Going by what I've read on some reviews, it has more to do with the combat being too easy and simple. It appears that easy and normal difficulties are so accesible that many people turn on automatic battles because it hardly makes a difference between that and playing by yourself. Apparently the triangle weapon system is gone, and with it, the combat has become kind of a joke on easy and normal difficulties. Hard is the way to go even if you suck at these games.
Yeah I heard many people recommending to do Hard and besides you can always lower it down. The removal of the traingle weapon will be interesting to see.
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