Game Difficulty for Mass Effect covers information on the different game levels that can be selected by the player at the start of the game. After finishing the game on any of the above difficulties, the Hardcore difficulty will be unlocked. 

In Mass Effect Insanity is the highest difficulty setting. The only way to unlock the Insanity mode, is if to complete the game on Hardcore mode without changing the difficulty during the game. Playing on Insanity difficulty with a brand new (level 1) character is very tough, as enemies can deal a lot of damage.

This page indicates the different game difficulties that are available to the game. 

 

Mass Effect Game Difficulty

Casual

 All enemies, including bosses, are scaled down relative to the player's level. Most enemies have no special protection or immunities.

Normal

Bosses scaled up based on the player's level. Some enemies have special protection.

Veteran

Bosses and sub-bosses scaled up based on player level. Most enemies have special protection

 

Hardcore

Most enemies are scaled up based on player's level. All enemies have protection. Bosses have immunities

Insanity

All enemies are scaled up relative to player level. Bosses and sub-bosses scale radically. All enemies have protection. Bosses and sub-bosses have immunities. 

 

Career Options 

Casual

All enemies scale more slowly than player. The player and hechmen also take half damage.

Enemy Type
Note
Minion 10% of player level
Elite 20% of player level
Sub-Boss 30% of player level.+1 additional level
Boss 40% of player level.+2 additional level

 

Normal

Only Bosses scale as quickly as the player.

Enemy Type
Note
Minion 33% of player level
Elite 50% of player level +1 additional level
Sub-Boss 75% of player level, +2 additional levels
Boss Player level, +4 additional levels

 

Veteran

Bosses and Sub-Bosses scale as quickly as the player.

Enemy Type
Note
Minion 50% of player level
Elite 75% of player level +2 additional levels
Sub-Boss Player level, +2 additional levels
Boss Player level, +6 additional levels

 

 

Hardcore

Only Minions scale more slowly than the player.

Enemy Type
Note
Minion 75% of player level
Elite Player level +2 additional levels
Sub-Boss Player level, +6 additional levels
Boss Player level, +10 additional levels

 

Insanity

All enemies scale as quickly as the player.

Enemy Type
Note
Minion Player level
Elite Player level +6 additional levels
Sub-Boss Player level, +10 additional levels
Boss Player level, +15 additional levels

 

 

 




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