To be fair, while I do love the difficulty and wouldn’t play it in an easier setting, I fully agree that an “assist mode” like Celeste’s would be amazing.
I player Celeste ALMOST from start to finish (I needed a rest after Summit C-side and never really got back to play Core C-side), and the difficulty was part of what I loved, but I loved it because of the characters, the story, the art-style and such too. And, after all, I play LOTS of videogames. I would like other people with less experience with videogames to be able to enjoy those parts of Celeste too, and the assist mode allows them to do so. Maybe even enjoying the difficulty at their own level, depending on how they set the assit mode.
I admit, however, that a lot of these articles do blame hard games for gamers’ exclusive attitudes about “true gamers”, which is absolutely unfair. Unless they follow the same rethoric (which I haven’t seen FROM doing in general), only gamers with those attitudes are to blame about those attitudes.
As for the Cuphead thing… Look, I laughed at it as much as anyone else. The duy was ASTONISHINGLY bad. But I do think too much of a fuss was made about it. He didn’t review it, he didn’t ask for a lower difficulty, it doesn’t have anything to do with the kind of articles he usually writes… He just showcased it and he sucked. Not a big deal. He was mostly used by gamergaters to say “see? games journalists are bad”.
Sorry for the tangent. Back to Sekiro! I think I’m nearing the end, and the game greatly surprised me. They pull off something they haven’t done in the Souls games, AFAIK, although now that I think about it they’ve done something similar.
It also feels way “easier” now than during the first half of the game. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not easy, but I did find a few bosses and mini-bosses that took me multiple tries to kill before, and the first fight with the Great Ape or the one with Genichiro at the top of the castle made me die quite a lot of times, as well as even getting to the top of the castle. Those nightjars are EVIL.
Now, however, I seem to have gotten into the rhythm and I am beating most bosses and mini-bosses at the first or second try. No doubt I’ll get slightly stuck again soon, though.
EDIT: Oh! I forgot to mention that I got quite angry at FROM at first because I got crontroller issues too. I usually use a DS4 and it didn’t work at all, not even with DS4Windows. My 360 controller didn’t work either. I ended up having to use Steam to force the game to use a specific controller, but I spent about an hour figuring it out. Nothing similar had happened to me in a long time, and it got very frustrating. :-/