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Diablo 3 Beaten in Just 7 Hours?

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Two groups have beaten Diablo 3 in a mere seven hours, playing on the Normal difficulty setting.

Diablo 3 is officially out the door and in the hands of PC gamers worldwide after a long 12-year wait. The game was actually announced by Blizzard on June 28, 2008 but went into development long before that -- just one year after Blizzard published Diablo 2 in 2000. Needless to say, for Diablo fans, the wait was horrendous whether it was four years or 12 years.

With that timeframe in mind, there are reports that a group of four Korean gamers completed the campaign in seven hours -- that's from the opening sequence to defeating the final boss, Diablo himself -- playing on the normal difficulty setting. A second group of Chinese players also defeated Diablo in the same amount of time. Both parties even took screenshots of the defeated boss lying dead on the ground as proof of their victory (Korea shot, China shot).

As previously reported, Diablo 3 offers four difficulty levels: Normal, Nightmare, Hell and Inferno. Naturally as each mode increases, players will be faced with deadlier enemies packed with additional skills and higher levels of heath. But they also drop better loot in return for the player's hard work. That said, we'd like to see the same parties hack their way through Inferno -- once their characters have leveled up of course -- to see how long it will take.

Still, given that they completed the game in only seven hours on Normal mode, the campaign seems rather short given the extremely long development time. Maybe they didn't stop to read all the text? How long will it take for a single player to complete the campaign?

"This launch is a culmination of many years of hard work by our development team, and many years of passionate, dedicated support from gamers around the world," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're grateful for the enthusiasm of our players, and for the help of our beta testers in getting the game ready for release. Now that Diablo 3 is live, we hope everyone's ready to have a hellishly good time slaying demons and collecting loot in Sanctuary."

Diablo 3 is available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 and Macintosh at a suggested price of $59.99 USD for both the retail DVD-ROM version and the digital version sold directly from Blizzard. There's also a special alabaster-white Collector's Edition, sold exclusively in retail stores while supplies last, for a suggested price of $99.99 USD.

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    LeetSpeak , May 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    Difficulty:

    [ ] Normal
    [ ] Nightmare
    [ ] Hell
    [ ] Inferno
    [x] Asian
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    hotroderx , May 15, 2012 6:06 PM
    tical2399Well not really surprising. Its the trend with games these days. Prettier visuals and shorter play time.


    Keep in mind this person most likely rushed everything and did nothing but D3 for 7hrs. Most likely they didnt explorer anything. They did not take the time to read or watch quest dialogue and anything that was not needed to progress the game forward was ignored.
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    -Jackson , May 15, 2012 6:11 PM
    So, who else knew exactly what was going to be mentioned (namely, asians.) in this article when they clicked? :lol: 

    Don't get me wrong, I'm asian too. Just having a bit of a laugh :p 
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    tical2399 , May 15, 2012 6:03 PM
    Well not really surprising. Its the trend with games these days. Prettier visuals and shorter play time. :( 
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    hotroderx , May 15, 2012 6:06 PM
    tical2399Well not really surprising. Its the trend with games these days. Prettier visuals and shorter play time.


    Keep in mind this person most likely rushed everything and did nothing but D3 for 7hrs. Most likely they didnt explorer anything. They did not take the time to read or watch quest dialogue and anything that was not needed to progress the game forward was ignored.
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    halls , May 15, 2012 6:07 PM
    7 hours seems pretty short, but they no doubt skipped everything that wasn't directly tied to the main story. Also, this game is very replayable, so I'm not worried about how long the story takes. Hell, I probably beat SC2's campaign in ten hours but have been playing its multiplayer mode since it came out almost two years ago. If you've polished the basic gameplay to a shine, the story is just icing on the cake. I'm level 10 and I can't wait to keep playing later.
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    dgingeri , May 15, 2012 6:10 PM
    lol, they haven't seen anything yet. Everyone should already know that normal difficulty is just the training mode. I defeated the first act during the beta in less than two hours. Defeat Inferno difficulty in anything less than a month and I'll be impressed.
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    -Jackson , May 15, 2012 6:11 PM
    So, who else knew exactly what was going to be mentioned (namely, asians.) in this article when they clicked? :lol: 

    Don't get me wrong, I'm asian too. Just having a bit of a laugh :p 
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    Kamab , May 15, 2012 6:12 PM
    The beta wasn't the entire act 1.
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    thorkle , May 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    7 hours is not short for the normal mode for anyone who has ever played Diablo 2. Diablo isn't about the campaign, it's about getting loot, and making a great character. You spend countless hours playing, for the objective of better items and leveling, not beating the game (even though this is something you do while leveling eventually). After this game has been out for a while people will be able to beat the campaign in probably 1-2 hours or less with the help of a high level friend.
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    -Jackson , May 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    KamabThe beta wasn't the entire act 1.

