Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Path of Exile: Ascendancy

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody role-playing expansion tests patience, reflexes.

Game Windows 2016
Path of Exile: Ascendancy Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This expansion does justice to the hard-core base game by setting the bar high from the beginning. Though tutorial levels (Trials) give players a means to become acquainted with a new series of environmental traps, the main test that follows isn't for the faint of heart or short of temper. The base game's Normal difficulty allows players who die to come back to life and pick up where they left off. The expansion isn't so nice. One false move in the Labyrinth can mean a bloody, dismembering death, and heroes who die must start over from the very beginning, which can be extremely frustrating.

Only the most committed, patient gamers are going to get through the Labyrinth, which means many gamers will never access the expansion's new Ascendancy classes. These 19 new classes (three for each base class and one for the Scion class) give players access to elite Ascendancy skill trees that provide a slew of cool new powers. The thing is, to progress through these trees, players need to get through the Labyrinth not once but multiple times on harder and harder difficulties. This is great for the game's main audience (which consists largely of hardcore RPG players) but not so good for everyone else. Winning an Ascended class is the main point of the expansion, but players who don't (or can't) do this can take advantage of other new features such as the new Perandus challenge league, new weapons, items, and gems. Granted, while these other features are fun, that might not be enough reason to play Path of Exile: Ascendancy if you're not a card-carrying hard-core gamer.

Game Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate