Path Of Exile  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Path Of Exile  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Non-MOBA Games for MOBA Players to Unwind With Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

MOBAs are among the most competitive environments offered to gamers. It’s almost inevitable that if you start taking them seriously, you’ll end up becoming significantly more competitive to suit. That kind of intense competition can seriously take its toll, and this is why it’s not uncommon to see people raging or otherwise just getting completely fed up.

While it’s natural to get frustrated, it’s often best to step back from the game and take a break. A bit of time spent relaxing and getting back into a more positive mindset can go a long way in helping you climb through the ranks.

To that end, I’ve provided a short list of games MOBA players might enjoy for such a purpose. These games are chosen largely because they’re all on PC, they need some skill and awareness to excel at, but they can be as relaxed or as competitive as you choose to make it. I’ve also tried to keep them reasonably cost efficient -- after all, most MOBAs are so free.


For a period of time, osu! was the go to game during extended queues for a number of notable League of Legends streamers. It gained quite a bit of popularity for itself and other rhythm games, though few others on the PC really took advantage of it and the surge of attention eventually died down. osu! remains, however, and is really quite good.

Taking the gameplay of the Nintendo DS Ouendan games (or Elite Beat Agents), osu! is a rhythm game that sees you tapping or dragging buttons in time with the song’s beat. It can be as simple or as intense as you want it to be, with a slew of modifiers to apply for customised gameplay, not to mention some ridiculous difficulty settings for the truly dedicated.

Coming equipped with an editor, the game has a truly massive library of songs built and amassed by players over the years, so there’s likely to be something here to interest you. osu! is also fantastic for practicing mouse movements and coordination -- certain to give you an edge when you return to your favourite MOBA. You can download osu! on the official website.

Genre Alternatives: Stepmania, Audiosurf 2

Path of Exile

Famous for its Skill Tree of Doom, Path of Exile is a Free to Play Action RPG with a ridiculous amount of potential for customisation. Starting from basic archetypes such as indestructible tanks or mages raining fire on foes and going all the way to rangers throwing spectral greatswords or rapidly teleporting ninjas, Path of Exile has so many different ways to play the game.

While it ultimately boils down to lots of clicking as you kill and loot your way across the game world, Path of Exile is great for picking up, picking a crazy build, and seeing what you can do. There’s a huge amount of content in the game as well, and even replaying the same areas on higher difficulties can be quite the experience.

The game is regularly updated with new temporary Leagues providing unique spins on the game, as well as constant new features and cosmetic items. If you haven’t dabbled in Path of Exile yet, it’s well worth taking a look at. You can find it on Steam.

Genre Alternatives: Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, Grim Dawn

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

There’s little I can say about this game that hasn’t already been said. Sporting overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam years into its release, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a delightfully twisted game that sees you roaming through randomly generated dungeons and fighting all sorts of grotesque and misshapen foes.

A staggering amount of powerups and items are available for you to find throughout the dungeons, many of which create interesting or strange combinations of effects that can completely change how you play. There’s a huge array of unlockables, playable characters, and hidden content to delve into and find. But most importantly, regardless of what items you get, getting there (or losing in the attempt) is entirely up to the player’s skill.

Whether it’s for a single quick run through the game or a marathon session with multiple playthroughs, The Binding of Isaac is a fantastic game that’s great to wind down with. Might not be for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, though… fair warning!

Genre Alternatives: Enter the Gungeon, Risk of Rain

Rocket League

Remote controlled cars playing soccer. Need I say more?

A surprisingly simple concept that has since taken the world by storm, Rocket League takes The World’s Game and shrinks it down to a handful of cars pitted against each other for control of an oversized ball. Featuring extremely tight controls that are quick to learn but very deep and involved to master, Rocket League can be as simple as you want it to be or end up becoming just as consuming and focused an activity as any MOBA.

There’s an array of customisation options for giving your chosen car its own stylish flair. There are a number of different maps and play modes from the serious 2v2 or 3v3 ranked games to the more ridiculous Rumble Mode. Rocket League is fast, it’s fun, and there’s nothing else quite like it. Well worth giving a shot.

Genre Alternatives: ...I don’t know, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 maybe? There really aren’t any. Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars being the spiritual predecessor to Rocket League.

Team Fortress 2

Admittedly, jumping from MOBAs to an FPS is not always the best way to relax. Both genres can get quite heated and competitive, after all, and it can be quite frustrating or demoralising to go into this thinking you’ll be able to take it easy only to get sniped from across the map repeatedly.

