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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: 62 out of 425
  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 13, 2013
    10
    An amazing aRPG from an awesome, and dedicated developer. This game is everything I wanted Diablo 3 to be, and so much more. It brought backAn amazing aRPG from an awesome, and dedicated developer. This game is everything I wanted Diablo 3 to be, and so much more. It brought back that loot addiction I had when I would play Diablo 2. The build diversity that is possible in this game is just insane, and allows for the ability to almost never see the same build twice. (Unless you copy a cookie cutter build). The community is also awesome. The developers actually care about their fans, and are constantly updating the game with new skills, items, races, and content. And to top it all off the game comes the nice price of free 99. It is absolutely one of my most played, and favorite games of this generation. Thank you GGG. Expand
  3. Oct 25, 2013
    10
    Chris Wilson and Grinding Gear Games has done everything right. I cannot think of a game in the last 5+ years that I have enjoyed more thenChris Wilson and Grinding Gear Games has done everything right. I cannot think of a game in the last 5+ years that I have enjoyed more then this 1. Having played the beta for almost 2 years now, the best compliment that I can give it's developers is that I trust them, which is something I do not say bout game developers...ever. They patch content regularly to keep things fresh and create leagues to keep competition fresh as well. I cannot recommend this game enough. I use the term "game" loosely because in reality I think what they did here was create a world, and let a bunch of game players loose in it. The character development is refreshingly complex and simple at the same time. Please people, if you have zero dollars to spare try this game out. That's right it is free and it is NOT pay to win. The only thing you can buy are cosmetics. But if you are like me, then you'll want to spend a little money just as a thank you to GGG for doing such an amazing job. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2016
    9
    Offering a well thought out and deep Action RPG at the price point of free, where merely cosmetic changes and increased stash space (from anOffering a well thought out and deep Action RPG at the price point of free, where merely cosmetic changes and increased stash space (from an already generous size) comes at a small cost, this game is hard to miss for an ARPG fan.

    It is reminding me more of Diablo 2 than Diablo 3 does, with its gloomy atmosphere that embraces theorycrafting thanks to its depth and skill combinations. Unfortunately, even the game's downside with no purpose-built trading system other than chat does.

    Performance with server desync glitches and subpar framerate have been reported but I have so far not experienced any desyncs and there is a major patch to substantially improve framerates in testing. Having said that, playing in 1080p with a Geforce GTX 970 level graphics card is not a problem at all like usual, so this should not be a huge issue for anything close to modern systems.
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  5. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    Better than Diablo III -
    Gameplay 10
    Design 8,5 Bugs only a few item rarity 9 - skill tree 10
    Better than Diablo III -
    Gameplay 10
    Design 8,5
    Bugs only a few
    item rarity 9 -
    skill tree 10
    complex 8,5
    tuning mod for items 10

    so all in all for a free to play 9 91%
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  6. Nov 28, 2014
    7
    This game is very complex and customizable, which requires good planning and strategy. The more you play the more you find it enjoyable. YouThis game is very complex and customizable, which requires good planning and strategy. The more you play the more you find it enjoyable. You can play however you like, there is little to no restrictions your personal style, if you wan't to play an archer Witch, you can. If you want to make personal build, why not? A lots of new content updated every month. The developers of this game is very friendly and listens to the community closely. Do not let the learning curve/game mechanics hold you down! Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2020
    0
    Sadly this game become a joke. every league starts with hundreds of bugs. u lose loot, get disconnected or if u play hc your character getSadly this game become a joke. every league starts with hundreds of bugs. u lose loot, get disconnected or if u play hc your character get killed through all this.
    a lot of skills dont work in the first weeks.
    also every league starts now with dupes and exploits. if u are not fast enough u have to buy all the broken things from the first ones who used the broken ****
    they laughed about wolcen (broken **** game), they become wolcen
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