For those of you who have been interested in playing the ingeniously designed Action RPG but didn’t feel like buying a supporter pack or, like me, were concerned about your carefully customized characters being destroyed once the game is released, have no fear: Path of Exile will wipe its servers one final time this week, marking the beginning of Open Beta!
This is a special game, trust me. They hired the world’s best Diablo 2 mod-creator to design their rare items; a man who designed 1,500 unique items over the course of a decade for his hugely popular partial conversion, which included everything from new skill trees to new enemies and quests. Using the knowledge he gained from that, he can calmly explain why Diablo III is just plain boring and why Path of Exile is a more worthy successor to the old classic. The whole thing is online, so they have well-organized ladder races designed to promote competition and reward everyone who gives it a good shot, along with easy cooperative play, optional player-versus-player deathmatch, and trading. The economy in this game is masterfully designed and prevents a lot of the problems seen in other Action RPGs. The gameplay is tactile, balanced, and forceful, allowing for sharp reflexes and tactical thinking. Abilities for heroes and enemies alike are imaginative, satisfying, and layer themselves beautifully.
I highly recommend you download it now, and play it when it enters Open Beta.