Diablo 3 Patch 15 Buffs Monsters; Time Required to Beat Game Difficult to Estimate
If you’ve been playing the Diablo 3 beta for a while, you may have noticed an increase in difficulty ever since Patch 15 went through last week. Blizzard has confirmed that monsters have been buffed and that fans are unanimously in-favor of this decision. I know I am.
Blizzard Entertainment community manager Kaivax posted:
The enemies are indeed a bit more difficult in Normal difficulty now.
It looks like the responses in this thread are unanimously in-favor.
I played through the beta with all five classes, clocking in my quickest playthrough at approximately 40 minutes, and not only did I never die, I never even felt threatened. I don’t consider myself to be a top-tier player, so I can only imagine how little of a challenge it was for others.
There are two big variables that prevent me from being able to estimate how long it takes me to play through the end of Normal difficulty: time spent maximizing my character’s effectiveness (standing around looking at gear, switching out followers and bringing them up to speed, etc.) and time spent playing with crafting/auctioning (leveling up the blacksmith, looking at what he can craft, selling and buying items, etc.)
And in the higher difficulties, those variables can expand dramatically.
How quickly do you expect to beat Diablo 3 on Normal? Are you happy about the difficulty buff?