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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September 26

Carnage Box Videos and Development Manifesto

Here it is! The second set of Carnage Mystery Box individual microtransaction videos. We also wanted to draw attention to a recent development manifesto, which confirms that we'll be restructuring Path of Exile's difficulty levels for the 3.0.0 expansion release next year.

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September 25

The Plan for Upcoming 2.4.x Patches

There are three 2.4.x patches lined up over the next six weeks. We don't know the exact timing of these patches yet, but it is probably safe to assume that we'll be releasing one approximately every two weeks. Today's news gives some details!

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“PC Game of the Year 2013”
9 – Gamespot

“Path of Exile distinguishes itself with a unique ability system based on gems and a labyrinthine passive skill system that permits the creation of almost any type of character.”
8.8 – IGN

“Everything you wanted from Diablo 3 - and more”
PC Gamer Magazine October 2013

About This Game

You are an Exile, struggling to survive on the dark continent of Wraeclast, as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by hardcore gamers, Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in a dark fantasy world. With a focus on visceral action combat, powerful items and deep character customization, Path of Exile is completely free and will never be pay-to-win.

Key Features

  • Freedom. Power. Revenge.
    Banished for your misdeeds to the dark, brutal world of Wraeclast, you play as the Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow or the Scion class. From forsaken shores through to the ruined city of Sarn, explore Wraeclast and uncover the ancient secrets waiting for you.
  • Unlimited Character Customization
    Create and customize hundreds of unique skill combinations from tradable itemized gems and our gigantic passive skill tree. Combine skill gems, support gems and trigger gems to create your own unique combination of power, defense and destruction.
  • Deadly Missions
    The Forsaken Masters each have their own style of mission and each of these missions has many variations. As you explore deeper into Wraeclast, the pool of available variations increases to challenge you in new ways. All of the Missions and their variations can occur anywhere in the game, including within end-game Maps.
  • Dressed to Kill
    Path of Exile is all about items. Find, collect and trade magic, rare and unique items with arcane properties, then customize your character build around the deadliest combinations you possess.
  • Brutal Competitive Play
    Battle in PvP tournaments seasons and Capture the Flag events for worldwide recognition. Compete in Daily Leagues and Race Events that run as separate game worlds with their own ladders and economies to win valuable prizes.
  • Customise Your Hideout
    ​In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the Forsaken Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout. Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options. Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
  • Fair-To-Play. Never Pay-To-Win.
    We're committed to creating a fair playing field for all players. You cannot gain gameplay advantage by spending real money in Path of Exile.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7/8
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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53 of 74 people (72%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
>Downloads Path of Exile
>Levels up
>Goes to put point into skill tree
>Sees skill tree
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Path of Exile in 2016 holds up. At first I gave the game a postive for it's "simple start" I (and many others) called this game the Diablo III game that it should've been. Hence why i gave the game postive. However, as time went on, I felt Path of Exile didn't really phase me as much as it did back then. I believe the game needed some improvements to make the game better. Those did came, however it needed more so much more. Hence the downvote on my second take on the game.

Now we come to 2016. After a few years since its launch how does it hold up now? It holds up really well. The community and development team is really involve in making this game fun for the "vintage Diablo" fans who like the gritty and horror appeal.

Now things seem to be updated in terms of it's combat, magic and rouge gameplay. Daily activites, etc. My only issue is a real ironclad social venue of sorts. It's kind of there but it's a bit clunky and needs a bit of an improvement.

If you want a Free-to-Play game with a vintage Diablo apporach. I FULLY recommend this.
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Hands down one of the best games I've ever played during my 15-year plus history of video games (~850 games owned) - definitely beats Diablo III, Grim Dawn, and all other this genre's games in my opinion. Those are for casual ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, this is the real ♥♥♥♥.

Path of Exile has an amazing atmosphere, really diverse enemies and maps, incredible amounts of depth and complex, the biggest talent tree I've seen in any game by far, and thousands of hours of content - all for free! Absolutely no real money required - only cosmetic items, more stash space (which there's enough already, mind you), and more character slots (default 24 - more than enough) can be bought using real money. And the game is so complicated that even after 100h+ of game time I'm still learning tons of new stuff all the time, and I believe I keep learning for the next 500 hours at least!

The devs are also god-tier (and by that I don't mean nonexistent, but ♥♥♥♥ing awesome), which is nowadays more important than ever. None of that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t early access, paid DLC, season passes, new sequels coming out each year (Call of Duty I'm watching you), or any other "modern" video game industry ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. The devs have listened to the playerbase since the very beginning of development, and made the game the way people want it to be. They still update the game very often, and it's not just bugfixes but a lot of new content. They've already released five DLC - which all are completely free, of course, adding hundreds of hours of content. I'm sick of these ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥ developers like No Man's Sky's or ARK's, who don't listen to their players and release some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t DLC while the game is still in early access and they're just lazy little ♥♥♥♥s who don't even develop the game anymore or fix the horrible optimization or bugs, and treat the playerbase like ♥♥♥♥. PoE's developers are on a completely different level - perfect opposite of those piece of ♥♥♥♥ developers that nowadays exist way too much.

This game should be on "most played" or "top seller" list - not some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ARK's DLC. ♥♥♥♥ ARK, ♥♥♥♥ its developers. This is 100% honest an awesome game with awesome devs, and I was more than happy to support the developers by buying some cosmetic stuff with real money. Keep up the good work! This is what modern video game industry should be like!
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
If I walked up to you on the street, slathered in mayonnaise and speckled with locusts, and told you I could give you a game that was like Diablo 2 but better - you would be listening.

If I dragged my bad leg as I clumsily walked away from you, dripping mayo and locusts on the ground behind me, you would follow. All the while, I'm whispering things under my breath - "deeper customization", "incredible build variety", "great loot system"...

