10 Games Like Path of Exile
Path of Exile is probably the best free-to-play action RPG on the market. Millions of people still play it regularly, even though its initial release dates back to 2013.
The game is constantly improved and enhanced by Grinding Gear Games and that keeps it highly replayable. Given the amount of content that you can explore and have fun with, getting bored of Path of Exile is really difficult.
If you love ARPGs that give you the chance to fight tough bosses, find exceptional items, and become increasingly powerful, in this article you will find a lot of great titles that you may want to experiment with. Here are 10 games like Path of Exile.
1. Diablo 2 Resurrected
Diablo 2 was the continuation of Diablo and got released in the year 2000. One year later, the Lord of Destruction expansion pack came out and it too was very well received by the community.
For two decades, the game was played by millions and millions of people. And then, out of the blue, Blizzard decided to finally do something for its community and partnered up with Vicarious Visions for a remake that was released in 2021.
Despite its initial problems, the game was a big success and can be considered a genuine remake of the original. The Diablo 2 spirit and its unique atmosphere are still intact. The only thing that has changed in a major way is the graphics. Spoiler alert: the new ones look absolutely gorgeous.
Apart from that, the game has been improved in a lot of small ways that are barely noticeable if you haven’t played in years. The extra features implemented by Vicarious Visions are simply quality of life improvements and will be appreciated by genuine fans of the series.
If you haven’t played Diablo 2, you should know that this game has one of the best stories, and soundtracks in the history of gaming. Every character is beautifully designed and the voices simply have something spiritual about them.
The dialogue is brilliant, though brief and mostly consisting of NPC monologue, and RPG lovers will be delighted to listen to every spoken word. Whether you played the original or not, you should give Diablo 2 Resurrected a try. It’s absolutely majestic.
2. Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Titan Quest was one of the most successful ARPGs that got released in the years that followed Diablo 2’s tremendous success. Back in 2001 – 2003, many gaming companies that wanted to offer people a different taste of the tried and tested Hack & Slash experience started working on titles inspired by Blizzard’s.
One such company was Iron Lore Entertainment and their game was called Titan Quest. This RPG was released in 2006 but its anniversary edition dates back to 2016. This version of the game is a vast improvement of the original and keeps its spirit intact.
In other words, if you grew up playing fancy-looking AAA games, you won’t need to torture your eyes to experience Titan Quest’s gameplay and story. Instead, you can play an updated edition that looks quite decent. This edition combines Titan Quest and its Immortal Throne expansion.
The story of Titan Quest takes place in 3 ancient places that have some of the best monster lore on earth: Greece, Egypt, and China. As the protagonist of the story, your mission is to defeat the Titans, who used to be locked up in a prison but have escaped and roam the world freely.
Titan Quest follows the typical ARPG formula: lots of monsters, great loot, epic bosses, a beautiful story, and an excellent atmosphere. This is a game that makes you want to play for the sake of getting stronger and fighting the next powerful boss. There’s little dialogue compared to a CRPG but it’s enough to give you an understanding of the world.
3. Torchlight 2
Torchlight 2 came out in 2012 and was built on top of the success of Torchlight, which was developed by Runic Games and, more importantly, by some of the people who had designed Diablo and Diablo 2. Both Max and Erich Schaefer were part of this project and their influence is obvious to anyone who played the first two games of the Diablo series.
Torchlight was great as a dungeon-crawler ARPG but it didn’t offer much else. With Torchlight 2, the company hoped that they might be able to offer a more sophisticated Hack and Slash experience and take the original product to the next level. Based on the Metacritic and Steam reviews, you can definitely tell that they succeeded.
Torchlight 2 looks and feels gorgeous. Every step you take, every vase you break, makes you feel incredible. The more you play it, the more addicted you become. There’s a lot of great loot to find, there are monsters to fight, the quests are decent, and the progression is well-balanced. Everything about this game is great, except the main storyline.