But that’s why I’ve selected Team Fortress 2, because while it may be an FPS, the players have since made it into a virtual playground with plenty of less serious options. Exploring through the servers and maps, you might find all sorts of crazy new ways to play. From matches of dodgeball, to hide-and-seek prop hunt games, to fighting against one super-powered player, the possibilities are endless.

If none of that takes your fancy, there’s always just playing the core game itself. It’s a bit different now from how it launched, but there’s still a really good game at the heart of Team Fortress 2. With a staggering amount of weapons and options across all nine classes and huge amounts of maps, there’s never really a bad time to just kick back, relax, and grind some new hats.

Genre Alternatives: Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

This is just a small sampling of good games that MOBA players might like to try when not playing MOBAs. Still, at the end of the day, just about any other kind of video game will suffice for the purpose. Perhaps you want to go roam around and slay dragons in Skyrim, or go exploring in World of Warcraft, or even just kick back and enjoy a visual novel. The world is your oyster.

It’s always worth remembering that we come to video games to be entertained and have fun. Amidst the eternal grind of competitive games and less than savoury insults being hurled back and forth, it can sometimes be hard to remember that. But it is something to always remember. If you’re not enjoying yourself, step back and give it a bit. The game will still be there when you’re ready, and you’ll be much more refreshed and able to give it your all.

What other kinds of games do you enjoy in between your MOBA sessions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

(Header image courtesy of TeeTurtle)

25 Most Addicting PC Games on Steam Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:47:30 -0400 StratGamer48

Steam is a large video game distribution platform. Its anti-piracy functions and allowing quick and easy updates for games attracted many developers to sell their game on Steam. With Steam's variety of genres and games, it had attracted more than 125 million active users by 2015. Some games have higher qualities and "replayability" (or replay value).  Here is the list of games with the highest replay value by today's metrics.

What are the top 25 then?

Ranking Game

Biweekly Median Playtime 

25  Total War: Attila 12:33 Strategy

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege

12:27 Action
23 Neverwinter  12:29 MMO
21  NBA 2K16 13:45 Sports
21  Stardew Valley 13:45 RPG
20  Warframe 13:51 Action
19 Elite: Dangerous  14:19 MMORPG
18 Sid Meier's  Civilization  14:36 Strategy
17  Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 14:55 Action
16  Rust 15:27 MMORPG
15  Factorio 16:32 Strategy
14 Grim Dawn  16:54 Action RPG
13  Arma 3 17:23 Action Strategy
12 Clicker Heroes  17:44 RPG
11  Europa Universalis IV 18:24 Strategy
10 Shake and Fidget  18:40 MMORPG
9 Path of Exile  19:48 Action MMORPG
8 ARK: Survival Evolved  20:38 Action MMORPG
7 Tree of Savior (English version)  21:08 MMORPG
6 Tom Clancy's The Division  21:56 Action RPG
5 DOTA 2  22:38 Action Strategy
4 Football Manager 2015  25:54 Sport
3  Dark Soul III 31:11 Action RPG
2 Football Manager 2016  31:20 Sport
1 Knight Online  46:07 MMORPG


This list may be different in a few months, or even just weeks, as the rankings are dynamic. The stats are determined by how long players actively play these games.

How many of these games do you play, and for how long?

Path of Exile: The Awakening Trailer Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:14:01 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

Grinding Gear Games' fantastic Path of Exile graced our PCs in 2013 and for many people it was the Diablo III that we wanted. Regardless of your dungeon crawler gaming history however, Path of Exile was a huge, deep and beautiful game that was entirely free to play with ethical micro-transactions. It received critical claim across the board and its third expansion The Awakening is now due for release on July 10th 2015.

This is only a part of the original skill tree

One of the most impressive things about the original game was its completely insanely huge skill tree that looked intimidating to even the most experienced roleplayer. The Awakening adds not only Act IV to the main game but also expands upon the already enormous skill tree.

If you have never played Path of Exile then you have missed out on a wonderful and entirely free experience that is almost as much fun to play alone as it is with friends. With the addition of Act IV and an even more impressive skill tree than ever, July 10th seems like a good day to give Path of Exile a try. Download it on Steam and let is know how you get on with that skill tree.

Path of Exile Review Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:45:55 -0500 Sarah Mathes

The creators of Path of Exile could not have picked a better name for their development studio: Grinding Gear Games. That's because you have to grind the same monsters for the same quests of three different story arcs three separate times. In order to reach end-game content, you have to complete the acts on three different difficulties: Normal, Cruel, and Merciless. The latter two difficulties reduce your resistances and impose an experience loss on death. Despite the exhausting grind, Path of Exile has its perks, the most important one being its truly free-to-play status.

