While Resident Evil Village is one of the best horror games around and is certainly more than enough of a challenge for most players, especially with its unlockable Village of Shadows difficulty mode, one modder has decided that the game’s still not tough enough – and so has added their own even-harder difficulty mode.
The new Resident Evil Village “madness” difficulty level is a mod created by Exqray and is available on Nexus Mods. While Village of Shadows is undoubtedly challenging enough for most players, now that the game’s been out a little while, more experienced gamers have unlocked the toughest weapons and infinite ammo cheats, so some will undoubtedly be looking for a step up even from Village of Shadows. Exqray suggests that RE8’s current hardest difficulty “can be completed in around four to five hours,” or less if players are using cheats or New Game Plus mode.
The Madness difficulty level changes all that by creating an even tougher challenge. All enemies and even bosses have had their health greatly increased and their speed slightly upped, and what’s scarier, all the player’s weapons have had their damage levels slightly reduced too. So enemies take a load more hits, can dodge a lot more, and Ethan’s weapons aren’t as good any more. Eek.
Exqray’s Madness difficulty level can be simply installed with FluffyQuack Mod Manager after downloading both from Nexus Mods. After that it apparently replaces all difficulty levels, so confident players need to make sure they take the modder’s advice and upgrade all weapons before installing. It can easily be turned off again with FluffyQuack at least, if you need to.
There are already a lot of great Resident Evil Village mods available, including one that turns Ethan’s knife into any other melee weapon, including Heisenberg’s hammer. Of course, Village’s most important mod makes Lady D’s hat bigger every time you see her.