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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October 27

Progress Update for 2.4.2

In a previous news post, we explained our plans for the 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 patches. Today, we have prepared an update on their development status for you.

The team have been independently working on both updates. The 2.4.2 patch contains three new channelled skills, and the 2.4.3 patch contains massive engine improvements (an improved DirectX 9 update and the new DirectX 11 client). Both of these patches are almost ready, and both require quality assurance testing… at the same time.

The decision was made to combine the two together into one patch, because this saves having to test everything twice and also lets us take advantage of the new engine improvements for the skills (specifically meaning that we don't need to gather shaders twice: once before the engine update and once after).

The combined 2.4.2 patch is currently in testing and we're hoping to release it as soon as it's ready. The exact date is hard to pin down, due to the scope of the changes, but we're expecting a deployment window between November 10th and 17th. We know you've been anticipating playing with the new skills and that their release has kept slipping over the last couple of months. We're very sorry that they weren't ready earlier in the league. However, you'll get a chance to try them out and explore their possibilities before the next leagues start.

There's also a cool little piece of tech in 2.4.2 that we haven't talked about yet, but we're going to leave it cloaked in secrecy for now…

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October 26

Build of the Week S06E07: The Freezerator by maddognils

This week's episode of Build of the Week features maddognils' Assassin that uses two Cospri's Malices to carve his way through enemies with a tempest of cold skills.

For more information about this build, check out maddognils' full guide here. If you'd like to submit your own build for an upcoming episode, just post a build guide in the class forums!

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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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,664.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
a real free to play game. money will buy you more convenience with trading and item-stashing, also gorgeous cosmetics for armour and skill-gfx but no gameplay advantages or shortcuts.

developers are dedicated and new content deployed frequently.

it is the most nuanced ARPG out there atm.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
712.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
✔ Decent graphics.
✔ Constantly getting new updates.
✔ Addicting.
✔ Fun to play.
✔ Very large choice of making new builds.
✔ The Skill tree will definitely draw your attention.
✔ Deep character customisation.
✔ Ladder races.
✔ Really good late game.
✔ Interesting Boss fights.
✔ Stunning sound effects and soundtracks.
✔ Unusual and interesting lore.
✔ Definitely free to play game.
✔ Will never be "pay to win"
✔ Decent community.
✔ Dark fantasy atmosphere.
✔ Crafting can be cancer! But it's really fun!
✔ Much better than Diablo 3 (no hate) Trust me.
✔ Skins for items (microtransactions) are very awesome, You'll like it! But they cost real money.
✔ You will always be suprised after new updates (in a good way).

If you are Diablo 2 type of player, you MUST try this game.
If you liked my review, download the game and give it some love.

My final result will be 10/10.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
TL;DR SUMMARY: 70% modernised Diablo 2, 30% cool new ideas and improvements. A fun, very well-made classic hack'n'slash with good graphics (especially spell/skill effects), great sound and music, dark atmosphere and good story, as well as nicely designed and quite varied locations. Plus of course, the MASSIVE ability tree (which is surprisingly easy to navigate) and a ton of skills/spells to choose from with lots of ways to build your character that actually punishes inexperienced players much less than in most other games. Absolutely worth playing whether you're looking for a few dozen hours of fun or hardcore serious business online gaming, especially that for some reason this game is FREE TO PLAY (and the only purchasable items are cosmetics - lots of them - no pay to win whatsoever).

FULL REVIEW: Okay, so it seems most reviews for this game are either "my turtle left me" or 5000h played talking about how good the balance is on the endgame maps after you finish the Merciless difficulty, so this is the nub casual review for people who are bored and went "wat how is this f2p" like I did upon seeing this game.

As said above, this game is MASSIVELY inspired by Diablo 2 - similar dark and gloomy overall atmosphere (and a world - or rather region - which is so screwed they'd rather have an apocalypse), familiar-looking red and blue health and mana spheres, familiar-looking inventory that even includes the I/II weapon switching, familiar-looking scrolling dialogues, familiar-looking ability tr-NO WAIT HOLY ♥♥♥♥ HOW MASSIVE IS THIS THING THIS IS LIKE ONE MILLION ABILITIES

Path of Exile brings some really cool new ideas and improvements to the table - as justifiably praised in nearly every review out there, the passive ability tree here is ENORMOUS, but after the initial "mind blown" feeling, it's actually quite easy to navigate. It really is very open though, and although few of the passives make a significant impact on their own, in the long run it gives you lots of options to build your character. If you're just learning the game and making it up as you go, it's also pretty easy to change direction or even refund some points (as you get a refund point every once in a while) if you feel you're missing something, e.g. you've put too much focus into damage and now die too easily.

