Yeah I won't lie, the game does take some liberties with difficulty. I just finished beating my first Marauder, the axe wielding demon. He hits like a freight train, but once you understand his attack routines and what you need to do, he's not that hard to beat. However, there are other weaker demons that are simultaneously harassing you which can be a pain in the ass because not only do you have to watch out for the Marauder's powerful attacks, but the other demons as well. If anyone wants tips on how to take him out, let me know. That said, I have no frigging clue how anyone could play this game on harder difficulties with a controller. The M&K offers so much more speed and precision. Playing this game with a controller would make it twice as difficult!