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Path of Exile Now in Open Beta

Grinding Gear Games's free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile has officially transitioned to its open beta stage, allowing the general public access to the world of Wraeclast.

For those wary of the free-to-play label, rest assured in knowing that Grinding Gear's monetary system works through "ethical microtransactions," meaning that paying into the game won't yield EXP bonuses or better weapons. Vanity items such as social pets (namely, the cute New Zealand-native kiwi) are the only things available for purchase.

Unlike Diablo and Torchlight, games of a similar vein, leveling in Path of Exile yields points to be spent in a gargantuan passive skill tree. Active skills can be picked up through gems that can be leveled and embedded into items.

To solve the problem of gold inflation that Diablo III has, Path of Exile has ditched the gold standard for a barter system featuring consumable currency items. Since players are constantly consuming these items, there's no risk of having "too many" currency items.

For action RPG fans looking for a new entry into the genre, Path of Exile, which also launched new Act III content with open beta, may just be what they're looking for.

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  • ShadyHamster
    The kiwi pet was only given to closed beta supporters and is no longer available.

    Just thought id point that out.
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  • Weps
    They have different pets too: frogs, insects etc. One can also purchase different animations, skill and weapons effects, or additional stash tabs and character slots. Also, not on the shop at this time, but I believe they were planning on monetizing custom created leagues (ladders) where the creator can add special rules for that ladder only.
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  • Axonn
    I was so sad when D3 launched. It was a huge disappointment for somebody like me who played D2 on and off for TEN YEARS. But then came PoE. And my life changed! THE BEST A-RPG EVER!!!
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  • proxy711
    Having a blast playing PoE so far. Would def say I like it more then the other ARPGs that have been released in the last few years.
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  • salgado18
    My only complaint about PoE is that, after playing Diablo III (and leaving soon after), the other game feels too much slow-paced. No flying rigidbodies, no exploding crates upon being hit, no impact from attacks and skills (compared to D3). Appart from that, it is the single best ARPG ever.
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  • DeadRam
    POE is a POS. I played the closed beta and it's the worst RPG I've ever played.
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  • soccerplayer88
    salgado18My only complaint about PoE is that, after playing Diablo III (and leaving soon after), the other game feels too much slow-paced. No flying rigidbodies, no exploding crates upon being hit, no impact from attacks and skills (compared to D3). Appart from that, it is the single best ARPG ever.
    You might be interested in Grim Dawn if you've heard of it.

    To me, PoE is alright. It's dark and gritty, the spell combinations can be crazy at times but I just didn't like the passive skill tree. Instead of spending skill points, you dump them into a pinwheel of abilities with some that are "game changers". Not my cup of tea.

    Better then D3, that is for sure.
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  • LORD_ORION
    Items that mod your items as the world's currency? That is actually pretty damn smart.

    The game rocks. Check it out if you like ARPGs.
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  • sliem
    I think I may like it, except there is no "map"
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  • lilcinw
    I have been loving this game since I snagged a free closed beta key last weekend.

    If you like action RPGs at all you should at least give it a chance. Its free!

    As for Grim Dawn, I Kickstarted the game and am eagerly awaiting the beta release. Indie developers are willing to take the risks that turn into great games.
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