Would legit hard mode in DR also force you to lie your butt off?
I’m more thinking that it would force you to fill in unknown quantities, listen to what other people are saying and evaluate it, solve some really difficult puzzles escape game style, stuff like that.
You could still have the traditional deduction rail shooter method as easy or normal, but then for hard mode you’d have an actual time limit on investigation, which would force you to prioritize certain testimony or clues over others, and then have to make up for what you didn’t get a chance to examine in detail during the trial based on what you do know.
It’s just that, honestly, DR games are not that hard. You can brute force your way through a trial using trial and error and the retry system, and you almost always have all the key pieces of evidence before it even begins which gives away huge clues.
Meanwhile, the DR escape the room games I’ve been to (which as of writing is like…five?) are much, much harder. They require a lot more thought and reasoning and as a result are way more rewarding to do, even if you don’t make it all the way to the end. (The True Solution is always something extremely convoluted and requires godlike attention to detail under a very strict time limit.)
Would be nice if there were a mode in the game that would let you bridge the gap a little.