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Path of Exile Free Weekend

This weekend will be another public test for Path of Exile, the upcoming indie action/RPG, as players will be offered access to the beta beginning September 14th. You can find all the details in this FAQ, and here's a bit:

So far, the much-anticipated game has raised over USD$1,200,000 in a Kickstarter-like campaign from fans buying access to the closed beta, virtual pets and pre-purchased game currency. This weekend is the opportunity for anyone to try to game for free, without having to buy a supporter pack.

The Path of Exile Beta servers will open for public access at 5pm PDT on Friday, September 14. Public access will end at 11:59pm PDT Sunday night, September 16. A full FAQ about the public weekend is available at www.pathofexile.com/publicweekend/.

When released, the game will be free to play, but will not feature ‘pay-to-win’. A previous public weekend in July attracted 55,000 players.

The latest patch adds new skills such as Arctic Breath and Ghost Reaver, additional quests, greatly improved minion functionality and a new look for item hovers.

A host of unique items have been added, including several designed by Brother Laz, author of the popular Diablo 2 mod Median XL. Over 90 fans who have purchased the USD$1000 ‘Diamond Supporter’ pack also get to design unique items for the game.

While the game is currently in a Closed Beta, fans who pre-purchase at least USD$10 of credit for the game’s ‘ethical microtransactions’ receive a beta key.

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10. Re: Path of Exile Free Weekend Sep 11, 2012, 13:16 Carcifier
 
I won a beta key during a Twitch broadcast the other day. I had watched the game enough to become interested in it but to also be concerned with some of the perceived game-play decisions.

Well, after my first attempt at playing it, here's my observations...

1) This game CURRENTLY doesn't hold your hand in ANY way.

There is NO tutorial. You're on your own. Now, it's fairly simple enough but I did at least watch it before I played it.

2) I actually DIED TWO times at level 2! TWICE! At level 2!

I didn't die ONCE during my first 30+ levels in Diablo 3. I was in shock that a low level mob could create the damage that I experienced. I was worried the game was going to be uber hard. It's not. It was just a powerful low level mob and I had horrible gear and I played like a nOOb.

3) I played once and didn't stop playing until I hit level 10.

It became addicting once I figured out what the hell was going on. You have to make some key binding changes and setting changes to make it perfect. Not much, but once you get your settings nailed down it's a lot of fun.

4) Kiting is not a forced upon tactic.

I play a DH in Diablo 3 and I have to kite stuff all the time. I hate it. In this game, I'm playing a Ranger and I haven't kited once. Mobs appear at an acceptable pace. In D3 you can get 30-40 mobs at once. I don't think that's going to happen in this game. I've been zerged but it was at a much more enjoyable pace.

I can just dungeon crawl at the speed that I want to. Maybe that changes at higher levels, but I've watched very high level characters in high level map drops and it didn't seem to be like Inferno D3 to me.

5) The alteration of items is nice. I couldn't get a magic quiver to drop, so I took a trash one and MADE it magic! Boom, problem solved. I don't have to go in to the AH to buy one off someone else.

6) LOOT FEELS LIKE LOOT

Stuff drops that is actually useful. Not like Inferno D3 where you farm forever and forever and forever...

I haven't tried higher levels but D3's loot system is horrendous at all levels. This is where POE appears to destroy it.

7) F2P and no P2W

Winner. Graphics are better than the complaints indicate. I like the environment look over what D3 has. The water effects, the terrain looks much realer to me. I can zoom in to my character more too.

Despite this being beta I haven't encountered a bug, a glitch or any lag yet. It's fairly polished for a beta.

8) The passive skill tree which at first glance appears to be daunting is not.

It looks like it will be the thing to keep you interested for a long time. I just pick a skill or two and start working my way towards it.

You end up learning new skills at a pace that isn't too quick, a la D3. In D3 you learn stuff SO fast, you end up trying a NEW skill before you've even mastered the OLD one. They just get thrown at you too quickly. There are less skills in POE, but that is a good thing I think. The passive skills are your targets and it takes time to get them.

I plan on not reading one article about "HOW" I "SHOULD" play, I'm just going to experiment.

If you like ARPG's, you should definitely try POE.
 
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