I was planning to play through it all quickly, but have instead spent time just goofing around with different weapons while replaying some nodes. I'm really not sure why they all were nerfed before release. I have a few times set it up for the setting that allows randoms, used so rarely I forget the name. I do that to observe others, mainly to see what they are leaning towards, I usually will just chill when doing so, and only defend an objective if needed to make sure there isn't a failure.
I watched a video of someone doing vay hek on earth solo with rhino. I decided to see if I could do it faster without a rhino buff, so I did it with Inaros the sarpa and a brakk. It was considerably faster than the rhino run, but that run was pre release nerf.
I'll eventually play through it all just expected the mobs to be harder to kill. I appreciate the mode I just feel maybe DE was led astray by testers, as it's beyond easy for a hard mode.