I’ve been playing Horizon Zero Dawn on the max difficulty setting. As you’d expect, it was super tough at first, becoming more manageable over time. Lately I’ve been finding it relatively easy. I chalked it up to being over-leveled. Then a couple nights ago, I went into the settings to fiddle with the audio balance and noticed the difficulty had been changed to ‘Easy’.
Needless to say, the game is profoundly not easy.
I just thank all the gods that there are no difficulty related trophies. Phew.