Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty features four difficulty settings that you can choose at any time as you progress. Read on to learn more about all available difficulty settings, recent changes, and how to change your current difficulty settings.
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Easy Mode, formerly known as Story Mode, is the easiest difficulty level available in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. This is the perfect choice for players who want to be more immersed in the story and not have to worry so much about combat and other game mechanics.
In this mode, enemies are easier to defeat, protect themselves less, and have lower health bars compared to other difficulties. You'll also notice an increase in the effectiveness of your healing items, allowing you to regain more health than in other difficulties.
This is also a great mode to choose if you're planning to explore all the different endings the game offers.
Unlike Easy Mode, enemies will be more aggressive in this mode with a slight buff to their health bar and additional damage to their attacks. Enemies will also detect you faster and will immediately take actions upon detection.
Hard Mode offers more challenges than the previous settings, with enemies hitting harder and adopting better self-defense strategies during combat.
With their expanded health bar, enemies are quite tankier than normal and will require you to explore different ways to take them down such as using quickhacks or utilizing the new stealth mechanics to defeat them.
Additionally, this is also where you need to carefully plan which perks you should unlock as you level up because they now play a crucial role in how you approach battles throughout the game.
Very Hard Mode is where you have to take every thing into account—from character development to the use of your items—and take them seriously to make it in Night City.
In this mode, enemies will hit harder than usual and can take a chunk out of your health with one bullet. Enemies will also become more aggressive upon detection and will actively pursue V with brute force. This also makes healing quite ineffective as enemies can hit you again in quick succession if you're not careful.
It is recommended to start considering what builds you want to try before choosing this as your difficulty level. This is to help you become more effective in challenges because enemies will now be very difficult to take down due to their additional health, making them extremely tanky compared to other settings.
Despite all the troubles you'll face for choosing this extremely difficult level, you will actually not get any trophies for it. If you're planning to collect all available trophies, playing on very hard mode will not be ideal most ideal.
Do not worry about choosing your difficulty setting at the start of a new game, as you can change it whenever you please. To do so, you will need to open up the Pause Menu and go to settings.
Once in the settings menu, select the Gameplay Settings tab. The first option in the accessibility options is the difficulty. You can freely choose whatever difficulty you wish to play on, allowing you to adjust whenever you feel like it.
NPC difficulty will now depend on your level with the new level scaling system. Essentially, the higher your current level is, the tougher the enemies will become.
Additionally, enemies, as of the 2.0 update, have improved Combat AI, making them much harder to deal with compared to the previous updates. These new changes create a more immersive and engaging experience, which could pose a challenge if you're not aware of them! Make sure to check them out below.
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