That’s an intimidating Talent Tree

Game: Path of Exile

Developer: Grinding Gear Games

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer Blizzard Entertainment. These are my rambling notes to myself as I play the game. I respect and appreciate the hard work of all game developers.

Notes:

I like the “Flask” concept, how you use charges and they refill when you go back to town. Feels pretty streamlined, but maybe a little complicated for someone unfamiliar with the genre?

That skill tree is imposing. It’s big enough where I’m not curious to explore it – feels like too much to worry about and i’ll just spend points one at a time as I get them without making a plan.

Socketing spells into weapons feels kind of cool initially, will re-evaulate after I get another weapon.

Looks like socketed gems gain experience? Maybe they get stronger? Kind of an interesting idea, need to watch it.

Support gems is kind of a cool idea too, giving up more attacks for utility maybe?

I get notifications to level up my gems. I’m not sure why I wouldn’t do this? What is the decision I’m making here?

It seems cool that my gems level up, but I’m wondering what happens if I’m high level and get gem drops. Do they level up super fast, or start at a reasonable level compared to me? Will have to see.

I can’t help but wonder if there’s a better balance between wanting to start the game off simple so players can learn, but not being bland/boring. I want to start off already as a badass, and get even more badass. Having just one spell and it’s simple and bland isn’t a great way to get hooked.

I feel so limited by inventory space. Not enjoying that aspect of the game.

I feel like there’s good pacing of getting levels, or gem levels up, or new gear. I’m not sure if it feels significant though, no individual event is making me feel more powerful although i’m gaining in power.

The Lord’s Labyrinth spike trap thing is an interesting idea. Difficult though! Ok maybe not that difficult.

There are some really satisfying explosions of monsters at times.

Lots of junk items. Doesn’t feel great seeing so much junk drop. Not sure if I’m supposed to be picking all this up.

I don’t understand the vendoring system. There’s no money? Just materials?

I like the ability to toggle between the overlay map and the minimap in the upper right corner.

 

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