Path of Exile is a free-to-play action roleplaying game (ARPG), designed to cater to the classic and hardcore style of the original Diablo.
Seven Core Class Choices: Seven classes cover the breadth of three core stats: Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence. Your choice of class determines your primary stats and starting point on the passive tree.
Limitless Skill Tree: Boasting the most complex skill tree of any online game, Path of Exile's skill tree is broad, encompassing over 1,000 different skill nodes, and allows every character to be incredibly specialized to a player's gameplay preferences.
Skill Gems: Rather than class-based skills, players customize their skill set by socketing skill gems into their gear. These skill gems have their own experience system, and offer both active and passive skills in addition to support gems. Once again, any class can choose any skill, allowing for full customization of a character.
Leagues: Path of Exile has regular seasons, during which there are both season-long and short-term leagues. Each has its own ladder ranking and challenges, along with its own rewards. While most Leagues are PvE, there are also now seasonal PvP challenges.
Truly Free to Play: Unlike most F2P games with microtransactions, Path of Exile is purely free to play, with zero pay gates and no way to pay to win. The store only sells cosmetic items and additional bank tabs for individuals and guilds.