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 (21,485 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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April 26

ZiggyD/Chris Q&A and Innervate Support Gem

I spent three hours yesterday chatting with ZiggyD about The Awakening on his stream. He has broken the Q&A up into several pieces: Part one is here and part two is here and part three is here. In other news, click through for more information about a new Support Gem!

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April 23

End of One Month Torment/Bloodlines Leagues and Announcement of Five Day Solo Leagues

The One Month Torment/Bloodlines Leagues come to an end tomorrow. We've shifted their end times back six hours to 5pm Pacific Time. At that time, we'll take the realm down to migrate people's hideouts to Standard and Hardcore. A five day solo event (i.e. no partying or trading) will then start the following day. There are both Standard (event thread here) and Hardcore (event thread here) versions of this event. The top 35 players from each will have The Awakening Closed Beta access enabled on their accounts at the end of the event.

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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
2,567 of 2,733 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,553.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2013
I've been playing Path of Exile since 2011 closed beta and it's remarkable how far the game has come purely from crowd funding. The passion of the userbase is equally matched by it's developers. They've shown throughout the years to constantly improve and tweak the game with regularly scheduled content additions. I still feel I don't know everything there is to know about this game, and that isn't changing any time soon. Path of Exile is an incredibly complex and rewarding game that is definitely worth your time.

Outside of having an absurdly intricate skill tree and a fantastic crafting/currency system, the other large appeal of this game is the end-game. Most ARPGs fail to offer incentive to continue to play your character after you've exhausted the content. Usually this just comes in the form of a easily attainable level cap or grinding the same final zone of the game at length. Instead, in POE you are given item drop instances, as described by the developers:

"Maps can drop as normal, magic, rare or unique with higher rarity Maps yielding more items. Using a Map item opens six portals to the area, which can each only be used once. Like most other items in Path of Exile, Maps have mods that change their risks and rewards. Map mods can affect the size or complexity of the level, monster packs, monster properties or even alter characters while in the level. Players can modify Maps themselves using their currency items. For example, you can use an Orb of Transmutation to turn a normal Map into a magic Map, or use an Orb of Alteration to reroll its mods."

It goes to say that each and every map is a different experience, with room for countless variation in modifiers letting you push the limits of your character. Not all characters are equal. You will find that some characters that excell in early progression have difficulty in the end-game and visa versa. Each character I've made has informed the next which is critical in a game that rewards experience and skill.

And if that wasn't enough, POE offers alternative ARPG experiences in the form of daily race events which are time based leveling with unique modifiers that you won't see in the real game like 'Turbo Mode'. Moreover some of these races have entirely unique content like Descent: Champions or Endless Ledge which offer players the ability to win special art reskins of legendary items for the leagues of their choice.

All in all POE is a truly exciting game and a breath of fresh air for the genre.
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1,221 of 1,280 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
227.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
Warning: this game will consume big part of your life. If you start playing it, you will keep coming back for more all the time. Before I started playing Path of Exile, my attitude towards Hack'n'Slash genre was... let's say bad. This is my first game of such genre and I am completly satisfied.

Now let's go straight to good and bad points of PoE.

-PROS:
+ truly Free To Play model, there is no such thing as Pay To Win, there are microtransactions that are all about purchasing visual effects for your character and his abilities (you can also purchase more tabs in stash, but that does not impact the game),
+ developers actually care about the game and keep fixing bugs, creating new content or reworking old visual effects (I have been watching development of PoE since open beta and it constantly changes until this day, successfully becoming better),
+ new leagues and events are started on a regular basis,
+ huge amount of passive skill points which gives you enormous combinations for character developement, every build is unique (unless you begin copying others' builds which kills the fun). There are so many possibilities that you are even able to turn an archer into a melee character!
+ large variety of active skills - you want to sweep your axe? You want to cleave through enemies with your sword? Maybe you fancy raining arrows or using various kinds of magic? No problem, you can choose anything you want and upgrade your skills so they can consume less mana, become faster or fire more projectiles at once and that is not everything.
+ many armors and weapons: one handed or two handed: axes, maces, swords also daggers, claws, bows, wands and staves, items also have different stats and 4 grades: normal, magic, rare and unique, same thing applies to monsters,
+ crafting-currency trade system, it might come out to be hard to understand at first, but then you keep realising that everything has its value, there is no gold, just barter trade system,
+ this game has challenging end-game consisting of large variety of special maps that can be modified to become more rewarding and demanding at once, if you reach high level [80+] with decent items and statistics you will simply feel satisfied
+ nice, vivid and helpful community.


