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 28

Build of the Week S06E03: djnat's Mistress of Agony

Today we have released the third episode of season six of Build of the Week. This week's character is a level 93 Ascendant Scion that devastates enemies with powerful Damage over Time effects. This results in a less burst-damage-oriented build that may have a slightly slower clearspeed than others, but is extremely reliable and sustainable. It's an excellent choice for solo play. Check out the video here!

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September 27

Atlas of Worlds Fan Art Competition Highlights

We're still one week away from the Atlas of Worlds Fan Art Competition deadline. Although it is not over yet, we'd like to showcase some of the highlights from the competition so far. There's still time to get your submissions in for a chance at some amazing prizes!

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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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62 of 87 people (71%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
>Downloads Path of Exile
>Plays
>Levels up
>Goes to put point into skill tree
>Sees skill tree
>Cums
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,173.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Still thinking where to put my first skillpoint..
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
754.2 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,986.9 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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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
372.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
BEST BALANCED GAME EVER AND ♥♥♥♥ YO, UPVOTE FOR 6 LINKS !
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FinestDeity
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
I played it. Didn't like it. Not the game for me. I'd rather be in third person. I also didn't like the complicated talent tree system. I'm not sure if that's changed since I played but even if it has I wouldn't try it again.
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Noxion
11.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
I can feel my new addiction starting to chip away at my life.
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gregory.hugi
16.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
Probably one of the best free-to-play (but without pay-to-win micro-transactions) games on the market right now. Difficulty scales appropriately, it is well balanced; the music is atmospheric but not dominant; it is a pretty game, even on lower graphics settings; simple enough to jump right in to, but labyrinthianly complex when you get really into it. The developers are online enough that it actually makes a difference too.

The only real gripes I can claim I have with the game are is that it is somewhat repetitive (although lets be honest, what games are not), it has a very nasty habit of desyncing in PvP and that there isn't enough maps. Overall worth playing though, especially if you're a fan of Diablo or the Dark Alliance games.

8.5/10
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Alfamale
57.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
Having a GREAT time playing this game, Cheers!!!
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Samyewl
9.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
Path of Diablo.... I mean Exile. This is the real Diablo 3. Blizzard couldn't get it right so here it is. If you want a Diablo 2 sequel this is it. ♥♥♥♥ing love this game. (Note: 1,000,000x better when playing high/drunk) (Y)
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Pruflas
99.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
Really Good Game!
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YamaKasin
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
Repetitive and bugged. Just another Diablo clone.
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$eppuku $aga
78.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
The software version of Crack cocaine 10/10
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Mika
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 28
desync: the game
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Jus Rha
1,894.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
10/10
great game with consistant content and quality of life updates.

Best loot based dungeon crawler ive ever played, some want to call this game p2w, but i'd highly advocate agaist that due to the fact that you can create multiple accounts for muling your gear, thats assuming you dont want to spend 10-15 dollars on more stash tabs after hitting late game content to play more efficiently.

FOR ANYONE STARTING FOR THE FIRST TIME - Read this!
-Path of exile's early game is extremely slow and wont feel fun til you start to get some levels, gear, or experience as it will help you alot with the early game. Ive had multiple friends play this game, most of which judged the game before even hitting maps and quit. Let me just tell you now, if you dont play this game to at least Tier:5-6 maps then you're definitely missing out, Maps are what I personally play for. Anyways, POE is a great game, which needs to be played for a good amount of time, before you judge the game, as the power of your character scales extremely as you level up.

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