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Path of Exile

Wot I Think: Path Of Exile

Sometimes it takes a while to make a judgement. I spent a fair amount of time with Path Of Exile's beta but hadn't revisited the release version for more than seven or eight hours in…

2 weeks ago

The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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2 months ago

Path of Exile’s time-warping Incursion league goes live

It's all-change day for free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile. Out with the old animal-bothering Bestiary league, and in with Incursion, an even more morally questionable side-adventure for players to work their way through as they level and loot their way across the incredibly cursed continent of Wraeclast. This time we're travelling back through time to murder the heck out of the ancient Aztec-like Vaal…

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Tencent grab majority stake in Path Of Exile devs

Changes are afoot at Path Of Exile developers Grinding Gear Games, as Chinese publishers Tencent have bought a controlling stake in the Kiwi studio. Grinding Gear say that Tencent will help them grow and improve their action-RPG, with multiple expansions currently in the pipeline, and insist that the free-to-play game won't become 'pay-to-win'. "We will remain an independent company and there won't be any big…

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Feature: Gotta get back, back to the past.

Path of Exile’s Incursion league is where it’s ziggurat

As much fun as collecting critters was in Path of Exile's Bestiary league, it perhaps got a bit away from the heart of the free-to-play action RPG: running around dungeons, kicking stuff over and hoarding the loot. The next league - Incursion - starting on June 1st brings us back to basics with a twist: travel to the past to violently carve out your own perfect side-dungeon, then pick…

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5 months ago

Path of Exile starts hunting monsters in its Bestiary Challenge League

Though we won't see Monster Hunter: World on PC until chuffing autumn, other games are stepping up to offer opportunities to track and fight big creatures. Fine free-to-play action-RPG Path Of Exile today adds a Bestiary Challenge League, which will challenge players to track, fight, and capture 300-odd monsters. Players can keep 'em in a menagerie to visit, which is nice, or go full Monster…

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Feature: Farming for loot, literally.

Path of Exile’s upcoming Bestiary league adds zookeeping and blood-rituals to your repertoire

In The Fall of Oriath, you went to war with the gods themselves. In the Abyss, you fought ancient undead, led by a nameless lich-king and in the War For The Atlas, you set your sights on two almighty beings that create and destroy entire worlds on a whim. Now, Path of Exile's next league challenges you to... open a zoo? Well, that's a bit…

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7 months ago

2017 Steam Award winners include PUBG, Cuphead & Witcher

We've already seen which games sold best on Steam last year, but a perhaps more meaningful insight into movin' and a-shakin' in PC-land is the games that people feel warmest and snuggliest about. To that end, Valve have announced the winners of the 2017 Steam Awards, a fully community-voted affair which names the most-loved games across categories including best post-launch support, most player agency, exceeding…

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Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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Dominic Tarason’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers. 2017 has been a stunning year. Partially in the ears-ringing, shellshocked way, partly in the ‘Wow, I’m making a living writing about games’ style, and consistently in the ‘Nobody has time for even…

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Path of Exile’s free War for The Atlas expansion is live

It's time for the inhabitants of the intensely haunted continent of Wraeclast to do it all again with feeling. Path of Exile has expanded, with War For The Atlas bringing new content and mechanics to the post-story multiverse, and the Abyss Challenge League adding a (literal) fresh hell to explore. Check out the very extensive patch notes for the update here, or read on for…

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8 months ago

Path of Exile’s Abyss league promises groundbreaking action

Last week, I got to take an early peek at Path of Exile's upcoming War For The Atlas expansion, set to release free for all on December 8th. As impressive as it looks, it is geared heavily towards the more hardcore end of the playerbase: those who have conquered the main story and hunger for more challenge. For the less experienced or dedicated among us,…

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Feature: Redrawing the map

Path Of Exile’s endgame expands yet again next month in War For The Atlas

Path of Exile is already a very big, very demanding game. Ever since its first public beta debut, the free-to-play action RPG has grown steadily, layering new content and mechanics onto an already complex design. With the release of the massive Fall Of Oriath expansion back in August it grew into one of the largest action-RPGs ever made, ballooning from four acts (played three times…

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9 months ago

Path of Exile finally has an official (beta) trading hub

Path of Exile is an excellent ARPG built on top of an unusual economy, where every item - even the most throwaway of identification scrolls - has intrinsic value in both usage and trade. There's no gold or even premium currency used in-game at all, and to top it all off, there is no auction house. The only way to exchange gear is direct; player to…

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12 months ago

Path of Exile launches expansion The Fall of Oriath today

The free-to-play Path of Exile [official site], Adam's favourite action-RPG, will launch its 'The Fall of Oriath' expansion tonight. This is a big'un, adding Act Five to finish the story and whacking in five more acts based on the regular five to replace the higher difficulty levels. That's a whole lot of monstermashing. The update is due to go live at 9pm so why am…

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Path of Exile’s Fall of Oriath expansion hits August 4th

Fine free-to-play action-RPG Path of Exile will launch its next expansion on August 4th, developers Grinding Gear Games announced last night. The expansion, named The Fall of Oriath [official site], will introduce a new act sending players back to the land they were exiled from. Time for some frank conversations with the ruling powers, I'm sure. On top of that, the expansion boshes in remixes…

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1 year ago

Feature: Socket to me

Why Path Of Exile is my favourite action RPG

I'm not sure there's a more dangerous, time-consuming diversion in gaming than a good ARPG and Path of Exile [official site] is a very good ARPG. It doesn't have the dynamic world of a Soldak release or the exquisite polish and crunch of Diablo III, but after playing for more hours than I care to mention, I'm still peeling back layers of the character system.…

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Feature: Listen now or have a wretched existence

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Gamelab, the airships of Worlds Adrift, and horror of Get Even

Bring out your ears, it's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. Adam has returned from Gamelab in Barcelona and is ready to tell us all the hot goss about Arkane's president leaving the studio (there's not much) but also all the gamescience he acquired from RiME developer Raúl Rubio and Cyberpunk 2020 creator Mike Pondsmith. In the mean time, Brendan has been falling off…

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Path of Exile: Fall of Oriath expansion going godslaying

Free-to-play action-RPG Path of Exile [official site] has announced a monster expansion, adding a whole new Act and five remixed Acts too. The Fall of Oriath will conclude Path of Exile's campaign with new areas, items, and enemies, and a whole lot of godslaying - letting players pick up powers as they do in deities. It's due later this year so, for now, peep this…

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2 years ago

Feature: Control your future

Path Of Exile’s New Prophecy Update Detailed

Using my mystical powers, I am able to look into the future and tell you that Path of Exile's newest update, Prophecy, will be arriving June 3. But wait, there's more! I sat down with Chris Wilson, producer and lead designer at Grinding Gear Games, to get a peek at how Prophecy is going to be mixing up Path of Exile's loot grind - and…

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