Wolfenstein Youngblood: Changing the Difficulty Setting

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The new installment of Wolfenstein Youngblood is a great addition to the B.J Blazkowicz story. In this game, you’ll play as his teenage daughters in co-op style gameplay. It also features a new leveling system that puts you against enemies with increasing strength, and it can get tough, fast.

I’ve been asked by several people how to change the difficulty setting, so, here’s everything you need to help clear out those pesky Nazis.

The good news is that you can quickly change the difficulty no matter where you currently are. The bad news is… there isn’t any bad news, so that’s even more good news.

If you’re playing on PS4 then hit the Options button to pause the game (Menu or Xbox One and + on Switch). Then, select Options, then Gameplay, and then you’ll see the Difficulty options list. You can cycle right to increase it, or go left to lower it, with Normal being the default option.

The game has several settings to help you out when you need them (easy, casual, normal, hard, very hard). I recommend the ‘very hard’ setting… Ok, no I don’t because that mode should be called ‘insane’. I was playing with a friend and when he had to take a quick time-out, I changed it to the ‘very hard’ mode. I had to go when he got back so I’m curious how it went from there.

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Hopefully, that’ll help some people if they may have a friend like me, or, just need to adjust the difficulty at times. This game is very different from the previous two but just enough to make it feel fresh, and the humor is pretty hilarious.

I wonder if my friend will think it was funny?… The important thing is that I think it was funny… and isn’t that all that counts? I’m just going to assume you said, ‘yes’ to that, and enjoy Wolfenstein Youngblood, it’s an awesome game!

So, Who Gets First Controller?

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Here’s a question that still comes up at times when you’re playing with a friend on the same system…So, who takes the first controller?

Let’s start with the basics, whoever owns the system, gets the first controller…ALWAYS. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But, they told me that I could be the first controller.” Short Answer: Stop being a Noob, they were just being nice.

One of my brothers used to come over and we’d play a lot of video games…I mean, a lot of video games. We never had this question come up because it’s just an unwritten rule…like if you pour a lot of milk in your Lucky Charms and then realize your wife doesn’t have enough to eat her healthy cereal, you just add water to the jug before she gets up…don’t judge me.

But, what about when you invite your friend over to play a split-screen game and while you’re setting things up and turn around, you see it…they have your precious…that part of you that knows every dark secret you have. It is one of your most coveted items in the house (sorry kids), the master of disaster, first-controller. I know half of you just passed out at the very thought of it…I’ll give you a second or two……and we’re back.

What do you say in that nightmare? I have the perfect phrase for those situations, “Hey, can I see that a second?” When they give it to you just casually reach down and get ‘the backup’ controller (you know the one, it’s like that crazy cousin you only see twice a year on the holidays) and hand it to them. If you’re like me, and everyone should be, then you reach into the Dorito bag and grab the first chip you come to, and thump him/her in the head with it, just because.

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Wars have started over things like this. Who doesn’t understand controller-etiquette? It’s not hard like it’s that last slice of pizza in the box when four of you look down and notice it…that’s a free for all, and anything goes. This is the first controller man, respect. 

We shouldn’t even have to think about something so traumatic on a Saturday. Life is too short to be the second controller on your own system, don’t be a victim. I have like a hundred other things I could say on this, and examples I could give, but just don’t be a Noob and pick up the first controller on a system you don’t own. And if you come to my house and do it, I always have a bag of Doritos handy…and man, those things are like ninja throwing stars.

Which Gaming Achievement Are You Most Proud Of?

That’s right, you’ve been working for days to get that special Xbox achievement, and now, someones going to have to see it.

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When I’m at home and playing (I mean working, I totally meant working) and finally hear that ‘pop’ of an achievement I’ve been trying to get for five days, yes, I get excited. I’ve been known to jump up and throw my hands in the air and sometimes, doing a dance that my wife has described as looking like a chicken having a seizure… which is a little harsh… but it is fair.

It’s a victory all of us know too well. But, you’re fixing to hear, the rest of the story. You just did your chicken-seizure dance and turn around to show that precious trophy or achievement off and… no one is there. When I’m at home my wife is awesome and always more than supporting, but she’s not a huge console fan. Her achievements are more hand-held and involve jumping over mushrooms and constantly trying to save a princess that, I swear, keeps teasing that blasted dragon, just saying.

There’s no print out of your accomplishment, just that brief window of proof when you see a flash on your screen. It all happens to me in slow-motion mode and I’m still fist-bumping myself (which yes, maybe a little sad) and then you see the notification start to fade, NOOOOO!

Yes, you can always look it up on your fancy phone or better yet, scroll through when you’re with your friends and pull the old, “Huh, I didn’t even realize I got this trophy,” bit. You innocently show them your accomplishment and secretly smile, because now, someone else has seen your world domination. Achievements and Trophies are meant to be shared with your friends and fellow gamers, that’s part of it, that’s what I tell myself anyway.

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I love gaming, it’s the best job/recreation I know. I’m not a big sports guy, my big week of the year is E3 and QuakeCon. Yes, Achievements and Trophies are awesome and when I go somewhere my Xbox One X goes with me. I even take it when I’m visiting with family out of town, I mean, you always have some downtime.

I will continue to take my chicken dance on the road with me and I did a lot of it when we visited QuakeCon this year, for our seventh year in a row. Life is always so serious, but when I’m playing all that stress goes away… and then new stress starts again when that huge oversized Boss destroys me in just a few swipes. Why is it so Dark…Souls?