You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world.
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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August 29

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

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

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August 28

Divination Cards and Other News!

The Prophecy Leagues end tomorrow and we're currently in our last week before Atlas of Worlds launches this weekend. Find out what happens when the Prophecy Leagues merge, what uniques were revealed in The Lioneye's Watch Podcast, what Divination Cards are going in 2.4.0 and what to expect in the news this coming week!

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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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PomPoms
777.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
Fun and full of depth. Great game if you enjoy something that is challenging and takes a while to learn.
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Day Man
524.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
Amazing doesn't cover it but I'm far too lazy to write a proper review. So... the game is amazing.
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The Executioner
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
One of the best free to play games on the steam store! Not hard to run at all although the steam store recommends a video card the game is very playable with integrated graphics chip. Excellent game it is much like the blizzard game diablo. I would definitly pay $20 for this game, forturnely it's free!!
Get this game it plays great!
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Riku
69.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
If I were to design and code a game, most of, if not all of this game will be used as inspiration. One of the most fun experiences i've had in a game, and the customizable nature of each of the 'classes' allows for a truly unique and fun experience every time you click that create character button. I've lost days into this game, and i still havn't come close to using every node on the skill tree at least once. I believe this game will be a staple for many an rpg, and would not be surprised if companies tried to take elements from this and improve them further/try and take the credit.
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heavenlygu
75.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
awsome game like diablo
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spidermonkey4
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I haven't played it that much but i recognize an addiction when i see one.
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SHt4rkY
147.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I honestly cannot get enough of this game, if you`re a big fan of the Diablo series, THIS GAME IS A MUST !
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ziza.DeRien
290.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
If you've gotten a chance to play hack'n slash game somewhere in your life, you must give a chance to this game as well. 7/10
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Sbygle1125
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
I like the graphics and the surroundings, music are well chosen and create atmosphere but it is a little bit annoying after a while
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Brodiddly-O
462.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
If you were sold on the pretty pictures, videos, and lies that Sean Murry fed to the world to market this game, watch some actual gameplay from players like myself who pre-ordered the game with the expectation that it would be what was advertised.

It is a product nearly unrecognizable when actual gameplay is placed side by side with the marketing pictures and videos claiming "actual in-game footage". Half of that content never made it live. Multiplayer? None. Planets actually spin? No. Light is affected by rotation of the planet, distance from the center of the galaxy, distance from a star? No, no, no. Factions matter? Nope. Huge space battles? No. A living galaxy? No. It's the same 10 planets, over and over and over.

Get it when it goes on sale for $15 or $20. It's not worth $60. Biggest regret of 2016 was pre-ordering this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
111 of 127 people (87%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,314.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I think it ruined my life...
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60 of 74 people (81%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
6,377.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This is my gem. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My gem is my best friend. It is my life. I must level it as I must level my life.
Without me, my gem is useless. Without my gem, I am useless. I must use my gem allways.
My gem and I know that what counts in wreaclast is not the arcs we cast, the noise of our critical strikes, nor the smoketrial from our lightning warp. We know that it is the bodies and loot we pile... and we will loot
My gem is an exile, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its damage type, its support gems, its cast time. I will keep my gem clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God "and not dominus", I swear this creed. My gems and I are the inhabitants of thís island. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory of this exile and there is no malachai. \ Arcguy
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
477.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Here's a few metaphors to describe what I think of this game from a very hardcore Diablo fan.


Diablo 1 is an ugly expensive antique painting that most of us don't care for, but still appreciate it's existence and the influence it's done.

Diablo 2 is a long lost vault filled with treasure and gold, diamonds, and riches as far as the eye could see, and will be remembered for years and years to come.

Diablo 3 is an infamous ragged old satchel with a couple of gold coins in it, and once in a while a couple new coins gets dropped in out of pity.

Path of Exile is a graceful, elegant, and awe-inspiring golden statue of a fabled goddess that tries to breathe comfort and love into those who had their heart and souls crushed by Diablo 3.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
365.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
A true Jewel of the modern gaming era.
With a large diversity of play styles, support for the community, and a unique currency system. This game is a 10/10 for anyone who enjoys the ARPG genre.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
leveled up, saw the skill tree, HOLY ♥♥♥♥
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26 of 34 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
817.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This game is what Diablo 3 would be if it was Diablo 2. 10/10 R.I.P desync
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
162.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
face... breaker... facebreaker... FACEBREAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/10
Best diablo i have ever played.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,610.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
With great knowledge comes great power.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Better than anything in the Diablo series, and free. What more do you want in life, other than world peace and global happiness?
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I could recommend this game for a good many reason, most of which I notice have already been mentioned by other reviewers.
The best thing, for me, about this game is it's truly open-ended character building. You aren't squished into a rigid, constricted class. Granted, certain classes have certain bonuses to certain stats(ie, Maurader class starts with high strength stats), but beyond that you are perfectly free to build your character into whatever you want them to be.
Skills are gained, not through grinding, leveling up and unlocking them, but by finding skill gems throughout the world. The gems fit into color-coded slots on your armor and weapons.

Some pros and cons:

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

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

Overall, especially considering the price tag, I am calling this my favorite rpg ever. The graphics are beautiful.The voice acting blew me away considering this is F2P. It's dark and mysterious. Even now that I feel I'm getting the hang of it, I still feel a sense of forboding whenever I enter a new portion of a dungeon.
Some people might call this a Diablo cheap knock-off. Cheap? Well, only if you mean the price tag. It's a very well-thought-out and well-made game. Diablo knock-off? Maybe. It does borrow heavily from the Diablo franchise. I can't personally say how much as I don't play Diablo; but I notice the similarities whenever I watch a youtube video involving the Diablo games and for a moment think "Hey, is that Path of Exile?"
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