    Only this wasn't the beta.
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    LeetSpeak , May 15, 2012 6:14 PM
    Difficulty:

    [ ] Normal
    [ ] Nightmare
    [ ] Hell
    [ ] Inferno
    [x] Asian
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    thorkle , May 15, 2012 6:15 PM
    Sorry for the double post, but the harder difficulty levels take immensely more time to complete because the difficulty increases more than any game I've played in the harder difficulties.
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    dark_lord69 , May 15, 2012 6:15 PM
    After I pickup my copy of Diablo 3 I'm not gonna run through and finish everthing as quickly as possible. I plan on taking my time, reading everything, killing everything I see and opening everything I find.
    It's like being a virgin and waiting until the wedding to have sex and finishing as fast as possible. I don't know about you but I like take my time and make it to last.
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    sa1nt , May 15, 2012 6:17 PM
    tical2399Well not really surprising. Its the trend with games these days. Prettier visuals and shorter play time.

    You can play through Diablo 2 in 6 hours if not faster in single player mode plus expansion...

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    Kahless01 , May 15, 2012 6:18 PM
    it took me about 7 hours to make it through act1. if you arent asian and take no pleasure in enjoying a game i wouldnt worry about it.
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    of the way , May 15, 2012 6:21 PM
    This is meaningless. Normal is not 'the game'. They beat normal, congratulations. That must have been so difficult. Beating the game would be inferno, and even then, you could (should) keep playing.
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    eddieroolz , May 15, 2012 6:23 PM
    Being unemployed has its advantages, it seems.
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    psyxix , May 15, 2012 6:26 PM
    I wouldn't take these people seriously when it comes to completing a game such as Diablo 3. They probably read nothing, heard nothing, did not explore, ignored random events and secondary quests, basically... mechanically finished the game like machines. From the looks of it, they enjoyed around 30% of the game :)  Much like when you play super mario bros world and rush threw the game in 2 hours missing more than half the game, missing levels that made me love that game (hoooo super levels ...beyond the stars, how I loved and despised you !! ).

    For normal people... the game can be between 10-16 hours for the normal part and much more from there with the other difficulties. When you look at it this way, it's about the same as D2 classic (a little bit more in fact), so people saying :"That's the trend with games nowadays... costs a lot and short".... guess again!
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    Anonymous , May 15, 2012 6:27 PM
    thorkle7 hours is not short for the normal mode for anyone who has ever played Diablo 2. Diablo isn't about the campaign, it's about getting loot, and making a great character. You spend countless hours playing, for the objective of better items and leveling, not beating the game (even though this is something you do while leveling eventually).



    Actually it depends on whose playing what game and what mode they're playing it in. Take the first Diablo for example. That game was literally drenched in a fearful aura. In fact, the most striking moments from that game consisted of going into hell along with the great soundtrack that accompanied it. It was less about the loot and more about the atmosphere and if you're playing a singleplayer campaign, its ALL about the atmosphere. I'd say it was the same for Diablo 2. Haven't played the third one yet. On the other hand, if we're talking about multiplayer, that's a totally different story where most assuredly, the loot takes precedence, with one of the reasons being you don't really get to enjoy the atmosphere when people are forced to move at different paces.
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    gm0n3y , May 15, 2012 6:32 PM
    Still on the fence about buying this game. Not that I don't think it will be fun, its just that the weather is finally getting nice and I don't want to be stuck in the proverbial basement all summer.
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    jweller , May 15, 2012 6:32 PM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Diablo-Blizzard-PC-Gaming-7-hours-Korea,15649.html#commentaire
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    jweller , May 15, 2012 6:33 PM
    This doesn't necessarily mean that the campaign is short. Groups regularly had this exact type of competition in D2 back when I was playing it. They "beat" D2 in a matter of hours as well and D2's campaign was quite extensive.
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