If you’re burnt out on playing Path of Exile, you should try these games with a similar take on the ARPG genre.
Hack-and-slash ARPGs, also known as dungeon crawlers, is a genre that’s chock full of long maps to explore, randomly generated encampments, and multiple classes to play around with. Out of all the titles in the genre, Path of Exile is a game that, at first glance, excels at everything it does.
Coupled with the fact that it’s being supported by Grinding Gear Games, one of the best developers that a gaming community could ever ask for, it seems that Path of Exile will be here to stay for a long, long time.
It’s hard not to love the game – you’ve got the free-to-play model that doesn’t require players to spend a single dime and constant updates to keep the content relevant.
Then again, burnout and boredom can still happen while farming Chaos orb or completing the Atlas. Thankfully, there’s a solid selection of alternatives that PoE and ARPG fans should try out if they want a change of pace.
The Diablo Franchise
Of course, we had to include Diablo; it was what GGG took inspiration from when developing Path of Exile. Aside from PoE, the Diablo franchise is one of the most popular ARPGs of all time, and the game certainly all the fame that surrounds it.
You could play Diablo III, the most recent entry in the series – an undoubtedly entertaining game. But if you’re looking for something like Path of Exile, then Diablo II is the game in the series that should hit all the right spots. You can choose one of six classes as you carve your way through hordes of creatures.
Gear plays a vital role in developing builds in the game, much like Path of Exile; mods also exist for players that have gotten bored of Diablo’s core systems. “Path of Diablo,” in particular, is an excellent mod for those that want to have skills, PoE currency, and abilities based on Path of Exile.
Lost Ark is the latest entry to this list since it was released a few months ago. The game takes the hack-and-slash aspect of an ARPG and blends them with an MMO setting. That might be a red flag for you lot that don’t play MMOs, but Lost Ark manages to get the core fundamentals that make an ARPG just right.
You can choose between one of six classes that evolve into multiple advanced classes, each focusing on specific playstyles. Besides having satisfying abilities to pull off, Lost Ark also sprinkles a few MMO essentials, such as raids and dungeons, into the ARPG genre. Thankfully, the game is now available to the Western audience thanks to the efforts of Smilegate RPG (the developers) and Amazon Game Studios (the publisher).
The Torchlight Franchise
The Torchlight games are a must-try if you’re looking for a casual and cozy ARPG to play with friends. It’s a dungeon crawler much like Path of Exile, but it offers a more relaxed take on the gameplay side. The story itself is less serious too.
The Torchlight games have a colorful art style that compliments the gory combat well, a suite of mods to install, and interesting item modifiers. Although the character build variety is lacking, with only four classes to choose from, the plethora of mods available for the games more than makes up for that.
Plus, unlike most other games, it’s excellent to play Torchlight alone or with peers! Besides the monster-bashing you’ll be engaging in, the Torchlight series places particular importance on companion pets that carry/sell loot and even battle alongside you.
Despite not being an online game, Hades has caught the attention of many gamers and is one of the reigning kings of the roguelike ARPG genre. Hades quickly found heavy acclaim and appreciation from the gaming community. Players quickly became addicted to the rinse and repeat process Hades offered, constantly replaying it as soon as they faced death.
We’ve seen roguelikes surge in popularity over the recent years due to their addictive gameplay and accelerated progression curves. And on paper, Hades’ blend of these systems and ARPG combat are antithetical to the genre’s focus on character building and gearing.
In practice, though, it’s one of the most thrilling ARPGs money can buy. Hades does a stellar job of incorporating meaning character building with randomized dungeon delves. Tightly packed with a beautiful art style, hooking gameplay, and a satisfying story, Hades is a must-play for any ARPG fan.
Farming PoE currency can take a toll on anyone if they do it for long enough, so hopefully, the games that we suggested would provide a break from your usual tasks in Path of Exile. Path of Exile has a decent blend of tactical combat and captivating narrative. Thankfully, publishers worldwide have similar titles for those looking for something new yet familiar.
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