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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May 26

Shock Nova Revamped - Teaser Video!

We've created a video to show the revamped version of the Shock Nova skill! The new version of the skill includes a new visual effect, a change to how the area of effect applies damage and it now has shock chance without requiring quality!

Shock Nova deals damage in a ring around you, then damages all monsters within a slightly larger nova area. The ring deals less damage, but the skill's implicit chance to shock can provide a significant damage boost when positioned strategically.

This version of the skill should be added to the Closed Beta in the next content update.

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May 25

Divination Card Submission Process is Live!

We've launched the submission page for Divination Cards. Highgate Supporters can now submit their cards. It's on a first-come-first-served basis for what the cards turn in to - if you want a specific item, it's probably a good idea to get a submission in soon. If you'd like to buy a Highgate Pack to submit your own card, contact support@grindinggear.com.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
484 of 496 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
547.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This is probably one of the most in depth ARPGs I have ever played, and its free to play! The character customization in this game is absolutely crazy. The game may seem daunting at first with its unique currency system and absolutely huge skill tree but once you learn how these works you will get addicted to this game.

Now lets look at the Pros and Cons. I will list them in a very detailed manner. TLDR version will be at the bottom for those of you that just a brief look because this is going to be a long one.

Pros:

+This game is free to play. And when I say free to play I don't mean free to play and buy your way to the top. There is no way possible to buy any sort of advantage in-game. The only things you can buy are visual armor sets that can be applied to your in-game items, alternate skill visuals, pets that do not fight, more character slots (which you have about 24 slots to start with), and extra stash tabs (which again you start with plenty space).

+Character Customization is amazing. There are 7 classes. Marauder, templar, witch, shadow, ranger, duelist, and scion(has to be unlocked by completing normal mode). All of these classes lean toward certain builds but if you wanted to play the strength heavy marauder as an int caster then that is very possible. The skill tree is huge and any class can go in any direction. It may seem daunting at first but once you learn your way around its fun to plan out the rest of your build or your next character.

+Unique currency system. This is one of my favorite things about the game. In this game you don't have gold or anything like it. Instead you buy and sell things with orbs. There are many types of orbs with varying rarity. I won't go over all the orbs but I'll talk about a few as an example. For instance, the orb of chance can change a white common item into a magic, rare, or even unique item (the different rarities, think magic as uncommon, rare as well rare, and unique as legendary). Or say a chaos orb which can change the properties of a rare item. Orbs like these can be traded to npcs for items or upgrades in your hideout(I'll explain this later). Or players will buy and sell items using these orbs. So you can use these orbs as currency or to upgrade your own gear.

+Leagues. This game has a couple permanent leagues as well as temporary leagues. The 2 perma leagues are standard and hardcore. Standard is pretty simple. There are 3 acts in 3 game modes at the time this review is written (I believe a 4th act is coming next year). In normal you suffer no penalty at death. In the next difficulty, which you access by beating all acts on normal, is a little more punishing. In cruel if you die you lose 5% of your experience (don't worry you can't lose a level if you are at less than 5% exp for that level). In the last difficulty, merciless, you lose 10% experience for death. In the hardcore league if your character dies at all it is moved to standard league.

Each league can only share a stash with characters in the same league. GGG also releases temporary leagues. The big highlight of this is their 3 month leagues. These are good for providing a fresh start and for people who enjoy tring to race to the top first can do so. It also lets players play in a fresh economy. When they release these 3 month leagues they release of them. One of them is a Standard league and the other hardcore.

However, these aren't copy-paste modes. The 3 month leagues have something exta to them that the perma leagues don't have. For example, at the time of this review the torment(standard) and bloodline(hardcore) leagues are going on. In torment there are tormented souls that fly around making enemies stronger but they drop better loot. In bloodlines there are enemies who gain synergetic abilities that make them way stronger. And with these temp leagues they also have access to several new unique items that the perma leagues won't have access to until the temp leagues are over. If a character dies in bloodline they will be moved to standard league.

+The developers care about this game. This one is pretty simple. They update the game a lot. There's always new things coming into this game. You can even spot GGG staff members from time to time talking to people in global chat. It is very obvious that they care about this game and its community.

