Path of Exile is a free to play action role playing game that draws plenty of comparison to the Diablo series and in particular Diablo 2. The game is widely praised as capturing the best of Diablo and expanding on it with its own unique and well-polished ideas.
The game was developed by a small team of developers that call New Zealand home and is definitely a labour of love that every Diablo fan will thoroughly enjoy. The most notable features in Path of Exile include the lack of a game currency (relying on item barter instead), a huge passive skill tree, items for active skills, competitive ladders and best of all a free to play price tag without a single hint of ‘pay to win’ in sight.
In the game players can select from one of the seven available classes in the game which each have their own strength and weaknesses. Each of these classes is aligned with two of the three attributes (intelligence, strength and dexterity) with a final class (the Scion) aligned with all three stat attributes. From here players make their way through the game world of Wraeclast exploring a variety of environments, completing quests and battling bosses. Just like similar games before it each of these areas (along with monsters and loot) is randomly generated so there is always a new experience as you venture forward into the unknown.
No action RPG can succeed without solid skill design and Path of Exile has nailed the execution of this system with plenty of freedom and customisation available. Instead of having skills like in traditional games your items double as skills through a gem system. Because gems each have their own properties players can alter spells in various ways such as increasing their damage, chaining between enemies or simply firing multiple attacks at once.
Skill customisation doesn’t stop there though since Path of Exile also features one of the the largest passive skill trees ever to be seen in a game (over 1300 skills in all). This passive tree can alter your damage with certain elements, your health, critical chance and much, more more. Even more unique is that every single class has access to the exact same skill tree but starts in a different location. This allows players to grow their character in any direction they want and makes for completely different characters within the same class.
Fans of Diablo can rejoice with this amazingly impressive action role playing game that will have you instantly hooked (and it won’t be letting go anytime soon).
- Huge number of active and passive skills to mix and match.
- An eerie and dark game world to explore.
- 7 different classes to choose from.
- Always fresh ladders for the competitively focused player.
- Free to play action RPG.
Review Platform: PC