If I dropped my tattered pants to my ankles, squatted down and began to pile excrement on the ground below me while singing "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon, you would certainly be close to walking away. I mean, I am singing "Use Somebody".

My point is that even in such a bizarre situation, the promise of a game that is deeper, more rewarding, more varied and dare I say... more enjoyable than Diablo 2 is too tempting to pass up. No amount of mayonnaise, locust or feces will keep you from hearing more.

Now I did say free earlier, and that's because the game is free. You know, the other reason you had to follow me down that dark alleyway.

Get on with it? Okay, sorry, I will.

If you would go to such great lengths to hear more about this game, then why would you not just click download on Steam and give it a try. I guess that was my point all along. You have no reason not to download it and try. So just uhhh, finish that BLT you're eating. The one with the mayonnaise in it.

Yeah. Okay. Now go push download. Yep. Good job. Enjoy.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1,171.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Still thinking where to put my first skillpoint..
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
740.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Ive been playing this game since it was first conceived over 7 years ago. well over 2000 hours before steam, It is a beautiful game that blizzard wished they could have developed. Its got a splash of everything great, little issues and most of all the content updates are out of this world. I would glady pay 60$ for this game rather than D3, I want this game to have my babies.

11/10 would unplug granny for more support packs.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,982.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
I don't know what Blizzard is doing or why are their heads so far up their behind, but Path of Exile is what we expected from Diablo 3 when we were waiting for it and as time went on, Diablo 3 only got worse and worse, simpler and dumber.

On the other hand it seems like with every patch, league and DLC, Path of Exile becomes a better and more mature game. It is precisely crafted for the people who love ARPGs and aren't afraid to dive deep.

It has everything you loved in Diablo 2 and sooo much more. The biggest downsides in PoE are probably the massive learning curve and the fact gameplay feels very slow and clunky in the beginning, a big reason why many people quit before they even understand it. Once you break through this entrance barrier, you can say goodbye to your social life.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
1,645.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Top DH in D3 Ladder and yet after trying PoE once I completetly stopped playing D3.

PoE offers so much more with the most amazing Dev team working on it.

Can only recommend.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Like Diablo II? Then get this. Didn't? Then try it anyway - for the extremely reasonable price of zero bucks you get one of the best games in the genre (the microtransactions are cosmetic or stash space, no P2W here). Highly recommended
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
372.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
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J Don
150.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
Ten Thousand Lamentations To My Free Time

Oh, harken ye grinder of random loots, seek solace in a free game that is not limited by its in game purchases! Pay heed my words: pay or nay changes not the play! Real world bucks only get you shiny things and pets (and expanded character storage) not any real in-game edge.

Insane replayability: make lots of characters and/or keep leveling that same toon up to 99.

Mad mad mad time spent playing. Stay within a few levels of the surrounding area or loot drops are not useful (well, beyond currency)

If Cook's champagne is Diablo 2 this thing is Dom Perignon.
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211.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Wonderful game love it aside form the fact that no matter what it freezes up randomly due to the fact that they dont have very good optimization. This game would be so much better if it didnt have this issue
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74.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
I could write a long winded word why this game is so good, but i'm going to keep it simple. Also because i feel lazy.

This is basically the best Diablo 2 clone around, and it happens to be free. Really free, since every microtransaction is cosmetic.

Besides, the game has more depth that every other game in this genre combined. Really, it's ridiculous. Did I tell you it's free?
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10.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
This game is the true spiritual successor to Diablo 2. The gameplay is smooth, the character development is great, and the customization is well executed. If you're a fan of old school ARPGs, you owe it to yourself to try Path of Exile!
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41.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Path of Exile and trove are best mmos ever :D
download this game if you like mmo games
very good game
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180.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Very neat and cool game.
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1,214.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
Diablo 3 should have been this game.
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book of Joshua
3,250.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
This game is like an inexpensive lady of the evening.
She will succ the soul out of your wingdangdoodle...then rob you and leave you naked in a ditch somewhere.
But it's still worth it.

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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
So I checked this game out because of how many recommendations there were online about this game. I looked at the skills tree and was so excited to play because of the endless possibilities that could be my character. I had a steady 60 fps in-game on high settings. However, the lag I experienced in-game was unbearable; it rendered the game unplayable for me. Every few seconds my character would freeze up and I would die because there wasn't anything I could do. None the less the game still looks amazing and was fun apart from the lag I experienced, so I still recommend it! I don't experience lag spikes in any other online game; nor do I experience it in games similar to this one. You all know what games I'm talking about. Really wish I could play this game, maybe I'll come back to it later on and check it out again.

Computer specs:

CPU: Intel i7 6700k
GPU: Nvidia GTX 960 SSC (4GB GDDR5) Clock: 1279 MHz & Memory Clock: 7010 MHz
Memory: 2x8GB (16GB) 3200MHz
Storage: 250GB SSD & 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
Power: 650 Watt Gold
OS: Windows 10
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Mr Winky
964.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
I've been playing this game since open beta, and have logged over 1k hours if you count usage on the non-steam client.

This game is ACTUALLY FREE. No p2w garbage.

I love the gameplay, the mechanics, and the devs. Over the years, the devs have continually added more content that keeps me coming back to play.

I've read a bunch of the negative reviews, and I must say that many of the complaints have been fixed, or at least addressed:

Desync? Lockstep.
Can't farm specific loot? Divination cards.
Don't like Acquisition? In-game item listing now supported.
All characters feel the same? Ascendancy classes.
Crafting is too random? Essences & Masters crafting
Not enough end game? Atlas of Worlds

keep rocking it, GGG
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