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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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    chris1479 , 16 May 2012 02:07
    Anyone else not surprised it was the Koreans who finished it first?
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    powdaman , 16 May 2012 03:18
    Wow, most of the planet (including myself) cannot even get into the game and they have completed it already?.....
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    bobbyp86 , 16 May 2012 04:20
    You don't beat Diablo, Diablo beats you..
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    HEXiT , 16 May 2012 05:18
    6 hours is disgusting for this kind of game... games companies are now in the mindset of the movie makers thinking they should charge 5 pounds an hour rather than delivering a good product. which means we get exactly the same game as we got 12 years ago just tarted up but cut in half...


    glad im not a fan of this garbage... id much rather play skyrim or witcher 2 again...
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    paul1231 , 16 May 2012 15:03
    Someone beat it in 4 hours
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    eiskrystal , 16 May 2012 16:02
    The fastest 100% completion of Diablo 2 (Blizzard, 2001) was achieved in 4 hr 22 min by Alan Burnett (USA), who played as the Sorceress in a playthrough verified by SpeedDemosArchive.com on 14 November 2008.

    Also don't forget that "normal" difficulty these days would have been called "hand holding" 5 years ago.
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    contrasia , 16 May 2012 23:29
    Got the game on Monday, the servers went live on Tuesday, and it is now Wednesday 4:30pm and I still haven't been able to get access. It's really sad news when you hear someone has completed a game you've been unable to access since the day you got it due to traffic. =/
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    flaminggerbil , 17 May 2012 06:05
    Currently I'm almost at the end of ActII (demonhunter), if they did it in 7 hours then they skipped a LOT of content. So before you start crying about how modern games are too short and we're all being ripped off, dont whine, play the game before commenting.

    Also had no trouble getting in whatsoever, feels good man.