Things I Like:
- Skill Gems: they enable your character to use spells/abilities. There is no class restriction (that I have yest seen) on Skill Gems, so your Marauder can use spells like Frost Nova, or Fireball as long as he meets the usage requirements. These are normally an attribute, or an item requirement. It would be very difficult to cast Hail of Arrows without a bow equipped. Also, the Skills/Spells in the Skill Gems will level with you as you run around killing things and gaining XP. The skills/spells themselves may have leveling restrictions though, so be mindful of how you use the Skill Tree when you level up.
- Support Gems: can be linked to Skill Gems on items that have linked sockets. You can tell because said sockets are tethered when you open your inventory and look at the sockets on the items. Also, Support Gems do not have to match the color of the Skill Gem they are enhancing, you only have to match socket colors.
- Socket Slots: All items in Path of Exile are socketed. Some may only have one socket, but it's there to be used by damn.
- Classes are balanced. Every class has its pros and cons, but they are all fairly equal in the damage dealt/damage taken category. That being said, the Skill Gems you elect to use can make a huge difference on your mob fighting survivability, let alone rare/elite/boss mobs.
- The Skill Tree: Holy crap! The skill tree very much reminds me of the skill tree from Final Fantasy X, if you are at all familiar with that game. Your main stat (or two main stats depending on what class you play) branch off into this amazingly detailed map of passive/active stat/skill buffs, special skills you get to unlock, and some fairly amazing "ultimate powers" (as I call them). Do not make the mistake of looking at the skill tree out in the wilderness...your character can get swarmed and die while you're busy plotting out what skills you want to increase.
- No Gold. None. Your basic currency in the game is "Scrolls of Wisdom". These are used to buy other things like Town Portal scrolls, or health/mana flasks, or basic weapons and armor. Other collectibles that you come across like Blacksmith's Whetstone, or Orb of Chaos can be used to purchase higher level items as your character increases in level.
- All the items used for currency can be collected whole, or as shards that will automatically combine into the full item when the collection threshold is reached. Super nice.
- The music/ambiance: they are phenomenal! Running around as my Witch over the weekend with my summoned zombies (that would occasionally rubber band from around a corner and then proceed to scare the hell out of me) in the various dungeons was fantastic!
Things I Am OK With:
- There are only five classes. I have no idea if this will change in the future, but for now I'm fine with it. Your current class selections are: Marauder - an Uruk Hai stand in from his body type; Shadow - a spy/saboteur/assassin; Templar - a militant priest; Duelist - does this really need and explanation?; and Witch.
- Pretty much anything else that doesn't get mentioned in the following section.
Things I Would Like To Change:
- When switching between purchasing and selling items at a vendor, you currently need to exit out of whichever market you are in with that vendor, and then enter the other. Granted this means you are only having to close the "Sell Items" window, and open the "Purchase Items" window without having to stop speaking with that NPC, but I would like it if there was a tab in whichever market you're in that would immediately flip you to the other without having to take those few extra steps. I know, I'm just being lazy.
- I would like it if each class had a male/female version. That is one of the few things that I feel Blizzard did right in Diablo 3.
- There are times (and I'm not sure if this is a sever lag issue) when I am attempting to kill an enemy, and either my dude won't hit him no matter where I am in relation to the target; or I will kill the target and loot drops half a screen away from where the corpse is.
- There is an issue I'm experiencing with barrels and chests, where the "interface zone" where my mouse highlights and enables me to open said barrel/chest is super small...especially in relation to the size of my cursor on the screen. Again, I'm not sure if this is due to server lag.
So there are a few things. Have you gotten around to downloading and playing yet? Get on it! If you're ever looking for a partner to run around with in game, please feel free to post a character name here in the comments section, and I'll find you in game.