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Diablo 3 Needs Another Expansion

It is high time we say what needs to be said—Diablo 3 does need new content. With how it was designed to be, which is an action role-playing game with an always-online experience, then it should be a given that Diablo 3 is to get a lot more regular support than its predecessor Diablo 2 ever did. more ...

Beating Diablo 2 Without Attacking Anything

You read that title right. Yes, you can actually finish the whole game, including the Lord of Destruction expansion, without attacking — known as a pacifist run. As it sounds, it is indeed quite difficult and only those who really know the game can do this. more ...

Diablo 2 Dragoon Barbarian

Most Diablo 2 players out there know just how cool and powerful the Barbarian is. Here's this hulking brute that can wield melee weapons and swing them around with reckless abandon, have a myriad of skills that take advantage of his brute strength, is tough as the side of a castle wall, and still more agile and mobile than most other character classes in the game. more ...

What If Diablo 2 Was Made Today

When Diablo 2 came out back in 2000, it was a revolutionary game as it built upon the template set by the first Diablo and all the other hack-and-slash action role-playing games that were made during that time, then made them all look primitive. Diablo 2 was jam-packed with features and its world felt so big that it truly was a game-changer in the genre and all of video gaming. more ...

Will There Ever Be a Diablo 2 Remastered?

With the recent announcement of StarCraft: Brood War Remastered, it seems like Blizzard does have it in them to bring their older titles to life. While it's understood that StarCraft: Brood War Remastered is being done due to the game's continued presence in the South Korean market and its competitive scene, it does mean that they are willing to do a remaster as long as a game still has a significant player base in a market. more ...

Lesser Diablo 2 Features

There is a lot that can be attributed to Diablo 2 as far as the enduring popularity of action role-playing games is concerned. It built upon the basic principles first put forth in the original Diablo, and it wrote down principles of its own that ARPGs of later years would still stick with through all this time. The genre owes its own existence and popularity to this game, so it's not like you can criticize it at all.   However, there were also a lot of things Diablo 2 fell short in. more ...

Diablo 2 Hammerdin Primer

There is much to be said about the Paladin class in Diablo 2. With all his auras and offensive skills, he is perhaps the most maligned class in the game due to overpowered he seems if given a good build. He can tank, but also do incredible damage. The auras make for some very interesting builds, as well as the very distinct offensive skills that are quite effective when used right. more ...

Why Diablo 2 is Still Alive

The uncomfortable truth with video games is similar to that of any other medium and of life itself, which is that games do come and go. There may be those who enjoy retro games for sheer nostalgia, but people who have a fondness for old games are few and far between. more ...

Diablo 2 Scams Over the Years

Most people who played Diablo 2 in the early days have fond memories of it, but there are some out there who also have bad memories. Most of those people have played it online, which usually means one thing—they were scammed. more ...

The Current State of Diablo III

The latest iteration of Blizzard's Diablo franchise is a divisive title, even years after its initial release. It had an immensely successful launch, followed by wide criticism of its various problems. The player base then dropped as those who were expecting it to be the second coming of Diablo II found it rather different and unsatisfactory. more ...

Followers in Diablo 2 and 3

One of the more overlooked aspects of gameplay in Diablo 2 and 3 is the follower system. As small as it seems to be, having a follower fight alongside you is always a good idea, even if the follower you have is obviously weaker than your character. more ...

Making Sense of Diablo 2 Rune Words

Even after many years of being seen as one of the best action role-playing games ever made in video game history, Diablo 2 is still rather compelling in its complexity. Considering the fact this game came out more than a decade and a half ago, that complexity becomes even more astounding, especially when compared with that of newer games. more ...

Path of Exile – So You Just Started Playing Today

Path of Exile has been around for several years already, undergone updates and upgrades to encourage players to stick around and to win the hearts of gamers new to the franchise. To this day, there are still new players jumping on the bandwagon to get in on the action. The online community of enthusiastic Path of Exile gamers has made this possible, by staying engaged in lively discussions on social media and by streaming their gaming sessions online. more ...

Path of Exile – Is The Breach League All That Hard?

Path of Exile’s Content Update 2.5.0 features the Breach League, a set of new challenges, a new economy, and new Breachlords. It’s been about a couple of weeks since the release of the Update, so we now have some perspective of the new update, especially with time and experience on our side. By design, Breaches are alternate realms, which makes them avoidable content, should you choose not to enter them and engage the enemies with the Breach. more ...

Path of Exile Update 2.5.0 Balance Changes

Among the new change in Path of Exile’s latest update, players tend to be concerned about whether the new update will have balance implications that would affect the way they play the game. These balance changes affect Path of Exile items, general mechanics, and individual skills. Here are some of the changes that the developers over at Grinding Gear Games sought to make with respect to balance. more ...

Map Progression and Changes in Atlas of Worlds

Since the release of the latest update, Path of Exile has enjoyed positive feedback about the map progression in Atlas of Worlds. It appears that the core philosophy behind the system was to reward players who have reached the endgame by giving them a wide variety of maps to play through and track their progress. For players who have invested hundreds of hours into the game, Atlas is a refreshing change of pace. Players are now more engaged with the high-end maps. more ...

