A lot of gamers have been going on and on about Path of Exile, the upcoming MMO-ARPG from Grinding Gear Games. A batch of new videos have surfaced for the game and the general consensus is that Path of Exile basically takes everything that worked with Diablo II and then improved upon it.
Several gamers have mentioned that Path of Exile really exceeds with its hugely versatile character creation utility. While it sounds like typical hyperbole to hype the "next great game", the actual character customization for skills and abilities really is massive. In fact, it's almost overwhelming and that's a good thing.
What's more is that the loot hunt, for now, appears to be stabilized around having fun and getting new gear. The gear affixes also have multi-various stats so it's not as if it's just about getting gear that has +1 to everything, there is some micromanagement involved with how you outfit your character. Again, if you liked what was present in Diablo II but wanted something more, bigger and up-to-date, Path of Exile seems to be a dead ringer for that kind of fulfillment. Check it out in the videos below, courtesy of The Healthy Gamer.
Is that not awesome or what? I like the idea that the game focuses on player creativity and originality when it comes to character classes. I especially like that no matter what class you choose to play you can modify them to your play-style regardless of the class restrictions. The skill tree is so massive that it's just mind-boggling. And by all means, that final video for that custom character build is so freaking insane. I love that kind of character customization...this will make Path of Exile extremely fascinating as an MMO.
I'm sure spurned fans of Real-Money Auction House: The Game will probably want to give Path of Exile a tryout. It's a little disappointing that it's online only, but it's an MMO designed in the same vein as Vindictus or Dungeons & Dragons Online, so at least multiplayer is a heavy focal point of the actual game's design. And at least loot drops aren't determined by the presence of an RMAH, so the loot-grind should be interesting, to say the least.
You can sign up for Path of Exile, which will be free-to-play, by paying a visit to the game's Official Website