I am rank 20, level 270, I hardly tried. the game never got harder, i even did the bullshit busy work like killing multiple enemies with a pistol without reloading and killing 10 of the "hard" guys with a golden luger. so far the hardest part of this game is sitting through the multitude of loading screens...uh sorry, i mean flying my spaceship from planet to planet to talk to various people for no apparent reason. if there is one thing this game did right its finding a way to waste as much of your time as possible. "fly to this planet and talk to this person" you do that and they tell you to fly to another planet and do something, you do that and they tell you to fly back to the planet and report what happened (because obviously long distance communication has not been invented yet) so you talk to that idiot and they tell you to fly to the tower and talk to some other idiot, ok dont now what? oh walk 2000 yards to the other side of the tower and talk to that idiot then run back here and talk to me again then run to the other side of the tower and talk to that other fool then go back to some other planet and talk to someone and then go redo a mission you already did 9 times but they are calling it something different... sound about right?