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 (17,237 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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"My video is several years out of date but this f2p with an incredibly fair business model is a dark and grim Diablo-style aRPG that's worth your time."
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October 25

Weekend Stash Tab Bundle Sales!

We are running two sales on Stash Tab Bundles this weekend! For the first 24 hours (Saturday, PST), we've discounted Premium Stash Tab Bundles by 17.5%. On Sunday, Regular Stash Tab Bundles are discounted by 26.6%. Press M in-game to check them out! Thanks again for the generous support.

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October 23

Hideout of the Week Episode 5: The Decrepit Graveyard

Hideout of the Week is a video series that showcases awesome Hideouts created by Path of Exile community members. This week's hideout is an Unearthed Hideout called the Decrepit Graveyard. The author has created a hideout with a very cool atmosphere and several neat surprises. You can find out more information from the author's thread here.

To submit a Hideout for next week's episode, please post about it in the Hideouts forum.

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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
16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 6
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,385.0 hrs on record
Amazing game, 1,300+ Hours intro it and not looking like I'll stop any time soon.
Posted: October 19
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.7 hrs on record
Its a good co-op or solo fantasy game. It has a interesting story with fun campaigns (goals). Has great and creative enemies throughout the game. Its a fun and addictive game couldn't stop playing when I first downloaded it. If you like a fantasy game with elements, swords, archery and more of your typical fantasy game then I think this game would be for you.
Posted: October 9
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2,857.5 hrs on record
Like Diablo 2. It is free, tons to learn. Enough said.
Posted: September 29
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
What can be said for the game that has not already. I love this game, its challenging and fun, its free, and its a great joy to play with friends or fiends as the case may be. If you have not put this on your account, you really should!
Posted: October 5
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
175.8 hrs on record
A Rat's Nest for 22 Chaos? WHAT A STEAL!!!!
Posted: October 12
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
From the small amount of time that i have played this game, I cant get enough, too addicting, in fact its so addicting that I havnt showered in 2 days and the my family has disowned me, but hey I aint complaining, no stupid nagging for me.
And to be honest i have spent quite a fair amount of money on this game, some of the armour affects and whatnot are sweet.
No more money for me, i cant even afford to pay my board anymore
TFW game destroys your social life
:'^(

So buy this game if you have no social life and dont work, because this game will suck the day away

10/10
Posted: October 8
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
As a goatman I am offended they would name one of us as a 'bearded devil'. Where do you get off GrindingGearGames referring to my people as bearded devils? At what point did you think this would be okay?

I am offended and appauled, but I did enjoy the brutal gore that this game has offered. I would play game the again despite stereotyping goatmen as bearded devils.

4 out of 5 maaaaaaaaaaaahs
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Its a great game.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.8 hrs on record
Woops, I didn't write a review on this one?
Thus I, too, am to blame this gem didn't/doesn't get the audience it deserves.
Yes, I also don't trust Free-to-Play games. I don't like the business model and I don't like the way their gameplay mechanics function.
This, however, is one of the few games which are TRUELY free-to-play. This game is so fair you almost feel bad if you don't pay anything (maybe that's how they get you to spend your money... ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!). The things you can buy are purely decorative except for cheap extra space in your item chest (but it's already so big you don't even need it if you just play through the game once or twice).
So yeah, what you get absolutely for free here is a full game and there's nothing that feels cheap about it. It does have a rather classical feel, though. Actually, this is the only other game which gave me that Diablo II feeling. It's not the same and Path of Exile has a lot of good gameplay ideas and a whole fantasy world of its own, so don't expect a clone.
It's been a while now that I've played through it and I cannot really point out any details about what I liked especially and what bothered me, but I do remember I had a good time with this and if you liked Diablo II you should really give this one a try.
Because it has had some big updates and new content since I've stopped playing I might pick it up again soon. Maybe playing alongside you guys because co-op playing works quite well also :)
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
102.1 hrs on record
Path of Exile is everything and much much more than you'd expect in the average dungeon crawler. It has all the best aspects from competing titles, and does it so well. The community is very helpful and they never bad mouth a person asking a simple question. Would play over Diablo III anyday 8.8/10
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
126.9 hrs on record
An excellent game, before you take into consideration the fact that it's completely free. When you add that and the fact that this is a rare free-to-play which isn't pay to win with developpers that have an outstanding work ethic, it becomes amazing.

Not only is the game good, but it keeps getting better. It's a bit hard to get into with its daunting passive skill grid and obscure currency system, but the huge and very helpful community makes the introduction a breeze. This is quite simply the best hack & slash arpg I have ever played (and I've spent a lot of time on those since Diablo 1).
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,002.1 hrs on record
Got leaped by Goats, rhoad from Rhoas, smashed by Vaal and touched by God.

10/10

Look at this playtime and this is only on steam statistics. I have played a bit more on the standalone client.. Iam a lost poor soul wandering in dark places..
GG GGG!!

This Game really breaks it. You will come to the point where you have to deceide if you get some sleep before work or get some levels in a new league. Its very addictive and replayable for an ARPG and its straight forwarded to partyplay where you will get the most fun out of it.
Hell then you might even start HC and show wreaclast what supremacy thru insomnia means.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
I love this game!
What makes it even better is that it's
New Zealand made :)

Great!

Unique Style,
good mmo
great for playing with friends.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.2 hrs on record
33.5Hrs in and I am 2/3 throught my second play through on a higher difficulty.
So whats good?:
Graphics +
Sound +
Learning Curve ++
Multi Player +
Items and Skills +
Lore +
So whats not so good?:
Desync --
Online Always --
So lets add up the total 7 +'s 4 -'s thats a rating of +++ Very Good! So 3 +'s = a rating out of 10 to be: 7.5/10
I would like there to be more content BUT I have not done PVP, CTF, Duel, Hardcore... Wait thats a lot of content and I am 33+ Hrs into the game... Man I need more coffee :D
Much Respect to all the backers of the game makes for the worlds longest credits. I sat through 31 mins of them and three are a lot more. Loved the credit music!
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.9 hrs on record
Plus:

-Devs seem to really care for their game.
-The replay value is pretty good.
-Stetically comfortable (sounds and skills effects arent overwhelming).
-Complex.
-Hard (if you're not used to the game it WILL make you rage).

Cons:

-Desynch...
-Some rubberbanding if you are far away from the main servers.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Definitely one of the best RPGs I've played in a long time. It's fun, addicting, easy to get into. Once you start you'll wonder where the hours have gone just playing. I've already spent many a night just staying up until the wee hours of dawn cos I've gotten so addicted. It's pretty bad.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
511.2 hrs on record
Path of Exile is a very niche(IMO) Action RPG that is unique in more ways than it is similar to other games of the genre. High replayability, races, constant content and balance updates, and dev's that really listen to their supporters and players. This game is free, and is probably the only free to play game I've ever played that I personally believe should NOT be free. This game is easily worth at least a 20-30 dollar price tag. If you enjoyed Diablo 2 (NOT 3) then you will get more than your fair share of enjoyment from this gem of a game. 2 thumbs and big toes up!
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
A very fun game and its all free, and not to mention that it is a free-to-play game that has only cosmetic items for sale, that and more storage slots for items, and character slots. That being said it gives you quite a lot of storage space as well as character slots, its almost a completly free game. I fully recommend this game to any and everybody.
Posted: October 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
911.2 hrs on record
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...
Posted: October 24
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