+Gems. Gems are what you will use for all of your skills. There are red (strength) gems, blue (int) gems, and green (dex) gems. You can get these gems by questing or by finding them as random drops. To use these gems you have to put them in the correct colored socket that your gear has. If your gear doesn't have enough sockets or the wrong color sockets then that's okay, you can manipulate this with the use of orbs. For example, the chromatic orb can change all the socket colors on a piece of gear and the jewelers orb can change th number of sockets on gear. Your gems also gain experience just as you do. The higher level the gem, the better. Gems have a max level of 20.

+Endgame. Endgame begins once you are at the end of act 3 merciless. You can get maps that drop from enemies. These maps will generate a random level with random enemies. Thats not all they will gain extra effects or maybe you will gain extra effects or lose them! The harder the map the more rewarding it is. You can also use orbs on the maps! If you have a white quality map then you can use something like an orb of alchemy which will change its quality from common to rare making it a harder but more rewarding map.

CONS

-Desync. This biggest problem with this game is that it suffers from desynchronisation problems. This means you will sometimes randomly lag back a couple seconds which can sometimes kill you. If you keep this in mind most of the time you can play carefully and this won't really effect you much.

-Starting out as a new player in this game can be rough at first. There is so much to learn and the game has a lot of depth to it. With all the skill gems, skill points, and currency orbs its hard to know what to do with everything. However there are ways to learn. The official poe website is a good place to learn more about the game. The class forums are a good place to go to see how people build their characters. People can even post the path they went on their skill tree and you can look at each node they took to help you gain an understanding at what it takes to make a decent character.

-This game can also be a little bit boring getting to end game if leveling isn't really your thing. You have to complete all 3 acts on all 3 difficulties before you make it to end game. Doing all the same quests 3 times over per character may seem a bit boring at times.

TLDR PROS

+Free to play
+great character customization
+fun skill system
+unique currency & trading system
+developers care about this game and its community a lot
+geat end game
+frequent updates
+fun league system

TLDR CONS

-game suffers from desync
-game can be rough on beginners
-leveling characters through each difficulty can get tedious.

Thank you for reading. I know this review was extremely long but I just wanted to make sure I put out as much info as I could think of for people who are interested in trying this game out. I hope this review has helped you.

This game is extremely fun and I def reccommend it to anyone who likes diabloish type games. Starting out may be rough because of everything you have to learn but it is worth it if you stick through. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will try to comment back as soon as I can!
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663 of 770 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
689.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This is how I protect my virginity. 10/10
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254 of 285 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
136.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Comparing D3 and PoE is like comparing summer camp and boot camp.
In D3, Hi! welcome to the game! Here are bunch of stuff to get you started. Oh you killed your 1st boss? CONGRATULATIONS have some more legendary loot!! You've been playing for hours and feeling like not getting enough loot? Here! have some more legendaries!
In PoE, Alright you maggots! here are some basic rules and take this piece of crap and get killing. GO! GO! GO! 1st boss kill huh? WELL WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME FOR, DO I LOOK LIKE A FRIGGIN' CHARITY TO YOU? Get your ♥♥♥ to the next stage GO! GO! GO! What's that? you've been playing for hours and nothing good? BOO F!@KING HOO! You want uniques? You gotta grind like a cheap hooker and work like a kid in a chinese sweatshop

I guess what I'm saying is, in D3, there are lots of hand holding, nurtring and caring. While PoE will abuse you, drag you through mud, abuse you some more and then maybe, just maybe throw you a bone but for some reason, you want to keep going and keep coming back for more.
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340 of 400 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,727.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
If you liked Diablo II and hated Diablo III, you will love PoE.
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191 of 216 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4,269.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
I rate this game HoursPlayed/10.

(Edit: A lot of people have added me because of this review. I don't mind you adding me, but please have something in mind that you want to ask me or need help with. Adding me for sake of having an experienced player on your friends list is a waste of both my time and yours.)
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82 of 86 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,291.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Got leaped by Goats, rhoad from Rhoas, smashed by Vaal and touched by the God.

+ Huge passive skill tree offering in-depth character customisation
+ Interesting spell customisation using gems
+ Interesting trading system relying on barter only
+ Well balanced (Very little Faceroll/OP builds, almost every build has drawbacks and strength)
+ Game is very skill based
+ New skills and Uniques get implemented frequently
+ Music is good and got some special moments
+ Very strong party play
+ New Leagues
+ Races
+ Tons of Loot and fine Uniques
+ Crafting
+ Hideouts for nice fast trades and showcases
+ Actual some kind of endgame compared to other hacknslay
+ Nice artwork
+ No pay2win
+ F2P as it should be

- Desync
- Kills your social life


10/10

★★★★★
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152 of 212 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,289.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Worst FPS I've ever played. 10/10
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66 of 80 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
333.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Not recommended if you have a life. Recommended if you hate your life.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
490.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I like skill trees.
I like it when the fruit of your time and labour is rewarding.
I like it when money does not influence a game.
I like helping a team to obtain a common goal.
I like making fallacious and outrageous claims for the enjoyment of myself and others in a chatroom.

