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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October 24

New Path of Exile Wallpapers!

When the Atlas of Worlds expansion launched it also included a visual update to the passive tree with character art representing class-areas of the tree. We've transformed these images into desktop wallpapers to share with the community. There are various size formats available.

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October 23

Our Three Year Release Anniversary

Three years ago, on October 23, 2013, Path of Exile left Beta and was formally released. Since then, we've launched five expansions, fourteen challenge leagues and countless smaller updates. Path of Exile has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Russian, and both Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Over those years, Grinding Gear Games has quadrupled from 22 staff members to 88. The purpose of today's news post is to briefly thank everyone who has made Path of Exile the game it is today.

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“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

    • 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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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
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57.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Play Diablo 2 for years and years and years. [done]*
Play Diablo 3 for ~200h and dump it. [200 painful hours of shiny disappointment]
Play Path of Exile for years and years and years [to be achieved].
Yes, PoE has the nice dark touch I am looking for in a game like this (not the cartoonish bull$hit that is D3). There are numerous ingeniously designed areas such as the Mines in Act IV (how the pocket miners are excavated from the walls of the mine) or the The Ship Graveyard of Act I.
The Passive Skill Tree looks impressive but is kind of the same... Well, I still have to explore the full depth of the options presented by the tree. Skill reset points are earned by completing quests so you can do adjustments if required. I find this "freedom" to be nice and player-friendly.
In the game you level up gems which grant you with passives and active skills. This detour from the other systems is quite nice intro to the genre.
The game receives constant updates, new acts, mazes which is a guarantee that you can replay the game numerous times without getting bored. Since I've started following the game closely I haven't seen a single bad update. Just perfect.
Another impressive part of the game is the music - the soundtrack must be one of the best OST I've heard in a game and blends nicely to the gaming experience. Some of the tracks are mesmerizing, just turn on the volume and enjoy!

Most of all - the game is free. Download it, play it, enjoy it. There are cosmetic microtransactions present.

* I just had to say a word or two about D2 and D3 as I do consider Diablo 2 to be a classic in the genre (as Mozart is a classic in the musical genre). Diablo 3 is okish but only the Act V (which comes after purchasing the Reaper of Souls expansion) satisfies my taste. The hero leveling up system is without any depth and after one or 2 play-troughs the grinding losts all it's meaning.

My scores for the games:
D2: 10/10
D3: 5/10
PoE: 8.5/10

Why 8.5/10 - I do not like how certain items can be traded and how the trading system is implemented. I am reading in the official forums that the devs are working on the issues in the trading system and maybe soon we can enjoy something more structured. TBC
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,663.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
a real free to play game. money will buy you more convenience with trading and item-stashing, also gorgeous cosmetics for armour and skill-gfx but no gameplay advantages or shortcuts.

developers are dedicated and new content deployed frequently.

it is the most nuanced ARPG out there atm.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
TL;DR SUMMARY: 70% modernised Diablo 2, 30% cool new ideas and improvements. A fun, very well-made classic hack'n'slash with good graphics (especially spell/skill effects), great sound and music, dark atmosphere and good story, as well as nicely designed and quite varied locations. Plus of course, the MASSIVE ability tree (which is surprisingly easy to navigate) and a ton of skills/spells to choose from with lots of ways to build your character that actually punishes inexperienced players much less than in most other games. Absolutely worth playing whether you're looking for a few dozen hours of fun or hardcore serious business online gaming, especially that for some reason this game is FREE TO PLAY (and the only purchasable items are cosmetics - lots of them - no pay to win whatsoever).

FULL REVIEW: Okay, so it seems most reviews for this game are either "my turtle left me" or 5000h played talking about how good the balance is on the endgame maps after you finish the Merciless difficulty, so this is the nub casual review for people who are bored and went "wat how is this f2p" like I did upon seeing this game.

