I've done several playthroughs of this game on normal difficulty, and I have never been able to get to level 54 on normal difficulty without a newgame+. What's the highest level you can get w/o newgame+ on normal difficulty?
The above is correct, but I don't think that's what TC is asking.
57 is about as high as you can go with a new character. By milking everything, you may be able to hit 58, but I can't remember if I've seen reliable reports of that or just speculation.
Now, I've never seen a difficulty listed with these. It's likely the folks who did these were running Hardcore or Insanity. But the exp rewards are the same for all difficulties. The only thing that may change is the number and type of enemies at some locations - there are conflicting reports of this.
So I'd guess 57 is still in reach for a new character.
From: Perfect Light | #005 "Dying is when one dyes something, IE hair. Dieing is when one dies. You're a moron." -pwn_teh_noobz
Was he joking? 'Cause I sure hope so.
And I'd say both of you, Mr_Collins and Perfect Light, have answered the question. Different answers, but they both work for what was asked, and the TC is even more informed now. So we're all good, right?
What's the highest level you can get w/o newgame+ on normal difficulty?
The answer to that would be 57 (or thereabouts) as I said.
Unless it's the first playthrough on that gamertag in which case you hit the level cap. The level cap of 50 applies only to the first playthrough of the game. All subsequent runs, be they new characters or new game+ characters, are capped only at the level 60 max.
Given that TC has completed several playthoughs of this game on normal difficulty, and implies that he's made it to at least level 54 on a New Game+, it's a stretch to assume he's capped by anything but the level max.