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 24

ZiggyD's Slivertongue Unique Reveal

Last week ZiggyD showcased the Guardian of the Hydra fight and teased one of the unique drops from this boss, the Slivertongue Unique Harbinger Bow. He's created a video to reveal Slivertongue in full detail, including some insights of its design from the development team!

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August 24

Detailed Atlas Mechanics

We've designed the new Atlas of Worlds end-game experience to be easy for Path of Exile players to get into. Most things work exactly the same way as before, with the Atlas providing an extra layer of progression tracking and customisation on top. As next week's launch approaches, some players have been asking for more information about how certain aspects work. Today's news post delves into specific detail and features a beginner's guide to using the Atlas by ZiggyD!

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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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Beast Master 64
7.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
It was pretty good, but it didn't even come close to the witcher 3...
So yeah go get it man
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pkbox
834.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better than games.....
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Fragnar_Lothbruk
33.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
This game is good, I just stopped playing when my double rapier build was deleted--the gems and weapons just abruptly gone for no reason from my character. I might start playing again since the sting of that has worn off a bit, but be warned.
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FlowHolz.
1,069.2 hrs
Posted: August 25
After ~1,1k Hours on Steam and probably around 600 more before Path of Exile was released on steam, i can say this game is really incredible, the amount of effort GGG puts into the game every year, with their promise of throwing out an expansion every 6 months/half a year is amazing. Although Leagues may or may not be everyones thing its still something new every couple of months, some of them even getting into the main game, thus staying forever. This game probably offers one if not even the most individuallity you can ever get in a game, the passive tree alone gives you such a huge variety of ♥♥♥♥ you can play around with its incredible, Uniques playing into that aswell. Yes, new players may see the tree and be like na ♥♥♥♥ it too much for me, but thats whats also good, because you WILL need time to understand this game and if they aren't even capable of taking the tree they probably couldnt take the game as a whole anyway.

The Performance is bad ? Yes, atleast kind of. They are constantly trying to increase the performance through players feedback etc. Looking at triple A titles, if you report their performance being ♥♥♥♥ nothing is going to change for 2 months probably, GGG goes at it ASAP.

Free 2 play ? Oh lord, its not. Why ? Because if you sink into this game you are probably going to buy a Supporter Pack just to keep GGG doing what they are doing, im probably sitting at 400 Bucks overall right now, with more to come caused by the new Atlas of Worlds expansion.

Should you play ? Depends, do you like ARPG's ? Then yes for sure. Never played one ? Still play it, but use guides and tutorials, because this aint a Noob-ARPG like Diablo 3 for example. PoE has a tutorial but its kinda bad. It tell's you the REAL basics which is walking attacking and putting gems into your items. There aint no hold-handing tutorial at all.

Overall PoE is probably the best game for me on the market right now, and that its free just makes it way better. Prob gonna be my go-to game for several more years to come due to GGG updating atleast every year.
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[SiÇ]Ninja
554.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
I dont like this game (see hours played.)
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alexcory
274.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
I recently came back to this game cause of a friend from work. And they have changed alot, granted it does take some getting used to.

Probably the closest game I'm used to is Diablo 3, and the mechanics of the game are entirely different and perhaps overwhelming to new players. But if you keep pushing it, and make it to end-game content. It can be really good. However, I will say, you'll need friends to play too in order to have some replayability.

So what's different between this and Diablo 3?

1. No generic gold
The game doesn't have one specific currency item per se. It has multiple, in fact, it has over 20 at least. Items are purchased or sold on a barter system instead of gold. Some people shy away from this but its actually pretty easy to deal with once you discover http://poe.trade ;-)

2. All skills unlocked
Unlike Diablo 3, you can pretty much cast any skill you want as long as you have the stats for it. A wizard(witch) can use melee skills, and a warrior(maraduer) can use spells. The only thing holding you back is stats and gear slots.

3. Skill customization
Gear can come with a certain number of slots. which as you progress in the game can be linked together. These colored slots are where you socket your skills to cast. But there are also "support skill" gems. These support skill gems can be VERY OP at times such as turning that one fire arrow into a spreadshot. Or making your attacks so fast you can't tell how many attacks you just did with just one button press. The options are practically endless.

4. Skill tree
In addition to gear and skills, there is a HUGE skill tree. A sort of "connect the dots" interface in order to get the stats and abilities you want. This is the biggest problem for me quite frankly, because I never know what to pick lol. But I like the fact that it gives you so many options to choose from. I generally pick a cookie cutter build and just follow that, then when I reach end-game I can use refund points to tweak it the way I like it. But hey, you have the option to not follow a cookie cutter build if you really want to.

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These are just a few things that I enjoy about the game. And I do like it alot. And hey, its free to play so it doesn't hurt to at least try it right?

I will warn you ahead of time though, you should probably follow a cookie cutter build if you're new to the game. Sometimes "just winging it" will make you hit a wall where you just can't level up anymore. If you die, you can lose experience and that can make it difficult to level. Following a cookie cutter build helps to ensure that its been tested before and makes progression somewhat easier.

Go here to pick a cookie cutter build: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/ under the "classes/builds" section. Make sure the post date is relatively new too.