I guess this game has a lot of things that i like.
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51 of 66 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1,596.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
More than 1.000 hours into the game... and only 3 builds mastered so far!
10/10 - would play another 10.000 Hours and get exiled again.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
378.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Stay away from this game!
It's highly addictive, due to its unique way of combining various skills and abilities in a completely new and refreshing way. The passive skill tree is a complex maze in which you can easily get lost. Every other month or so, the down-to-earth development team introduce a new content update that implements new skills and challenges and rekindles the obsession one had during the first hours.
And this is for free...?! Ridiculous!
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38 of 52 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,613.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This game ruined my life 10/10
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
285.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Hi, I'm Chris Wilson from Grinding Gear Games,

Where do you find a dog with no legs?

Where you left it.

-Chris Wilson from Grinding Gear Games
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37 of 56 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,956.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
It's allright
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
158.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
-Quick Review-
Path of exile is a free to play dungeon crawler which reverses skill points and abilities, you can always change your abilities, but you are limited in changing skill/trait/build points.
Please note, I feel that dungeon crawlers are probably my weakest style to review, because they all start to feel the same to me after awhile, put in a few words, I enjoyed this one the most out of Diablo3, Torchlight 2.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: Hail Exile, you are on Wraeclast, a bloody and dangerous land full of treasure, loot, monsters, Goatmen, and various other enemies. I just remember Goatmen, because I feel like they're following me around in dungeon crawlers. *looks out window*
You won't be playing this game for its story, while the game does provide fully voiced dialogue with the various npc's, my best friend never gave me time to listen to the dialogue, so we just kept dungeon grinding and skipped the conversations. The basic gist of the story is: You're an exile, go get your revenge, got your revenge? Restart! You're an exile, go get your revenge, got your revenge? One more time! You're an Exile, go get your revenge, got your revenge? Yay! Now you need to map grind.

Game Play: As with dungeon crawler games you control movement with clicking, you're in the above view watching your exile run all over your screen. additionally you can set various action butons, 1,2,3,4,5 are quick buttons to use flasks. you can bind left, middle or right click to different attacks, as well as several keys on your keyboard.
You also face some npc's that are a different color or have a different health bar, indicating they're cooler than other npc's; if you see these smug npc's be sure to slap them and tell 'em Atratzu sent you. But, on a more serious note, they have different abilities, and attack types, sometimes they can leap, sometimes curse, other times they shoot hyper beam at you.

Achievements: there are really two types of achievements, the ones regular people can do, and the ones that will require a commitment to the game. This game is meant to appeal to hardcore gamers, there is also a hardcore mode.

Price: The game's free, you have no excuse to not at least try it sometime. If you want to look like a badass, then you need to pay real money to get the aesthetics or bank space. But if you are just looking to play a dungeon crawler for a little while, go for it.

Conclusion: Story: What story? Why are we killing this guy again? because that random guy said so? Okay! *murders face*. Game Play: Fun, but unforgiving in the skill point tree. Achievements: Mostly challenging grindy or RNG achievements. Price: Free, for everything else... there's Master card.

------Edits and updates------
Edit/Update April 11, 2015:
small grammar, spelling, and punctuation fix
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Truly a fantastic game, best of it's type.
This game is far better than Diablo 3 could have ever hoped to be, however just like Diablo 3 it becomes extremely repetitive after just a short while, unfortunate.
Ups against Diablo 3:
Better class design
Better customization options
Better and far more exciting spells to choose from
Better leveling system, including spell levels
Better NPC's, It's clear there was a lot more work put into the NPC's on this, voice acting, design and personality than there was on Diablo 3
Better community, it seems on this people are far more friendly then they were on Diablo 3.

