Black Ops 3's getting a one hit kill Realistic difficulty level. Oh. Good.

We've already been getting a look at some of Black Ops 3 (opens in new tab) new abilities, including the ability to make enemies puke themselves to death (opens in new tab). Now there's a new difficulty mode that makes Veteran sound like a walk in the park.

It's okay to cry.

It's certainly going to appeal to all those who loved punishing themselves with impossible challenges as it's a one hit kill difficulty in a game where the air is basically a big pile of bullets with gaps in it to breath though. Speaking to Xboxachievements (opens in new tab)Treyarch's Jason Blundell describes it as follows:

“[In Realistic] you have one point of life, so if you're shot once, you're dead. It completely changes the way you play the game. You all have to survive as a group. You end up respecting the level in a completely different way, and once gunfire opens up, everyone just drops to the ground, because if any one bullet hits you or a grenade goes off near you, you're dead.”

There are also trophies (opens in new tab) for finishing the game on Realistic. Although interestingly, they're all grouped together with Hardened and Veteran, so not a huge incentive there to work through all three.

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