Not everyone was excited when Diablo 3 came out. Well, fans of the franchise were super pumped when it was initially released in the year 2012 - until they were met with Error 37 messages upon logging in and came to the realization that the third installment of the hack’n’slash game wasn’t quite what they had hoped it would be. But what does that have to do with our Game of the Day? Lots, as Path of Exile is considered in many circles as “what Diablo 3 should have been”. Do I agree? Hmm, it’s a tricky subject. What I can certainly agree on, however, is that the action RPG made by Grinding Gear Games oozes the iconic Diablo atmosphere. The fact that it’s a damn good game helps, too.
In Path of Exile, I am asked to choose a class and get started right away. Washing up upon the shores of Wraeclast, these exiles (Marauder, Ranger, Witch, Templar, Shadow, Duelist, Scion) have been shunned from society and are ours to lead to victory. Intricate quests and boss fights are ahead, embedded in action-heavy hack'n'slash combat.
The game feels really polished (and has ever since I've played during closed beta), but fun gameplay isn't everything Path of Exile has to offer. I can't remember the last time I was instantly blown away by innovative features that I had truly never seen before. Whether it's the new currency system (gold begone!), skill gemstones, or the extensive talent tree that everyone keeps talking about: Playing Path of Exile feels fresh and just... right.
If you’re looking for a good game that won’t disappoint in terms of free-to-play restrictions or nasty paywalls, give Path of Exile a try. You can play alone and complete the story on your own; group up with friends and work together; join player-versus-player arena battles and race against the clock (and other exiles) in leagues. Just one small warning, from one gamer to another: Be prepared to click. A lot.