If you want to play a story-driven RPG, you should try some of the other titles mentioned in this article. But if you just want to enjoy yourself, Torchlight 2 is absolutely an ideal choice. You will play it for dozens of hours without getting bored or feeling that it’s repetitive.
There are 4 classes that you can choose from: Engineer, Outlander, Embermage, and Berserker. Each of them is unique and will give you a completely different experience of the game.
4. Tails of Iron
Tails of Iron belongs to the newer generation of RPGs, which blend genres and seek to offer players a rich experience. This game has an excellent story, great action, a sublime atmosphere, souls-like elements like epic boss fights, and everything else that you might want from a well-designed ARPG.
The game was released in September, 2021 and since then, it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. It’s definitely not as famous as some of the other big RPGs that got released in the last 5 years, but it is worth trying nonetheless. The critics gave it a score of 81, while Steam users gave it a 90% approval rating.
One of the great aspects of this RPG is its graphics. The cartoonish style is very appealing, carefully designed, and will remind you of games like Knights and Bikes, Nobody Saves the World, and Disco Elysium, all of which are great games by the way.
Tails of Iron utilizes the personification technique and basically asks you to play as a cute rat in a brutal world full of rats. Your lands are plagued by a devastating war and you, as the heir to the Rat Throne, must fight against a Frog Clan led by a merciless leader named Greenwart.
It might sound a bit childish, and it is, but the game itself is beautifully made and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Along the way, you’ll encounter memorable companions and will be required to overcome your fears.
5. Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 is for those who crave a real challenge and are not afraid to get killed over and over by the same boss. Think of it as Darkest Dungeon but with a reload option.
Because it was developed by FromSoftware, Dark Souls 3 is, just like the previous games of the series, a gem that can keep you busy for many days. An expert playthrough would probably take you around 30 hours to complete.
But since you’re probably not an expert at fighting seemingly unbeatable bosses, you will need to think outside the box and dedicate a lot more time to get to the finish line. This RPG is the perfect illustration of the proverb: “It’s about the journey, not the destination.”
Dark Souls 3 utilizes many of the features of the first two games in the series and builds upon them, refining everything in a masterful way. This is a well-crafted souls-like experience and was appreciated by critics and fans alike.
The game came out in 2016 and received a rating of 8.6+ on Metascore. On Steam, 93% of the 200,000+ reviews are positive.
Just like in Skyrim, in Dark Souls 3 you can pick one of the 10 available classes. Each class starts with a different set of attributes and it’s up to you to choose an adventurer that excels at what you enjoy the most. You can be a:
Choose wisely because the game is super hard to beat.
6. Elden Ring
Elden Ring is another souls-like title developed by, you guessed it, the same company that created the Dark Souls series. What makes this game more special than any of the other brilliant titles created by FromSoftware is the deep focus on the story, the quests, and the dialogue.
After almost 10 years of effort, the company had developed a brilliant system with highly original game mechanics. So they decided that to take their RPG brand to the next level, they would have to enhance it with a story that was on par with the gameplay. And that’s exactly what FromSoftware did.
The company invited one of the most famous fantasy writers of our time, George R. R. Martin, and allowed him to do for the Elden Ring Universe what he had done for the Game of Thrones Universe. As a result, the story, all of the quests, and the characters are beautifully crafted.
When you play Elden Ring, you can tell that a large team of highly dedicated people spent many thousands of hours creating this game for their fans. The game sold more than 12 million copies in the first few weeks after its release and is likely to be played for many years to come.
Just like the timeless classics, such as Skyrim, Elden Ring possesses the qualities it needs to be a memorable piece of art that will be explored by generations of gamers to come.
Skyrim was probably Bethesda’s highest peak and nobody knows when the company will manage to surpass itself in creativity and artistic skill. The game was released in 2011 and since then, few RPG games have managed to give us the same feelings.
Skyrim sold more than 30 million copies over the years and it’s a great example of just how long a game can endure if it has the right qualities and a passionate community. The number of mods that were developed for this RPG is staggering. There are tens of thousands of them and the improvements they bring to the game are very useful.