As said above, this game is MASSIVELY inspired by Diablo 2 - similar dark and gloomy overall atmosphere (and a world - or rather region - which is so screwed they'd rather have an apocalypse), familiar-looking red and blue health and mana spheres, familiar-looking inventory that even includes the I/II weapon switching, familiar-looking scrolling dialogues, familiar-looking ability tr-NO WAIT HOLY ♥♥♥♥ HOW MASSIVE IS THIS THING THIS IS LIKE ONE MILLION ABILITIES

Path of Exile brings some really cool new ideas and improvements to the table - as justifiably praised in nearly every review out there, the passive ability tree here is ENORMOUS, but after the initial "mind blown" feeling, it's actually quite easy to navigate. It really is very open though, and although few of the passives make a significant impact on their own, in the long run it gives you lots of options to build your character. If you're just learning the game and making it up as you go, it's also pretty easy to change direction or even refund some points (as you get a refund point every once in a while) if you feel you're missing something, e.g. you've put too much focus into damage and now die too easily.

Staying on skills and character development, another change I really like are active skills - instead of being tied to your XP level, they come in gems that are placed in weapons/armour in coloured slots (corresponding to an attribute - strength/dexterity/intelligence), which again means that you can pretty much turn your build almost upside down if you want/need to. An awesome addition to that are "support" gems that can be linked to them, which allow for some incredible options and can turn a relatively unimpressive skill into a mind-exploding pocket armageddon. But then, the skills themselves are very diverse and they're mostly both really fun to use and actually useful - there really is something for everyone, and for pretty much any playstyle.

You have six although my ninja turtle buddies tell me something about a seventh classes to choose from - three with one primary attribute (Marauder - strength, Ranger - dexterity, Witch - intelligence), and three which are kind of "hybrid" (Duelist - strength/dexterity, Templar - strength/intelligence, Shadow - dexterity/intelligence). I have to complain about the character selection screen a bit, as the descriptions are not very helpful and a bit misleading if you're new - e.g. you can get the idea the Witch is something like a necromancer (which she can be), while she's pretty much the closest thing to a typical mage. In reality, with the way the ability tree and skills work in PoE, each class is very flexible and just knowing what attribute they're focused on gives you an idea what to expect and what playstyle they make sense with.

Another clever change, in my opinion, is... getting rid of gold. Yep, there's no gold here. The good old portal and identification (here named Scroll of Wisdom) scrolls are the most basic currency, plus a large variety of different "orbs" that can modify item properties - you can turn an ordinary sword into a Rare Uber Destruction Weapon of Doom and Annihilation. But wait, that doesn't mean getting your hands on powerful items is easy - you have more options to obtain the kind of equipment you want, but it's not easier, as obviously the more powerful orbs are just as rare (if not rarer) as rare items. And this system gets rid of "at first you can't afford to buy a dagger but if you do side quests then you can buy half the planet halfway into the game".

The graphics are very nice overall, might not be super-ultra-AAAA-HD-2017 standards, but the game just looks good and as a plus should run smoothly even on not the newest PCs. The combat really looks spectacular and what's very important - not messy and everything is mostly clear even when you're swarmed by enemies or fighting a boss who spams 10 different skills (and this is something that can make or break a game like this). The most disappointing part of graphics is probably... the character selection screen (yep, again), their models don't look very detailed and the first impression wasn't great, but when you get into the actual game, there really is nothing to complain about. The sound is also worth praising - sound effects are satisfying, voice acting is very good and gives personality to characters, and the soundtrack is great and very atmospheric.

I personally liked that while PoE does mostly stick to a similar dark and gloomy atmosphere and visuals as Diablo 2, the locations are much more diverse - e.g. some of the forest/jungle locations are actually quite colourful (does not mean they look friendly, though...), but then there are a few places in this game that make Diablo 2 look like My Little Pony. Lunaris Temple. Holy living ♥♥♥♥. Traumatic experience. Plus, the world is a bit more open and there are often several quests to do at the same time which you can complete in any order you like. There are also quite a few side locations, and you can encounter randomly generated "corrupted" areas (quite small with unusual monster types and a boss, plus skill gems you can't find elsewhere) and minor side quests from "masters" who can provide interesting upgrades if you have enough "favour" with them. A minor complaint about locations, though - they are sometimes really quite vast, which means that if you want to explore everything, a) you need to do it in one go as they're semi-randomly generated, b) there can be a lot of mundane running back and forth.

