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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September 24

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

We're running a sale on Stash Tabs! For the first 24 hours (Saturday, PST), we've discounted Premium Stash Tab Bundles by 17.5%. On Sunday, Regular Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 26.6%. Press M in-game to check them out. Thanks again for the generous support!

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September 22

2.4.0g and New Microtransactions!

We have some new microtransactions for you! The 2.4.0g patch (deployed today) introduces three new skill effects: Black Hole Vortex, Black Hole Frost Bolt and Flare Discharge. To purchase these, press M in-game. To see videos of them, click here. Check out the full patch notes for 2.4.0g here.

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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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captain-m
53.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game I love it, almost better then Diablo 3 but the one thing that wont do it for me is that the characters have NO PANTS! so crazy running around with an uber guy/girl that can control the elements and strike deadly blows even raise the dead but can't seem to find any pants. Just WTH were these guys thinking. Other then that amazing game!
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Azatarai
27.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Dark gritty ARPG Haven't had this much fun since my old all nighter diablo 1 grind sessions
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Elijah
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
There is a learning curve (I have never played MMORPG's before) but after a while, it does start to make sense. The only thing that I don't like it that the checkpoints are far and wide. The portal scrolls only seen to work one-way for me. But this is a fantastic game!

THE SKILL TREE IS INSANE!!!!
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Centillionaire
2,452.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
No time to write a review, have to play. Can recommend.
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bout
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
>play as witch
>get a new gem
>use the spell
>summon 2 skeletons
>get spooked
>never play witch again

a great game anyway
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iPlayNak3d
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Diablo 3 (the real one).
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Cutko
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Very fun to play. But if you are planing to play it , keep in mind that you will need time.
Some quests can be a couple of hours long.

Other than that , the game is the best free-to-play game i have ever played.
The quality is so good it seems like you are playing a 20-30 euro game.

I would recommend this game to everyone!
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jediknight724
45.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
There are points I could nit-pick at but it is one of the best games of its type. What more could you want for free. Why not try it out?
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Luminos1111
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
First look:
This game looks amazing first with it's big skilltree and the "many possbilities" to build your character, but once you level up and get to merciless difficulty you start to realize that you can really only use some skills.
Most skills are borderline underpowered, really useless and boring. The "Endgame content" if you can even call it that is basically a map system you open a map and grind, grind, grind and grind some more until you lose interest in this work ... ahem game I mean.

The developers also nerf nearly every skill that can get you to endgame without using their garbage trade system which is like the one in old Diablo 2, so you have to play their game longer with your weaker character or trade to get your equipment.
The loot in this game is SO BAD that it's even worse than in Diablo 3 and that says A LOT! You basically trade for all your gear or you end up with bad rare and a weak gimped character. Don't even dream about finding actual good items or even more impossible build enabling unique items!

The game is based on leagues:
- there is Standard which is like softcore in Diablo2 and a permanent league but muuuuch worse you can die as many times as you want without loosing your character (the reason why it is so much worse than in D2 will be explained later)

- there is the Hardcore league which is self explanatory, you only got one life and if you die your character goes to the Standard league AND HERE LIES A BIG PROBLEM: This makes Standard the biggest garbage dump for every item in the game this problem further enhances as we delve into other leagues that aren't permanent and usually last several months.

- there are temporary leagues (at the time this review was written Essence league)
these leagues offer new content and new items that you can't get if you're playing Standard or Hardcore league.
If you die in one of these leagues then you character goes straight to the STANDARD LEAGUE (I think you know where this is going now? ;D) This means that items for example the essences, the unique items that are only obtainable through temporary leagues, and other stuff go STRAIGHT to Standard!

On top of that there is a always a temporary Hardcore league and a temporary Standard league for example Hardcore Essence League and Essence league and at the end of these leagues the surviving characters get transfered to either the permanent Hardcore league or the Standard league which means that the Hardcore league also gets polluted by items and is a garbage dump as well.

So let's talk about server stability and stability of the game in general:
The game runs like a big pile of steaming crap let's not kid ourselves here the fps run all time low if you don't have a powerful machine and you can't turn off particle effects, because GGG is refusing to give the option to turn it off.

Besides that the Server stability is an even bigger joke the game runs okayish when you're playing the game at 2 am in the morning.
But the game is completely unplayable if you want to play at normal times.
You want to play games in the afternoon or in the evening??? FORGET IT nor with this game.
If you are still unconvinced the go ahead and try it yourself and get greeted by freezes that last for 1-15 seconds in that time you character will die for sure which means you will go to Standard league where you can play with people that got perfect gear and clear endgame content with 1 finger in 5 seconds WOW what a fun!

All these problems have persisted throughout sever years (3+ years) and the greedy Development team decide that it's more important to develope cosmetic effects to make some $$$ instead of fixing GAME BREAKING bugs and game flaws. The Forums are flooded with threads from people with the same problem but they were and are all still ignored.

tldr;
Avoid this game like the plague until they fix their servers !!!
the greedy Development team decided that it's more important to develope cosmetic effects to make some $$$ instead of fixing GAME BREAKING bugs and game flaws. The Forums are flooded with threads from people with the same problem but they are all ignored.

if you want to play the game be prepared for A LOT of pain and don't trade. This way the game feels at least a bit more fun.
Basically you can't play the game in temporary leagues because of the server sided lags which will result in 10 second freezes and your character in Standard League AND you can't play the game in permanent leagues with other people,
because other people trade and got perfect gear in permanent leagues so they can clear endgame content in no time at all and you will fell really useless if your equip is self found.
If you decide to trade you will probably loose interest in the game in 1-2 weeks.
Don't play Standard and don't play hardcore league because they are garbage dumps , or better yet don't play the game at all if you value your time.

