Having said that, please keep in mind that this isn’t the equivalent of similar modes in other games that basically make you invincible. While this mode is specifically designed to make combat sections significantly easier, you can still die in while playing, and you will still need to figure out the basic combat mechanics at some point.
God of War: “Give Me A Balanced Experience” Is Basically Normal Mode With a Couple of Twists
Again, the name kind of gives this one away, but “Give Me a Balanced Experience” is God of War‘s version of a “normal mode” and is generally considered to be the “intended” way to play the game for those looking for a little more of a challenge (although there’s a debate about that subject that we’ll dive into in a bit).
You’re certainly much more vulnerable in this mode than you are in “Give Me a Story,” but the big twist here is that you will need to be a little more mindful of your resources and upgrades when you’re playing on this setting. If that’s another part of the game you’d rather not deal with at all, consider bumping the difficulty down a notch.
God of War: “Give Me A Challenge” Is Intended For God of War Veterans and Second Playthroughs
Right, so this is definitely where we get into “hard” territory. This is ideally the mode you’d pick if you consider yourself to be a God of War veteran, but because this God of War is so different from its predecessors, it’s more often considered to be an ideal second playthrough setting. Basic enemies on this mode boast massive health pools and are significantly stronger, while boss fights will really push you to your limits (and, in some cases, far beyond your limits).
As mentioned above, the other thing you have to consider when you’re playing on this mode is that you’ll need to spend significantly more time acquiring resources and managing upgrades. While you may be mechanically talented enough to subvert the grinder elements of the game while playing on this setting, this is certainly the difficulty setting that will really make you start to appreciate how important God of War‘s RPG elements really are.
God of War: “Give Me God of War” Is an Absolute Nightmare That Few Will Ever Beat
I really can’t overstate how difficult the “Give Me God of War” setting is. Basic enemies essentially become boss fights, boss fights will take you hours (maybe days) to overcome, and you’re so dependent on resources that you’ll essentially need to 100% the game in order to acquire every possible upgrade and increase your odds of surviving.
Source: Den of Geek