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.
User reviews: Very Positive (17,936 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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"My video is several years out of date but this f2p with an incredibly fair business model is a dark and grim Diablo-style aRPG that's worth your time."
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November 23

Wild Turkey Pet and Race Season Nine Prizes

From today until the end of Thanksgiving (November 27 PST), we're selling a Wild Turkey Pet to help you celebrate Thanksgiving! This is a limited-time microtransaction only available this week that won't be repeated in the future. Press M in-game to purchase it! In other news, Race Season Nine came to an end on Friday. We've awarded the alternate art Demigod's Eye prizes for the players who placed in the top 20 by points or as one of the first three of each class in Signature events. Click through for a full list of winners.

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November 19

Recap of BotW/HotW Episodes and 1.3.0 Skill Tree Teaser

Now that the current seasons of Build of the Week and Hideout of the Week have ended, we've prepared a recap of all the episodes made since Forsaken Masters launched. If you haven't had a chance to check them out, then please do. In other news, Rory has prepared a couple of teaser images (here and here) of some of the Passive Skill Tree changes in the upcoming 1.3.0 update.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
76 of 85 people (89%) found this review helpful
911.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Simply the most in-depth Hack'n'Slash out there and the best according to me. Character customization is top-notch and replayability is huge. I have a little bit over 1k hours played on it (did not link the game to my steam account immediately) and I still have many things to discover. However, it is a "hardcore game" less accessible than Diablo 3 or others games.

- Huge passive skill tree offering in-depth character customisation
- Interesting spell customisation using gems (close to FFVII's materia system)
- Interesting trading system relying on barter only (no gold or any other in-game currency)
- Interesting crafting system allowing to modify dropped items
- Game is very skill based (rare for a hack'n'slash!)
- Very little Faceroll/OP builds, almost every build has drawbacks and strength

- Can be hard to get into: trading system can seem overwhelming and in-game mechanics are quite complicated so use of the wiki and forum is much advised
- Animation can seem clunky at the beginning and game seems to play slow at the beginning
- Player can feel like reaching a gear-ceiling at the beginning of end-game if playign self-found (much better since Forsaken Master's 1.2 update though)
- Will eat your life if you get into it...
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
You look so familiar...
Diablo? Is it you?
No, you're not him but you look so similar.
The dark and brownish color of the land.
The hellish color of the blood.
Evil is everywhere.
Every footsteps land on a tombstone.
Your forsaken master sent you on a painful path.
You've been in exile for years.
Now you're back to claim your title.
Lord of Hack and slash.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17

The Good :

+Satisfyingly Gory
+Versatile classes
+Great Replay Value
+Decent music and Graphics
+PvP, PvE, Party Enabled PvE
+Ingame shop only relates to Character appereance and Stash relics
+Enviroment Design, Variety on monsters.

The bad:
- Game Desyncs often
- Complicated currency
- High appereance prices

I would have quote a stupid moment I ecountered and gave this game a 10/10 rating, but I will write something honest to actually let people know some basic thoughts from people who played this game.

Path Of Exile is a balanced free to play top view dungeon RPG, very similar to Diablo series. Including 6 Classes and Unlocks 1 hidden class, the Scion after you kill the final boss Dominus on Act 3. The game features 3 Difficulties, giving more challenge to the player.

Each class is EXTREMELY versatile, fully customizable that you can shape a character for the class of your likes. Especially Scion she can be everything from magician, tank, assasin, ranger etc. Craft your items, Create personal space (Hideouts) decorate them, complete quests, create guilds, fight against other players in PvP and complete quests toghether with other people by forming a party.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It is better then Diablo 3. Also it free. can't beat that
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
317.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
The only major issues I've had with this game is BSOD without a dedicated Sound Card which should have been taken care of awhile ago (I have a Sound Blaster Zx so I'm in the clear now), grinding hours on end for decent loot, and the most notable desync issues. Other than that, great hardcore ARPG at its finest.

Dark Souls + Diablo = Path of Exile
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I've dumped about 13 hours so far into this game, and I am loving it. I came here from Diablo 3, as endgame in D3 got stale and the rewarding feeling of getting epic loot went away for me. Path of Exile's skill system was overwhelming but such a pleasant surprise for me as I LOVE theorycrafting fun builds. The graphics aren't bad and the environments are beautiful and dark and immersive. It also gives you a total sense of freedom and you play how you desire. Some builds are more end-game viable than others but that does not mean you can't have your fun as you level a few chars and learn whats good and whats not. But the realy selling point: IT'S FREE. PLAY THIS GAME. NAOOOO.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,230.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Very engrossing game. Played it when it was still open beta and it has held my interest since. Constant updates and devs that care about the community too. Lots of build diversity and very fun gameplay. Not to mention free to play. I don't think I've played a game this much since Diablo 2. 10/10 Need life back please
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106 of 191 people (55%) found this review helpful
725.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
At it's core , Path of exile is a good game. It contains all of the qualities people look for in this type of rpg. That being said, it is an exercise in frustration if you do not follow it's spacific formula for success.

