Path of Exile Review and Gameplay: Page 4 of 7

Can you survive Wraeclast?


Now that we've covered killing and looting, it's time to see through who you're going to act out these heinous deeds. You get to choose from 6 (actually it's 7), different characters. The basic 6 are the Marauder, Ranger, Witch, Duelist, Templar and Shadow. The seventh character is called a Scion. She's unlocked once you beat the game.

There's no custom appearance, no race/class combo, you get what you get. That's okay though, because you are basically picking a character that you like the look and story of. The only difference between characters is where they start on the skill tree. Everyone can reach every skill, but some get there faster than others. There is also a minor stat preference between characters, linked to their position on the skill tree, but it's insignificant once you've leveled up.

The Marauder favors strength, the Ranger dexterity and the Witch focuses on intelligence. The other three are a mixture, with the Duelist being a combination of strength and dexterity, the Templar putting together strength and intelligence, which leaves the shadow with dexterity and intelligence paired up. The Scion has no attribute focus and begins in the middle of the tree. As you can see, each character has his place.

It's crazy what kind of characters you can make...

If you're not too much of a stat freak, each exile has his or her story. There's a reason why you're an exile and you pick your own. I find it fun to grab one that sort of fits something I would do and at the same time the stories fit so well with the play style of the character. The Duelist is a gentleman with exceptional sword skill who happened to slay a lord for insulting him. With both dexterity and strength in his arsenal, you can see how he'd be an elegant swordsman. 

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James Lightning 6 years 7 months ago

This game looks pretty awesome

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Brdjanin 6 years 7 months ago

However common it is to compare hack-and-slash games to Diablo 2, Path of Exile is in a league of its own. The perspective and the sense of game-play is similar to every game of this genre, true. But, the options for character build are far more vast and versatility is incredible. One can really give in to imagination and make an unique build. Overall, this game deserves to be given a shot.

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