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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May 26

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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

    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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JusT IrineL
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
it's freezing in loading screen ...
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jakebrake_12
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Great game and easy to play. The classes are disverse but you can use any weapon and custom build your character nearly any way you wish. Grouping can be a big issue as youhave to be on the same quest or have the place unlocked. But loads of things to do and only cosmetic items are sold on the store. The store does not provide character boosts. So gameplay is down to skill and lag
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Silly Nheat
( 911.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Best game every game, more Diablo 2 than Diablo 3 is
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Amorial
( 176.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
If you like the Diablo franchise then you will love POE.

I've played a good 1000 hours of this game Off steam, and another 176.9 hours at the time of this post. Have gone through all the content currently available, and done multiple of the seasonal content, and a few races.

Overall I'd give it a solid 91%.

PROS
-Great dungeon crawler.
-Multiple environments. (can be repetetive at times though)
-NOT PAY TO WIN AT ALL
-A plethora of unique items, skills, etc.
-Skill Gems instead of set Skills for "Classes"
-No role based classes, any character can be anything. (ex being a witch with a 2-h axe, or a magic barbarian)
-Poses a challenge for the player, not a cake walk game.
-Non-stop foe smashing action.
-ACTUALLY HAS HARD ENOUGH BOSSES! (Looking at you D3...)
-Late game "Maps" content.
-Seasonal game modes with added content, challenges, and races.

CONS
-Can be intimidating for new players with its learning curve.
-Maps tend to all be very dark and eerie.
-Talent tree can be confusing and changes almost every patch.
-A lot of items, upgrades, skills, etc. to consider when making a build.
-Lack of a good currency system. (You barter for things using gems used to upgrade gear etc.)
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Goldenface
( 112.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Pretty darn good.
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ilbaynham
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
omg fun!!!
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Dirtbag
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
PoE is easily the best MMO I've ever played. The developers have done a wonderful job with it, from smooth mechanics and great storyline to the way they support the community. The skill tree may be confusing at first but it is very fun to play around with once you get used to it. Overall a fantastic game, loving every second.
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VICI
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
ive never played anything like it as i go through the level i fight new enemies, unlock new powers and become stronger. great game indeed.
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Mr.Dolphin
( 61.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
11/10 - Myself the first 10hrs
12/10 - Myself another 10hrs in
?/10 - Myself after cant beat third boss in game
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Kwegibo
( 682.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Game has fish wives.
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heinimoller
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
I really like this, but it is quite a timesink. I want to quit my job and play full-time.
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TeariscaV
( 292.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Just AMAZING !
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PTMxCh00b (NSFW)
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Amazing game, i have hundreds of hours in this (off steam obviously), the amount of content and fun for a free to play is insane, you can play alone, with friends, whatever you prefer.
In my opinion this game is superior to paid games like Diablo 3 and Torchlight (close in genre) however this features a HUGE Passive Tree that no other of this genre can even aspire to, be what you want, spec into what you want.

Want competition? Racing leagues, challenge leagues, new economy leagues and of course Rewards :)

9/10, only little problem with the game for me is not explaining 100% of the mechanics, but the community is super friendly and with a few questions here and there you should be fine

Definitly worth tyring
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PITER-ANGEL
( 296.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Extraordinary game with a lot to offer.
PoE ftw!!! :D
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kristaps418
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
No pay to win or play..
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Joeross1
( 36.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
It is actually what I wanted for Diablo 3 and is free. One of the few free games that doesn't need any money for power ups and to make you better. On that note I actually bought a couple of things to give some money to them since it is a game worth buying.
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Kiristo
( 1,370.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
In my opinion, Path of Exile is the greatest ARPG currently available. The fact that the game is free to play, yet offers an incredible amount of depth, frequent updates and solid gameplay sets it apart as not only the best ARPG currently, but also one of the best F2P games created to date. If you are a fan Diablo-style games, then I must recommend you give PoE a go. I have played Grim Dawn, all three Diablo games, Marvel Heroes, both Torchlight games, Titan's Quest and several other ARPGs (these mentioned are the best of the lot to date, in my opinion). It is my favorite style of video game, and that has made PoE my favorite game for some time.

