Posted: April 24
At the time of the review I have about 700 hours logged on steam version.
Path of Exile is a hardcore action RPG with a lot of depth. It will most likely take a while to get in to and it is not suited for quite a lot of gamers. However, this game is absolutely fantastic.
Pros and cons can be subjective, so I'll just point out main points.
-Hardcore. Can be a heaven for hardcore gamers and a nightmare for casuals. Not recommended for your first ARPG.
-Free-to-play but not pay-to-win. GGG's microtransaction system is very fair. Almost everything is cosmetics and nothing in microtransaction store gives anyone an advantage.
-Realistic gritty graphics. I personally love the graphic and art style, but it is highly subjective.
-Music varies from "meh" to absolute blasts. From boring lullabies to beautiful symphonies.
-Sound design is pretty solid. Good voice acting and realistic sounds.
-Support is great and quick. I personally had great time using it.
-Game has classes, however, the class only changes how your character looks and from where he/she starts from the skill tree.
-Characters can use any skills or items if they have required stats. Skills are skill gems that can be socketed in to items.
-Ridiculously flexible and huge skill tree. You can make thousands or possibly even millions of builds with the tree provided. Skill tree consists of little upgrades (For example, 0.3% life regeneration or 12% more physical damage.)Some people don't like this, but those small upgrades stack fast, I personally love the freedom of the skill tree.
-Game is based on leagues, so there will be different leagues where you can create a new character and try new things.
-Lot of equipment variance, you can find, buy or craft items perfect for your build or even multiple ones.
-Trading is decent but should be worked on. You either need to yell to chat or use 3rd party websites to make trades. Game has no auction houses or player shops in-game.
-Leveling can be quick or slow, depending on build and skill. Max level is 100 and you can reach level 70 in 10-15 hours.
-The game has 3 difficulties, Normal, Cruel and Merciless. You will move to the next difficulty after completing storyline. Story currently is composed of 3 acts (4th one is coming soon) and you complete those acts in each difficulty. This can be very boring, since it can feel like the game is repeating.
-The endgame is a map system. You can craft mods in to your maps to make them fit your build or your needs. I personally love this system, since it offers a lot of variance, varying difficulties and different experiences.
-The D-sync (Should be fixed in the Awakening expansion). Basically, you will be off sync from the game and you might in a different position than your character seems to be on your screen. This can and probably will cause a lot of deaths and frustration, but should be getting fixed soon. (Only thing that has really caused me frustration in the game. Glad to see it going)
I might have forgotten some main points...
Overall, I think Path of Exile is a fantastic game by a fantastic company and I recommend it whole heartedly.