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How can I tell how long (more or less) it will take me to complete a game?

How long does it take for an average player to finish all acts in Normal Mode?

Only a reference from Blizzard or another strong reference could answer this, please note that I'm not asking to post an opinion.

I'm considering buying it to my wife but I know she's not a big fan of Diablo's endless "replayability", so I'm trying to know if it is worthy.

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1 hour there's even an achievement for this. But if you meant for a level 1. then between 5 to 22 hours. –  Michel May 23 '12 at 19:19
    
I am nearing the end of Act III at 8 hours. I dilly dally though. –  Emerica. May 23 '12 at 19:21
    
Check this question/answer: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/23966/… –  Hex May 23 '12 at 19:23
    
You should end Normal at level 30, nightmare at level 50, hell at level 60 inferno at level 60. The average time to clear normal usually is 7-8hours –  Michel May 23 '12 at 19:24
    
@MichelAyres 7-8 hours for normal is fast. 10-12 would be a typical range. –  Nick T May 23 '12 at 20:05

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This question is pretty subjective and there's no real "best" answer, but since I am in a similar situation I figured I'd share.

My wife is a casual gamer. She likes to take frequent breaks, reads everything thoroughly, explores the entire map, and spends a fair amount of time weighing gear and skill decisions to get the playstyle feeling right.

At that pace, it took us about 20 hours to beat normal the first time through. I'd guess that maybe 2 of those hours were spent AFK doing one thing or another, though.

On my solo character I finished Act IV in 10 hours. I still explored a lot, but skipped all of the cinematics.

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One thing or another eh? ;) –  Emerica. May 23 '12 at 19:36
    
Skipping cinematics is a drop in the bucket compared to the time it takes to explore even one bonus cave. –  Nick T May 23 '12 at 20:05
    
@dpatchery Your wife is almost like mine =) –  Michel May 23 '12 at 20:38

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