My friend and I have been playing The Last of Us for a few days now. He chose easy while I picked hard. At first it felt like hard mode was unforgiving, but around where you encounter more human enemies after getting the truck , the game got a lot more fun and manageable. Supplies are scarcer in that mode, but it felt like the further you went the easier it was to conserve and have a nice amount without being entirely full on materials. Normal mode however was fine enough for my friend, but he quickly saw his inventory fill fast and and area or two void of enemies that were there in hard mode. So, funny enough, looks like hard mode is the better choice in my opinion for a more balanced survival experience.
"Cogito, ergo es eggo." A.K.A. "I think, therefore you are a waffle."