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[Preview] Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal Expansion Preview

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,610MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Last fall, I met with the guys from Grinding Gears games shortly before they launched their hit online action RPG, Path of Exile. Four months and five million registered players later, the team stands on the cusp of releasing their first major content update, Sacrifice of the Vaal. I met with Grinding Gears Managing Director Chris Wilson and Path of Exile Technical Director Jonathan Rogers once again this week, and the two filled me in on what we can expect from this first sizable content dump. 

Read more of Neilie Johnson's Path of Exile: Sacrifice of the Vaal Expansion Preview.

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  • donthate4228donthate4228 Jackson, MIPosts: 2Member
    I can't wait
  • DarkVagabondDarkVagabond Posts: 271Member Uncommon
    Sneaky Sneaky
  • Nightbringe1Nightbringe1 Bluefield, WVPosts: 1,093Member Common
    Waiting impatiently for release.

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  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    Yeah looking forward to new content
  • BanegrivmBanegrivm Camp Hill, PAPosts: 194Member Uncommon
    Does this game have any sort of customization at all for your characters appearance or is it like the Diablo series where you have a stock look for your character with the exception of your equipment?

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  • svandysvandy mount holly, NJPosts: 222Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Banegrivm
    Does this game have any sort of customization at all for your characters appearance or is it like the Diablo series where you have a stock look for your character with the exception of your equipment?

    No customization. Actually, the character models is the only area of this game I just can't get behind. It is a solid, fun game, but for some reason the armor and characters just look... meh.

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  • HoiPoloiHoiPoloi Jackson, DEPosts: 86Member Uncommon

    Customization in APRGs = equipment and builds.  It's basically a rule of the genre, and PoE has the market cornered in that respect.

    Cosmetic customization = for scrubs who play MMORPGs.

    Thrumdi of the TTC

  • Mtibbs1989Mtibbs1989 Fredericksburg, VAPosts: 2,920Member Uncommon
    Oh I love GGG, what a wonderful company willing to go all out to develop new content for their game.

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  • BruhzaBruhza Omaha, NEPosts: 279Member
    Originally posted by svandy
    Originally posted by Banegrivm
    Does this game have any sort of customization at all for your characters appearance or is it like the Diablo series where you have a stock look for your character with the exception of your equipment?

    No customization. Actually, the character models is the only area of this game I just can't get behind. It is a solid, fun game, but for some reason the armor and characters just look... meh.

    I think the point of it is to look meh. I mean,  they are "exiles". Though I do understand where you are coming from. (They do look better down the road at high levels, at least imo).

     

    Also you can buy cosmetics if you want to, but they are pretty expensive.

  • yaminsuxyaminsux KajangPosts: 812Member Uncommon
    Equipment and skills customization, for people who play the game.

    Character cosmetic customization, for people who play "Barbie doll online"

    See the difference?
  • Dwarfman420Dwarfman420 Kazoo, MIPosts: 207Member

    Is currency still orbs etc?

    Great game but just hated trading not knowing value of stuff.

    would prefer gold

  • CrazylikeCrazylike HPosts: 89Member
    Originally posted by Dwarfman420

    Is currency still orbs etc?

    Great game but just hated trading not knowing value of stuff.

    would prefer gold

    The currency is still orbs, and to be honest, you will get used to it. I hate trading in general, and especially when values are so obscure as in PoE, but I have found it gets a lot better with time. You also don't really need to trade to play through the game, but it will indeed be harder. Imo, not a bad thing.

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  • yaminsuxyaminsux KajangPosts: 812Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Dwarfman420

    Is currency still orbs etc?

    Great game but just hated trading not knowing value of stuff.

    would prefer gold

    I would prefer gold too, but the current way makes the game more alive and immersive. 

    As for trading, it is a mini game by itself. Frustrating at times, but rewarding if you can figure it out.

  • Solar_ProphetSolar_Prophet Columbus, OHPosts: 875Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by HoiPoloi

    Customization in APRGs = equipment and builds.  It's basically a rule of the genre, and PoE has the market cornered in that respect.

    Cosmetic customization = for scrubs who play MMORPGs.

    You might want to run that thought by the folks at GGG, since their entire cash shop is built around cosmetic customization.

    Now who's the scrub, scrub?

                                                                 

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  • xenoracexenorace Tampa, FLPosts: 190Member Uncommon

    I thoroughly enjoyed the game. However, there was a much needed address to the "desync" issue. There was a huge number of skills that were almost unusable due to game desync. Granted there was a work around for this by binding a command that took you out of this, but I found even in the next difficulty level you were dead before you knew you were out of sync.

    I currently do not play as this did hurt my personal playing experience, but others have learned to live with it and still find a lot of enjoyment out of the game.

    If this desync ever gets fixed PoE would easily be my top pick for ARPG of all time.

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  • SlyLoKSlyLoK Sugar Grove, VAPosts: 1,547Member Uncommon

    First off.. Fix the desync issue.

    Secondly.. Change the camera angle.

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  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,927Member Uncommon
    Desync, clunky animations and uninspired art.  Wish they had a much bigger budget and focused more on aesthetics and gameplay from the start.  But they seem to fill their niche well.
  • handlewithcarehandlewithcare hartenbosPosts: 322Member

    all I can say is I take my hat of to this company they made a great game and its free.

    eagerly awaiting all that is coming from grinding gear.

  • GrayImpactGrayImpact NetherlandsPosts: 984Member Uncommon
    If path of exile fixed It's desync and wonky camera angle, I'd be all over this.
  • KorthagKorthag North CyprusPosts: 31Member
      No AH, its terrible to try to sell items yeliing.
  • edgy_rhinxedgy_rhinx ParisPosts: 1Member
    4 boobs - very epic!
  • YohanuYohanu Laholm, AKPosts: 214Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Korthag
      No AH, its terrible to try to sell items yeliing.

    Yes, let's ruin yet another economy by introducing centralised trade. No thanks.

  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,530Member Uncommon

    With D3 2.0.1 patch - its hard to go back to PoE. 

  • FondelFondel HelsinkiPosts: 98Member
    Originally posted by DMKano

    With D3 2.0.1 patch - its hard to go back to PoE. 

    Yeah, because soulbound legendaries/set items is all that real item based AORPG needs.

     
  • kiznickkiznick Westminster, COPosts: 5Member
    I cannot stand the graphics, the game looks worse than anything I've ever tried to play...and I've played every single MMO, MMORPG, ARPG in existence back to the MUDs eras. Otherwise, it's got great gameplay and features, it just looks awful. I'm all for retro games and such, but this doesn't look like a retro game, it looks like they got lazy with the character design. If your going to put that much effort in the skill customization, why not put as much effort into how the characters look to.  I don't want to run around with a character that literally looks like a piece of misshapen clay. I like to have pride in my characters accomplishments and part of that process in many ARPG's is the evolution of both the look and the skill of the character. If the two do not align it just feels really wrong. I give kudos to what they did with the skill map. That is definitely phenomenal. 

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