What are the differences between Easy, Normal, and Hard modes?

Note: please avoid spoilers!

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    I'm getting my ass handed at normal, that's all I know.
    – DogDog
    Jun 17, 2013 at 20:37
  • @Apic Not if you play stealthily. I know for a fact that enemies drop less ammo on Hard, but not much else beyond that. Jun 17, 2013 at 21:18
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    He added the-last-of-us tag to your question, which classifies the game your question is referring to.
    – wr4ith
    Jun 18, 2013 at 2:02
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    There's no definite consensus. Some people prefer it with but many find it unnecessary. Yes, an exactly same worded question title would be rejected, but we don't need to stick the game name in every question ahead of time as a precaution. We can just add it as needed. That said, it's your question, and if you feel strongly about it and want to edit the game name right back into the question header, go for it.
    – Sterno
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:11
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    Also, this is probably the most relevant meta topic about it: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/q/6950/3062
    – Sterno
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:15

2 Answers 2


Depending on the difficulty, you'll find more or less items during your quest for survival. The harder the difficulty, the less items you'll find. You'll still be able to find all collectibles regardless the difficulty you're playing on.

Not all items disappear on harder difficulties. Weapons, Skill Pills, Parts, Training Manuals, Comics and Artefacts can be gotten during any of your playthroughs.

The harder the difficulty, the more damage you take from enemy blows. Some enemy attacks retain their instant-kill effect on all difficulties. Enemies will also notice you considerably more quickly the harder the difficulty.

The Easy difficulty also has an additional option for 'Lock On Aiming', which makes it easier to shoot targets.

The Survivor difficulty doesn't have a Listen Mode nor Melee Prompts for in-game combat.

Source: Walkthrough by Absolute Steve

  • Also, in Easy mode you automatically have the ability to fend off clicker attacks with a shiv. (In other difficulties you have to use pills to get that ability.)
    – Kip
    Feb 4, 2014 at 21:24
  • better AI
  • more enemies
  • fewer drops / resources

Sources: - Review (NG) - Discussion (Gamespot) - Discussion (GameFaqs)

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    I do not believe this is a complete list, I know that Survivor mode disables X-ray vision (R2).
    – wr4ith
    Jun 20, 2013 at 6:53
  • Better AI?, wow, i thought AI was bad in the game generally, i am in Normal Mode Jun 20, 2013 at 14:59
  • I do not know the differences between easy, medium, and hard modes, but for hard v. survivor mode there is no difference in the number of enemies. There are, however, fewer drops and enemies seem to be more sensitive to sound and movement. I believe enemy damage increases as well. And the super-hearing ability is disable (as mentioned above by wr4ith).
    – boloyao
    Jun 23, 2013 at 6:19
  • Scyoni, I cannot find the details of your answer in the sources you cited (other than speculation from forum members).
    – boloyao
    Jun 23, 2013 at 6:24

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