Still can't quite comprehend the insistence on an either/or on this issue. If the game only permits 4 party members max, the folks who want 4 will be happy - everyone else will be less so. If there is a 6 party member max, those who want 4 will be happy, as will those that want more. Where balance is a concern regarding party size, feel free to crank up or down the difficulty level in accordance with personal taste (or sadomasochism)- You (general you) should not have to play the game according to my desires, not should I be limited by yours. It's all about options - you want to blow up barrels left and right as your strategy, knock your socks of...while I have yet to use a single barrel in my play through. You'd think we were computers, with only a 1 or 0 as options.