Path of Exile: The Race to Merciless Dried Lake

Speed. Some Path of Exile players have come to appreciate clearing areas of the game in record time. Internet forums and social media discussions are minefields when it comes to advice and gameplay strategy. Hidden among some of the true gems of wisdom on gameplay are some really tall tales about how easy it is for some players to level up, garner a ton of PoE items, or reach the endgame. more ...

What Newcomers Can Expect From PoE Post 2.4.0

For the most part, Path Of Exile players are veterans of the game, and have amassed hundreds if not thousands of hours of experience at this point in the game’s three-year history. By now, many of these veterans have reached the end game, and their experience translates very well every time new releases roll out. Their character builds are solid, and they have plenty of Path of Exile items at their disposal to maximize the amount of enjoyment to be had. more ...

The Atlas of Worlds Expansion

On September 2, Grinding Gear Games will release the fifth expansion for Path of Exile. This expansion prioritizes the improvement of the endgame, something that has yet to be addressed by previous updates to the game. Performance-wise, the game will feature support for multithreaded engines, and this will improve accessibility across the board for all players, new and old alike. And this is good for player retention. more ...

The Low Down on Path of Exile Prophecy

Among the recent additions to the game, the Prophecy leagues seem to have made a lot of waves in the Path of Exile community. Upon its introduction in early June 2016, the quests and mechanics it added to the game has contributed to the variety in gameplay, despite not being released with a new expansion. It was sort of an in-between content update between Ascendancy and the upcoming Atlas of Worlds that has gotten the community talking about it quite a bit. more ...

To Nerf or Not To Nerf?

Path of Exile veterans strive to develop their characters to their fullest potential. Choosing the right Path of Exile items to gain strength and durability through gameplay is important, but sometimes the results can be heavily skewed in one’s favor, resulting in some overpowering advantages. Here are a few such characteristics that the developers at Grinding Gear Games might consider toning down in the next update. more ...

New Chat Improvements in Path of Exile 2.3.2

The newest content patch update for Path of Exile included a lot of additions to the game, many of them having been requested by players for quite some time now. This included new 3D art for certain Path of Exile items, new Divination Cards, and so on. One of the things that really needed to be updated was the chat functionality in the game, and it seems like Grinding Gear Games has finally addressed something in terms of its user interface. more ...

Surviving Path of Exile Forums

This isn't just about the official forums, but also any other frequented message board on the game. Different forums have different cultures, rules, and mechanisms, so you should be wary of them in order to find where you want to hang out most or if you ever want to hang out in any of them at all. The thing about gaming communities is that while they're mostly there to help and support each other in anything concerning the game in question, it's also open to a good bit of toxicity. more ...

The Number One Rule in Path of Exile

Playing a deep and complex action role-playing game like Path of Exile can be like diving into a rabbit hole, and some find that quite hard to follow. There's no shame in admitting being unable to follow whatever is going on in the game or what particular aspect to focus on at the moment since it does take most people a bit of time to really understand the game. more ...

The Hardcore Approach of Path of Exile

Whenever a new game comes out, especially from a genre as beloved but also as most often misunderstood as action role-playing games, there is concern about how new players can take to it. Those already familiar and are fans of that genre should have no problem, but developers and publishers always seem to always have concern for those who are new to the genre. more ...

The Hardcore Approach of Path of Exile

Whenever a new game comes out, especially from a genre as beloved but also as most often misunderstood as action role-playing games, there is concern about how new players can take to it. Those already familiar and are fans of that genre should have no problem, but developers and publishers always seem to always have concern for those who are new to the genre. more ...

The Fun and Appeal of Playing in Path of Exile Hardcore Leagues

When you first mention hardcore mode to anyone familiar with action role-playing games, most of them would be intimidated by its mere mention. The fact that you can only die once has its appeal for a lot of players, but most understandably have an aversion from such a notion. Some even find playing in hardcore to be a stupid idea reserved only for the masochistic, seeing no point at all in the risk of losing progress earned through several hours of play. more ...

Path of Exile: Frostbolt and Vortex

Even though it may seem like there can no longer be more new ideas for new active skills, which are already numerous in the game, here are two more that should get players interested. Active skills in Path of Exile have three factors going for them—how effective they are, how they synergize with passive skills and Path of Exile items, and (most importantly) how cool they look. With these two new ones, they seem to tick all three of those boxes. more ...

When Path of Exile is "Too Easy"

Path of Exile was designed to be a deep and complex gameplay experience, giving players more challenge and adventure compared to other online action role-playing games out there. However, there are times when players go into the game and find it too easy for their liking. While that seems rather impossible, those instances do happen and it can leave a wrong impression of the game on those who somehow encounter such an experience. more ...

Path of Exile Patch 2.2.2 Update

The new 2.2.2 patch update for Path of Exile should be up by now, and it seems to be a rather substantial one. Most of it works to further improve on the Ascendancy expansion, as well as be a stepping stone on the way to version 2.3.0. While it may be ignored by many, it should still be noted that there are some pretty interesting things about this particular content update. The biggest of the new additions is the Labyrinth leaderboards. more ...