Path of Exile is a popular online free-to-play action role playing game. If you're not familiar with Action Role Playing Games, then just imagine the game to be similar to Diablo but with a twist.
In order to play the game, you need the power of the internet since it is an online game. If you don't have a reliable internet connection, it can also be difficult to play it.
In Path of Exile, you can pick up to 7 different characters with 3 sub-classes each. It may seem a lot and it can be very overwhelming if you're a newbie.
You play as one of the 7 exiles who is sent to the world of Wraeclast because of a crime you have committed.
As you explore Wraeclast, you will have to do battle with criminals, demons, ferocious animals, and other nasties.
When you do battle with the hordes of enemies, you will gain items from them. You can then use these items to improve your character as you progress through the story.
In the latest Betrayal Expansion, you will encounter an organization called the Syndicate. You can think of the syndicate as an enemy organization with optional quests that you can do at anytime. The Syndicate members will usually appear in every map in the game. When you do encounter the Syndicate, you will have to finish a mission.
There are about 4 different types of missions that you can do when you encounter Syndicate members. They are raid, stop the escort, defeat the ambushers, and attack the stronghold.
You will gain a lot of items and experience if you do defeat the syndicate members which leads to gaining you some skill points. You use these skill points to gain passive skill nodes which give you stats and special passive abilities.
These passive nodes either make or break your character and it is crucial that you carefully choose the skills you get. In the beginning, you only have a limited skill gem which you slot into a weapon or armor. These skills can be assigned to any button or key so you have a lot of room to decide.
There are 10 acts in the story of Path of Exile. Once you finish the entire story, you will still be left with more content to play with such as the Atlas.
The Atlas is the end part of the game. In the Atlas, you have to complete a series of maps in order to fight a powerful boss.
When you do these maps, you will also have to fight old bosses that you encountered in the story.
What's the purpose you ask? Well, you get better items and gear as you progress through the maps in the Atlas.
Oh boy! The customization in this game can be overwhelming to new players.
If you don't have any idea on what to do, it can be very confusing and complicated.
First, the seven exiles all share the same passive skill tree. Each exile will start off in a different part of the skill tree. It is possible to build one character similarly to another character but the outcome will always be different.
One exile might have easier access to a particular skill nodes while the other will have to go through different nodes. Different characters will also have different stats so they will either be more or less efficient.
When you reach a certain point in the game, you will be allowed to take the Ascension trials. The Ascension trials let you change your current job into a specialized one. Once you complete your ascension, you will choose one of the three sub-classes for your character.
After choosing the sub-class, you will receive ascendancy points which you use to learn skills from your chosen sub-class.
Once you get the hang of things, you get to see flashy things on your screen.
You can also customize your gear in the game. There are items in the game that let you edit or change the status and effects of weapons and armor. You can even unlock recipes that let you place a specific status to a gear. However, you will need to spend consumable items in order to craft.
When you customize your equipment, the number of slots and links that an equipment possess will help you combine various skills together.
The game is played online and the experience won't be complete if you don't interact with other players.
In Path of Exile, there is no gold that you can use to buy items. Instead, the currency is actually the items in the game.
Players usually use the consumable items as money in the game. For example, a player would trade 1000 portal scrolls for 30 chaos orbs.
If other players see an offer in the market, these players will usually offer the same item at similar or cheaper prices.
Although trading can get chaotic since many people are buying and selling things, it can be very enjoyable and sometimes even rewarding.
In any case, trading isn't always chaotic since prices usually stabilize quite fast.
As long as there is a steady supply, demand should slow down which means cheaper prices. Otherwise, you will see prices that are as high as the moon.
Path of Exile is a terrific game that never gets old even if you have to play it from the beginning.
With the help of future expansions, Path of Exile continues to evolve while introducing new mechanics that isn't found in previous expansions.
If you're looking to have a good time, you should definitely try out Path of Exile.
You can play Path of Exile on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Developer: Grinding Gear Games