DescriptionPath of Exile is a role-playing game with action combat; Diablo style. The game starts on the monster-infected continent Wraeclast where only criminals get sent to. The player is one of them and has to find a way to survive. The plot plays only a very small role while progressing through the three acts with changing backdrops; the focus is clearly on slicing through masses of monsters. To do so, the player either clicks on enemies with the standard attack or uses special attacks which require mana. After all enemies are down - if necessary, the player uses potions (which automatically fill up when killing enemies) to refresh up health, mana or other bonuses - the rewards are experience points and loot which may be equipped to improve the character's statistics. The next step is to visit the hub area, use vendors to get rid of unnecessary loot and speak with people for the next main or side quest which requires the death of a lot of monsters.
The game tries to separate itself from contemporary competition like Diablo III with a complex skill system. Each level up rewards points to use on the passive skill tree with about 1350 entries - the chosen class (overall seven) only changes the starting point; otherwise development is free. Those skills influence the character's statistics, resistances, weapon proficiencies, attack speed, etc. Active skills are activated by using looted gems in equipment sockets - each socket and gem has a color representing the three basic statistics strength, dexterity and intelligence. Both colours have to be identical, but on the other hand gems can be removed without penalty. Another kind of gems are support gems which go into a special socket and grant bonuses to the active skills of the item, e.g. bigger radius. Gems level up with the player character. Orbs, the game's currency, can also be used to upgrade weapons with random results.
This is a persistent universe (mostly instanced), but all content can be accessed alone. If desired, players can join up to play the campaign together or participate in competitive modes (deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag). Leagues are similar to servers in other MMOs, restrict which other players can be interacted with and may have different rules or competitions.
Path of Exile is a free-to-play game and supports itself with an in-game shop where player can play items for real money. With a few exceptions (bigger off-character storage, more character slots and paid leagues with custom rules), the offers are purely cosmetically.
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- GameStar/GamePro (Germany)
- 2013 – #3 Best RPG of the Year (Readers' Vote)
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- Path of Exile (official website)