Downs against Diablo 3:
There is only one gender for each class
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
569.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
One of the greatest concepts ever. The highly customizable builds makes this game sometimes a bit too much enjoyable actually, beside the fact the desync is a thing since release. Desync is really a thing you need to admit to at this game and if you can't you'll end up ragequitting anyways. Had the most fun I've ever had in a game with a build (Facebreaker Cyclone) which actually 'caused desync quite a bit and it didn't irritated me at all to be honest. The gem system is really worked out well and the replay value of endgame is amazingly high. Don't expect to see other mobs or other maps a lot, but expect to see dangerous and deadly combinations of these two a lot if you wan't to risk it! You need to make this game enjoyable yourself by asking help of others as well, the game is kind of hard to get into but once you're in it's hard to get out. This game is one of the definitions of addiction and dedication but it's totally worth it. I would highly recommend to start the game in a heroic league, the best way to learn is failing in this game!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,200.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
If you like Action RPG but have not played this game yet, you know nothing. Grinding Gear Games, an indie gaming company with their entirely free-to-play game, have achieved what any other gaming company could not: create the most complex, in-depth and innovative Action RPG of all time. Let me elaborate:

Business Model
First of all, this game has the most fair and ethical business model I have seen in any game. Absolutely anything you can get with real money gives you advantage over other players. This encourage players to support the game because they actually want to donate for the developing and its developers.

Graphics
The developers have stated that they "are sick of the recent trend towards bright, cartoony RPGs. The art style [they] chose for Path of Exile is dark, gritty and realistic". The graphics are beautiful and very well detailed, and the voice acting is outstanding.

Gameplay & Mechanics
The diversity of the game is vast, complex and immersively in-depth.

Classes
Each one of the 7 classes starts at different location of a passive skill tree, composed by 1325 nodes, with non-linear progression (the tree is actually a web).

Items & Gears
Set items is a horrible decision for builds diversity, so this is not what you will find here. Of course there are Unique items, but having a full set of Uniques of the same concept/type does not grant you bonus mods. This is meant to be this way to avoid forcing players to play with sets and break their character building freedom.

The item drops: maps, divination cards, jewels, gear items (their category, rarity, mods, gem sockets and links), are randomly generated.

Jewels
There are socketable nodes in the Passive Skill Tree that makes possible to socket Jewels that grants bonus and special attributes to your skill tree. These jewels have rarity, mods and can be crafted too.

Skills
The skill system made by gems makes possible that the characters are not limitative to a few skills, so the game does not dictate how the player is going to play. These gems have level and attribute requirements according to their color (Strength, red; Dexterity, green; Intelligence, blue), they can be leveled up, have quality % and can be corrupted for bonus mods.

Divination Cards
This kind of items are collectibles that gives you a specific item once you have gather enough cards of a set. Each card is dropped in a specific areas of the map. This system allow players to systematically work their way to the acquisition of the items they want, without having to rely on and eternal grinding.

Maps
Their structures and pack of monsters are randomly generated, and is the main focus of the end-game, since they can be crafted.

Currency & Crafting
There is no gold in Path of Exile, there are 25 currency items (orbs) that have crafting functionality. They can add/remove/re-roll the mods of the items, modify the sockets (number, colors and links) of the gear items, they can corrupt the items, change their rarity, etc. Basically people trade items for items they are going to use, and not for gold. This makes the trade highly in-depth and open.

Forsaken Masters
There are 6 Masters (NPCs). Each one of them can be leveled up to level 8 by doing daily missions, and they offer crafting bench and hideouts that can be decorated and customized as the player wish.

The variety of builds and the hideout customization is so open that the developers runs two series called Build of the Week and Hideout of the Week.

Developers & Support
The developers work along side with the community to improve the game and add new content. They do a great job balancing the game and deploying constant patches and updates. The support is surprisingly responsive and open to any kind of feedback; the best support team I have ever seen in any game.

Conclusion
All these elements makes the different ways a character may progress literally infinite, and the game always encourage to make new builds and try different mechanics. Some players likes to experiment with builds and other players likes to break the "rules" and metas to come with insane mechanics. The developers are, as explained, the most ethical and responsive gaming company I have seen so far. They are hardcore gamers creating a game after all. What would be better than that?
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
225.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Killed a skelleton who summoned skelletons by summoning a totem that summoned skelletons.
10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,128.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Best ARPG out there at the moment. So many choises for customization with your build and constant updates adding more content that you will never run out of things to do. New leagues every three months let the new players have a fresh start on bar with old players outside of standard league where end game gear price is absurd.
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