The early game is a bit slower/clunkier feeling than say Diablo 3's due to the way skills work in PoE, but by mid to late game, it becomes much faster-paced. The skill and class system is an interesting thing in PoE. You are not bound to a set of skills or play type by the class you pick. Certain classes lend themselves better to certain playstyles, but you can certainly play a tanky, melee witch and a glass cannon marauder. Skill gems must be socketed into your gear you are wearing to grant skills to be used, and skills can be modified to augment the way they work and their damage by socketing support gems into linked sockets. PoE doesn't tend to explain things, or make things so simple that they require no explanation/figuring out. The wiki for PoE is an extremely valuable source of information, and trading in the game nearly necessitates the use of a third party site - which is essentially an Auction House where one lists or finds items for sale. Nearly every item in the game is tradeable, and the currency in the game is expendable and usable, making it useful both for trading for items as well as crafting/upgrading your own items. There are recipes in the game that still have not been discovered (or at least made public) since the game was released!

That is not to say the game is not without its faults. Chief amoungst them is the game's engine. It was developed before there were great engines available for free to build your games with (such as Unreal Engine and Unity). As such, the developers made their own engine, which allows them to custom tailor it to their game. It also means that upgrades are more difficult and solely on the shoulders of the development team. The engine does not handle graphical effects such as particle effects as well as say, Diablo 3's does, and this can cause framerate issues. As the game has gotten more popular in the past year+, they have been able to expand their team, allowing them to dedicate folks on fixing such issues as well as make regular updates - new content is released every 3 months alternating between an expansion and a smaller content update. ARPGs are a grindfest, a grind for loot and experience. PoE keeps things fairly fresh (or gives you a reason to come back every 3 months, at least) by adding regular content. The 3 month cycle also includes the release of a new challenge leagues, which introduces some new element to the game. At the end of the challenge leagues, characters from those leagues (there is a hardcore and softcore challenge league) are moved to the permanent hardcore and softcore leagues. Sometimes the content/mechanics from these challenge leagues is permanently added to the core game, sometimes it is not. There are a couple things (like stash space and special stash tabs that make organizing things & trading things easier) that are available for purchase that will make the game more convenient. I played the game for a long time without paying for anything though as you are in no way impaired from enjoying the game without extra stash space. Cosmetic items make up the bulk of the cash shop, and provide no stat bonuses or any kind of edge other than looking different.

In conclusion: If you like ARPGs, you really ought to give this a try. It's better (in my opinion) than any other game in this genre, releases new content updates far more often as well, and all of the other games in the genre cost money to play (Marvel Heroes being the other exception). Even if you don't end up liking it more than Diablo 3 or Grim Dawn, I highly recommend at least giving Path of Exile an hour or two. You may find, a couple thousand hours later, you're still learning new things about the game and still having a lot of fun playing it.
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MowBow
( 1,330.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
i have ♥♥♥♥ed to this game
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ewww no go away
( 42.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
This is possibly the best free rpg I've ever played. Not only is it a great game, but its ACTUALLY FREE. Microtransactions are available, but they're neither necessary nor powerful enough to make gameplay unfair. The party system is a bit difficult, but definitely worth it. I would easily buy this game for $50, but luckily i don't have to.
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That Vague Mentelgen
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
A game that is set to bring you back time and time again. With the whole game for free (aside from cosmetics) POE lets you play through the campaign feeling however you want, then, when you are done, keep going through it as other playable characters with different skill trees. Also, with all of the frequent updates, patches, and just overall expansions (free mind you), The creators have truely set the standard for the aarpg community.



*Note
- This is my own personal opinion so don't get your "Actually Diablo is much better"'s in a twist.
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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Before I download a F2P MMO, I need to know if the game is P2W.