My fav build so far: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1623489

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Oh, and one more thing, the game has a loot filter. There is ALOT OF LOOT!!! So you'll probably want to filter out the junk. It's easy to setup too, just drop the .filter file into the folder they tell you to put it. Go here to get it: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1246208 Then in-game, go to the UI menu and select it.
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Puns and Proses
31.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Path of Exile is The Robb Stark of Action RPGs - beat Diablo 3 in every battle, yet still lost the war. Love it though!
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Rask Vann
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Excellent little diablo clone. Good with friends. Graphics are dated and setting is quite grim.
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NÃO SOU HACK VEI
28.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
SOCIAL LIFE LOST
PS:Î LOST MY WIFE BECAUSE THIS GAME
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k.bartlett
31.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Too much loot you cant use....no place in your bag for loot...Bad maps.

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64 of 67 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
156.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Imagine yourself exiled to a grimdark fantasy Australia where nothing stays dead and you start with a rusty sword or a driftwood club or the like.

Welcome to Wraeclast, land of darkness, crappy loot and addictive, ARPG gameplay. To some, Path of Exile is merely regarded as the anti-Diablo 3. While it is true that it takes a very different route in the evolutionary path of the ARPG, to call it a better game, or a worse one, or even the "real Diablo 3" all fail to accurately describe it, though that being said the similarities to Diablo 2 are noticable, down to minute details like the scrolling NPC dialogue boxes and the translucent map overlay. In terms of combat difficulty Path of Exile is actually roughly analogous to Diablo 3. Where it greatly defers in its character progression. Where in Diablo 3 you unlock skills and passives in a linear fashion and can swap them around freely, Path of Exile has a unique, wide-open and very daunting system based around active skill gems and web of passive skills.

I was actually scared away from the game at first simply because I didn't think I had the smarts for it. Path of Exile defies several common mechanics of Diablolikes. There is no limited item durability, but most uniquely there is no money: items are instead traded for crafting ingredients, with scraps of identify scrolls representing the lowest denomination of value. Each of the game's seven character classes have no actual abilities- these are instead tied to the skill gems, which in the style of Final Fantasy's materia crystals are slotted into color-matched slots on your gear, all of which has at least one of these slots. None of these gems are dependent on class but they are dependent on one of only three core stats: strength, dexterity or intelligence, each color coded and tied to an elemental damage type, fire, ice or lightning. Equipment drops you find will usually be of the lowest quality (anther contrast with Diablo 3, which in its current state makes a point of giving you good, class-flavored equipment drops), but any piece of equipment can be modified to a usable state using crafting items- that being said, you will eventually be required to do this as the ratio of good quality, level-appropriate drops starts out ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and only gets worse as you progress, and it will frustrate you.

Potions are not stacked the disposable ton but are equipment unto themselves, slotted into your belt with random stats of their own, and charged by defeating enemies- making Path of Exile the only ARPG I know of to have legendary-quality potion bottles! By far the most interesting feature is the skill tree, which is really more of a skill spider web, with all passive abilities earned in the game tied to nodes on the web. Each of the seven classes begins at a certain point on this web near nodes flavored to them, but each can eventually be built in virtually any way you want, to use any weapons, gear and skill gems in the game.

Your character does not gain attribute points automatically on a level up, merely a single skill point, which can be spent on a +10 boost to an attribute or something flashier, like attack speed, life drain. The web is laid out as sort of a highway with exits leading to cul-de-sacs, which often contain powerful capstone passives that add things like 20% faster mana regen, but require an investment of skill points to unlock the nodes leading to them. You will need to strike a balance between raising your stats and obtaining critical passive skills. This is where the hidden challenge of the game comes in, though: while virtually any build works just fine for Normal difficulty, on higher ones the game outright punishes you for any poor build choices, though thankfully respecs are plentiful enough that you have at least some room to experiment. I have played through each of the classes at least once, on Normal difficulty, as the game follows the Diablo 2 style progression where beating the game on one difficulty allows you to progress to then next in a linear fashion. I found myself enjoying each in their own way, but found myself most comfortable using a Duelist (the strength/dexterity hybrid class) built for fast, hard attacks with two-handed swords.

For a free game, the depth of customization, quality of music, sound and voice work, the developer's commitment to non-pay-to-win cash shop items and the overall quality of the game in general is remarkable. The game has received a number of large content updates since launch, all free, including end-game random dungeon generation, a number of NPC crafters with reputation missions, and most notably an entire fourth story act bringing the game to a spectacular, blood-soaked conclusion. If you love ARPGs but perhaps crave more stat-crunching, min-maxing, and build challenge then Diablo 3 can provide, Path of Exile may be just what you're looking for. For me, it offered exactly what I loved most about Diablo 3- non-stop, click-mashing action in a dark fantasy universe with plenty of zombies, skeletons, monsters, misshapen horrors and some truly despicable villains I could really, really hate. Take a journey into nightmare, and walk the Path of Exile with me. You won't regret it.
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64 of 72 people (89%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
Recommended
4,287.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
I think it ruined my life...
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
6,377.8 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
431.7 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,610.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
With great knowledge comes great power.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
67.1 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
3 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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