LEFT ALIVE adds new difficulty level for shooter fans

CASUAL MODE lets you take a more action-packed approach. Here’s what’s been added and improved in the update.
By Duncan Heaney

A new update is now available for LEFT ALIVE.

Update 1.03 adds new features, bug fixes and balance improvements for the tactical survival game, including a new difficulty level that will dramatically change how you can play the game.

Read on, and we’ll run through some of the highlights:

CASUAL MODE - a new option for those who want to go in all guns blazing

The biggest addition is an entirely new difficulty option: CASUAL MODE.

While LEFT ALIVE remains an intriguing tactical stealth and survival experience, there are some players who want to also be able to play through the story as a more straightforward action game.

The new CASUAL MODE gives them a way to do that - it’s designed specifically for people who want to play LEFT ALIVE as more of a shooter.

To that end, it adds a whole host of changes to the game, including:

  • Increased attack strength - your attacks will do more damage

  • Reduced enemy damage output - enemy attacks do less damage, so you’ll be able to run and gun a little more freely than before

  • Increased ammo limit - more ammo = more shooting!

  • Heavily reduced enemy health - enemies take less damage before going down

  • Increased headshot damage and attacks from behind - hits to the head now do more damage and the effectiveness of attacks from the rear is also increased. It’s now possible to do major damage in a single hit

  • More Wanzer durability - player-controlled mechs can take more of a beating, so you can stay in them longer

You can start a new file with these settings by selecting NEW GAME from the main menu.

Alternatively, you can change the difficulty at any time through the in-game OPTIONS menu.

Adjustments to all difficulty levels

As well as adding the new difficulty level, the team has made balance adjustments across all difficulty levels.

For example:

  • 2 first aid kits have been added to each main character’s starting inventory

  • Each character also starts with more ammo than before

  • You can now lose 8 bullets in the encounter with the soldier in Chapter 01 - previously all bullets were removed

  • Enemy accuracy has been reduced - they’re still dangerous, but you have a little more room for error

  • Reduced damage from frag grenades

Bug fixes on Steam and language tweaks

Finally, the update fixes some bugs and increases stability for the Steam version of LEFT ALIVE.

You may also notice a small language tweak to the ‘Survivor’ trophy/achievement on both platforms:

  • Previous text: Finished the game on Light or Standard difficulty.
  • Updated text: Finished the game for the first time.

The update is available now on PS4 and Steam for all owners of the game.

Alternatively, if you’re yet to try the game, now's a great time - the new update opens up lots more gameplay opportunities, letting you play it as a shooter, as well as a tactical stealth and survival game.

LEFT ALIVE is available on PS4 and Steam.

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