Series (PS3)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is simply one of the best titles to grace the PS3 10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] This generation of games consoles is coming to an end, with the Wii U already having arrived to usher in the next-generation, and successors to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 expected in 2013. However,... Read More . With a world-spanning story, gorgeous graphics, and fun characters, the series is one of the strongest PlayStation exclusives, but it’s also a great entry point for new adventurers.

Arguably, Uncharted is at its best on Easy, anyway. Higher difficulties follow the artificial difficulty pattern and just introduce more enemies that do more damage while making you weaker. This gets annoying, as enemies become sponges and take over an entire clip of ammo to kill.

Do yourself a favor and enjoy the game on Easy, where the bad guys aren’t superhuman and you can still enjoy an awesome story. If you can, play the entire franchise, but those pressed for time should skip straight to Among Thieves, as it’s the finest of the existing three. Time will tell if the upcoming fourth game, A Thief’s End, will surpass it.


If you try out Uncharted on Easy and enjoy it, check out The Last of Us, the smash hit from creator Naughty Dog, for a similar experience (though it may make you cry Pull Out The Tissues: 5 Video Games That Will Make You Cry Video games offer something that no other narrative medium can: interactivity. And when it comes to emotional gaming, there are some seriously impactful scenes that will take your breath away. Read More ).

Rock Band / Guitar Hero Series (PS2, PS3, Wii, X360)

While Rock Band and Guitar Hero span many games and many systems, the one thing they all have in common is accessibility. Besides being a great game for dorm co-op 6 Video Games With Fantastic Local Multiplayer For Dorm Room Gaming There are still some titles that faithfully provide an excellent couch experience for multiple players. They either allows for up to four people to play at once, or provide an entertaining enough experience to keep... Read More , the multiple difficulty levels mean even someone who doesn’t play many video games or has no musical ability can still start rocking out. Take a look at a “Through The Fire And Flames,” typically considered to be the hardest song in Guitar Hero, on Expert:

Now compare that to its Easy counterpart:

After some practice, that won’t seem so bad, right? The early songs in the game won’t be nearly that complex, of course, but by making the game open to any skill level, you get an awesome sense of progression once you’re finally at the toughest tracks. Though the plastic instrument frenzy has mostly died down The Future Of Music Games In A Post-Plastic-Guitar World Like trends tend to do, our plastic instruments have fallen out of favor. This doesn't mean the intersection of music and games has been abandoned. These six new and upcoming titles. Read More , these games are still awesome choices for taking it slow.


Don’t stop at guitars, either; there are tons of musical games that are beginner-friendly. From the alternative DJ Hero where you’ll be spinning a turntable to funky mixes, to the classic Dance Dance Revolution that lets you exercise while you play, beginning your game journey with music titles could prove to be the start of something great!

Interestingly, we’ll be getting a new game in both rockin’ series Facebook Dislikes Inactive Accounts, Harmonix Teases Rock Band 4 [Tech News Digest] Facebook dislikes pages, Rock Band returns, net neutrality naysayers, FREAK Windows attacks, Apple's plentiful product placement, and Audi fears The Drones. Read More this fall, so lovers of the genre need not wait long for a new experience.

BioShock Series (PS3, X360, PC)

BioShock is a special series. While most FPS games in this generation are concerned with keeping you hooked on multiplayer The 3 Best Multiplayer First Person Shooters Of All Time [MUO Gaming] Welcome to the first installment of MakeUseOf Gaming. On tap today we will be taking a look at the three best first person shooters in the history of gaming. First person shooters are one of... Read More for hundreds of hours and crafting a cinematic experience with prolific voice actors Voices In Your Head: 7 Biggest Video Game Voice-Over Stars In the world of video games, there has been a lot of buzz around the new PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls because it stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. But this isn't the first time... Read More and big setpieces, BioShock takes a different approach.

