I haven't played Diablo 3 in a while (maybe a year?) and I have recently created a Seasonal Barbarian Character. I have since beaten the game in ~4 hours and am halfway through my 2nd play through (ng+), and have yet to find any real challenge in the game - I beat Diablo in less than 2 minutes flat.
Additionally, I have gems, magic and rare items coming out of my nose, and I get a guaranteed unique drop on every boss, and occasionally on treasure goblins (of which there are many) and resplendent chests.
My character is:
- Level 50
- has ~400 hp/sec regen
- has never taken more than 3/4 of hp worth in damage (which is regenerated within 10 seconds anyway) - and only from attacks from "Molten" or "Arcane" monsters; bosses do next to nothing.
I specifically remember the game being far more challenging the last time I played, my other Barbarian character (also at the same point) has encountered far less unique items, has far more trouble with the bosses, and needs 2 hands to count the number of times he died.
So do seasonal Characters alter the difficulty of the game at all?
Note: I have played the game multiple times before, with all other characters, and I have played the entire series as well, so this is not an issue with unfamiliarity with the game (i.e. "learning the ropes").