Softcore. I'll eventually try hardcore, with some friends no doubt. But I tend to get a little cocky in pve. Run into a room with 1/3 health thinking I'll fuck shit up, then get blasted by some enchanted monster. I also like to pvp and I'm not rerolling every 4 duel games.
3-4 characters on softcore... 1-2 hardcore . i see that very reasonable... the only difference between those modes is that you thrill yourself more than needed. I have no so much time to play like an addicted for 10 hour per day and lost it in the wind.
I am going hardcore after I get used to the game. Probably after I have finished through all the difficulties with my favorite class.
Hardcore is a true challenge without a place for fatal mistakes. Lets get it on!
I know a lot of ppl which will play both for sure.
Playing soft before hardcore can save some ppl a lot of flustration, when others prefer to jump right into the hell.
There are also other factors here, when chosing what to play in a specific time.
Some ppl mentioned isp trust. Yes - every isp can have problems from time to time... when You dont feel comfortable, will You risk that much to play hc? loosing a lot of efforts just because isp is not something what ppl do tolerate often.
Other thing is the presence of ppl which You like to play with, as I presume that a lot of ppl can justify their decision on mode considering a party in which they should be playing with (or not).
I will go softcore, I like Diablo as a casual game that I could jump in and out of as I please. I want o have fun and do silly things with friends and that will include alot of dieing I'm afraid. Never really experianced hardcore in diablo 2 and I think that it would be alittle to lowpace for me as I love to jump into groups without to much of a concern. If I would need to step back and calculate the fight before I think I would be bored after a while.
Playing Softcore first. It will be easier when you know what you are doing ^^. We will see how long it takes to get from 1-60, definitely not so long like in D2. So its much less frustrating when you die, cause you know in ...(i dont know) .. 1-2 Days or 1 Week i will be 60 again.