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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August 29

The Essence League Challenges and Rewards

The Essence Challenge Leagues launch on September 2nd alongside the Atlas of Worlds expansion. While exploring the Essence league, there are forty challenges to test yourself against for exclusive rewards. Completing thresholds of these challenges can earn you the Essence Footprints, Essence Back Attachment and Essence Portal Effect. Interested? Check out the full news post to view the challenges!

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August 29

The Exiled Tribune - MMORPG.com's Weekly Path of Exile News Round-Up

MMORPG.com has recently started a weekly round-up of Path of Exile's news. They highlight all the need-to-know news and current affairs for Path of Exile and the community. They post their article every Monday, so if you're interested in checking it out, head on over to http://www.mmorpg.com/ for more information.

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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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Grief UK
167.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
Trading system sucks and the game is based heavily around trading, customer support sucks been waiting over 24 hours for a response and had nothing as of yet
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gabesfarr
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
amazing game daily missons are awsome
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fizzlesticksx
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Great game love and simple to understand! :)
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Kid [A]
305.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Path of Exile is a game I just want to play forever. I think of it as the ultimate action RPG playground. Build any fantasy archetype character you can possibly think of and test it against a massive amount of quality content. Big maces, lightning spells, necromancy, fire arrows, traps, daggers... all that standard fantasy stuff... Well, Path of Exile ticks all those boxes, but then it goes way beyond those standard archetypes and lets you build them to insane levels of customization. How about a marauder who spins through enemies with a giant mace causing massive explosions while simultaneously summoning minions from the corpses in his wake? How about ranger who fires a single arrow that suddenly bursts into hundreds of projectiles of fire and ice, freezing enemies and engulfing them in flame? If you can think of it, you can do it in Path of Exile. Your imagination is your primary limitation. The customization and theory crafting options are so deep that you can just play it forever. And by the time you are getting bored, the next expansion is on the horizon.

I have a deep love for the Diablo games, but with the constant balance changes, a never ending flow of new skills and items, and ever expanding content packs, PoE has become my dream game. Simply put, it's the greatest Action RPG of all time.
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hearwade
18.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
I want to like this game.
I never played a lot of diablo or other titles similar to this but after a bit of gameplay and getting used to the controls it started to be interesting.
I do not like the cost of the addons so we wont be buying anything as DEVS need to know when stuff is ridiculous in price and the only way is to NOT buy it.
So for a free to play it is not too bad.
I might have even purchased a few items if they were not stupidly expensive for what is only a AA title game.
Try it and then go buy Diablo if i like the gameplay is what I am being told by friends.
Maybe things will change and the game will get better and worth putting a few bucks out on it.
For now I do recommend new players to try it just dont spend money until costs are more in line with what this game really is worth.
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^1Wade ^0Wilson
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
The best free-to-play rpg game!
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DeadManWalking
19.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
Oh God the skill tree D:
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DanteYoda
45.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Honestly ActionRPG's should be singleplayer affairs where you purchase the full game, this Online thing with Everything extra put behind a cash shop wall is wrong and really makes the game feel gutted.

Is the game ok, sure, mechanically sound, yes.. but everything special or fun has been removed and held back for sale, the grind is pretty epic too..

If you like a Diablo 2 lite experience without any flash or bang this will appeal to you.. If you're expecting a Diablo 2 clone you'll need to fork over cash..
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Drakerys Neverjoy
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Shoddy f2p diabloid, where all currencies are garbage - orb shards and scroll shreds
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DjMeas
425.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
One of the best ARPGs around. Awesome items, a variety of thoughtful skills that can be augmented, and character progression that's overwhelming fun to explore!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
168 of 194 people (87%) found this review helpful
152 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,320.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I think it ruined my life...
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89 of 113 people (79%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
6,378.0 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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47 of 59 people (80%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
477.7 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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
16 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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I could recommend this game for a good many reason, most of which I notice have already been mentioned by other reviewers.
The best thing, for me, about this game is it's truly open-ended character building. You aren't squished into a rigid, constricted class. Granted, certain classes have certain bonuses to certain stats(ie, Maurader class starts with high strength stats), but beyond that you are perfectly free to build your character into whatever you want them to be.
Skills are gained, not through grinding, leveling up and unlocking them, but by finding skill gems throughout the world. The gems fit into color-coded slots on your armor and weapons.

Some pros and cons:

Pros:
-Free to Play but not Pay to Win
-Easy enough to get into if you have the time. No real background in RPGs needed to enjoy this game.
-Plenty, and I mean PLENTY to do. You will not be bored.
-Maps are randomly generated labrynths. No dungeon will ever be the same twice.
-(this could be a con depending on your tastes) hoards of monsters that inhabit each dungeon. Getting strong enough to mow them down like blades of grass is oh, so satisfying.
-A unique barter system that cuts out gold or other currencies from the game. New players don't start out poor and feel they have to grind just to buy good gear.
-Diablo style loot system. You're going to find the best stuff out there in the game world, not in an NPC's shop.
-(Mostly personal preference here:) No constantly buying potions. Flasks that fill with health potion or mana potion are found as drops ingame and are refilled each time you slay an enemy.

Cons:
-If you like it, it will take over your life.
-Definitely not casual. When you sit down to play, plan on spending at least two hours on one play session.
-Quests become somewhat repetative. "Go here, find this. Come back with something to prove it." Sort of thing. Each dungeon being unique helps cut out any sense of monotony, though.
-Waypoints are few and far between. At maximum, there is one per map. Some maps have multiple levels to them, and the waypoint exists only on one specific level. Some maps lack a waypoint entirely.
-Won't run on a toaster. I tried downloading this game on my old windows 7 toaster, and the game never even made it past the loading screen.

Overall, especially considering the price tag, I am calling this my favorite rpg ever. The graphics are beautiful.The voice acting blew me away considering this is F2P. It's dark and mysterious. Even now that I feel I'm getting the hang of it, I still feel a sense of forboding whenever I enter a new portion of a dungeon.
Some people might call this a Diablo cheap knock-off. Cheap? Well, only if you mean the price tag. It's a very well-thought-out and well-made game. Diablo knock-off? Maybe. It does borrow heavily from the Diablo franchise. I can't personally say how much as I don't play Diablo; but I notice the similarities whenever I watch a youtube video involving the Diablo games and for a moment think "Hey, is that Path of Exile?"
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33 of 49 people (67%) found this review helpful
12 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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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 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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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 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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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,614.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
With great knowledge comes great power.
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