The most glaring problem with the game is its poor net code. You will die to desync in this game. You must train yourself to constantly be on guard for the signs that your character is not synced and try your best to mitigate it's effects. This makes hardcore leagues and races tedious and saps the fun from them. No other game of this type, or any type for that matter has ever been this bad for me. The devs are aware of this problem, but have been unable to make any progress toward a fix.

If you decide to play softcore, or get sent there from hardcore, you will deal with experience loss on death. The devs are fully aware that desync exists, they can not fix it, yet they leave a punishment mechanic in game if you die, when they can not differentiate between a deserved death, and one caused by thier poor engine. At higher levels this can mean hours of grinding wiped clean through no fault of your own.

There is no pay to win mechanic in this game. You must earn everything you need to progress through gameplay. The drop rates are well tuned, but the chance of getting anything you can actually use are so low, that you are forced to trade in order to progress once you get to the end game. This is true for a lot of games, but the problem here is you have to either watch tradechat, or use third party sites to obtain the gear that does not drop for you normally. This is time consuming and tedious.

The learning curve in this game is pretty big. There are literally millions of builds that you can end up with as you traverse through the game, but many of those builds will not be viable as you close on the endgame. The most basic rule you must follow if you want to succeed in this game is, Research, Research, Research. If you just start the game , and do not do research, it is very likely you will end up at a progression wall you can not climb. In most other games, this is not an issue, as you can take the lessons you learned, buy a respec token or whatever and fix the problems with your build. This is not the case in this game. Respecing is expensive, (in game money, you can not buy a respec for real money) So you learn that you are better off just shelving your character and starting over from scratch. with no variation in the game story, it becomes just a borefest to get back to where you were previously with your new build.

This game would get an enthusiastic Thumbs up from me if it were not for the above issues. As it stands now, I would suggest to anyone reading this to research what desync is if they do not know, and see if they have the ability to mitigate it enough for the game to be enjoyable. If you decide you can live with it, I suggest you do some deep research on the skill tree and game mechanics, before you even start playing. You can find a lot of cookie cutter builds on the forums if you do not want to theorycraft yourself.

If it were not for the desync/death punishment mechanic I would endorse this game to anyone who loved Diablo 2. Instead I will have to vote thumbs down on this, as the issues I listed will not be fixed, and just cause too much frustration as you close in on your end game goals.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
79.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
As a big fan of Diablo 2's visual presentation coupled with great music and a broody, dark and menacing atmosphere I found myself very dissappointed with Diablo 3. That said I was very relieved when I first played the beta to Path of Exile. Although the beta for POE was not as polished and the gameplay abit clunky compared to D3, when POE launched the final version they did so with "guns ablazing". The final version is slick, fluid and visually pleasing. And with the FF7 inspired "MATERIA" or "GEMS" as POE calls them I find no reason to return to the D3 debauchery that many of us waited so long for. In the end I give POE an 8\10 only falling short a 9\10 because of how short the game is. But I highly recommend POE to anyone who is a fan of action RPG's and Diablo 2.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Do you want an amazing Action RPG, with great graphics, insane atmosphere, has lots of fun and loot, lots of blood too, and don't want do spend a single cent to play it?
Then, why isn't Path of Exile installed on your PC yet?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Path of Exile is a truly free to play dungeon crawler that will make someone watching a video clip think it is from the "Diablo" series. It isn't Diablo but it is in my opinion a better game than the Diablo series. There are six playable characters at the start and once the game has been beaten once and a side mission at the end of the game (that is along the required walking path but is optional) unlocks the seventh class.

All skills are based on gems that are tied to either Intelligence (Blue), Strength (Red), or Dexterity (Green). While gems of a certain color do highly favor one syle of gameplay (red = melee attacks most of the time) their are exceptions such as a red gem unlocking a "Totem", basically a distraction device skill. Items have sockets to place the gems in. While you can use more than 8 skills, the UI sets up the bindable skill keys to Mouse Left Click, Mouse Middle Click, Mouse Right Click, Q, W, E, R, T keys. So when playing 8 skills are generally available with Mouse Left Click usually being bound to a hybrid of basic weapon melee attack and movement. Gems level up from the same experience your character gains. The gems just level up at different rates from your character class. The gems also have the same type of restrictions that items do such as minimum level and minimum stats (intelligence, strength, and dexterity) in order to equip them. This means that you could play as a Witch (Pure intelligence character build) and socket a red gem for a skill you'll never use. The gem will gain levels but it would be a better choice to stash the red gem for another character to use.

