I’m playing through Last of Us Part II on Hard. This enemy AI is a son of a bitch. You get your tits torn off every minute by these smartass sunzabitches. Sometimes its nice to take a break from hellzone fuckstorms with a more casual game.
Because I want to navigate the story narrative and not respawn at the auto save over and over again because the npc's are more powerful than my sprite though I do play CoD on 'insane' setting for the 'killfrenzy' joy,haha.
People play on the easiest mode because they want to have relaxed gameplay, and they don't want to be stressed out. Games are supposed to be fun, not stressful. Like most games I play I play on the easiest mode, because I want to have a relaxed experience. I do play on normal at first, but I end up changing it to the easiest mode. Ghost Recon is an example, played it on normal at first but for missions dealing with UNIDAD I changed it on Arcade Mode. I liked how chill it was, so I left it on.
If its a new genre or game, then I think playing on Easy is fine because you need to learn (IE, guitar hero, or for me, XCOM). But i think its much more rewarding to play on the harder difficulties if it makes it a challenge, like almost every cod on Veteran. I do think that the trend for games to handhold for bad players is awful. At that point, just go watch a walkthrough on youtube.
The only game I've played on hard is MGS4 and I'd never played a MGS game before that. I'm playing through MGS1 on easy now:3 I'm just into games for the story and characters, gameplay comes secondary to me always.
First time I'd never pick that option but it's a fun one to pick for a third or fourth playthrough when you want to absolutely dominate the enemy. There's a great deal of fun to be found in that... but only real fun when you know otherwise how difficult they can be.
Easy modes usually aren't something I care for, but I'm sure there are plenty of people that just want to sit and relax with a game instead of chiseling away because it's too difficult. Games should be enjoyable, not a chore.
Sometimes, the game just has bad difficulty option balancing. Many fighting games are really bad about it. The worst I've found was the version of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo in the Capcom Classics Collection.
It really depends on the game. In the case of hack and slash games, such as Samurai Warriors, I tend to play on the easiest difficulty to make it easier to level up. The only exception to this was getting all the character's 4th weapons, which requires the player to play on Hard. It was brutal at times and some stages required many retries.