Nope. Being a child of the 80's, my goal is to beat the game as quickly and efficiently as possible. No cheating, no easy mode... but point A to point B until it's beaten.
If I really love the game, I'll go back to do the rest afterwards.
Same here, the easiest I put it on is normal, and typically I go hard. Games don't really punish you for dying anymore outside a few exceptions.