Hello, guys! I've finished FF1 quite a long while ago and finally am ready to play FF2 (PS2 version).
However, I heard that FF2 had a considerable drop in difficulty in comparison to FF1. Now, FF1 was surely one of the hardest games I've ever played, even though I played it on normal difficulty setting! But that said, I'm not sure how huge the difficulty drop in FF2 is, maybe it's been made so easy that I should play on hard?
To give you some information, I've played a lot of online shooter games in the past and that's where I learnt to be good at combat from, and so normally I play all games with combat in the hardest mode available, otherwise they're too easy. Like Painkiller on Trauma (if someone remembers that one). As for horror games, their combat is usually easier than in action games. So Silent Hill's hard mode combat, for example, is still not challenging enough for me, but it's decent. Normal mode in SH is lame, however, it makes the game lose its scare factor. If you feel completely invulnerable, how can you continue to find the game eerie? It's been a real issue for me. I play horror games solely for the scare factor, and I need challenging combat to keep myself spooked and tense in the middle of the night.
I hope someone can tell me, given this information, whether I should play FF2 on normal or hard. I really don't know. Normally I'd play on hard, but FF1 was so unforgiving that I have doubts. Too hard I probably can deal with, though. After all, I tolerated FF1! But too easy,.. no, just no. That completely kills the game's potential to be spooky.
P.S. Additionally I'd be very thankful is someone could tell me how to enable hard mode without having played through the game first. I wanted to try out the beginning on both normal and hard, but hard mode is not available.