It gets frustrating especially now that i'm in the later missions but it's all in good fun. I'll probably get SR3 at a discounted price, it sounds really disappointing compared to how great this game is though.
I’m starting the game for the first time and put it up to Hardcore…I usually start new games on the toughest difficulty. It’s really not that hard. The only really annoying parts are missions where your vehicle can explode easily…missions like Snatch and Drug Trafficking are a major pain on their Level 5 or 6 settings but I still pulled them off. Luck was a big part of the trafficking one. The Tow-truck missions are seemingly impossible but with the homie tip to get him to drive the towed car, it seems doable.