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.

When asked how long will it take to beat the game, Kaivax posted:

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?

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1 Comment on Diablo 3 Patch 15 Buffs Monsters; Time Required to Beat Game Difficult to Estimate


On March 21, 2012 at 1:06 am

For those who don’t have access to the beta I will say this;

Prior to this patch, the beta was so laughably easy that the early game content is downright boring. A player never had to learn how to use there skills in tandem or even pay attention to what they were doing for the most part. You could simply spam your primary skill and faceroll through the first 60 minutes of the game without a care in the world… You never even had to consider using potions… Which you now may have to in certain situations.

Granted, this is supposed to be the tutorial section of sorts, but still, at least you now have to engage your brain to play it to some degree..