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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Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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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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SHt4rkY
147.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I honestly cannot get enough of this game, if you`re a big fan of the Diablo series, THIS GAME IS A MUST !
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ziza.DeRien
290.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
If you've gotten a chance to play hack'n slash game somewhere in your life, you must give a chance to this game as well. 7/10
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Sbygle1125
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
I like the graphics and the surroundings, music are well chosen and create atmosphere but it is a little bit annoying after a while
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Brodiddly-O
462.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
If you were sold on the pretty pictures, videos, and lies that Sean Murry fed to the world to market this game, watch some actual gameplay from players like myself who pre-ordered the game with the expectation that it would be what was advertised.

It is a product nearly unrecognizable when actual gameplay is placed side by side with the marketing pictures and videos claiming "actual in-game footage". Half of that content never made it live. Multiplayer? None. Planets actually spin? No. Light is affected by rotation of the planet, distance from the center of the galaxy, distance from a star? No, no, no. Factions matter? Nope. Huge space battles? No. A living galaxy? No. It's the same 10 planets, over and over and over.

Get it when it goes on sale for $15 or $20. It's not worth $60. Biggest regret of 2016 was pre-ordering this game.
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darkroastbeans
78.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
Probably my favorite ARPG. Dark, gritty, compelling world, story that doesn't get in the way, challenging mechanics, and fun and satisfying gameplay.
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leipäjuusto
890.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
ok game
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Fun
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Epic
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Dank
147.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
When it comes to ARPGs Path of Exile is second only to Diablo 2 when it comes to replayability. I find myself coming back to this game again and again to check out each of the content rich free updates GGG keeps dishing out.

Yes there is alot of depth to the game (i.e. the skill tree), and with depth comes room for improvement, experimentation and creativity.

PoE is also one of the few great examples of F2P done right.

I would reccomend PoE to any ARPG fan.
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Restvive
57.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
Only reason i'm giving this game a negative review is because of the Labyrinth which is the worst content in a video game i have ever seen.
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fillingspace
63.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
One of the best ARPG games available. I haven't played the updated version of Diablo 3, but this is free and beats some of the paid games of this genre.
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80 of 85 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
177.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Imagine yourself exiled to a grimdark fantasy Australia where nothing stays dead and you start with a rusty sword or a driftwood club or the like.

Welcome to Wraeclast, land of darkness, crappy loot and addictive, ARPG gameplay. To some, Path of Exile is merely regarded as the anti-Diablo 3. While it is true that it takes a very different route in the evolutionary path of the ARPG, to call it a better game, or a worse one, or even the "real Diablo 3" all fail to accurately describe it, though that being said the similarities to Diablo 2 are noticable, down to minute details like the scrolling NPC dialogue boxes and the translucent map overlay. In terms of combat difficulty Path of Exile is actually roughly analogous to Diablo 3. Where it greatly defers in its character progression. Where in Diablo 3 you unlock skills and passives in a linear fashion and can swap them around freely, Path of Exile has a unique, wide-open and very daunting system based around active skill gems and web of passive skills.

I was actually scared away from the game at first simply because I didn't think I had the smarts for it. Path of Exile defies several common mechanics of Diablolikes. There is no limited item durability, but most uniquely there is no money: items are instead traded for crafting ingredients, with scraps of identify scrolls representing the lowest denomination of value. Each of the game's seven character classes have no actual abilities- these are instead tied to the skill gems, which in the style of Final Fantasy's materia crystals are slotted into color-matched slots on your gear, all of which has at least one of these slots. None of these gems are dependent on class but they are dependent on one of only three core stats: strength, dexterity or intelligence, each color coded and tied to an elemental damage type, fire, ice or lightning. Equipment drops you find will usually be of the lowest quality (anther contrast with Diablo 3, which in its current state makes a point of giving you good, class-flavored equipment drops), but any piece of equipment can be modified to a usable state using crafting items- that being said, you will eventually be required to do this as the ratio of good quality, level-appropriate drops starts out ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and only gets worse as you progress, and it will frustrate you.

