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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“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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( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Most Incredibile game ive ever played, so good , when i stoped playing i gave average joe my Legacy Facebreakers and all my currency i had collected and other good spells...why waste it i say, but im headn back in now boys, so wish me luck.
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( 12.0 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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✪ ChuChu (smerff)
( 435.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Insane fps drops but still amazing 10/10 IGN
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( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
This game is really good. It's rare that free 2 play games feel like you bought a game with your hard earn cash but there are games like tf2,warframe,smite, or even league of legends etc. Well this game is part of the list that I mention earlier. This game is exactly like diablo 3 but free, infact its better then diablo 3. Path of exile has a excellent progression system, decent pvp, and rewarding loot ever time you complete a chapter. Path of exile gameplay is similar to diablo 2 and the graphics is just like diablo 3 so basically a mixture between those games. Also the game doesn't have any micro transaction toward gameplay that much but they are optional but won't interfere that much along with FREE DLC. The only downside to this game is that sometime the game get repetive at times and make you want to stop playing. Overall I'll give it 8/10
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( 58.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
I really like this game. It is everything what I wished diablo 3 to be, but wasn't.

I used to play this with my son (doesn't read english), who after about 50 hours into the game managed to delete his character by accident.

I contacted customer support, which told me they can't help in any way to restore the character to the account.

Then I thought I could boost my kids new char to the same level where we were, but apparently the game won't allow you to group with lower level characters.

This was some 6 months ago, don't know if things have gotten better, but me and my son were left a bit dissapointed :\
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( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
The game took 15 minutes to load on first boot and had no indication that progress was being made. Had to be told by a friend that that was normal. Played through most of the game with an intelligent build and found myself mindlessly destroying every single enemy. The tedium was so real that I did not have the patience to get to new game +. The same tactics were used on every enemy in the game. Therefore the combat is monotonous. Not recommended. You'll wish it never stopped loading.
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( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
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( 351.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Started playing the game in beta, had loads of fun with it.
stopped playing for several years for various reasons concerning RL, and picked up the game again with 2.3 being launched.

When you first open the skill tree as a new player, then you just sit there "OMGWTFBBQSAUCE", cause it is BIG. So i would suggest for new players to go to GGG's forum, and find builds before you start playing.

Gearing up in this game can be rather "brutal" if you come from a game like Diablo 3, cause you wont get force-fed with endgame gear here, here you have to actually work for your endgame gear.

I've seen people (<100 hours played) complaining about they've lost exp dying in Cruel and Merciless.
Sure, you'll loose loads of exp with your first character when you first get to Merciless, the power creep aint that big going from Norm -> Cruel, but from Cruel -> merciless, that's when you realise if you got a prober build and gear for your character.

So if you're a veteran from Diablo II, then you'll find yourself at home here.
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( 875.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
great game, played it since the start. The game and content have grown and improved steadilly, I recomend it for any fan of this genre.
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82 of 91 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
178.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
- Free!
- A far better Diablo alternative.
- Huge world to explore.
- Game is constantly expanding.

- Not available for Linux!

Please release this game for Linux! :)
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72 of 82 people (88%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
1,039.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
As I approach 1,000 hours...

This game deserves a review.

I have spent easily $200+ on microtransaction aesthetic content for this game.


I probably played about 500 hours before I even got to true end-game content.

I still havent come close to building every unique character type I would want to yet.

I don't think that would be possible given ANY amount of time.

If you're reading this and haven't tried this game yet, you're DOING IT WRONG.

Play this game. Now.
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56 of 79 people (71%) found this review helpful
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
935.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Played it for an hour or two, really fun game.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
One of the best free-to-play titles. Microtransactions are entirely cosmetic nothing else. Do try if you like diablo or ARPGS.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,030.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
After playing this game off and on for almost the past 4 years (since Onslaught league first started) every new update that has come out has never seized to fail me! Everything GGG adds to the game only greatly improves the quality and gameplay of this masterpiece to the point where this game rarely gets boring at all. I've just hit my 1000hr mark on steam and i must say this is definitely one of the best smart and content rich games you will ever play and i don't think i'll be leaving this game anytime soon. Best of all is that with all this great content EVERYTHING is F2P for you to enjoy without spending a single cent.

Rating: 9.5/10
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
943.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
this game gets better every year,
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
70.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
in 2016, im still trying to figure out how this masterpiece is free to play.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Game is just like diablo 2 but updated. modify your caracter anyway possible and make it your own.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
152.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
This game makes me moist.
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