You start out as an exile in the land of Wraeclast and your progression takes you on a quest to get vengeance on those who stuck you there in the first place. You are quickly exposed to Path's unique skill system, which involves acquiring skill gems and socketing them into the correct color slot in your armor. While it is true that this system allows you to easily experiment with different skill sets and switch skills on a whim, it has a couple of downsides. For one, your skill gems must also be leveled up, so if you decide to switch to a level 1 skill gem at character level 30, you'll find that that particular skill does little to no damage, or hardly has any effect for quite some time. The other downside is the color limitation. The colors (green, blue, and red) correspond to the three statistics (dexterity, intelligence, and strength, respectively). If you have a green skill gem, but no more green sockets, you're out of luck. This may force you to keep old or under leveled armor for the number or color of sockets on it. There are items to change both of these factors randomly, but don't expect to be rolling in them in the beginning.

The other feature you'll notice right away is the enormous passive skill tree. Every level, you gain a point to put toward a passive skill. Don't let the size scare you; you start out in a sector with passive's related to your class's strengths. Nevertheless, you can move anywhere on the tree if you have enough points. Again, the upside is versatility. The downside is that you cannot refund points whenever you want. You have to amass these refund points via quest rewards, and they are not numerous. By level 40, I had spent about 50 points and only had 8 refund points. Therefore I recommend researching builds before you sink your points into a path you don't want to go down.

It looks more like a constellation map than a skill tree

The storyline starts off rather slow and you probably won't care about any of the characters or tasks you're performing for a while. It picks up with sirens stalking the depths and a prostitute turned necromancer, and you might even feel like you were killing bosses for a purpose aside from reaching the next area by the end of Act III. The developers came up with about 20 different monster skins and used them exhaustively, altering the color for effect. It is an action-RPG though, so if you want immersive and entertaining lore and brilliant art design, look elsewhere.

For being truly free-to-play (meaning there are only cosmetic items or unnecessary upgrades in the in-game shop), you certainly get your money's worth. Completing the first difficulty took me about 25 hours and it was full of hacking and slashing and dying (on my glass cannon character). I will say that the game is definitely more fun with friends. Path of Exile will provide you with endless hours full of killing stuff and leave you wondering, "Who uses click-to-move anymore?" and more importantly, "Why can't I wear pants in this game?" Seriously, why?

MMO Wrap-Up: The Best of 2013 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:19:02 -0500 Steve Silencyde

2013 was a... somewhat bland year for MMOs. Granted, we did have a few heavy hitters pop up over the last 12 months but ultimately a lot of people, including myself, were left asking for more.

Though, it may not have been a great year for the market itself, these titles are definitely worth checking out. So, without further ado, let's raise our glasses to the games that rocked last year!

Path of Exile

Cost: Free

Path of Exile is everything refreshing about the hack-n-slash genre. Not only does it do everything that made Diablo 2 right but it stays away from everything that Diablo 3 did wrong. Grinding Gear Games put nearly 7 years into the development of Path of Exile with a large span of it being a "forever beta" till finally launching early 2013 and it pulled in a huge audience. With an immersive world, massive talent trees to customize your character, constant updates to keep the fans entertained and it's free-to-play, why wouldn't any Diablo fan join in? Path of Exile is the perfect addition for any hack-n-slash fan's gaming shelf. You can check out the game on the Path of Exile website.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Cost: $30 up front plus monthly subscription

For a lot of people, the Final Fantasy series is a dying name - mostly due to the fact that there's just so many of them. Originally, Square Enix had planned to launch FFO14 back in 2010 but scrapped the project for a full overhaul to release it on the PC and the PS3. Well, 2013 came around and Square Enix delivered but, surprisingly it did good; almost too good.

There was skepticism lying around this MMO before launch with fans of the series including director/producer Naoki Yoshida. This had a lot to do with the weak success of Final Fantasy XI back in 2003 - by weak I mean, targeted specifically towards a niche market. For some reason, which probably had to with what's been available recently, FFO14 has done extremely well since it's launch; beyond the expectations of Square Enix themselves. Set aside all the low hype, FFO14 is actually a pretty decent game.