The story also deserves a mention - Path of Exile, instead of having just another "super evil demon dude who is evil because he's always been evil; oh wait did I mention evil", instead focuses on people with overblown egos and sick ambitions that get way out of hand. It may not be groundbreaking, but it's very cleverly written, in the way that if you don't care, it completely doesn't get in the way, but if you do, it's interesting and makes you want to keep going and kick the asses of those responsible for this. And there is an interesting plot twist or two...

So, is this game anything groundbreaking? Not at all. Is it fun to play? HELL YES. Admittedly, it never really gave me a "OMG WANT TO PLAY POE RIGHT NOW" feeling, but whenever I launched it, I usually ended up playing for 1-2 hours more than I'd planned. There will probably be a lot more hours than what you see above this review.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
712.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
✔ Decent graphics.
✔ Constantly getting new updates.
✔ Addicting.
✔ Fun to play.
✔ Very large choice of making new builds.
✔ The Skill tree will definitely draw your attention.
✔ Deep character customisation.
✔ Ladder races.
✔ Really good late game.
✔ Interesting Boss fights.
✔ Stunning sound effects and soundtracks.
✔ Unusual and interesting lore.
✔ Definitely free to play game.
✔ Will never be "pay to win"
✔ Decent community.
✔ Dark fantasy atmosphere.
✔ Crafting can be cancer! But it's really fun!
✔ Much better than Diablo 3 (no hate) Trust me.
✔ Skins for items (microtransactions) are very awesome, You'll like it! But they cost real money.
✔ You will always be suprised after new updates (in a good way).

If you are Diablo 2 type of player, you MUST try this game.
If you liked my review, download the game and give it some love.

My final result will be 10/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,558.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This is the best Action rpg.

tons of builds
tons of fun
tons of deaths
tons of items
tons of skills
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Very good, but beware! This game is not n00b-friendly at all (things could do with a lot more explanation).

In PoE, you play an Exile who just landed on the coast of Wraeclast. From there, you will fight your way across the continent and find what's behind the corruption of the land. To do this, you use skill gems that you can socket into your equipment, different kinds of orbs that enchant your stuff and spend points in a massive passive skill tree. The skill tree in this game provides very few skills, because the majority is available as skill gems (that you can swap in/out at a moment's notice).

I didn't try to use the global chat (too noisy), so can't really tell if the online aspect is good or not.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
974.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
One of the best free games I've ever played! 10/10 ez :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
A friend of mine convienced me to try this out together cos we didn't have money for diablo II.
I was sceptic and did it, to play at least something with him online. The only reason i accepted it, was that i wanted we have fun together as fans of diablo ii.
After 7 days he had to quit due some business...

... I continued alone :)

This is a clone of Diablo II indeed, and if there is a person on earth who hates clones and plagiatorism that would be me.
I still enjoyed this game, it is perfect for those who have beaten D2 on Hell difficulty so many times and want something different.

- Great and catchy graphics and scenes.
- Single player feel
- Good balance
- Strange craft/enchant system, but can be adictive
- Good music and atmo
- Sweet classes system
- Smooth gameplay

- Story predictable (but it suits the action)
- Map generation confusion (if u leave the place, all will be different next time)
- Linear
- Stupid generating quests
- No money (u get scrolls for your loot)

Game needs to improve, generally, but the final reach of the improvement can already be foreseen: nothing spectacular.
I recommand this game to anyone who likes to PLAY and get fun and combine a lot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,385.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Probably the best game i have ever played, played on "not-steam" client so dont know how many hours i have been playing but for everybody that havent played Path of exile and going to install it, dont give up cuz its hard, there will always be tons of people in #global chat that are willy to hook u up with gear,tips or if u just want to play with someone u can make your own "party so people in the same league can join and play with u" enjoy!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
334.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
About this game:

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.

Free game, sooo much content, free content updates,
hard as ♥♥♥♥, gritty ambiente, come in and die!
Awesome game
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
I definetly recommend this game! This game (which I haven't made it very far yet) has tons and I mean TONS of stuff you can do. With lots of classes this game will keep you occupied for a while. I definetly have enjoyed it, and I have to jump back into it!
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361.4 hrs
Posted: October 24
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Mrs Aurachan♥
1,459.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
It's okay I guess.
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242.4 hrs
Posted: October 24
Oh boy, this is gonna be a long one...