Instead of being another tired Call of Duty clone, the trilogy is all about the engaging environments and gripping story 3 First-Person Shooters That Actually Have Great Stories [MUO Gaming] First-person shooters (or FPS) have long been a genre that is based around competition. Ever since the invention of multiplayer gaming, it only made sense to have shooters as a key genre. I once wrote... Read More , which means the gameplay isn’t the prime focus here. Throw in an Easy difficulty meant for players who haven’t played shooters before, and you have a fantastic series that fresh gamers must experience.


BioShock and its sequel (which wasn’t created by the same studio as the first and third games) take place in the underwater utopia of Rapture. Infinite, the third title, takes to the skies as you explore the floating city Columbia. Your best bet is to play the first game then skip to Infinite, as BioShock 2 doesn’t have any relevance to the continuity of the other two games. Though you’ll be hooked right from the opening scene 4 Of The Best Video Game Opening Scenes Of All Time When you launch a boot up game for the first time, it needs to grab you. Just like a book, movie, or any other form of entertainment, a good opening scene is critical to keeping... Read More , be sure to avoid reading any spoilers, as they would ruin some of the best moments in the franchise.

Mega Man 10 (Wii, PS3, X360)

The Mega Man platformers aren’t known for being particularly easy. In fact, the only main title to feature an Easy mode before the tenth installment was the much-loved Mega Man II (which made our best platformers of all time list Top 20 Platformer Games Of All Time With thousands of video games, where do you start when you want to play the best? Here's our definitive guide on the best 20 platformers of all time. Read More ), but your choice was between Normal and Difficult.

After the downloadable Mega Man 9 rocked modern gamers with its tough-as-nails difficulty, Capcom decided to give rookies a break and introduced a true Easy mode. They deserve some kudos, because instead of just slapping more health on your character and calling it done, they actually modified the game to make platforming easier and death less of an ever-present threat.

Sometimes classic series don’t hold up when they receive a new entry The Worst Reboots In Gaming's Storied History [MUO Gaming] Last week we discussed how glorious it can be when a game developer takes its time and reboots a franchise properly. Games like DMC and Tomb Raider were given a proper reboot, and the new... Read More after so many years, but with Mega Man 10 the blue bomber proved that he still deserves a place in our hearts. It’s not a cakewalk, but this is a great platformer to get your feet wet, and more developers should take cues from its hand-crafted Easy mode.


The Easy Route

As you can see, you don’t have to be afraid of these great video games. This list didn’t even take into account games that are easy on their own without a difficulty selection, such as children’s games 5 Children's Video Games That You'll Enjoy Too Just like you enjoy that animated movie as much as the kids it was made for, the world of video games has some great titles that appeal across ages. Read More . If you don’t care that the game doesn’t offer you a choice of difficulty, games such as the Kirby series are also perfect for those who don’t want to break a sweat on their controller.

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What are some other games that have a great Easy mode? Do you tend to play games on Easy? Why or why not? Let’s talk about game difficulty in the comments below!

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  1. Michel
    July 8, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Are you serious? Uncharted? Bioshock? Guitar Hero? I played those games and couldn't finish those on easy! These are NOT easy games. Might as well put The last of Us, tomb raider or GTA5 in your easy list, because apparently you think that sorta game is easy. Easy means starting and winning without seeing a "death" screen once..

    • Ben Stegner
      July 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      This article was about games that have an easy mode that remove most of the difficulty for those who just want to experience the story and/or fun gameplay. Even people without a lot of experience can enjoy BioShock or Guitar Hero without much trouble. In fact, Uncharted 4 has an Explorer difficulty geared towards this very type of player.

      I wouldn't have included GTA V or any of the others you mentioned unless they had a dedicated Easy mode. I am curious though -- what kind of games do you play that let you complete them without ever dying?

  2. Gagaboul
    May 10, 2015 at 4:40 am

    Portal 1/2 ?

  3. Dann Albright
    May 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Glad to see Through the Fire and the Flames here. Dragonforce really rips. :-)

  4. Gavin
    May 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I have played a few games where Easy is too easy and the next difficulty up, Medium, is too difficult. I wanted something in between those two. I usually just stick with Easy as anything higher is too challenging for me.