Potions are not stacked the disposable ton but are equipment unto themselves, slotted into your belt with random stats of their own, and charged by defeating enemies- making Path of Exile the only ARPG I know of to have legendary-quality potion bottles! By far the most interesting feature is the skill tree, which is really more of a skill spider web, with all passive abilities earned in the game tied to nodes on the web. Each of the seven classes begins at a certain point on this web near nodes flavored to them, but each can eventually be built in virtually any way you want, to use any weapons, gear and skill gems in the game.

Your character does not gain attribute points automatically on a level up, merely a single skill point, which can be spent on a +10 boost to an attribute or something flashier, like attack speed, life drain. The web is laid out as sort of a highway with exits leading to cul-de-sacs, which often contain powerful capstone passives that add things like 20% faster mana regen, but require an investment of skill points to unlock the nodes leading to them. You will need to strike a balance between raising your stats and obtaining critical passive skills. This is where the hidden challenge of the game comes in, though: while virtually any build works just fine for Normal difficulty, on higher ones the game outright punishes you for any poor build choices, though thankfully respecs are plentiful enough that you have at least some room to experiment. I have played through each of the classes at least once, on Normal difficulty, as the game follows the Diablo 2 style progression where beating the game on one difficulty allows you to progress to then next in a linear fashion. I found myself enjoying each in their own way, but found myself most comfortable using a Duelist (the strength/dexterity hybrid class) built for fast, hard attacks with two-handed swords.

For a free game, the depth of customization, quality of music, sound and voice work, the developer's commitment to non-pay-to-win cash shop items and the overall quality of the game in general is remarkable. The game has received a number of large content updates since launch, all free, including end-game random dungeon generation, a number of NPC crafters with reputation missions, and most notably an entire fourth story act bringing the game to a spectacular, blood-soaked conclusion. If you love ARPGs but perhaps crave more stat-crunching, min-maxing, and build challenge then Diablo 3 can provide, Path of Exile may be just what you're looking for. For me, it offered exactly what I loved most about Diablo 3- non-stop, click-mashing action in a dark fantasy universe with plenty of zombies, skeletons, monsters, misshapen horrors and some truly despicable villains I could really, really hate. Take a journey into nightmare, and walk the Path of Exile with me. You won't regret it.
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101 of 116 people (87%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,314.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I think it ruined my life...
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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
6,377.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This is my gem. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My gem is my best friend. It is my life. I must level it as I must level my life.
Without me, my gem is useless. Without my gem, I am useless. I must use my gem allways.
My gem and I know that what counts in wreaclast is not the arcs we cast, the noise of our critical strikes, nor the smoketrial from our lightning warp. We know that it is the bodies and loot we pile... and we will loot
My gem is an exile, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its damage type, its support gems, its cast time. I will keep my gem clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God "and not dominus", I swear this creed. My gems and I are the inhabitants of thís island. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory of this exile and there is no malachai. \ Arcguy
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
476.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Here's a few metaphors to describe what I think of this game from a very hardcore Diablo fan.


Diablo 1 is an ugly expensive antique painting that most of us don't care for, but still appreciate it's existence and the influence it's done.

Diablo 2 is a long lost vault filled with treasure and gold, diamonds, and riches as far as the eye could see, and will be remembered for years and years to come.

Diablo 3 is an infamous ragged old satchel with a couple of gold coins in it, and once in a while a couple new coins gets dropped in out of pity.

Path of Exile is a graceful, elegant, and awe-inspiring golden statue of a fabled goddess that tries to breathe comfort and love into those who had their heart and souls crushed by Diablo 3.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
365.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A true Jewel of the modern gaming era.
With a large diversity of play styles, support for the community, and a unique currency system. This game is a 10/10 for anyone who enjoys the ARPG genre.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
817.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This game is what Diablo 3 would be if it was Diablo 2. 10/10 R.I.P desync
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
leveled up, saw the skill tree, HOLY ♥♥♥♥
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
162.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
face... breaker... facebreaker... FACEBREAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/10
Best diablo i have ever played.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,610.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
With great knowledge comes great power.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Better than anything in the Diablo series, and free. What more do you want in life, other than world peace and global happiness?
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