One of Skyrim’s strongest points is the atmosphere. You’re dealing with towns, forests, mountains, snow, rain, rivers, dungeons, and much more. Capturing the essence of all of these places and creating a soundtrack that doesn’t get boring or repetitive is extremely hard.
But Jeremy Soule achieved this and what he created will probably endure longer than the works of Beethoven and Mozart. Skyrim’s music is on par with the best music ever created, from any genre.
Apart from its great atmosphere, Skyrim also impressed with its story and the vastness of its world. It’s so big that you could literally go to a library inside the game and read about the history of that imaginary world, its characters, and much, much more.
Add to that an amazing class system, engaging side quests, and the fact that you’re the only character in the game whom dragons are afraid of, and you’ll get a glimpse into one of the best RPGs of all time.
8. Grim Dawn
Grim Dawn is another ARPG designed for those who love combat and loot. The game was released in 2016 and has very positive reviews on Steam.
The character development in this game is absolutely brilliant and it’s often hard to decide how you want to play. There’s so much in terms of items, crafting, and skills, that you can play and replay the game for hundreds of hours without getting bored.
Because of its excellent ARPG features, Grim Dawn is regarded as one of the best games in this genre. It’s similar to Path of Exile, but has very distinctive qualities of its own.
In Grim Dawn, you get to play in an apocalyptic fantasy world in which humanity is in a lot of trouble and there’s a lot that needs to be done if the species is to survive at all. The hoards of monsters you will fight everywhere will constantly remind you of just how bad the situation is, and you’ll need to fight your own way of succeeding.
The game features 8 classes that you can play with, but that’s before all of the customizations that you can put on top. These classes are the following:
In Grim Dawn, skills can be unlearned and the game encourages you to experiment with different builds. The items you will find make it highly addictive and add a lot of thrill to fighting countless monsters and powerful bosses. You never know what you might find.
9. Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
Divinity Original Sin 2 is probably Larian Studios’ best game to date. In many people’s view, it’s even better than Baldur’s Gate 3, and the players gave it a score of 88 on Metacritic. On Steam, this CRPG has an approval rate of 95% with more than 125,000 votes.
Divinity Original Sin 2 is one of those rare RPGs that excel in every single category: atmosphere, character development, story, quests, combat, and so on. It’s a nearly perfect game from start to finish and it will challenge and delight you at the same time.
One distinctive quality of this game is its bright atmosphere. Despite the tough battles that you’ll engage in every step of the way, there’s light everywhere, enchanting inns that you can go to, and beautifully designed NPCs that will talk with you as much as you like.
The dialogue in this game is on par with that of the world’s best films and it will make you want to listen. Unlike other games on this list, this is an RPG that heavily focuses on storytelling elements and makes you want to stay a while and listen instead of just fighting non-stop.
Divinity Original Sin 2 is played using the party system, which means that you will always be surrounded by several other characters that you’ll get to talk to and customize. Quite often, you get the feeling that you’re playing a MOBA game, except the battles are turn-based.
10. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
This ARPG will keep you glued to your screen for many hours. The fighting is relentless and the items you will find give you a genuine feeling that you have been rewarded for your efforts. There are multiple specializations that you can choose from and each of them allows you to carve a path through the thousands of monsters in a unique way.
This game was released in 2013 and not that many people know about it. But those who do, regularly go back to playing it because it’s such an addictive experience. A Van Helsing session feels a lot like one of Vampire Survivors. The mechanics are quite simple but they’re so well designed that it’s hard to stop playing.
If you’re a casual gamer who just wants to have fun, you can set the game to a lower difficulty and you won’t have any problem finishing it. But if you like challenges, play it on Hard or even Heroic and you’ll see just how complicated it can get.
Of all the games on this list, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is probably the cheapest, at least in the sense that there are often promotions that decrease its cost by 80-90%. When that happens, you can buy it for just a few dollars and then enjoy it for days.