before commencing, two words about me: long time PC Gamer, hooked from the first time playing Wolfenstein 3D as well as Diablo 1 back in the days. Not so long ago I discovered this ARPG jewel. Started with Softcore and recently moved on to Hardcore, as I like the thrill and the more defensive Playstyle.
I’ll start with an example to describe what bothers me with this game: I just did a few Skeleton Runs and cleared Vanilla Content for about 2 hours on Ultimate, which is a very entertaining experience, you get around a lot and from time to time you find new secrets although you have been in an specific area for so many times, which I enjoy very much. All in all this got me 5 legendarys, the last Valbury Run didn’t get me any leg at all. If I invest the same time in Crucible, I can get 4 times as much legs in the same time, even on Challenger Difficulty (hardcorde…) and even much more on Gladiator, although this is to dangerous for my current Chars. The crucible experience is nice in the beginning, but gets somewhat boring after a while, for obvious reasons. For me it is very important to be effective in what I do, so it bothers me a lot that I only get lots of juicy legendarys by doing crucible runs, which is far less entertaining then doing skeleton runs for example, and can be repeated much more easily.
Now don’t get me wrong, in every game there’s always a way to get your loot (at least slighly) more effective, but this game offers so much great possibilities as well as environments and in the end it is doing (subjectively) boring stuff that pays out most.