Path of Exile (PoE) does not sell:

Experience boosters
Item rarity/quantity boosters (increased through gear only)
Stat buffs (increased through gear/skills only)
Skill tree resets (through in-game currency only)
Cosmetic items with stats
Item quality (increased through in-game currency only)
Megaphones (global chat is open access)
DLCs (non-soundtrack)

The only items in the microtransactions (MTX) store which benefit your charactors directly are the 'currency tabs,' 'stash tabs,' and 'premium stash tabs.'

Stash tabs: Each account has access to four stash tabs by default, sufficient to reach end-game content with. No problem here.

Currency tabs: Functions as a bank. The max stack of currency items is increased (20 for orbs of alterations, for example) to 5000.

It is worth noting buying stash tabs is more bang for your buck if you don't amass lower tier currency, as currency tabs cannot contain items. For comparison, currency tabs are able to 5000 of each currency, while stash tabs are a grid of 144 boxes, each able to hold one stack of currency. Allocating one of your four default stash tabs for currency will suffice. No problem here.

Premium stash tab: Default stash tabs which can be renamed, colored, and set to public. The benefit of purchasing this tab is for the easy indexing (selling) of items.

Grinding Gear Games faced community backlash when they released the option of setting these tabs to public. Public premium stash tabs are able to be indexed by 'poe.trade', the 'auction house' of the economy. The option of indexing one's stash through the application 'Procurement,' is less efficient and not implemented as an in-game function.

If you do plan on selling items through poe.trade instead of trade chat, and index through premium stash tabs instead of 'Procurement', you buy one (4 USD), or premium a default tab (1.5 USD) and you're set.

Conclusion:

To my knowledge, this is one of the best MTX models on the market. It is worth noting you do not need to purchase the forementioned to progress and experience all of which this game has to offer. Contentwise, Path of Exile is an ARPG at the forefront of its genre. It's F2P, there's next to no reason as to why you shouldn't try it yourself instead of taking my word for it.

While I downloaded and run PoE on the official standalone client, please feel free to message me on Steam if you need help.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,801.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
1800 hours later... great game, great team developing it and they obviously care a lot about perfecting the ARPG experience! I'm confident that this game will only get better in the future.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
205.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I can't understand why this AMAZING game still free to play.

I'll pay what they ask for, because it's a realy good game.

If you're looking for a better version of Diablo 3, you just find it, seriously, just try and you will see what i'm talking about...

It's 99999 builds to follow and you can create your owns! A giant, massive, supreme Skill Tree, a lot of items, mobs, drops, loots, gems, currency, trades, active global chat... Come on, try. It's free.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,973.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
If you like Action RPG's look no further! Excellent Free To Play made by hardcore Diablo 2 fans for other Diablo fans.
There's quite a learning cliff for new players to climb, but once you get into it you will always have something new and interesting to do, thanks to the massive passive skilltree, hundreds of skill gems, and 7 classes each with their own sub-classes!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
217.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I don't often write reviews for games. But this game needs it. I installed it a long time ago when it released and played 10 hours or so and said "This game is to indepth for me" and moved on. I came back a few months ago after being burnt out on games like Diablo 3, Torchlight *insert any ARPG besides Grim dawn*. Path of Exile is extreme, its not noob friendly, its hard, builds take time, currency takes time to get, some builds are only viable upon certain rare items, that you either have to pray to RNG jesus for drops or trade for, and they are expensive. And some takes days if not weeks of farming to obtain. That being said, i've never found a game that offers more build variation and replayability than POE. Its a steep learning curve, but its incredibly worth it. This game destroys any other game in its genre. I've played 60+ hours, not sure what my steam time says atm, and have found only a few rares. In diablo 3, rares rain down upon the noobs. The sense of joy and accomplishment when you get a rare drop is almost drug like. This game has revolutionized the ARPG genre IMO. Its almost perfect.

So TLDR

If you can can be patient and look up youtube videos, and how to play guides (Since this game has almost zero tutorial on anything), learn from the forums and reddit, learn from your deaths, you will be rewarded with a incredibly well designed game with almost endless replay value, and a type of atmosphere i've never found in any other game of its kind. If you wanted you could develop your character over year of gameplay just trying to min max things.

