Video Game: Path of Exile
Path of Exile
is a free Dark Fantasy Action RPG
by the New Zealand-based studio Grinding Gear Games, where you play as the eponymous Exile: one of many convicts (rightly or wrongly) exiled to the remote continent of Wraeclast by the authorities of the outside world. After your ship crashes near the shores of Wraeclast, you are hard-pressed to merely survive in this Crapsack World
, let alone prosper.
The gameplay is obviously inspired by Diablo II
: you control a single character from overhead perspective and engage in massive monster slaughter, occasionally dropping by the town to sell loot and pick up/turn in quests. Even the control scheme is very similar to classic Diablo
titles. The main difference is the skill system, wherein passive skills form a veritable skill forest
based around three core attributes (not unlike the Sphere-Grid system in Final Fantasy X
), while the active skills/spells are stored in upgradable magical gems that can be socketed in virtually every piece of equipment (not unlike Materia in Final Fantasy VII
The game officially launched on October 23, 2013, after extensive closed and later open beta testing. You can download the game client and play for free after registering on the official website
(the same account is used to log into the game). Although the initial closed-beta crowd-funding campaign is over (having collected over $2.2 million in pledges), you can still support the game by purchasing cosmetic "upgrades" from the devs' shop
. On that note, GGG are very outspoken opponents of Freemium
, so they are not going to hand out any gameplay advantages or exclusive content to "paying customers" any time soon.
An expansion titled Forsaken Masters
was released on August 22, 2014. As well as various gameplay tweaks, it introduced the titular Forsaken Masters, seven NPCs who offer unique quests as well as in-game housing and crafting options.
Now comes with a character page currently in the works.
Tropes found in the game: