Just went through the Archive section of Act 2 with my monk.
The monk is not very specified in skills yet, trying to give some use everything. But it looks like i'll be gravitating to a fairly high spirit consumption build with a single generator and a bunch of defensive skills.
I still have not been able to play the game past where we were in the Beta.
I was denied access after staying up late on release night. Woke up 4 hours later to do some leveling to get past the SC level requirement to make an HC character, but now at level 9.85 I have been met by another server crash.
My initial impression is that the game is the same as the beta, except now I have paid full price for it but don't get to actually play it...
I'm sure it will be fun once all these problems or resolved, but currently I am thoroughly frustrated... thoroughly.
I only had limited time to play, compounded by server issues and having to level to 10.
My first HC character is a level 11 DH, and I'm a few quests past the skeleton king. I'm currently backtracking to fill out my gear a bit though as things seem to get pretty tough. Also, I just want to explore a bit.
I died yesterdaŭ in Act3 with my lvl 27 Monk.
Huge pack of monsters, frozen enchanted and only a small stairway to fight them off.
Got frozen up and couldn't even chug a potion.
Made a WD after that. He is lvl 11 now and close to the butcher but I gotta track back a little bit to gain more levels.
Finally got my WD to Act 2. First leveled to 10 in SC and was surprised that my friends couldn't invite me, then discovered that I accidentally started playing on US servers instead of EU /(-_-) So I went for another rush to 10 this time on the right servers. Teamed up with a Barb and a DH and begun my first HC toon. It was fairly safe up until Leoric and Fields of Misery also didn't seem dangerous. But then we ran into a pretty interesting event which I assume is a perfect death trap if you don't know what you are dealing with.
We entered a small grove with a treasure chest and as soon as we opened it the trees around us came to life. The whole place was covered with their poison bombs in no time and health dropped really fast. Barb leaped away, while DH and me ran for our lives. Only then did I realize that the cooldown on the pots is LONG. I barely escaped, but DH did not. Should I say that after the encounter I was pumped up for about half an hour and was enjoying the game like never before. No way would I have the same feelings on softcore. Thank you, hormones