FFO14 is a gorgeous game aesthetically, which comes as no surprise. It has deep character customization with hundreds of jobs and classes available to players to craft their characters. Speaking of crafting, FFO also features a pretty impressive crafting system as well. There really hasn't been a lot of features in a theme park MMO game since Vanguard and FFO returns to the genre with a lot of ideas that are drawing people in both old and new to the series. Although the game requires the infamous subscription fee and a $30 purchase of the game, FFO is definitely worth looking into. For more information on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, you can check it out on the Final Fantasy website.

World of Warplanes and War Thunder

Cost: Free to Play / Free to Play

It's been difficult for people to wrap their fingers around these two games for the simple fact that, well... They're a lot alike. Setting aside the view of the two games, however, War Thunder and World of Warplanes are definitely two different games when you actually play them and it comes down to what you're looking for in a combat aviation game:

World of Warplanes was announced a couple years ago alongside World of Warships, which is scheduled to release in 2014. Wargaming sent out their developers to hundreds of air shows and museums to get a one-on-one view of each airplane they'd be throwing into their game. With World of Tanks sitting so well at it's throne as one of the best MMOs out right now, they had a lot of hype to live up to. Unfortunately, the launch didn't end up being as successful as expected. World of Warplanes was pretty buggy and players weren't too impressed by the combat mechanics of the game. However, over the course of a few months, Wargaming has smoothed out a lot of creases in the game and since, World of Warplanes has been a pretty impressive game showing off hundreds of airplanes from prototypes that never made the cut to the baddest wings of the 1930-1950 era. It's simplistic mechanics and heavy-hitting action has definitely pulled the Wargaming fans in and we can expect it to be a name in the eSports competition.

War Thunder was announced and dropped into beta just before the release of World of Warplanes which caused quite a bit of confusion to enthusiasts of the genre. Gaijin Entertainment made sure to have War Thunder stand out with realistic aviation mechanics and combat to show that this was definitely not World of Warplanes. War Thunder is more suited for the simulator fans on the level of: this game doesn't hand anything to you. It has some pretty difficult mechanics to master and can steer some people away but let's not forget that it's a great looking game with some awesome combat scenes.

Either way, between the two, these games will suit any airplane fanboy easily and keep them entertained for a long time. Whether you're looking for some simple gameplay or a complex simulator, one of them is definitely for you. War Thunder is available on Steam as well as their website. You can also check out World of Warplanes on the Wargaming website as well.

Age of Wushu

Cost: Free

If you're a fan of martial arts, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, wire fu or just a good sandbox game, you may want to have a look at Age of Wushu by Snail Games. There was a bit of a buzz coming from some drama with Snail Games and the community when Age of Wushu initially released but surprisingly, Snail Games has delivered on all fronts to satisfy its North American market. Age of Wushu has recieved so much content that it's nearly impossible to complete it all. With a game tailored around the sandbox style and martial arts, it's definitely pulled in a large market.

Age of Wushu features a rock-paper-scissors action combat system which may not appeal to everyone who's become drawn into the new action combat system introduced recently, but it's definitely unique and worthy of pulling in a good group of fans. The game is absolutely beautiful and one of the more interesting aspects of Age of Wushu is that the world tailors itself around every action a player makes - something that a lot of MMOs need to start picking up. Either way, if you're looking for something different from the other games out right now, Age of Wushu is free-to-play and may draw your interest. You can check out the game on the Age of Wushu website.


Cost: Free 

For Dungeons & Dragons fans all over the world, Cryptic Entertainment's announcement of Neverwinter was a dragon call. Fans of the D&D games flocked to Neverwinter on release which made history as the 1st generation of western MMOs to launch as a free-to-play title right out of the gate. There was a lot of drama around the economy on launch, however, with expensive cash-only items that led fans astray from the title but Cryptic has listened and has fixed a lot of these issues.

Neverwinter is definitely worth trying, in fact with a semi-action combat system, immersive storyline behind a massive D&D universe and player-made (yes, player-made) content in the Foundry, there's no reason you shouldn't give it a go. Whether you're a die-hard fan of Dungeons and Dragons Online or of D&D in itself, Neverwinter is a perfect addition to your collection. You can check out this free-to-play title on Steam or the Perfect World website.

Tera Rising

Cost: Free

You may or may not have seen this one coming. Although Tera released back in 2012 as a pay-to-play title, En Masse relaunched Tera early 2013 as a free-to-play game and destroyed the market. There has never been a more successful free-to-play launch than Tera Rising, ever. A lot of it had to do with the new action combat system in an open, immersive world. Imagine having to aim every action you initiate at your target; what if you miss a heal? Tera Rising takes all those ideas to the next level.

