Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 14:57:
No, but there is difficult in those games. For example in Cities Skylines, the difficulty is in managing your traffic and keeping your city flowing. In older Sim Cities, the difficulty was in managing budget.
From what (admittedly little) I've seen in Factorio, there really is no difficulty. Everything is available in monstrous quantities, so it's really just a matter of time?
Well, with the aliens it is possible to die and even get to a point where the game is not recoverable. But that's really only the early game. Technically resources are unlimited, but you have to go further and further a field to get them. And even though they might be unlimited -- managing them and getting them to flow in manner sufficient to your needs takes significant planning and execution.
A standard challenge the community has come up with is building a base which can launch a rocket once per minute. And despite having build a base which has launched 300 rockets, yet me say that is no easy or small task. As far as "difficulty" you can modify how often you see resource patches and how big they are, as well as how often and big enemy bases are. Either could certainly up the difficulty to the point you probably couldn't survive for long.
I think someone mentioned the "Rail World" option. Basically in this the game makes the resource patches richer, but more sparse and further away from the base. Hence, making the use of rail transportation of resources necessary. Trains are almost, almost, a separate mini-game within Factorio. People have gone long lengths to build complex rail networks simply because they like trains.This comment was edited on Apr 1, 2018, 15:36.
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