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Path of Exile

An online action RPG from Grinding Gear Games, a developer team from New Zealand. The action of Path of Exile is set in a fantasy world which was destroyed by a grand cataclysm. The players assume the role of exiles who try to survive in the dangerous continent of Wraeclast. The gameplay is focused on cooperation in teams of several players that traverse instance-based locations together. Each character can be developed choosing from more than 1300 skills. Visually, Path of Exile is inspired by the classics of the action RPG genre (Diablo, Sacred, and others), including the isometric camera. The game is free-to-play, but offers some additional facilities and items via optional micropayments.

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PC / Windows
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Path of Exile

Path of Exile | PC

Path of Exile release date for PC:

game language:

23 October 2013 | Worldwide

23 October 2013 | Europe

23 October 2013 | USA

Game mode: multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Game score 9.045 / 10 calculated out of 1427 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 478 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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Path of Exile

Path of Exile | XBOX ONE

Path of Exile release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:

24 August 2017 | Worldwide

24 August 2017 | Europe PAL

24 August 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet
Expectations: 8.3 / 10 calculated out of 10 players' votes.  

Path of Exile for Xbox One is an online action RPG developed by Grinding Gear Games. The player assumes the role of a hero who was exiled from his homeland to a dilapidated and hostile continent of Wraeclast. It is only up to the players whether they will join forces with other castoffs in the fantasy post-apocalyptic world, or go on their own against the odds.


The game world is based on instances, which means that after leaving a city (these serve as social hubs), each team traverses an automatically generated land. It's best to have a group consisting of four to eight characters. In this respect, Path of Exile uses the solutions of Guild Wars. Apart from cooperation, we may also take part in a PvP tournament in which we fight other player characters, either 1v1, or in teams.

There are seven character classes available in the game: Marauder, Duelist, Ranger, Shadow, Witch, Templar, and Scion. The last one is unlocked only after we have completed the game on any difficulty level. Each hero is characterized by three traits: strength, dexterity, and intelligence. In Path of Exile, there are no free points for which we can increase character attributes at level advancement. The only way to do this is to choose the adequate items in the development tree.

In Path of Exile, character development is non-linear. The skill tree is a huge map that consists of 1350 entries. It is common to all character classes which are different only in terms of the starting point. Advancing to subsequent levels, a hero receives one point per level to spend on any skill. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain additional points as a reward for completing a quest.

All active skills in Path of Exile have the form of special gems that can be placed in most items’ slots. Only after it has been placed, the player can activate a given skill and only then does it start to gain experience points and, as a result, higher levels. Some Skill Gems are passive meaning they provide others with bonuses. These are used by “attaching” them to an adequate skill by joint slots in an item. Skills come in three different colors, while colors are divided, according to their rarity, into regular (white), magical (blue), rare (yellow), and unique (orange). The more unique the item, the broader the selection of passive skills.

Path of Exile has an innovate economy system that does not use any currency such as gold coins. The economy is based on various kinds of spheres that possess different powers. They are obtained by trading items in stores, or sometimes dropped from the bodies of defeated foes. For the weakest items, we are given the most common spheres, while acquiring superior ones is a complicated and time-consuming process. In total, there are over 20 spheres of various kinds in the game. The rarest ones require trading in items of different special ability combinations.

Technical aspects

The gameplay is presented from an isometric view that brings to mind the genre classics, such as Diablo or Sacred. It does not lack for bloody animations.

Similarly to most free online games, the developers introduced a number of optional micropayments. However, they only modify the appearance of given elements. Real money can buy additional character animations, dyes, or alternative spell effects. Path of Exile for Xbox One is not your typical pay-to-win game.

Path of Exile Game Guide

game guide 17 January 2014

Path of Exile strategy guide focuses on gameplay mechanics and describes all aspects of character classes and their advancement. You'll find here example character builds and some useful advice.

Path of Exile is getting six new acts in The Fall of Oriath expansion

News 15 February 2017 11:34

Path of Exile players are going to get a special treat this summer. We're talking about the newly announced The Fall of Oriath expansion, which is to introduce six new Acts.