Path of Exile
|a game by||Grinding Gear Games|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||8.3/10, based on 3 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||6.5/10 - 50 votes|
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|See also:||Action Adventure Games, RPGs, Hack and Slash Games, PvP Games, Crafting Games, Magic Games, Destruction Games, Isometric RPG, Games Like Diablo, Games Like Baldur's Gate, Games Like Dragon's Dogma, Loot-Driven Games|
Path of Exile is a prime example of a game that enters the fray at the right place, at the right time. It's actually pretty stunning how there were so few dedicated action role-playing games coming out during the years leading up to its release. But alas, some dedicated developers have sought to fill the void with their high-octane dark-fantasy experience.
While initial reactions to the gameplay of Path of Exile look remarkably similar to other offerings - something is alluring about the game. Perhaps it's the hellish world you've been cast in? Maybe the trickles of action role-playing nostalgia? Or just the fact the combat is intense and served at a lightning pace? Time to find out what makes Path of Exile glow.
Where Are Your Gods Now?
When games are developed with crowdsourced funds- usually one of two things happens. One is that the game is player dedicated, resulting in some refined gameplay. The other being that the game never gets finished and offers a terrible experience, if at all. There is no in-between. Thankfully, Path of Exile turns more to the former rather than the latter.
Cast into the dark wilderness of Wraeclast, players must battle against hordes of unforgiving foes to survive. The lore around Path of Exile is rich, offering a lot of exploration potential - allowing players to immerse themselves in the world before them. Each level is complemented by visuals that simultaneously set the intense action themes with the constant struggle for survival.
Path of Exile offers players diversity in their characters with class customizations and meticulous character management. It's here, however, where the game finds itself in the twilight zone. Players looking for a straightforward, diverse, and intriguing playthrough may fall over with the game's overzealous skill system. Your character can be unique in skillsets. But getting what you want can present a challenge - mainly in navigating the tree.
Management may require some brainpower, though combat works in stark contrast. Reminiscent of the hack-and-slash days, there isn't much in powering through levels and slapping your enemies down. You may feel it all becomes a grind after a while. Having said that, it's surprising how satisfying Path of Exile feels when finding new gear to combust your foes with.
It's All About The Journey
Path of Exile gives players the feeling that accomplishing victories isn't the primary focus of the game. The level of freedom in character development focuses on the idea that gameplay is more about how you do it. The ultimate result doesn't seem to matter. It seems to work fine for a while. But it does drag away from the point of combat in the game.
But alas, Path of Exile is a damn fine action role-playing game. There's a reason why it sucks down so many hours of your time - that is because the entertainment value continues for quite some time. Players label the game as the adequate Diablo replacement - and there is a lot of truth to those words. Not only is it recommended because of its intense gameplay - but it's also free to play!
- The level of character freedom is incredible
- High-octane combat is satisfying
- Immersive narrative with extensive lore to complement
- Managing the skill tree can be frustrating
- It will feel like combat is pointless after a while