10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,180.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This game has led to alot of moments for me, alot of them being hilarious, whether that was me being a noob or not in the situation is a different story. I still love playing this game for the fact that there is still a ton of stuff I have yet to try. Some of my freinds have asked me advice and to be quite honest, even with 1000+ hours, I still feel like a major noob. The biggest thing I mention is, try out the silliest thing you can think of, getting rid of tradtional thoughts about character steriotypes is important I feel. I also love how with 1000 hours, the crafting system atleast for me has been always a touch out of my reach, for the challange leagues I mean. Would deffinetly reccomend to arpg fans.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Product received for free
Path of Exile is an Free to Play online action role-playing game. The player controls a single character from an overhead perspective and explores large outdoor areas and underground caves or dungeons, battling monsters and fulfilling quests from NPCs to gain experience points and equipment. All areas aside from the central encampments are randomly generated for increased re-playability. While all players on a single server can freely mingle in encampments, gameplay outside of encampments is highly instanced, providing every player or party with an isolated map to freely explore. The game borrows heavily from the Diablo series, particularly Diablo II.

The graphics, sound, gameplay looks pretty good.

For more info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9-Wxfi1GIs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXoOK44CR8k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr99GZzdrbE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SEQn7_94tQ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_of_Exile

http://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Path_of_Exile_Wiki
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,274.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I played this game abit. Still stuck with wife. What am I doing wrong?
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
591.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
ive lost control of my life

































help me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,515.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
Great game, what D3 should have been.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
244.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
One of the best realizations of F2P ever. An amazing game, with a constant stream of new content and regular improvements in performance.

If you ever enjoyed Diablo, Titan Quest or Torchlight, don't even think twice and try this out. If you are feeling overwhelmed check out the forums and /r/pathofexile , the community is very helpful.

Lastly, give Hardcore a chance.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Play the game, get the Quicksilver flask. Run around the zones with Evanescence Bring me to Life blasting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
109.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Path of Exile is the best free game there is. Not free as in "I got this game for free to review.", just free. I've never gotten a game free to review, and I don't think I would want to anyway. I mean, even though people say it has no influence over their review, can that be possible? Not if you're a parent, that's for sure.

Parents will know quite well the feeling. You kid comes home from kindergarten with a picture they drew. "Look, I drew our house!" they exclaim, holding out a drawing that resembles the house in the way Taco Bell resembles food. But while you're wondering if it was possible the Zika virus was around when your child was born, you don't tell them that they have the artistic ability of a blind baboon, you simply say "That's lovely!" and hang it on the refrigerator next to the twenty other incoherent scribblings they have produced this month.

That's the sort of pressure I would feel when reviewing a free copy of a game, but Path of Exile has no need for such shenanigans, it's a totally free ARPG with character customization so detailed that you will just go on the forums and find a build to use.

Path of Exile is best summed up as Diablo on steroids, but then it gets banned for using performance-enhancing drugs and goes out and starts its own league, becoming even more successful than it was before. Well, that's my opinion anyway, and I did get the game for free, but then again, so can you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
272.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Product received for free
I honestly keep forgetting that this game is free. I put more hours into PoE than anything I've ever paid for. I highly recommend trying it. If you don't like it, you're out absolutely nothing. That being said, I actually started buying stuff just because I feel like they deserve it. Any game that I put hundreds of hours into deserves at least a bit of money from me, though I played the game for years without buying anything, and there is definitely no in-game advantage to doing so. Well, extra storage, but I went without it until about a week ago, so definitely not mandatory. Also, note that I played this game since the open Beta, but I just linked my Steam account to it in March of 2016, so the hours played is way below how much time I've actually put into it.

Anyway, it's fun, give it a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,370.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
In my opinion, Path of Exile is the greatest ARPG currently available. The fact that the game is free to play, yet offers an incredible amount of depth, frequent updates and solid gameplay sets it apart as not only the best ARPG currently, but also one of the best F2P games created to date. If you are a fan Diablo-style games, then I must recommend you give PoE a go. I have played Grim Dawn, all three Diablo games, Marvel Heroes, both Torchlight games, Titan's Quest and several other ARPGs (these mentioned are the best of the lot to date, in my opinion). It is my favorite style of video game, and that has made PoE my favorite game for some time.

