Do you remember 10 years ago, you and a few of your buddies sat next to each other going into the arena to kill Diablo or Baal? First thing you guys did were dropping down some portals back to town? You grid and grid for gears and Diablo still 1 shot your face? That game was Diablo 2. After that, not another game came out that required a lot of “fun” time for more hardcore players. When Diablo 3 came out, I thought the feelings from Diablo 2 would be back, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case……Then comes Path of Exile!
This game is your basic dungeon crawler. You either like the style or not. It’s very basic as far as using your control. In a way, this game looks like Diablo 2 HD. Chris Wilson and his team at Grinding Gear Games did a great job creating this game that look more like Diablo 2 successor than Diablo 3. This game uses Free to play micro-transaction business model. It’s not your typical “buy to win” model, you can only buy items/skill customization and pets. In another word, nothing that can change the balance of the game.
The one thing that makes this game so much different than D3 or Torchlight 2 is the game’s passive skill system. Literally you can get lost just looking at the tree. It allows people to customize their own character power and build whatever they like. If you want your marauder to use bow and arrow and concentrate on dodging? You got it. However, I must warn you that the game is unforgiving. Chris Wilson said in an interview “We want players to play how they want, but we want players to own up to their characters.” In other word, this game does not allow you to fully re-spec. Once you pick a point, it’s very hard to go back.
As far as active skills/abilities, the game uses “gem” and “support gem”. In each item, there are sockets that let you put skill gem in. As long as you equip an item with that skill gem, you can start using the ability. You also level up skill gem/abilities by using it. There are also support gems that can be linked into the active ability to make it even strong. For example, one of the support gem is call Fork, go to this site.