As it was said, the first playthrough is slower, which makes it somewhat easier. And I personally liked it, also picked a crusader as my first class. Wasn't too long ago. He actually died about 65, I messed up with difficulties Don't know how PS version works, but I'm pretty sure T1 was unlocked past 60, I just see no other reason of my death, my crusader was pretty confident at master.
P.S. I play HC only, so the game is challenging sometimes