Although voice acting might shy away from a triple A title and maybe the cliche story might not flatter every intellectual out there, Tera Rising saves all that with some really awesome gameplay. With 7 selectable races and 8 classes available to each, Tera has a lot of content for players to enjoy - including that awesome action combat! The game is absolutely gorgeous and enthralling once you get past the starting area, you won't be able to stop yourself from getting sucked into the phenomenon of Tera Rising. You can play Tera Rising for free on Steam or download it from the Tera Rising website.


Cost: Free

Let's take a moment and think about... Space ninjas. Yes, space ninjas. Does that sound like a good game to you? Well that's what a lot of people thought when Warframe was first introduced but Digital Extremes has definitely impressed a lot of people with it upon release. Warframe is a 3rd-person, twitch shooter game with a primary focus on PvE. A lot of players began complaining about the focus on just PvE and lack of PvP and Digital Extremes has heard their cry (it's about time a developer has). Warframe now features guild housing, dueling, dozens of warframes to choose from and a promise of larger PvP content for players to enjoy coming into 2014. Warframe is a fresh take on the action, shooter genre for MMOs and has become one of the most successful titles to date. On top of this, it was released on the PS4. It's only uphill from here for this title. You can play Warframe for free on Steam or download it on the Warframe website.

Dota 2

Cost: Free

If there's anything Valve is good at, besides everything, it's picking up developers that know their stuff. Does anyone remember Counter-Strike or Team Fortress 2? Valve has done it again with the Dota team and has finally, after a long beta, launched the LoL killer... Well not exactly.

For those who are new to the genre of MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), the guys who made the original Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft 3 invented the MOBA. The guys over at Riot Games reimagined the MOBA with League of Legends and took it to the next level turning eSports into a real (literally registered worldwide) sport. Well, Valve picked up the Dota team and gave them the opportunity to rebuild their dream on Valve's famous Source engine and they have delivered big time. Being a big fan of the MOBA genre, I was more than pleased to see what they've accomplished.

Dota 2 features everything great about the MOBA with the familiar 3-lane arena, tons of champions to choose from, a huge item shop to build your champion from and a pony to bring them to you! Yeah, a pony, so what? Unlike League of Legends, Dota 2 features a little pegasus that will bring you items you buy while you battle it out in your lane which takes away the head ache of running back to your base to buy new gear every time you make some gold. The game is beautiful as well showing off everything great with the Source engine. Dota 2 also has a huge focus on eSports with live tournaments available to watch in-house as well as live games and a very fluid spectating system where you can listen to broadcasters talk and watch the players from their screen with hardly any lag - it's a pretty impressive system. If you're a fan of the MOBA, you have to check out Dota. You can play Dota 2 for free on Steam.


Cost: $8 Per month

If you've ever been a fan of Runescape, Ultima Online, Everquest or Dark Ages of Camelot, you might just find something special in Eldevin. At the end of 2013, Hunted Cow Studios launched its pay-to-play browser game Eldevin which caught a lot of interest in fans of the fantasy genre. Taking the old style of the point-and-click RPG style in an MMO universe similar to UO and Runescape, Eldevin has a lot of charm for what it is. The graphics may seem aged to a lot of people but the idea that it plays in your browser so smoothly with the way it looks and how big it is is very impressive. Taking the sandbox style of classless character customization and refreshing spin to crafting and a very interesting world to explore. On top of that, story-driven dungeons as well as raid dungeons for guilds to explore.

Taking a lot of ideas from the greats, Eldevin is a gem in a bleak year of MMOs. If you have $8 to spend a month and a love for fantasy, Eldevin might just be the game for you. You can check out Eldevin on the Eldevin website.

And That's a Wrap!

It's been an interesting, though pretty boring year, for MMOs. There's been some really great titles to come out suiting almost anyone's need but I think we've just been really spoiled over the past few years with MMOs. The bright side is that the system to the MMO is changing and it's about time. With games coming up like WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online, Everquest Next and Tom Clancy's The Division, 2014 will turn all that boredom and frustration away. So, if you can't find a home on this list, be patient for what's to come this year because it's going to be one hell of a ride!

Did I Forget to Mention Something?

There have been a lot of titles overlooked throughout 2013 for a lot of different reasons, whether it be marketing or maybe they just weren't up to par. The focus of this list was to mention the best titles of 2013 and maybe you found something better! Please let us know in the comment section.