Diablo 3 Got You Down? Try Path of Exile

If you’re disappointed in Diablo 3 as a sequel to the franchise, you may want to check out the dark indie action RPG Path of Exile, which is currently in beta. Visually, Path of Exile feels like a spiritual successor to the Diablo series, with gritty, realistic graphics an macabre tone.

Unfortunately, Path of Exile does have an online-only requirement — but the clincher is that it’s completely free to play. It also already includes a PvP element, with random arenas, a ranking system, seasonal ladders and unique PvP item rewards.

A quick glance at the game‘s six classes shows parallels with Diablo 2: Marauder (Barbarian), Ranger (Amazon), Witch (Sorceress), Templar (Paladin), Shadow (Assassin), and Duelist (no clean match), and the level cap of 100 is just a hare off D2′s cap of 99.

Features:

  • Completely free to download and play
  • A persistent online world capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of players
  • A dark and gritty game world rendered from a fixed 3D perspective
  • Battle dozens of foes across a variety of unique areas
  • Randomly generated levels and items for extreme replayability
  • Online ranking and ladders for every game mode
  • Visceral combat with dozens of combinable skills
  • Battle in PVP tournaments for worldwide recognition

Sign up for the beta on the official website.

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10 Comments on Diablo 3 Got You Down? Try Path of Exile

max

On May 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

lol… wtf is this a d2 clone ? diablo 3 was never meant to be a diablo 2 clone they meant to be some thing even better. either u accept it or u dont, if u don t like new changes, well then go play this free to play game. but personnally, i hated mana in diablo 2, now its finnally gone for good. never again ill wanna play a game that u alwase keep using pots.

Critique

On May 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm

@max
First, please write like a human being. Your writing hurts my eyes. Thank you.

Second. Diablo 3 is a clone of diablo 2, but it’s a worse clone. I don’t believe you played Diablo 2, or you did very briefly.

Act 1 of Diablo 3 is basically the same thing as Diablo 2, go to crypts , go through a field, etc.
Act 2 of Diablo 3 is the same thing as Diablo 2. You’re in a desert, you go collect some items, you combine them
Act 3 of Diablo 3 is a combination of act 4 and 5 in Diablo 2. You decend to hell, etc.

Monsters in Diablo 3 are a rip-off of Diablo 2. Infact I think I would go as far as calling them 100% clones as some of the monsters from Diablo 2 are exactly the same in diablo 3. And not just monsters, but areas where these monsters are coincide with areas of where the clones from Diablo 2 are.

This game tries to scream “DIABLO 2″ but fails. There are no improvements.

ur stoopid okeey?………

Friar

On May 22, 2012 at 1:30 am

Path of Exile has me delaying what was the inevitability of buying D3.

I played Path of Exile in its two open stress tests, and I was blown away (even-more-so considering it’s an indy/F2P game). I must say I think it is more “Diablo” than Diablo 3… D3, at least in the beta/starter edition, feels like Diablo and WoW had an unholy, sacrilege and blasphemous union and Diablo 3 was the result. It does make sense though, given the dev team that made D3. But I feel it stretches to far away from the classic “Diablo feel” and too close to the WoW theme park mode. Path of Exile, on the other hand, feels like you picked up an updated, improved version after Diablo 2. Granted the biggest detractor of PoE is that it is not the Diablo story line, but I think the game makes up for that in other areas. Namely the skill and character customization system. It feels like a vast improvement over Diablo 2 and is a complete 180 from the direction that they took the skill system in Wow…I mean Diablo 3.

Really, my only other concern that Grinding Gear Games holds true to its “vanity only cash shop” and that it does not become a “Pay2Win” game. However, GGG has stated multiple times that is despises the Pay2Win cash shop scheme and promises not to go there, but we will have to see.

I will be waiting for PoE to come out and give it more of a play through before I decide on whether or not to buy Diablo 3. It’s free so what do I really have to loose? Nothing, maybe some time waiting (it is suppose to come out of closed beta in June), but I will be busy playing other games, so no biggie. What do I have to gain? $60 and my dignity for not paying Activision/Blizzard for another ty sequel, muhahaha!

J

On May 22, 2012 at 4:06 am

@max

“lol… wtf is this a d2 clone ? diablo 3 was never meant to be a diablo 2 clone they meant to be some thing even better.”

Then why isn’t it something better?

“either u accept it or u dont, if u don t like new changes, well then go play this free to play game.”

Thank you, we will. Hopefully the POE players aren’t belligerent fanboys like you seem to be.

“but personnally, i hated mana in diablo 2, now its finnally gone for good. never again ill wanna play a game that u alwase keep using pots.”

Good! Now your starting to get it. It’s better for everyong if you stop using pot.

Kostchtchie

On May 22, 2012 at 5:09 am

i have purchased beta key for this game, definitely is the game diablo 3 should have been, instead of the world of warcraft / Starcraft 2 game people got given

people should also try get into the torchlight 2 beta, the game is epic, from the music, to the gameplay, to skills, to little bits like setting house on fire and having npcs run out so you can kill them

@at max please shut the hell up about diablo 2, if you think d3 is even close to the epic game diablo 2 was you are so wrong, it is so far away from what made d2 great it makes me cry

bookert

On May 22, 2012 at 5:15 am

TIL Blizzard censors people for demanding accountability for all the screw-ups. I’ll never play another Blizzard game.

bookert

On May 22, 2012 at 5:17 am

Friar, another game to look at is Torchlight 2. It looks very smooth and very good.

SXO

On May 22, 2012 at 5:52 am

Pre-order Torchlight II 4-pack on Steam. Check. Purchase beta key to Path of Exile. Check. It feels good to support indie.

clamsarehot

On May 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

Hey when you do your review don’t forget to include instructions on how to return Diablo 3. See thread here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5150109520

max

On July 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

lol… sry for my comment i was probly drunk and playing d3 in the 1st week…… the auction prices sucks… if the prices would be fair, evrey thing could be different…………. i just got path of exile beta and the thing is pretty sweet. (by the way for critique’s comment i was a d2 veteran, waited for d3 so long i had to force my mind to love it in the start…)