Unfortunately the game has some flaws that sometimes might make you rage quit or commit suicide.

-CONS:
-the biggest con is desynchronisation between client and game server or simply laggs that might turn your free time you wanted to spend on relax into the festival of rage and tears. Losing 10% of experience at level 80 is pretty disappointing since it takes a bit of time to gain it, now imagine same thing happening few times in a row. Now try to imagine laggs killing you in hardcore league which means transfer of your character to normal server,
-this game becomes a bit repetitive after some time, especially before reaching end-game when you have to complete 3 acts with 3 different difficulty levels, this means doing same quests 3 times which may make you very exhausted. The other exhausting thing might be farming experience when you are underleveled. I quit this game few times before reaching level 70 and completing all the difficulty levels, however I found a solution for this problem - do not play alone, all you need is a friend on TeamSpeak!


I hope that I managed to describe this game generally, but I have to say one more thing: you will not be able to experience the game by reading others' reviews, just give it a try and you might fall in eternal love.
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503 of 534 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
972.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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.

Pros:
- 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

Cons:
- 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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384 of 411 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
As good as free-to-play gets. Access to an entire game of very high quality without spending anything. Plays more like Diablo 2 than Diablo 3. So good you'll feel bad if you don't give them some money.
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622 of 719 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
145.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Great action-adventure game. Allows very deep customisation of characters.
Removal of gold (basic currency item is an identify scroll) forces you to make choices about which items are really important to you. Higher-tier currency items allow you to customise your equipment in various ways, such as: making an item magic/rare, re-rolling modifiers, increasing base stats or changing the skills you can slot into them.

Purchasable stuff doesn't generally give large benefits - you start with 4 shared stash pages which is enough for casual play with a handful of characters. You can buy extras, although guilds don't start with any stash space so all guild tabs require purchase. Everything else is cosmetic.

Race events are interesting, as you can't keep anything you pick up once the race finishes it is very focussed on levelling and killing as quickly and efficiently as possible while staying alive (all race characters are hardcore).
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201 of 207 people (97%) found this review helpful
363.1 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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491 of 565 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
586.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Where to start... well this game is absolutely amazing, really. Of course if you like dungeon crawlers/actionRPG's you'll aprecciate it even more. I played in on beta time ago and enjoyed it, the final release is even better!!

It's TRULY free to play, you can only pay for some extra visual enhancements for items/skills which gives you not a single benefit on gameplay, shinier armor/weapons and pretty effects on weapons or skills for example. After you play for a while you'll even want to buy something to support the developers which made such a great job on the game. And keep doing it actually, they have periodic in-game events and update the game regularly with more legendary items and some other stuff.

Very Diablo II style, not the dissapointment that Diablo III was (IMHO). Only con for me would be always online as I don't have the most reliable internet, but since it's a free to play game it's hard to complain about that. Also, it might start a bit slow but give it a chance and it will become very very enjoyable, addictive maybe. It has the most complex and deepest skill system I've ever seen, it might get hard to get used to it at the beggining but it's a crucial part of the game being that special.

This game is a masterpiece.
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446 of 516 people (86%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
670.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This is how I protect my virginity. 10/10
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207 of 220 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
418.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
Not your typical F2P game. This is a company (Grinding Gear Games) who are devoted to their players. The game literally can be played, for free, without you being hindered in any way shape or form. Every skill, item, level, difficulty, everything is open. The cash shop is all cosmetic stuff (and its awesome).

The depth of the game is fantastic, and no two builds are ever the same! I highly recommend checking out the forums. Experienced players have wrote some fantastic guides for the passive tree and how to build a succesful character.

Ignore the comments such as "everyone uses the same op build" or "same op skills" because it couldn't be further from the truth. Go look for yourself, check out the leaderboards and there is a massive array of skills and builds that people have succesfully used.

