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On this page will will look at different difficulty settings of The Last of us Part II and show you what the best difficulty for you is.

The Last of Us 2 Difficulty Settings

Some games go the route of limiting the game to a single difficulty. However, in many games, the option to change your difficulty is a way to let many gamers experience a game that is challenging enough to feel a sense of accomplishment when you succeed, but not so hard that it would cause the player to give up playing entirely. In recent games the option to lower your difficulty has sometimes even found its place standard on the Pause Menu.

The Last of Us 2 has a Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor and a Custom Difficulty. Let's touch on these before we talk about what difficulty will be right for you.

The Standard Difficulty Levels

Very Light: On Very Light, combat if very light and is suited to people looking to explore and experience the story.
Light: On light difficulty, ammo, supplies, and weapons are all plentiful and enemies are easy to kill.
Moderate: Everything is as the name suggest. Normal spawns for weapons, ammo, and supplies. Enemies are also a bit stronger.
Hard: For experienced gamers. Ammo and supplies are harder to find. Some of the better weapons are also harder to obtain. On this mode, the enemy AI is also much smarter in fights, and much more aggressive.

Survivor Difficulty

Many games as of recent have started to incorporate a mode such as “Hardcore” or “Ironman Mode”. The “Survivor” difficulty fills this role in TLoU2. Enemies will do double damage, all flashing indicators are gone, Listen Mode is disabled, and game hints are gone. This is very much for hardcore gamers, looking for something even more challenging.

Custom Difficulty

Here you can adjust each slider of every aspect in the game, giving you more freedom to select your preferred difficulty for a better gameplay experience.

Slider Changes
Player ・Amount of damage you receive from every attack you take
Enemies ・Dodging enemy attacks
・Coordination of enemies when fought in groups
・How quick the enemy responds to your attacks
Allies ・Usefulness of your ally in taking down enemies
・How quick they will respond if you need help
Stealth ・Enemy's sensitivity to sound
・Enemy's vision
・Difficulty of grabbing the enemy
Resources ・Weapon durability
・Quantity of ammo and resources

Each of these settings can be adjusted from Very Light, up to the hardest difficulty, allowing you to play the game however you like. For example, you could set your resources to Very Light, but change Enemies to Hard. This would allow you to find tons of ammo and ingredients for crafting, but would also make the enemies be harder to take down in general, and could be a possible setting for someone who wants a challenging shooter game without the stealth aspect.

Which Difficulty Should You Play?

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For a general guide to help you choosing your difficulty, here we have a chart you can refer to.

Difficulty Recommended for...
Very Light For players who want to explore and enjoy the story.
Light For those who don't play many games of this genre, or those who would rather play for the story alone.
Moderate The average gamer that has less experience with similar games. Recommended if you game a lot, and this is your first time playing The Last of Us.
Hard For Experienced gamers that are looking for a challange. Recommended if you breezed through Normal on The Last of Us 1, and you are ok with dying several times.
Survivor Recommended for a second playthrough for experienced hardcore gamers that want to test their skills and truly immerse themselves into the world of The Last of Us 2.
Custom For players who want to individually tweak or adjust different aspects of the game depending on his/her own preference.

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Recipe List List of Training Manuals and Locations
List of All Workbench Locations How to Get Infinite Ammo
Exploration and Secrets
Safe Combinations and Locations How to Find the Downtown Seattle Map
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How to Unlock the Hidden Trophies Easter Eggs
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    • I’m more of a stealth player so I didn’t enjoy the boss fight in the hospital. One touch and you’re dead, that’s not enjoyable or realistic. Might as well run outside and kick a bear. I’d get the same thing happen, dead. Too much story in this game as well, I feel like it’s hours of videos that takes away from the game play. Just give me the details and move it along. I don’t need to know who’s screwing who.

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