Diablo 3 has been released for over a week and it’s safe to say that most players have already finished the main story on the normal difficulty.
While many will no doubt jump to the Nightmare setting, in order to really test out their skills and characters
, it’s worth highlighting the special Hardcore mode.
This special option can be set when creating a new character, after you’ve already taken another, previously made hero, to level 10.
While it may not feel that different, Hardcore mode’s biggest change manifests itself when your character dies. Instead of reviving him at the previous checkpoint, your character truly dies, as you’ll no longer be able to use him.
This, as you can imagine, is a pretty serious thing, as you always need to keep your health in check and to always make sure that a health potion or a healing ability is ready at a moment’s notice.
While playing with such a looming threat over your cherished character may seem unpleasant, the actual gameplay is much more exciting than in the regular experience.
You can still play with your character in whatever way you want but, if you rely too much on damage instead of vitality and health, you’ll soon end up mourning your precious character on the “Game Over” screen.
Besides the added thrill, Diablo 3’s Hardcore mode also offers special loot and gear which can only be used on your other Hardcore characters, or sold on the special Hardcore Auction House.
As such, once the real-money auction house gets set up, you can expect many players to start selling the items they painstakingly harvested in the Hardcore mode for quite a lot of real-life cash.
Have your tried out the Hardcore mode in Diablo 3 or do you want to master the Nightmare, Hell or Inferno difficulties?