As soon as you have learnt to master the combat system, the party crowd won't be a match of any kind. I did one walkthrough on hard only and did the combat challenges at last. So the party guys were quite a challenge since very limited knowledge about the combat background was required to master the rest of the game.
I am sure more skilled people might have learnt the moves while playing the game but I stopped the usual hack'n'slay button-mashing-method not before the challenges forced me to.
Last edited by Riff-Raff; 12-29-2009 at 03:11 AM.