Game Difficulty - Normal, Hell, Inferno

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Hey guys ... like most of you I can't wait for this game to come out but nothing can be done but wait.

(First Question:) Wanted to know, what will most of you do ... Play Straight on Hell Mode to get into Inferno Mode, or will most of you guys go Normal, then Nightmare, then Hell, the Inferno mode?

(Second Question:)Are we able to bring forward, items we gathered from each level of difficulty?

I would imagine leveling and beating the game would be time consuming but in order to get the best gear, need to be on the Highest difficulty of the game.

(And last question:, for PVP, can people who just finished Normal game mode have a chance playing against hardcore people whos finished Inferno mode? (My guess no...but just want to know will there be matchmaking screen to pair up same gear, etc. etc.
You have to go normal to nightmare to hell to inferno. They're not difficulty levels like in most games. Normal is balanced for 1-30, nighmare for 30-50, hell for 50-60, and then inferno for 60. You can't start in anything BUT normal, and you can't get to nightmare until you beat normal on that character.

Everything you earn in one difficulty you can carry to the next.

TL;DR Difficulties in Diablo games are progressive play throughs, not options to pick at character creation.

We have no idea how arena matchmaking will work, btw, and if low level people will even be able to get in there. If they can, you can probably do a custom match against higher leveled friends, but you obviously can't do a matchmaking arena match against them.
You generally have to go in order. They lock the higher difficulties.
In the Diablo world, you have to progress from 1 difficulty to the next.
Example (not sure on exact numbers):
Normal is level 1-30
Nightmare is level 31-50
Hell is level 51-60
Infernal is level 60.

And yes, you carry your items forward.
Oh ok..thanks for the info. :D
1) You have to go Normal, Nightmare, Hell, Inferno
2) Yes, items will carry over so you will be powerful enough to take on the harder enemies
3) Normal mode and Hardcore will be seperate; however, I don't know how the "matchmaking" system is going to work, so as far as I know, you can be paired up against whoever.
Wow people are actually being nice in this thread!
09/15/2011 07:54 PMPosted by Youninjamace
(First Question:) Wanted to know, what will most of you do ... Play Straight on Hell Mode to get into Inferno Mode, or will most of you guys go Normal, then Nightmare, then Hell, the Inferno mode?

I would assume that like in previous installments of the series, you need to complete each difficulty mode to unlock the next tier. That is to say, you cannot jump from normal to hell without finishing nightmare.

09/15/2011 07:54 PMPosted by Youninjamace
(Second Question:)Are we able to bring forward, items we gathered from each level of difficulty?

Most likely, yes. Imagine having to start fresh with no items in inferno mode. Most classes would probably die in 2 hits.

09/15/2011 07:54 PMPosted by Youninjamace
(And last question:, for PVP, can people who just finished Normal game mode have a chance playing against hardcore people whos finished Inferno mode? (My guess no...but just want to know will there be matchmaking screen to pair up same gear, etc. etc.

From what I understand, PvP will have a matchmaking system that attempts to find players of similar skill/progress. For that reason, I doubt you'll be seeing a team of level 1 characters battling it out with a team of level 60 characters.
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Hahaha yes, obviously I'm a noob. I did play Diablo but that was like many many years ago. Can't even remember the game.

Appreciate the response...now i know.
09/15/2011 07:58 PMPosted by Clonazepam
Wow people are actually being nice in this thread!


i know, im surprised. maybe they're on benzos, eh clon? :D
A good way to think of it is like a "New Game +", where each playthrough is harder.
Im going to start with inferno and work my way down to normal...
:D
09/15/2011 08:00 PMPosted by Chizzyjr
Wow people are actually being nice in this thread!


i know, im surprised. maybe they're on benzos, eh clon? :D



Could be.
Other than the fact normal mode is essentially a forced "very easy mode" we will have to play through every time we start a new character. It would be nice if we could start out in Nightmare immedietly after getting to a paticular level. I'm not a fan of having the story and bosses spoiled by playing through the game on easy mode.

I guess I can always gimp my character if I want a decent challenge out of normal on my first play through. But it sucks normal is essentially there for people who don't know how to play video games. They should have made an optional "tutorial mode" for that, which could essentially be an easier version of normal that would still get your character to nightmare for all the noobs.
Other than the fact normal mode is essentially a forced "very easy mode" we will have to play through every time we start a new character. It would be nice if we could start out in Nightmare immedietly after getting to a paticular level. I'm not a fan of having the story and bosses spoiled by playing through the game on easy mode.

I guess I can always gimp my character if I want a decent challenge out of normal on my first play through. But it sucks normal is essentially there for people who don't know how to play video games. They should have made an optional "tutorial mode" for that, which could essentially be an easier version of normal that would still get your character to nightmare for all the noobs.


i don't expect normal mode to be ballbustingly difficult but this is kind of a strange thing to say as we really don't know anything about difficulty yet. the later acts in d2 normal were reasonably difficult at the expected character power level, i don't see a reason to expect it to change
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