As the article title states, someone beat this crazy hard game in the hardest possible way. As he explains in the introduction to the video below, Canadian gamer Kripp wanted not only to be the first in the world to beat Diablo 3 on Inferno difficulty with a Hardcore character – i.e, flip your desktop and rip your hair out if you die – but to do it before Blizzard lowered the difficulty with Patch 1.0.3, which launched yesterday in the US and is currently being rolled out in Europe.
If you watch the video and haven’t gone through Act IV there will be spoilers, but hey, if you haven’t played Act IV yet, then what have you been doing lately since launch?
There was initially some confusion about whether Kripp and Krippi’s Diablo kill was in fact the first, but Blizzard community manager Bashiok has subsequently confirmed it in a tweet. “My apologies Kripp and Krippi” he said, “looks like you were 1st HC Inferno clear. (my spreadsheet deciphering isn’t what it used to be) Congrats!”
The Diablo kill takes around twenty minutes. What’s most impressive about this video is Kripp and Krippi’s ability to stay calm – even when Kripp’s barbarian gets knocked into Shadow Diablo’s cage trap/grab combo. “Don’t get cocky” and “run the f**k away” are stated over, and over again.
Congratulations to Kripp and Krippi, the amount of balls you have to do this battle, as well as how calm you guys were, you’re link ninja monks. It’s proof that cooperative gaming can be just as tense and exciting as multiplayer when the stakes are high enough – and the threat of losing a pair of max-level, uber-geared characters in front of an audience of thousands? Man it would have sucked if they didn’t make it.