The early game is a bit slower/clunkier feeling than say Diablo 3's due to the way skills work in PoE, but by mid to late game, it becomes much faster-paced. The skill and class system is an interesting thing in PoE. You are not bound to a set of skills or play type by the class you pick. Certain classes lend themselves better to certain playstyles, but you can certainly play a tanky, melee witch and a glass cannon marauder. Skill gems must be socketed into your gear you are wearing to grant skills to be used, and skills can be modified to augment the way they work and their damage by socketing support gems into linked sockets. PoE doesn't tend to explain things, or make things so simple that they require no explanation/figuring out. The wiki for PoE is an extremely valuable source of information, and trading in the game nearly necessitates the use of a third party site - which is essentially an Auction House where one lists or finds items for sale. Nearly every item in the game is tradeable, and the currency in the game is expendable and usable, making it useful both for trading for items as well as crafting/upgrading your own items. There are recipes in the game that still have not been discovered (or at least made public) since the game was released!

That is not to say the game is not without its faults. Chief amoungst them is the game's engine. It was developed before there were great engines available for free to build your games with (such as Unreal Engine and Unity). As such, the developers made their own engine, which allows them to custom tailor it to their game. It also means that upgrades are more difficult and solely on the shoulders of the development team. The engine does not handle graphical effects such as particle effects as well as say, Diablo 3's does, and this can cause framerate issues. As the game has gotten more popular in the past year+, they have been able to expand their team, allowing them to dedicate folks on fixing such issues as well as make regular updates - new content is released every 3 months alternating between an expansion and a smaller content update. ARPGs are a grindfest, a grind for loot and experience. PoE keeps things fairly fresh (or gives you a reason to come back every 3 months, at least) by adding regular content. The 3 month cycle also includes the release of a new challenge leagues, which introduces some new element to the game. At the end of the challenge leagues, characters from those leagues (there is a hardcore and softcore challenge league) are moved to the permanent hardcore and softcore leagues. Sometimes the content/mechanics from these challenge leagues is permanently added to the core game, sometimes it is not. There are a couple things (like stash space and special stash tabs that make organizing things & trading things easier) that are available for purchase that will make the game more convenient. I played the game for a long time without paying for anything though as you are in no way impaired from enjoying the game without extra stash space. Cosmetic items make up the bulk of the cash shop, and provide no stat bonuses or any kind of edge other than looking different.

In conclusion: If you like ARPGs, you really ought to give this a try. It's better (in my opinion) than any other game in this genre, releases new content updates far more often as well, and all of the other games in the genre cost money to play (Marvel Heroes being the other exception). Even if you don't end up liking it more than Diablo 3 or Grim Dawn, I highly recommend at least giving Path of Exile an hour or two. You may find, a couple thousand hours later, you're still learning new things about the game and still having a lot of fun playing it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game is fantastic,as a fan of old school rpg's like Baldurs Gate,Icewind Dale etc i was instantly hooked.What's even better is that it's free to play,FREE I TELLS YA !!!!
I highly reccomend Path of Exile to anyone into their rpg's from seasoned vet's to new beginners,there is something for everyone,go on,give it a try,you won't be dissapointed.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
433.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Plays just like D2 use to be, and what D3 should have aspired to become. I love this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Good game
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
★★★☆☆

This game has amazing systems backing it. FF7's Materia, FF10's Sphere Grid, Diablo style ARPG gameplay, Potion Depth, and fitting graphics. But that core gameplay isn't balanced properly to be entertaining, rewarding, or replayable. Vast majority of enemies die in a single hit, classes (which mostly just effect your starting position on the Sphere Grid) are gender locked, with no character customization, and gear hardly changes your looks either, unless you grab the pay2vanity items. On the fence about recommending, but I figure a Yes since its free to try, with acceptable vanity-only microtransactions. If this game was buy2play or pay2win, I would probably drop it to 2stars and not-recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
92.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
stellar game, love the constant updates and new content
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