The only negative point i have to say is, ingame trade could have been done better, HOWEVER, a website that is now widely used http://poe.xyz.is/ solves the trading spam and is fantastic for finding the items you need. So i guess that could take away half a negative point? :P

9.5/10

If you aren't playing this game, or at least given it a good number of hours, then you are missing out!
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1,722 of 2,112 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
103.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
Me and my Girlfriend started playing this, She went back to warframe i stayed and we stopped talking. After a week we broke up 10/10
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1,369 of 1,674 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
900.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
give me back my life.
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464 of 543 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
990.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
This game is everything Diablo 3 should've been - a true, modern sequel to Diablo 2. And best of all, it's run by a company that actually has ethics.
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526 of 624 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
406.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I've been waiting to have at least a month of playtime to write a review, but since day one you have pretty much everything you could expect from a game of this genre topped. I'm not a veteran of this kind of game by any means, only played Diablo 1, and not even a fan. With this game, it's a complete different story. Everything that went wrong with Diablo 1 that I can call out myself and Diablo 2 & 3 by others - as it's a constant comparison with the now ex-king of the genre - is made right in Path of Exile. It's even considered by some its rightful successor: what was expected from the latest Diablo title and just came out short. As Team Fortress 2 draws people from many likings into a first-person shooter, PoE has players who are not even that into RPG's, but there's something that lures them in: the lore, the scenery, the loot system... Something. Aside from the latency drawback, it's a game that has much to give to the hardcore players as to the casual ones. It's made by an indie company that actively hears their player base and deploys frequent content updates and fixes. Still not enough reasons to try it out? It's free to play, damn it!
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981 of 1,199 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2013
This is the game Diablo 3 should have been. If you're a former Diablo purist, obsessed with Diablo 2, ditch that poser called Diablo 3 and install Path of Exile. It's also a shining example of FREE-TO-PLAY done right! You can't even buy temporary boosts, everything is purely cosmetic. You only have to spend money if you want special effects or simply want to support some awesome devs.
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544 of 649 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
988.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2014
Woke up on a beach, talked to some dude who got killed by a zombie. Slapped the crap out of that zombie, then ran along the coast. Slapped the crap out of more zombies and crabs. Found a big zombie and slapped the crap out of him, too. Entered the town, got told to go an island.

On my way there, I slapped the crap out of some more zombies and crabs, as well as some cannibals. Found their cannibal leader on my way to slap the crap out of whatever was on the island. So I slapped the flaming crap out of her, too.

Got to the island, and slapped the crap out of more scrabblers, as well as some water-mud like things. Then found an ice cannibal and got frozen then killed before I could slap the ever loving daylights out of him. That was in open beta.

Now I'm throwing swords, leaping all over the place, Attacking insanely fast, and burning an undying sphincter.

I would absolutely reccomend this game. Very fun, very diverse. Way above average.

10/10 game, would burn more immortal sphincters
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313 of 365 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
It is rare to find a Free-to-Play game that ends up Free-to-Enjoy. Path of Exile is not only available to people of all wallet sizes, it ultimately manages to best it's AAA compettitors.
Diablo 3 is dead.
Long live the new king.
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351 of 415 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
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.

Rating:
8.5
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324 of 385 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,730.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Amazing game, 1,300+ Hours into it and not looking like I'll stop any time soon.
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1,062 of 1,387 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
108.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
If you like Diablo 3, uninstall it and play this for now on.
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156 of 180 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
303.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
This is what Diablo 3 should have been. I have been playing since the beta. I have yet to discover a lot of things in the game but still like this a lot. I would recommend this on any other ARPG.

Pros:
- Free to play with no pay to win
- This game will keep you entertained for long
- The community is very active
- Devs are a great bunch and listen to feedback actively
- Great Immersion
- Great Depth
- Regular content updates and patches
- Everything is slot-able. Skills, maps, etc.
- Lot of character build options

Cons
- The depth can be overwhelming for new players
- Games mechanics might take some time getting used to.
- Some skills have desync lags
- Kills your social life. :P
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