I started with a Hardcore character today, the Barbarian. I picked him, because he’s hard to kill. That’s what I need, especially when playing Hardcore. I named my male Barbarian Brolaf, because I can.
I’m only level 6, but I haven’t noticed things being harder or item drops being better. All I hope is that I’ll at least pass Normal difficulty without dying. That would be awesome. It kind of sucks that you have to start over again with no blacksmith, jeweler or build out stash, but I understand. Hardcore wouldn’t be as much fun, if you can just use all stuff from your normal games.
Permadeath is a perfect way to cure greed. I know for sure that I won’t be chasing any treasure goblins into champion or rare packs. If I can avoid begin surrounded by twenty mobs, yes please. No, I won’t start an event knowing I’ll fail (Crumbling Vault).
So far, I like the Barbarian. He doesn’t really feel the same as the Barb in Diablo 2, and that’s how it should be. I’ll post a first impression when I’ve passed level 30. Hopefully, I won’t die before that.