Have a nice day folks
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[FF] Adam (UK): Admin from GMOD
31.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
My least hated MMORPG of childhood!
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Posted: September 4
Path of Exile in 2016 holds up. At first I gave the game a postive for it's "simple start" I (and many others) called this game the Diablo III game that it should've been. Hence why i gave the game postive. However, as time went on, I felt Path of Exile didn't really phase me as much as it did back then. I believe the game needed some improvements to make the game better. Those did came, however it needed more so much more. Hence the downvote on my second take on the game.

Now we come to 2016. After a few years since its launch how does it hold up now? It holds up really well. The community and development team is really involve in making this game fun for the "vintage Diablo" fans who like the gritty and horror appeal.

Now things seem to be updated in terms of it's combat, magic and rouge gameplay. Daily activites, etc. My only issue is a real ironclad social venue of sorts. It's kind of there but it's a bit clunky and needs a bit of an improvement.

If you want a Free-to-Play game with a vintage Diablo apporach. I FULLY recommend this.
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Posted: September 13
>Downloads Path of Exile
>Plays
>Levels up
>Goes to put point into skill tree
>Sees skill tree
>Cums
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Posted: September 8
Hands down one of the best games I've ever played during my 15-year plus history of video games (~850 games owned) - definitely beats Diablo III, Grim Dawn, and all other this genre's games in my opinion. Those are for casual ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, this is the real ♥♥♥♥.

Path of Exile has an amazing atmosphere, really diverse enemies and maps, incredible amounts of depth and complex, the biggest talent tree I've seen in any game by far, and thousands of hours of content - all for free! Absolutely no real money required - only cosmetic items, more stash space (which there's enough already, mind you), and more character slots (default 24 - more than enough) can be bought using real money. And the game is so complicated that even after 100h+ of game time I'm still learning tons of new stuff all the time, and I believe I keep learning for the next 500 hours at least!

The devs are also god-tier (and by that I don't mean nonexistent, but ♥♥♥♥ing awesome), which is nowadays more important than ever. None of that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t early access, paid DLC, season passes, new sequels coming out each year (Call of Duty I'm watching you), or any other "modern" video game industry ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. The devs have listened to the playerbase since the very beginning of development, and made the game the way people want it to be. They still update the game very often, and it's not just bugfixes but a lot of new content. They've already released five DLC - which all are completely free, of course, adding hundreds of hours of content. I'm sick of these ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥ developers like No Man's Sky's or ARK's, who don't listen to their players and release some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t DLC while the game is still in early access and they're just lazy little ♥♥♥♥s who don't even develop the game anymore or fix the horrible optimization or bugs, and treat the playerbase like ♥♥♥♥. PoE's developers are on a completely different level - perfect opposite of those piece of ♥♥♥♥ developers that nowadays exist way too much.

This game should be on "most played" or "top seller" list - not some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ARK's DLC. ♥♥♥♥ ARK, ♥♥♥♥ its developers. This is 100% honest an awesome game with awesome devs, and I was more than happy to support the developers by buying some cosmetic stuff with real money. Keep up the good work! This is what modern video game industry should be like!
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25.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
If I walked up to you on the street, slathered in mayonnaise and speckled with locusts, and told you I could give you a game that was like Diablo 2 but better - you would be listening.

If I dragged my bad leg as I clumsily walked away from you, dripping mayo and locusts on the ground behind me, you would follow. All the while, I'm whispering things under my breath - "deeper customization", "incredible build variety", "great loot system"...

If I dropped my tattered pants to my ankles, squatted down and began to pile excrement on the ground below me while singing "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, you would certainly be close to walking away. I mean, I am singing "Use Somebody".

My point is that even in such a bizarre situation, the promise of a game that is deeper, more rewarding, more varied and dare I say... more enjoyable than Diablo 2 is too tempting to pass up. No amount of mayonnaise, locust or feces will keep you from hearing more.

Now I did say free earlier, and that's because the game is free. You know, the other reason you had to follow me down that dark alleyway.

Get on with it? Okay, sorry, I will.

If you would go to such great lengths to hear more about this game, then why would you not just click download on Steam and give it a try. I guess that was my point all along. You have no reason not to download it and try. So just uhhh, finish that BLT you're eating. The one with the mayonnaise in it.

Yeah. Okay. Now go push download. Yep. Good job. Enjoy.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
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717.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Ive been playing this game since it was first conceived over 7 years ago. well over 2000 hours before steam, It is a beautiful game that blizzard wished they could have developed. Its got a splash of everything great, little issues and most of all the content updates are out of this world. I would glady pay 60$ for this game rather than D3, I want this game to have my babies.

11/10 would unplug granny for more support packs.
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Posted: September 18
I don't know what Blizzard is doing or why are their heads so far up their behind, but Path of Exile is what we expected from Diablo 3 when we were waiting for it and as time went on, Diablo 3 only got worse and worse, simpler and dumber.

On the other hand it seems like with every patch, league and DLC, Path of Exile becomes a better and more mature game. It is precisely crafted for the people who love ARPGs and aren't afraid to dive deep.

It has everything you loved in Diablo 2 and sooo much more. The biggest downsides in PoE are probably the massive learning curve and the fact gameplay feels very slow and clunky in the beginning, a big reason why many people quit before they even understand it. Once you break through this entrance barrier, you can say goodbye to your social life.
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Posted: September 8
Top DH in D3 Ladder and yet after trying PoE once I completetly stopped playing D3.

PoE offers so much more with the most amazing Dev team working on it.

Can only recommend.
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1,165.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Still thinking where to put my first skillpoint..
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