You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world.
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Very Positive (724 reviews) - 90% of the 724 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (31,119 reviews) - 93% of the 31,119 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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June 28

Developer Questions and Answers

Yesterday's Game Mechanics post was really successful, so we've decided to hold another General Q&A where we'll answer your questions about Path of Exile, game development and life at the GGG office. Please post questions in this forum thread. We'll post the answers in the news approximately a week from now!

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June 27

Game Mechanics - Questions and Answers

We recently started a new thread on our forums where players can asked game mechanics questions and Mark, one of our veteran gameplay programmers, periodically answers them as best he can. Today's news post is a round-up of recent questions that were answered in this thread.

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Reviews

“PC Game of the Year 2013”
9 – Gamespot

“Path of Exile distinguishes itself with a unique ability system based on gems and a labyrinthine passive skill system that permits the creation of almost any type of character.”
8.8 – IGN

“Everything you wanted from Diablo 3 - and more”
PC Gamer Magazine October 2013

About This Game

You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features

  • Freedom. Power. Revenge.
    Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
  • Unlimited Character Customization
    Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
  • Deadly Missions
    The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
  • Dressed to Kill
    Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
  • Brutal Competitive Play
    Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
  • Customise Your Hideout
    ​In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
  • Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
    We're committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7/8
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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Robert
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
It is alright but I find Diablo 3 to be superior in just about everyway. This game has terrible character customization, graphics, unncessarily large skill trees, gender-locked classes, and a Pay-to-win Cash Shop. If you have lots of disposable income to get ahead of the curve, this game is for you.
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TribeDank
( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Fun addictive dark fantasy dungeon grinder. Countless ways to customize your character through flexible skill system and insanely elaborate passive talent tree.
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xHit
( 465.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
♥♥♥♥ this game and ♥♥♥♥ RNG.
Also, go play it now.
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BROOKLYN RAGE
( 76.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
As far as ARPG's go this is a must play and what more? It's FREE! Seriously, try it. Some things you can obviously tell were influenced by other ARPG's but over all it is still quite amazing to say the least! It has tons of original content and endless hours of fun.

Currently sitting on 76 Hours played and soon to be tons more!

P.S. It's not P2W, I know, Its a shocker believe me I was shocked as well! XD.
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Retrikaethan
( 48.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
this was my second action rpg and its glory has utterly ruined the genre for me. nothing i've seen or played compares to this game.
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free_born_01
( 34.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
beast f2p that I have played so far
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feliciafishguts
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is awesome. The skill tree is so extensive and endlessly customizable. THE UPDATES, omg the updates. For a FTP game they update so regularly.
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Red
( 56.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
VERY addictive game. Great progression system, awesome visuals, Diablo(ish) gameplay, free to play without an annoying pay to win system...what more could you ask for?
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rafaluft
( 153.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is all Diablo III should have been, but just wasn't.

A mix of Diablo playstyle, with Final Fantasy materia-like Skill trees. The possibilities are endless!
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Bice Num
( 91.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Very satisfying gameplay and lots of replayability. An absolute must-try for people into ARPGs.
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I don't even have time to watch porn anymore //
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I didnt think free games were ALLOWED to be this good.
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Posted: June 3
Hi, young female here with 0 gaming experience before this game. My husband is a huge PC gamer and really wanted me to take interest in it. This is the first game I ever looked into and I.LOVE.IT! I downloaded it when it first became available a few years ago and played it all the time. I took a bit of a hiatus after starting D3, but always came back to this game. I still play it to this day and it just gets better and better. I've gotten my husband interested in it, as well. I'm sorry my review isn't very informative, but I'm not an expert in these things. I just know that this game is super fun, has a great storyline, and is for everyone. I definitely recommend!
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Posted: June 13
A free Diablo style game WITHOUT pay to win? Certanly is enough for me.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Have you ever thought "Man I love diablo, but 3 kinda sucked compared to 2" well then this game is for you! It feels so much like diablo it's insane, but has SO much more to offer!
Ontop of it being a great mmorpg with tons of people playing, it has character building none of us could have dreamed of. I mean the passive skill tree alone is MASSIVE, easily the biggest i've ever or will ever see. The amount of different character builds and skills you have to mess around with alone will leave you with hours and hours of entertainment. You'll be remaking and creating new characters for months the combinations are endless, on top of the constant updates and expansions this game will consume your very life.

What are you waiting for, there's a world in here... and they need your help.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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Posted: June 12
This game reminds me so much of all the goodness in Diablo 2. So what has this extra to offer?
Well, first it's not set in the graphics of the Blizzard universe which makes it quite refreshing, both literally and figuratively speaking. There is no gold and the concept of 'weapon value' has been dropped. So what's important? the gems. They give power and magic and they grow as you advance. They can be resocketed and thereby not lost after first use. The skill tree is very impressive which allows your character to evolve to become very unique. Much of the magic is known but there are plenty new tricks and moves (and totems and prophecies). For a free game very impressive. Monster bashing and fireworks to the max.
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Posted: June 9
A worthy rival to the popular title, Diablo 3
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
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58.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
If you like Diablo games you are going to like Path of Exile.
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Posted: June 11
One of the best F2P games out there atm. Great game with infinite re-playability
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
I'v enever reviewed a game but I was so impressed with it I had to. Below are the top 5 reasons I think you should download Path of Exile.

1) It's Free!
2) Stunningly Beautiful
3) In-Depth Character progression, the skill tree is insane
4) Intuitive Gameplay, there's not really a tutorial but after 5-10 minutes in the game its easy to figure out
5) Straight Forward, despite it being free the in-game store is labeled "Microtransaction Store" so you know exactly what it is. I love this. What's offered there are visual items and pets, things that dont impact the game play. You don't need to buy anything to enjoy or advance in the game. Purchases seem to benefit the continued development and operation of the game.
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