I can confidently start out a review for this gem of a game by saying that this game has ceased to disappoint me in any way. If you like games with a story, games with completely unique playability paths, huge skill trees, classes, valuable and currency, and more, then this game is a game you will enjoy.

STORY/PLAYABILITY: Basically, in this game, you get plopped into a somewhat complex storyline that has a bit of background you may want to read up on to really understand why you kill certain things, who you are killing, where you are going, and what you want to achieve by the end game. Once you do this, it is very interesting to see how the story plays out, and how you are able to accomplish goals. You complete the story mode/campaign a total of three times; each time gradually becoming more difficult and each growing in more consequences for each time you die. The three difficulties are Normal, Cruel, and Merciless. In normal, there are no consequences for dying, and in Cruel you lose 5% of your exp, and in Merciless you lose 10% of your exp for every time you die. It may not seem like alot, but it is aggravating when you realize how much you lose. Moving on, after you do beat the three difficulties, this game has EXTREME replayability. You can explore the new addition to the game; the Atlas. The atlas contains DOZENS upon DOZENS of maps in different tiers, getting harder every time you move on to a higher tier. At the end of the Atlas, you defeat someone of extreme difficulty. No spoilers here. Hehe...

CLASSES/SKILL TREE: This game has 6 different classes to choose from for different styles of gameplay. It has the Ranger, Shadow, Marauder, Duelist, Witch, and the Templar. Each of this having their certain spot on the skill tree to satisfy the play-style of each class. For example, the Witch is in such a place on the skill tree that has things like mana, mana regen, and mana cost close by as the Witch uses spells, mainly, that require mana. Same thing goes for the other player-types in this game. Although each character's appearance, gender, and personality are not customizable, they each have their own preset personalities and appearances that you do tend to get used to fast. What I love particularly is how humorous these characters can be as they react to killing an act boss.

PAY TO WIN OR PLAY TO WIN: Two words, absolutley not, this is a play to win game. This game does not contain any microtransactions that contain things that are required to advance in the game. However, you can buy cosmetic effects, pets, and account features that make the game even more enjoyable than it already is. For example, you can buy a cool little frog that follows you around in the game and you can buy armor effects or skins that alter the appearance of how you look ingame. They are very cool! Account features are things like extra stash tabs, extra character slots, things that make the game easier. None of these things limit you ingame.

CURRENCY: This game contains numerous forms of currency that all vary in value, rarity, and usability. Currency, in general, can be used to buy other items from vendors, or to customise your current equipment to fit your needs. Trust me, the amount of joy you can experience when a valuable piece of currency drops is amazing. Think of it like this, how would you react if you found a 50 dollar bill on the ground? Exactly the same as if an Exalted Orb dropped here.

PVP/OTHER PLAYERS: Players here can friend other players, form parties, join guilds, and complete the story together. Also, players may pvp eachother, or join the public arena. There are multiple forms of chat including Global, Guild, Whisper, and Party chat.

In all, I would definitley reccomend this game to anyone. I really do think it deserves more praise than it gets, and having played 200+ hours at the time of writing this post, I think I have made quite the trustworthy judgement. Check this game out if you crave a good game to play.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: October 24
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2.1 hrs
Posted: October 24
The game is well designed and a good alternative to Diablo 3. There's a major problem with its lag - point and click where you want your avatar to go and frequently they will wait and then go. Enemies will freeze and then go. Click on an enemy to fight and the click may register as where you wanted your avatar to go. This comes from the always on connection to the makers' servers and I don't see a work-around. My system, 980ti, 6700K gently oc'd, measured 25+ up and download connection. While it is free to play and does not seem to offer "pay to win," I unfortunately cannot recommend it.
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17.5 hrs
Posted: October 24
Diablo 2 +1,000,000? That seems right. Excellent game in the spirit of D2 but far more refined. I didn't like this game when I first tried it but love it now. Give it a fair shake if you're not sure at first.
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Sucking since Dota 6.26
0.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
no steamos (linux)?
I'll pay for one if you build one.
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Big Guy
152.8 hrs
Posted: October 23
I haven't cleaned my apartment for a week and I now have a ugly hobo beard. 10/10
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