I think the ‘hardcore’ ‘softcore’ thing stems from the fact that if you label something ‘hardcore’ the natural assumption it to call the opposite of it ‘softcore’. That’s not intended in a derogatory way - it’s just a label.
Calling it ‘hardcore’ is marketing bullshit anyway. In the past, modes that used to lower HUD content and screen markers were known as ‘realism’ modes… in that you wouldn’t have a number on screen to know your ammo left, health and live map.
We’ve had this conversation before about ‘normal’ ‘softcore’ and ‘hardcore’. Let’s not go there again. Some people prefer one, some the other. Back in the day, we always played in ‘realism’ modes. As the battlefield franchise progressed, what that actually means has changed. I still prefer the 60% health that you get in Hardcore - but equally, I think there are mechanics in the game that are lost if you don’t play in Normal too.
Horses for Courses.