Staying on skills and character development, another change I really like are active skills - instead of being tied to your XP level, they come in gems that are placed in weapons/armour in coloured slots (corresponding to an attribute - strength/dexterity/intelligence), which again means that you can pretty much turn your build almost upside down if you want/need to. An awesome addition to that are "support" gems that can be linked to them, which allow for some incredible options and can turn a relatively unimpressive skill into a mind-exploding pocket armageddon. But then, the skills themselves are very diverse and they're mostly both really fun to use and actually useful - there really is something for everyone, and for pretty much any playstyle.

You have six although my ninja turtle buddies tell me something about a seventh classes to choose from - three with one primary attribute (Marauder - strength, Ranger - dexterity, Witch - intelligence), and three which are kind of "hybrid" (Duelist - strength/dexterity, Templar - strength/intelligence, Shadow - dexterity/intelligence). I have to complain about the character selection screen a bit, as the descriptions are not very helpful and a bit misleading if you're new - e.g. you can get the idea the Witch is something like a necromancer (which she can be), while she's pretty much the closest thing to a typical mage. In reality, with the way the ability tree and skills work in PoE, each class is very flexible and just knowing what attribute they're focused on gives you an idea what to expect and what playstyle they make sense with.

Another clever change, in my opinion, is... getting rid of gold. Yep, there's no gold here. The good old portal and identification (here named Scroll of Wisdom) scrolls are the most basic currency, plus a large variety of different "orbs" that can modify item properties - you can turn an ordinary sword into a Rare Uber Destruction Weapon of Doom and Annihilation. But wait, that doesn't mean getting your hands on powerful items is easy - you have more options to obtain the kind of equipment you want, but it's not easier, as obviously the more powerful orbs are just as rare (if not rarer) as rare items. And this system gets rid of "at first you can't afford to buy a dagger but if you do side quests then you can buy half the planet halfway into the game".

The graphics are very nice overall, might not be super-ultra-AAAA-HD-2017 standards, but the game just looks good and as a plus should run smoothly even on not the newest PCs. The combat really looks spectacular and what's very important - not messy and everything is mostly clear even when you're swarmed by enemies or fighting a boss who spams 10 different skills (and this is something that can make or break a game like this). The most disappointing part of graphics is probably... the character selection screen (yep, again), their models don't look very detailed and the first impression wasn't great, but when you get into the actual game, there really is nothing to complain about. The sound is also worth praising - sound effects are satisfying, voice acting is very good and gives personality to characters, and the soundtrack is great and very atmospheric.

I personally liked that while PoE does mostly stick to a similar dark and gloomy atmosphere and visuals as Diablo 2, the locations are much more diverse - e.g. some of the forest/jungle locations are actually quite colourful (does not mean they look friendly, though...), but then there are a few places in this game that make Diablo 2 look like My Little Pony. Lunaris Temple. Holy living ♥♥♥♥. Traumatic experience. Plus, the world is a bit more open and there are often several quests to do at the same time which you can complete in any order you like. There are also quite a few side locations, and you can encounter randomly generated "corrupted" areas (quite small with unusual monster types and a boss, plus skill gems you can't find elsewhere) and minor side quests from "masters" who can provide interesting upgrades if you have enough "favour" with them. A minor complaint about locations, though - they are sometimes really quite vast, which means that if you want to explore everything, a) you need to do it in one go as they're semi-randomly generated, b) there can be a lot of mundane running back and forth.

The story also deserves a mention - Path of Exile, instead of having just another "super evil demon dude who is evil because he's always been evil; oh wait did I mention evil", instead focuses on people with overblown egos and sick ambitions that get way out of hand. It may not be groundbreaking, but it's very cleverly written, in the way that if you don't care, it completely doesn't get in the way, but if you do, it's interesting and makes you want to keep going and kick the asses of those responsible for this. And there is an interesting plot twist or two...

