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  • Summary: Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. They're a small independent team of hardcore gamers based in New Zealand and have created Path of Exile as the game that they'd want to play themselves. It is designed around a strong barter-based online itemPath of Exile is an online Action RPG set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. They're a small independent team of hardcore gamers based in New Zealand and have created Path of Exile as the game that they'd want to play themselves. It is designed around a strong barter-based online item economy, deep character customisation, competitive PvP and ladder races. The game is completely free and will never be "pay to win". [Grinding Gear Games] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. May 9, 2014
    100
    Grinding Gear Games has created something special here, and given it gratis to the world.
  2. Nov 4, 2013
    94
    For a free title, knocked together by a small team, it's stunning just how much it blows the opposition away. They have taken what was wrong with the genre and fixed it; what was right, they have made even better.
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    90
    Considering that Path of Exile costs you nothing beyond some Internet bandwidth, it provides an embarrassment of pleasures.
  4. Oct 30, 2013
    85
    If Path of Exile were a priced game, it would have been very, very good. But it's beyond any expectations: fun, addictive, completely free to play and worth every penny Grinding Gear Games is not asking.
  5. Nov 18, 2013
    85
    Hack’n Slay as its best. First you’ll think “this is just another diablo-copy”, but when you begin to get into the game deeper, you’ll be surprised. It has the most powerful and individual character-system you’ll ever see in an action-rpg so far. Moreover, all game-content is 100% free to play, no hidden “pay2win” in the shop.
  6. Jan 3, 2014
    80
    Path of Exile surprises in many aspects. Speaking of an action Diablo-style RPG, it's considered a chestnut. However, the New Zealand developers pleased us with complexity, ideas, and especially with unique gameplay.
  7. Oct 25, 2013
    70
    I can't say what their future holds as I'm not much of an economist (nor am I really a magpie). But I can say I've had many, many hours of fun in a game that still has much more to show me and which all of us, right now, can play for nothing at all. We're being spoiled.

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  1. Negative: 51 out of 398
  1. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    POE is the deepest aRPG slasher ever made. It uses some tested ideas while introducing highly innovative systems and end-game mechanics. ToPOE is the deepest aRPG slasher ever made. It uses some tested ideas while introducing highly innovative systems and end-game mechanics. To put it straight
    Path of Exile is AAA+ game FREE of charge. No pay to win. Grind to win!

    The game is quite polished already future announcements make you connected to Wreaclast even more. Devs give their best, the rapport is great and from what i've seen in the past year the were 25+ patches, constant tweaking with the mechanics, skill tree* and skills.
    Dedication is the way Grinding Gear works. They way they introduce changes clearly shows how they care.
    *The sheer size of the skill tree is a guarantee jaw drop if seen for the first time
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  2. Nov 2, 2013
    10
    Path of exile is a breath of fresh air for the ARPG genre as a whole. The shear depth to the passive skill tree (over 1300 different nodes)Path of exile is a breath of fresh air for the ARPG genre as a whole. The shear depth to the passive skill tree (over 1300 different nodes) and the insane amount of item and skill customization truly means that no two characters will be the same! Currency in the game comes in the form of orbs which are a sink at every level of the game, and can drop at any level in the game an amazing concept that removes rampant inflation that usually occurs in online ARPG games, eventually rendering the currency worthless after several months of the game going live. I am excited about this game. My friends are excited about this game. And I am not on the hype train anymore this game is the real deal. Great job on releasing a complete game Grinding Gear Games! Its a rare feat that even some of the largest AAA developers have failed to wrap their minds around. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2013
    10
    Awesome game. The gameplay ant story line is awesome. There is very big list of items you can get, and visual content of the game is very highAwesome game. The gameplay ant story line is awesome. There is very big list of items you can get, and visual content of the game is very high quality. The graphics are stunning. The PVP in the game is really really balanced and fun to play. To complete the quest you can invite people to help you. And you can feel that game is alive with people. They game is not Pay for win, everything is balanced. They payable items with real money is just visual, they dont affect your character. Really fun to play game. I hope in the future it will succeed. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2018
    9
    I have nothing but positive things to say about this game. While only being a casual player of it, the amount of devotion and work that wentI have nothing but positive things to say about this game. While only being a casual player of it, the amount of devotion and work that went into it and continues to go int o the development by Grinding Gear Games is to be applauded. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2013
    9
    Just stumbled across this piece of art while checking metacritic.
    Played for several hours now and really enjoy it. It has that great dark
    Just stumbled across this piece of art while checking metacritic.
    Played for several hours now and really enjoy it. It has that great dark feeling, as the setting is really well chosen, interesting and new (to me). I just love being able to game a real badass. (Not someone who got captured and didn't do anything...)

    Hack 'n Slay at it's best.

    Also fine that you're not forced to game it 'multiplayer' (my zombie minions are enough company to me ;))

    So, if you like hack 'n slay, want it diablo-style but diffrerent, you really should give it a try. I mean... hey, it's free.
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  6. Sep 29, 2017
    8
    This is a pretty good ARPG with a steep unforgiving learning curve. It is nearly mandatory to play this multiplayer as difficulty spikes fromThis is a pretty good ARPG with a steep unforgiving learning curve. It is nearly mandatory to play this multiplayer as difficulty spikes from various bosses make this more or less impossible to beat without other players. Most builds will rely on only two type of attacks and maybe one skill to increase mobility. Having a clear idea about what you want to build and what gear you need is also required to make it to the end game. The currency system is pure bartering, making selling and trading items a bit of a guessing game. Online play can also have lag, especially at peak times. Still, if you can get past the eccentricities, the game can be surprisingly deep. Unique items and highly varied skills create a huge variety of viable builds, making battles into fascinating spectacles. Expand
  7. Feb 23, 2020
    0
    I tried to get into this game but I failed many times, no doubt it this game had decent end game compared to other ARPGs but in one of thoseI tried to get into this game but I failed many times, no doubt it this game had decent end game compared to other ARPGs but in one of those attempts I got to act 4, had no idea what was happening since story is delivered in boring way and probably the story itself is isn't good. That in combination with combat not feeling good due to animations, outdated engine and many other tiny details made me so bored that my blood pressure dropped so low that I was barely able to keep my eyes open, never in my life I felt so sleepy without being sleep deprived. It's so sad that this is by many best ARPG, hopefully POE 2 is big step up. Expand

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