Gems/skills are modified by the extensive passive leveling system. Each level up and some quests give points to follow along the giant path available to you. The leveling "board" for lack of a better term is the same for all characters but different characters start at different places on the board. Here is a link for the seventh class, the Scion, who starts in the very middle of the board.

The most interesting part of this game is that it does not have gold as a currency. There are something like 40 different currency items but they are acquired by trading in equipment. So everything you sell will come back as a currency that benefits in game as well as allowing trading with other players to be a lot more varied. Static prices don't really exist and almost all items that can be bought from NPCs are there for a specific reason.

This leads to the one flaw in the game, inventory management. Trading with NPC vendors requires knowing some "recipes", certain combinations of items that give back the best payment. You start the game with 4 pages in your cross-character "stash" and the same inventory size for every character. There is no increasing character inventory size. You can increase your stash size but that does cost real life money. A 4 page stash means making stockpiles to fulfill recipe requirements and frequently selling. With more tabs a user could get better returns on their equipment. I'd like more stash pages but the game doesn't require having 4 to be a good player. It just severally restricts how many items you can horde. Hording wouldn't be a problem if there was any type of inventory sorting but there is not. Unfortunately at latter game interverals art assets get reused so it can be difficult to tell between the low level item you want to trade versus the high level item you've been saving.

In conclusion, I recommend the game. Just be sure to learn the economic system of the game before you start playing it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
very skill much tree
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
460.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you like gear based grinding games then this one is for you.

Let me start out by saying that I enjoy a hard challenge and have to play on hardcore, where you only die once and then you drop down to standard mode (softcore). Any character that drops down like this is dead to me, never to be played again.

I wasn't sold on this game at first as I got sick of dying at lot :) . Lately been playing it a lot and more and now I understand the boss mechanics accept that I will die at some point but it's just a matter of how long I can last.

With a massive skill tree where you can spend 120 skill points from 1350 skill nodes there is a large amount of replayability. Even though there is a lot of repetition in replaying the same maps over and over (until you beat Merciless difficulty and move into endgame randomised "maps") it's the character customisation that keeps me coming back.

Give it a shot, I think it's worth it.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Side Comment:
You are going to hear a lot of people compare this game to the Diablo Series, yet if you have played Diablo, you are going to easily make the same comparison! Have not played Diablo? Then you now have an idea of what Diablo is like. [Congratulations, if you like this you may now just be tempted to buy some of the Diablo games.]

Actual Review:
This game has been amazing and it's definatly not like any of your other Free-To-Play Steam Games. As mentioned by the producers, they actually tried to make MADE this game no where close to Pay-To-Play "if" at all. There is an option to spend money on some costume/gear but does not effect your stats which I like a lot. So if you are Sir/Madam Moneybags who enjoys just tossing money around, there is an option for that. Graphics are very good, I have yet to find a superior glitch that affects game play and the game runs smooth on my computer. However there has been many complaints about a long loading screen when you open up the game, but I have no problem with it as it actually does not take that long. [Sometimes it helps to click around or minimize it then pull it back up.] All n' all everything is great, the gear is fitting, battle is smooth, and the story is really good. Love that their is seperate pieces that you can find and look into.
Another thing I tend to enjoy is that you don't have to deal with numerous of players on the maps which usually causes lag as you run through the maps by yourself (Or with friends). Though if you do enjoy seeing other people, you will be able to see them in the towns and you can chat with them through a Global Chat. That annoys me however as most of them are only trying to sell gear or are being utterly ridiculous. If you can happen to ignore it, you will be fine.

To the Haters:
It's unfortunate people try to down this game for silly reasons. Those who don't enjoy the game for silly reasons should understand that it could be because of your computer, you are not playing a genre you are familiar with, you are just too damn picky, or you have nothing better to do. Though I do understand if someone has an actualy reason, then I respect that but is there really a true reason to not like this game?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This one is truly free-to-play, but it feels like a AAA title. The maps are beautiful and the ambient sounds are the stuff of nightmares. I haven't enjoyed a hack and slash game like this since Diablo II. Path of Exile has proven to be challenging and enjoyable, especially when played with friends and family.

Do yourself a favor and add this game to your library. It won't cost you a thing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
130.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Better than Diablo 3. Love the passive skill tree. Love the skill combinations. Totally recommend it!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is awesome.If you are really dissapointed with Diablo 3 get this game.Many different classes,but almost all abilities in each class.Fun quests,satisfaction with new weapons and some pretty chalenging enemies.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
530.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Ruined almost as much as my life as other F2P games 10/10 would ruin again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Free to Play but not Pay to Win, Sphere grid type passive skill tree, very advanced compared to say Diablo 3 and the barter system is very unique and fun. Easy to learn, Hard to master.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
no pants but still bretty gud
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