Being a story-driven action RPG, the difficulty you choose for your Banishers playthrough heavily modifies your experience. Some might enjoy an easier difficulty for a more narrative experience, while others prefer challenging combat. So, what difficulty should you choose for Banishers Ghosts of New Eden?
What is the Best Difficulty Setting for Banishers Ghosts of New Eden?
I recommend starting the game on Easy mode for a narrative experience and Normal or Hard for a combat-oriented one. I wouldn’t push to Very Hard, as the game’s bullet sponge enemies make it a slog.
What are the Difficulties in Banishers Ghosts of New Eden?
Despite being a story-focused experience, Banishers Ghosts of New Eden has plenty of combat encounters to challenge your skills. There are five difficulty levels in total: Story, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard.
What Changes on Each New Eden Difficulty Level?
Difficulty settings in Banishers Ghosts of New Eden modify enemy stats and the sustainability of your health potions called Decoctions. To be precise, difficulty determines:
- Enemy damage.
- Enemy health points.
- Decoction recovery after fights.
- The timing of quick-time events.
This means that difficulty scaling revolves largely around how tanky the enemies are and how much damage they deal. I found that this can lead to bullet-spongy fights where you’re wailing on one enemy for a few minutes on higher difficulties, especially if enemies are resistant to a certain type of damage whether corporal or incorporeal.
I would have much preferred to see more enemies on higher difficulties or new abilities. That said, it gets more mechanically interesting once you start unlocking new moves like different Switch Attacks and the Rifle, though some fights can still reduce the game to a light-attack and parry/dodge spam fest on higher difficulties.