So, is this game anything groundbreaking? Not at all. Is it fun to play? HELL YES. Admittedly, it never really gave me a "OMG WANT TO PLAY POE RIGHT NOW" feeling, but whenever I launched it, I usually ended up playing for 1-2 hours more than I'd planned. There will probably be a lot more hours than what you see above this review.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,558.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This is the best Action rpg.

tons of builds
tons of fun
tons of deaths
tons of items
tons of skills
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
974.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
One of the best free games I've ever played! 10/10 ez :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,360.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I spent 95.83333333 days of my life Grinding for Gear in this Game.
Let me explaine what has happened.
I havent seen the Dying Sun for atleast 40 days.
The top of my head is now a Rat's Nest.
I wonder if I'll ever have a Tabula Rasa with my friends.
My pet bird was a Screaming Eagle until I forgot to feed him.
I wish my mom was Atziri, then I could enjoy her disfavor.
My room is looking more like a Maelstrom of Chaos.
My dog only fetches SilverBranches now.
My girlfriend calls me a Heartbreaker.
I refer to my farts as Windrippers.
And my mom has punched me with her Facebreakers

Yet I'm still anxious for the next 95.833333 days
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
202.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Diablo II fan?
Everything what Blizzard did wrong with Diablo III was done correctly in this game.
Grinder must-have.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Very good, but beware! This game is not n00b-friendly at all (things could do with a lot more explanation).

In PoE, you play an Exile who just landed on the coast of Wraeclast. From there, you will fight your way across the continent and find what's behind the corruption of the land. To do this, you use skill gems that you can socket into your equipment, different kinds of orbs that enchant your stuff and spend points in a massive passive skill tree. The skill tree in this game provides very few skills, because the majority is available as skill gems (that you can swap in/out at a moment's notice).

I didn't try to use the global chat (too noisy), so can't really tell if the online aspect is good or not.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
356.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
About this game:

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.

Free game, sooo much content, free content updates,
hard as ♥♥♥♥, gritty ambiente, come in and die!
Awesome game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,425.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Probably the best game i have ever played, played on "not-steam" client so dont know how many hours i have been playing but for everybody that havent played Path of exile and going to install it, dont give up cuz its hard, there will always be tons of people in #global chat that are willy to hook u up with gear,tips or if u just want to play with someone u can make your own "party so people in the same league can join and play with u" enjoy!
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63.4 hrs
Posted: October 27
For all of PoE's good qualities, I cant and wont recommend this game to others for 1 reason: the god-awful labrynth that is REQUIRED for any character progression past casual. Between way overtuned bosses ( which can be outleveled) and egregious amounts of 'traps' which range from spikes to blades to giant cleavers that deal % life damage per hit - all fine until you get entire multi-room areas without a single square of safe space to escape being hit.

The problem lies in that the entire labrynth is around 10+ floors, and dying anywhere goes back to square 1 with a FU as you get kicked out. So an hour plus worth of work gone - over and over and over. With your only choice being continue a meatgrind or accepting that any character you make will be crippled.
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Rin Astley
146.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
I still don't know how to play.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
Just was goin' in the Steam for search some cool game, and just so randomly come into this game.
And you know what? I awsomely like this game! If you played some RPG from 3rd view on character or some sort of games like: Walking Dead - then you will also like this game!
You just need to download and see It by yourself. Yea, I can write everything that I like about this game, but It'll be not fair and so interesting.
You need to try It by yourself!
Because we all are different and have different point of views. And my point of view - is to make an advice to you - just try this game!
Good Luck!
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44.5 hrs
Posted: October 27
Every true exile must manually sort their inventory. Period.

More than 1000 hours in Wraeclast on my side, five major expansions gone by, and now I realize that flaws such as above are actually hallmarks and apparently will never be changed. So here's the deal: either you put up with this game's strange (unconventional, inconvenient, outdated, whatever else) design decisions or you don't play it. For everyone willing to cope, it is one of the best ARPGs currently on market despite its zero price tag. Watch out for passive resets, and see you there.
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777.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
This game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome, if you use a launch option:


with out it, the game, atleast as far as euro servers go. Are utter and complete garbage!
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2 EZ
3,214.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
this game is like crack.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 27
Just started playing will post a full review later but so far it beats Diablo 3
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7.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Pretty cool game. I don't understand it fully yet, but still worth the download. Great player pop, great amount of info on the web, and a great way to get your monster slaying on!
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The HypnoWalrus
0.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
Dont let the hours fool you i just downloaded it on steam i used to play standalone launcher, but from my expirience its actually really fun, keeps your mind off things
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The Dude
3,419.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
This game is very complex and can take hundreds of hours to learn properly but if you put the time into reaching and surviving endgame you'll find one of the most rewarding experiences available on steam. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested.
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